30 Countries Before 30

I think I was so inspired to start this blog because of all the wonderful blogs I read. Honestly, I read A LOT of blogs…and they’re about a variety of topics: traveling, fashion, baking, politics, etc. One of my favorite travel blogs is called “40 Before 30.”It is about a woman who wants to visit 40 countries before she turns 30. So I’ve made it my mission to visit 30 countries before 30!

40 countries seemed a bit ambitious for myself but it inspired me to write down where I’ve visited and where I want to go before I turn 30 (although, I’m already halfway to 40 countries!). There is something that is absolutely wonderful and exhilarating about writing down goals and things I want to do. It seems to give me purpose and drive in my life. I’m such a list maker and this current list I’m calling “30 CountriesΒ Before 30”

VISITED:

North America:

  1. Canada – Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia (honestly, I’ve probably been to even more provinces but can’t remember!)
  2. United States (duh!) – I’ve been to all 48 continental states (just need to visit Hawaii and Alaska)

Europe:

  1. Austria – Innsbruck
  2. Belgium
  3. Croatia – Zagreb, Pula, Opatija
  4. France – Paris, Normandy Region (Honfleur, Caen, Bayeux, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach, Point du Hoc), Nice
  5. Germany – Heidelberg, Tuebingen, Frankfurt, Berlin (4 times), Munich, Dresden, Stuttgart, Bonn, Cologne, Essen, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Potsdam, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Dachau, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Ulm (honestly, the list goes on and on!)
  6. Ireland – Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey
  7. Italy – Genoa, Pisa, Cinque Terra, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, Bellagio, Lake Como, Ischia
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Luxembourg – Luxembourg City
  10. Monaco – the entire city!
  11. Netherlands
  12. Portugal – Lisbon
  13. Slovenia – Julian Alps, Kranjska Gora
  14. Spain – Barcelona, Montserrat (monastery)
  15. Sweden – Stockholm, islands surround Stockholm, Vasteras, Nykoping
  16. Switzerland – Chur, Interlaken
  17. United Kingdom – London (and all surrounding areas), Edinburgh (Scotland is almost like its own country! haha), Oxford, Cambridge
  18. Vatican – I saw the Pope!
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After visiting Portugal in a few months, I’ll have been to 20 countries (which isn’t bad for someone who is only 22 years old!). Here are the 10 countries I want to visit in the next 8 years. I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to easily accomplish that (and hopefully 10 more after that make it “40 Before 30”!)

Places I want to visit before 30:

  1. Australia – Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
  2. Czech Republic – Prague
  3. Denmark – Copenhagen
  4. Greece – Athens
  5. Hungary – Budapest, Debrecen
  6. Iceland – Reykjavik
  7. Israel – Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
  8. Jordan – Amman
  9. Norway – Oslo
  10. Poland – Warsaw, Krakow
  11. Turkey – Istanbul

** OK, so maybe this list is 31 countries by 30 because it was too hard to narrow down my list! Also, I feel like crossing the Atlantic Ocean on an ocean liner has to count for something…half a country? That took 8 days!

I might be being overly optimistic, but hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish this before I leave Germany in April/May of 2015! Well, as my Dad said the other day, I don’t need a job…I need a trust fund! Currently taking donations!

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