Travel Bucket List: 30 Countries Before Year 30

Hey Guys!

I recently visited what I thought was my 15th country, however after this weekend I realized it was actually number 17. In relation to this I decided to do a bucket list of other countries I’d love to visit to make it to 30 countries before year 30.

I know a lot of people make goals/plans around their 30th year, because some think that’s when life actually “starts”. e.g I have to do xyz before I’m 30. However, there’s no real reason for me choosing 30 besides the fact that the title flows. It doesn’t mean I’m going to quit traveling after 30. FYI: 30 is also only five years away, can I fit 13 countries into 5 years? Two or three a year seems doable. *wink*

Apparently, country counting is also a big thing. For instance some people count a country even if it’s just a layover stop in the airport. However, I hardly think that counts but rather spending a day in the country i.e leaving the port of entry (airport/cruise terminal).


As you can see, most of the countries I visited are in the Caribbean region and also happened to be cruise stops. The other countries are work trips and vacation, with the exception of Texas where I lived for three years. I’d say a few of them deserve a return visit for further exploration; but in the spirit of trying new things let’s see what will make up my 30 countries before year 30 list.


Euro Tour:

  • Paris, France
  • Madrid/Barcelona, Spain
  • Venice, Italy
  • Lagos, Portugal

These four countries already make up one trip and it’s so easy to see them all via trains/regional flights once there. All I can think about is the food and architecture/culture. Fun part: they’re all a different language, lol


  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Bangkok/Phuket/Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Which millennial isn’t dying to go to Bali right now? Not sure where the sudden interest came from but Indonesia seems like the place to be. Also, it’s only right to stopover in Singapore on your way. My interest in Singapore first came about through reviewing one of their environmental reports, in addition to social media which had me hooked. I heard it’s also safe for solo female travelers.

As for Thailand, it’s culture related with the many different temples they have as well as food, the off shore islands and elephants. On the other hand when I think Abu Dhabi, camel riding and ATV tours through the dessert come to mind.

The Caribbean:

  • Jamaica
  • Cuba
  • The Bahamas
  • St. Kitts & Nevis

The Caribbean region is made up of many different islands all with their own unique treasures. This list was specifically chosen for the cultural aspects, scenery and adventure.

The Americas:

  • Costa Rica

Because why not? Located in Central America, Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity. So think tropical rainforests, hot springs, volcanoes and more.

*since technically I’ve been there already, i.e the USA and Mexico*

  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Tulum, Mexico

There you have it, my travel bucket list of 30 countries before year 30!

What about you? How many countries have you been to and what’s on the TOP of your travel bucket list?

22 responses to “Travel Bucket List: 30 Countries Before Year 30”

  1. As I’ve now written (and eventually published) my own 30 before 30 bucket list, this title caught my eye again so I decided to reread it. I stumbled upon my comment one year ago and can happily update that I’ve now been to Trinidad. 🙂 My 30 before 30 list has at least 6 more countries on it, so hopefully I’ll be at roughly 10 countries by time I’m 30. Also, I didn’t think people counted layovers as countries visited. In that case I guess I can say I’ve visited St Martin ha.. but I won’t count it until I see more of the country than its airport.

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  2. So happy to see Jamaica on your list! I definitely look forward to seeing more of the Caribbean before I’m 30, and also visiting Canada since I have so much family there. As it stands now, the only Caribbean island I’ve visited was Curacao for 6 days. Trinidad & Tobago & Cuba are highest on my list. After those 2 we’ll see where I get around to next. 🙂

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  3. Wow these are great places! I’ve only been to two countries (Fiji and New Zealand) other than the one I live in (Australia) 😂 but they are all amazing and I would definitely recommend New Zealand!

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  4. At the ripe age of 23, I have been to 19 countries! I’ve wanted to go to Thailand for the longest time and I’m finally making it happen this summer! I can’t wait! Other on the top of my list are Iceland, Zimbabwe and Mexico. Don’t worry about the different languages on your European trip, 99% of people in major cities will speak English!

    Rachel ||

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  5. I’ve only been to one and I’m ready to visit a lot more. At the top of my list France (I always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower). Your goal sounds doable based on the number of countries you’ve already visited. You probably have the logistics of it all down to a science. I’m looking forward to reading about how it all goes.

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