I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing posts surrounding visiting 30 countries, it’s probably because many of them – like myself – are turning/ close to turning 30 years old *eek*. I was very lucky as a kid to go abroad almost every year but pretty much every single time it was to the same place which at the time was lovely it didn’t really help with my exploration of the world.
In the past few year’s I have made the biggest dent in my travelling plans hitting 26 countries currently with one more booked in September and plans for five or six countries in 2018 meaning I’ll tick over my 30 countries sometime in 2018 all going to plan.
Here’s a real quick rundown of the countries I’ve been to:
This was my standard childhood holiday and we would return to Paphos year in year out until I turned 16, clocking in a mighty 14 trips. We always went to the same area, stayed in the same apartments and it was nice as I knew the area well enough that I could wander around on my own quite happily. It was starting to get more touristy during the later years (2006 was my last trip) but I know I’d love to back one year.
My nan was born in Wales so when I was younger I have faint memories of going to Wales with my grandparents to visit relatives and explore another homeland. I only went a few times when I was under 10 but since then I have been back to Wales twice, once to Merthyr Tydfil to a festival about six years ago and another time to Cardiff a few year’s back for my friends birthday.
During one of my trips to Cyprus, we joined a one day express trip to Cairo taking in so much during our day including the Pyramids, Sphinx, The Nile river, the Tutankhamun museum and the markets. I’d absolutely love to go back but I am very thankful that I managed to see so much during my quick day.
One year we decided to try something different from our traditional Cyprus holidays and headed to Gran Canaria and although it was a good holiday I don’t remember anything out of the ordinary about it to make me think I’d love to go back again.
The only proper trip I did at school was to Belgium for about five days in Year 11 for our History GCSE. We did all the typical historic sights although again I don’t remember a whole lot about this trip and I’d love to head back to a few places in Belgium again.
After putting aside our traditional European summer holidays my first trip to America was in 2007 and was a 3 week tour of the West coast taking in pretty much everything you can imagine in California (LA/ San Francisco/ Yosemite etc) and a few days in Vegas, although not being able to drink or gamble was a shame. In 2009 I headed away with my parents again this time to the East Coast of America and Canada which I’ll talk more about below during my Canada section. Since then I have been back to New York three times, including once as part of a trip taking in Washington DC, Philadelphia, NY and Niagra Falls, and I went to Hawaii earlier this year for Easter. I absolutely love America and know there’s so much more for me to explore.
Zante was my first holiday without parents that wasn’t a school trip. I headed on an 18-30’s holiday with my best friend the summer after I finished my A Levels and it was a week of excelled alcohol consumption and plenty of extreme heat which resulted in me getting very sunburnt. I wish I had done a two week holiday and spent a week relaxing and enjoying the island after a week of partying but no it was straight home and back to work.
As I explained above I did a tour taking in the North Western coast of America and then Canada taking in areas such as Toronto, Quebec and my all time favourite site: Niagara Falls. There’s something mesmerizing about Niagara and it’s something you can’t really explain until you’ve been there.
The year after Zante I hadn’t learned my lesson about alcohol consumption and went to Kavos. It was pretty much like you see on those shitty TV shows and I am not proud of the way I acted during my trip. I didn’t see anything of the island and it’s beauty I just got drunk for the week and acted like an idiot.
In January 2009 I headed to Dublin (and Belfast) to see my favourite band; Bring Me The Horizon. I was only in each city for a day and we literally did nothing to show us the cities, we could have been anywhere in the world but I had a great time and it’s made me want to re-visit Dublin again sometime soon. I’m hoping to go back with my parent’s next year as we have cousins in Dublin and it would be lovely to see them.
As explained above my first trip to Belfast was a fleeting trip in 2009 but in May 2016 I headed here for three days of exploration with my other half and I absolutely loved the city. We did a Game of Thrones tour, took a bus tour of the city and went to the Titanic Museum among other things. As it still takes the pound it’s a great place to head for a quick weekend getaway.
I have now been to Paris in France five times including my first trip in 2009 with my then boyfriend to celebrate New Year, a trip last April to actually explore the city, 2 days last October to celebrate Halloween in Disney, two days for my current boyfriend’s birthday in March this year, and three days in June this year to see some of my favourite bands play live. I have done pretty much all the touristy parts of the city and while I don’t actually love love love this city like a lot of people seem to I just seem to keep going back due to it’s accessibility.
Back in March 2010 I headed to Rome for five days with my then boyfriend and I fell in love with the city. The colosseum was stunning, there was so much history around the city and the food was amazing. I have been saying that I’d go back for years and finally I have booked another trip for this November where me and my other half will be hitting up Rome for four days and Venice for four days and I couldn’t be more excited.
The smallest country in the world but a country none the less. I visited Vatican City during my 2010 trip to Rome where we had a guided tour of the city and museums and we were also lucky enough to be in the audience of a talk the Pope at the time did. It was all in German so I didn’t understand a word of it but it was an experience none the less. I’m looking forward to re-exploring more of the city this year when I head back.
I first visited Amsterdam in Holland in January 2011 when I went to see Bring Me The Horizon (again) in the Melkweg. I was only in the city for one night and that was a memorable night to say the least, we drank, we smoked and we went to see the band, it was just what I expected Amsterdam to be like. When I got home I felt a little disappointed in myself for not experiencing more of the city and it took until February 2017 before I headed back, strangely enough, to see another show (this time The Weeknd), but I got three full days in the city where I explored the canels, the small winding streets and plenty of museums.
I first went to Germany on a trip with my nan to Berlin in 2011. We had about three days in the city and I loved the feel of it there especially all of the artwork running along the Berlin Wall, I know it’s somewhere I’d love to go back. I returned to Germany in June 2016 to Hamburg and Nuremberg for the Rock Im Park festival. The idea of the festival was great but sadly my trip wasn’t the best, you can find out why here.
My only experience of Poland thus far has been to Krakow and it’s one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited. In the summer of 2012 I headed here for a few days to explore the Salt Mine’s, to pay my tributes at Auschwitz and eat like a literal queen, a three-course meal would cost about £12, although that was a few year’s back.
No I didn’t learn, and a whopping five year’s after my first 18-30’s holiday I headed to Magaluf in September 2013 to experience mega clubs, even more, excessive alcohol consumption and feel a little old due to being 23 amidst a lot of 18-year-olds. The trip itself was a great one to be honest, we got to see Avicii live on our very first night and Tichy Stryder one our final proper night, I went to my first foam party, and I learnt you can have just as much fun without being stupidly drunk.
When I first moved from retail to an office based job I made a pact that I’d go away for weekend’s more as I wouldn’t have to work and my very first trip like this was to Budapest with a group of 7 friends’s in September 2014 although we didn’t see too much of the city as we spent most of the time eating and drinking, not a bad way to spend a trip. Two year’s later in September 2016 I managed to head back to the city to properly explore with my best friend and I fell completely in love with the Parliament building hitting my top spot of buildings seen so far.
Over the Easter weekend in 2015 I headed to both Stockholm and Gothenburg with my best friend for five days of adventures. It was a fun trip and it was lovely to contrast the tour areas of the country from one another but I sadly didn’t fall in love with the area as much as I’d expected to.
From one Scandinavian country to another; Denmark. Over the past year or so I swear everyone I know has been to Copenhagen myself included. I made my first trip in October 2015 for four days properly exploring the city and falling in love with everything especially Tivoli which was dressed up for Halloween when we went. The following May I headed back for a quick overnight stay on my own and a bit of a relax in a city I already loved, I went back to the places I loved exploring and ate all my favourite food. In November 2016 I headed back once again for a single day to see Tivoli lit up in all its glory for Christmas and it was magical and really put me in the festive spirit.
Over the New Year period 2015-16, I headed on my very first solo adventure joining a group of people on a week long tour of Morocco. We explored the markets of Marrakech, camel trekked and stayed in camps in the middle of the Sahara desert and trekked the Atlas Mountains while spending New Year in a tiny town in the mountains. I learned a lot on this trip about myself and about my general love of travelling and it’s not put me off solo travel.
I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to head to Scotland but I am so glad that I just booked a train to Edinburgh and explored the city for a long weekend. I headed away the first time on my own where I climbed up to Arthur’s Seat, explored the Castle and Holyrood Palace, ate loads of fudge and got a tattoo. A few month’s later I went back with my parent’s for three days where we explored some new areas such as the Zoo and the Britannia Yacht, but with so much to see in the city I know I’ll be back again.
Over the Easter break in 2016 I headed to Malta with my friend for four days of relaxation and exploration. We headed on a boat over to the beautiful Blue Lagoon, drank cheap rose wine in some cute back street restaurants and explored a UNESCO site which I later found out was used within Game of Thrones. The island itself was lovely and I’d love to go back when it’s just a bit warmer so we could take full advantage of the sea and beaches.
During 2016 I set myself the challenge of being out of England every month and Geneva was my final country of the year over the first weekend in December. It was super cold when we were there which made it hard to do too much exploring but the backdrop of the Alps and the abundance of cheese and chocolate fondue made this a lovely weekend getaway. I’d love to head back and go to the chocolate factory in the city and head to Cern, but that’s another trip for another time.
The final new country I have visited is Crete which happened in May 2017 across five days of proper sunshine. I hadn’t been on a holiday where sunbathing and tanning was an option in a very long time so this was well overdue. Yes, we did a whole day gorge trek which kind of killed me but other than this everything was slow paced and relaxing. I love Greek islands as I love the feel of the area’s, the food and of course the abundance of sunshine so I’d be more than happy to tick another few off my list (there are 30 in total!)
Prague – September 2017
The only new country which I have booked is Prague where I am spending three full days in September with my bestie. I am so excited as it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a while ever since seeing images of the bone church which will be the first place I am heading.
That’s my 27 countries in 27 year’s so I know I’ll hit 30 countries by next year but I have just under 2 and a half year’s until I turn 30 so who knows what figure I’ll get up to then.
I know I know I’m crazy thinking ahead to next year already but I have a rough idea of what I want to do. I am hoping to go to Luxembourg for a few days near the beginning of the year mainly because I accidentally scratched it off my map so I need to head there, Romania for 4 days with my bestie around May/ June time as we’ve already discussed wanting to visit the Dracula castle, Dubrovnik for 4 days around September time with my other half as it’s somewhere we both want to visit and it’s more Game of Thrones exploration, and then 6-7 days in Barcelona in November with my other half. We’ve found the most amazing hotel in Barcelona and it’s just too expensive March- October so we’re hoping to opt for another November holiday so we can get somewhere super fancy and celebrate our anniversary. I also know I want to head somewhere over the Easter weekend as I might as well although I have no idea where yet.
So there you have it my expanse of countries visited. Well done if you even read 1/10 of this post!