30 Countries Before Age 30 Travel Challenge

I’ve seen a lot of people writing about the travel challenge to visit 30 countries before they’re 30 and I want to join in. I feel like it’s a realistic goal as I am currently in my 23rd country and I’ve still got a few months to go before my 23rd Birthday. It works out to at least 1 new country per year which I can definitely find motivation for.

30 Countries Before 30
I’ll add to this post as I visit new countries so here are the 23/30 countries I have visited so far in my life.

1/30 England
This may technically be cheating as it is my birth country however I have visited multiple cities & towns across England so I’m going to count it.

2/30 Wales
I have been visiting Wales multiple times a year for as long as I can remember and I’m pretty sure I’ve only visited North Wales though so I’ll have to venture further down south at some point.

3/30 USA
First trip was to Florida aged 1 year & 11 months, then again to Florida when I was about 8. I was 14 when I was given the opportunity to visit LA with my dance school for which I’ll be forever grateful. At 16, I was able to travel to New York with college as part of a trip & I didn’t want to come home!

4/30 Spain
Probably my most visited country of all time. I have visited Spain almost every year for my whole life so far! We have family who can drive to Spain & we often holiday there together.

5/30 France
I have visited France a few times too (namely Paris). When I was 3 we went to Disneyland, then again at age 11 to perform with my dance school. I didn’t visit again until over New Year 2016/17 where we stayed near the city but spent New Year’s Eve at Disneyland and watched the fireworks at midnight. It was truly magical.

Eiffel Tower, Paris France
6/30 The Netherlands
When I was 13 we went on a driving holiday to the Netherlands, driving onto a ferry & sleeping overnight to get to our destination. We stayed in a EuroCamp which is a caravan park and did a day trip to Amsterdam to see Anne Frank’s house!

7/30 Gibraltar
Our British overseas territory that I love so much! I have family who live here & I love getting to visit as often as I can! I’ve visited every few years since 2009!

8/30 Mexico
My first more ‘exotic’ holiday. When I was 15 we spent 2 weeks over Christmas in Mexico & I adored it. We got to swim with dolphins on Christmas Eve & be in the sunshine in December which is priceless!

9/30 Scotland
Another UK country makes the list! At 15, we competed in a dance competition in Glasgow, my small visit to Scotland has made me want to see more, especially the Harry Potter landmarks!

10/30 Cyprus
When I was 17 we travelled to Cyprus, our furthest European destination so far! We stayed in Paphos and the architecture in the old town was phenomenally beautiful.

Cyprus sunset
11/30 Portugal
My first (and only) girls holiday! 5 of us went to Albefuira and my main memory is just how beautiful and unspoilt the beaches were. I can see why so many people repeatedly visit. I think it would actually be a perfect quiet family holiday destination!

12/30 Egypt
We visited Sharm el Sheikh in the summers of 2013 & 2014. It opened my eyes to what luxury travel could be like & I was mesmerised by the service we were given by the staff. The only thing I would change about it is the time of year we went because July was far too hot for me! Almost 50 degrees Celsius every day!

13/30 Italy
In 2015, we went on my first cruise and instead of leaving from the UK, we flew to Venice to pick it up! After the cruise, we stayed in Venice for a few extra nights & it was vibrant & colourful & perfect!

14/30 Croatia
As part of the cruise, we stopped in 2 places in Croatia, Dubrovnik & Split. Dubrovnik has many Game of Thrones locations so it would be great to tour as a fan but Split was like stepping back in time. I would love to return and go to the Plitvice National Park.

15/30 Greece
My first visit to Greece was part of the cruise, we stopped in Piraeus & had a day trip to the Acropolis in Athens. The next year, I went back with my boyfriend & his family to Crete and also did a day trip to Santorini.

Quad bike girl, Crete, Greece
16/30 Turkey
Kusadasi is the only place in Turkey that I have seen. It is a port town with markets. I would love to go to Cappedocia though to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival!

17/30 Poland
Our first trip as a couple! We went to Krakow for the Christmas Markets and it was the prettiest place I had ever seen. We visited Auschwitz whilst we were there which moved me beyond compare and also visited the Salt Mines!

18/30 Thailand
My first trip to Asia! We stayed in Koh Samui for most of our time, in Lamai, and it was a little slice of paradise. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been to Asia before. The temples were beautiful, the beaches were peaceful & the prices were amazing!

19/30 Germany
Our last European city break before our year travelling Australia! We went to Berlin in October 2017 and saw Checkpoint Charlie & the Berlin Wall. The East Side Gallery was the most moving thing I have ever seen. I will never forget seeing it for the first time.

20/30 United Arab Emirates
Specifically, Dubai. We stayed for 3 days on our mini adventure before our year in Australia. I found that it wasn’t as expensive as I expected to eat out, provided you went to the right place! I would recommend Dubai Mall for a range of prices.

Burj khalifa, Dubai
21/30 Singapore
Singapore was never too high up on my bucket list but I am so glad we went. It has ended up being one of my favourite places & I can’t even describe why. It is a bustling city but it doesn’t feel crowded. The underground system is as easy to use as any in the world & runs efficiently and is a LOT less busy than London’s Tube!

22/30 Indonesia
Bali was our final stop before reaching Australia & Ubud in particular stole my heart. Kuta is somewhere I was NOT a fan of. Drugs offered everywhere & rats in the street. We are going back in August 2018 but for almost 3 weeks so I’m looking forward to that!

23/30 Australia
My current home! We flew into Sydney on 1st February 2018 and went from there. My favourite smaller town is Noosa and my favourite city is Brisbane!

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Currently we’ve got plans (with no date yet) to visit Vietnam with Intro Travel but other than that who knows where I’ll get to visit next. I look forward to figuring it out!

Bex

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I am a 22 year old teacher from the UK who is currently travelling around Australia on a Working Holiday Visa year.

10 thoughts on “30 Countries Before Age 30 Travel Challenge

    Kathryn

    (April 20, 2018 - 12:09 am)

    I’m trying to do this too! But I was super sad when I was told British territories don’t actually count 😢 I say I’ve been to 18 countries, buuuut Hong Kong, China and Taiwan count as one and Cayman Islands is a British territory- but I haven’t been to Britain yet so maybe still counts? (so really only 14 😓) We also had a HUGE argument on my last trip about whether England was a country (I thought it was but the English girl I was with said the UK was a country, not England) idk I’m confused hahaha 😂

      bexcapades

      (April 20, 2018 - 12:12 am)

      England is a country definitely, the United Kingdom is classed as a sovereign state in Western Europe! That’s what I was always taught anyway! I’m counting them as separate! 😂

    Cassiethehag

    (April 21, 2018 - 7:19 am)

    I enjoyed reading this and that’s a great goal! I’m 27 and on 10 countries (nearly half are the UK hehe) so don’t think I make it – I’m about to go travelling but wouldn’t have the funds to travel so quickly! But that’s okay 😊 good luck hitting 30 by 30!

      bexcapades

      (April 21, 2018 - 7:21 am)

      Thank you! I’m lucky in that I went on a cruise with my parents a couple of years ago and visited 4 different countries within 2 weeks!

    Em

    (April 21, 2018 - 4:20 pm)

    I loved this post, you’re super lucky to have visited so many countries! I live in South Wales so if you ever do get to visit I have a guide on what to do in Cardiff over on my blog if you wanted to check it out! Good luck with your goal of 30 countries!
    Em ~ http://thisisemsworld.com

      bexcapades

      (April 21, 2018 - 10:46 pm)

      Thank you, I know I’m very lucky! Ooh, I’ll definitely take a look if I do ☺️!
      Bex

    lifewithneve

    (April 22, 2018 - 12:47 pm)

    I absolutely love this idea! You’re way on track too to accomplishing this!

      bexcapades

      (April 22, 2018 - 10:35 pm)

      Thank you! I definitely think it’s doable so fingers crossed!

    Sophie

    (April 25, 2018 - 8:05 pm)

    Wow you have been to soo many countries! I hope to do this one day ☺️

      bexcapades

      (April 25, 2018 - 10:10 pm)

      I’ve definitely been very lucky ☺️☺️x

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