Travel challenge! 40 under 30?

8 April 2014

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I recently stumbled across A Lady in London’s challenge to visit 90 countries before she turned 30. I think this is such a brilliant idea and I would love to undertake a similar challenge. Unfortunately 90 isn’t a realistic number for me - I work full time (not in the travel industry) and I’ve recently turned 29 so time is running short.

As it currently stands I have visited 30 countries, and will be able to add 2 more to this list over the next month. (That is, if Cayman Islands counts as a country? I hope it does!)

Here’s the list so far:

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. Croatia
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Denmark
  9. Fiji
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Iceland
  14. Ireland
  15. Italy
  16. Liechtenstein
  17. Luxembourg
  18. Monaco
  19. Montenegro
  20. Netherlands
  21. New Zealand
  22. Portugal
  23. Russia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland
  27. Turkey
  28. United Kingdom
  29. United States of America
  30. Vatican City

This doesn’t include airport stopovers, otherwise I could also add Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Latvia and Thailand to the list.

If I were to reach 40 countries before turning 30, I will need to visit at least one new country per month. Not a completely unreasonable expectation, although I have crossed off a lot of European countries already so this is going to get tricky towards the end.

I already have some countries in mind to add to this list - Hungary, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Canada to name a few. Can you suggest any others?

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