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).
WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
- United States (Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Texas)
- Puerto Rico
- Bonn, Germany
- Asunción, Paraguay
- Cozumel, Mexico
- Belize City, Belize
- Isla Roatan, Honduras
- St. Lucia
- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
- St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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.
WHAT’S ON MY BUCKET LIST?
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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?