I turned 24 yesterday and I’m not going to lie, it freaked me out just a little. Now that I’ve officially hit my mid-twenties (picture me clinging firmly to the ‘early’ label for the entire of my 23rd year), it feels like I’m slowly approaching that stage in life where you feel truly comfortable in who you are as a person and realising what you want out of life. My life has become so much more focused on making those wild daydreams about seeing the world come true and from here, a travel goal has been born for the next 364 days:
To see 25 countries before I turn 25
My grand total so far stands at a respectable 21 with 9 of those being in the past 8 months!
Countries I’ve visited
England – I was disappointed to learn that Jersey and Guernsey aren’t actually classed as countries!
France – Contiki in Paris / city break to Paris
Germany – Berlin / Munich
Italy – Venice / Rome / Florence
Netherlands – Amsterdam
Poland – Krakow
Czech Republic – Contiki in Prague / things to do in Prague
Switzerland – Lucerne / Lauterbrunnen
Wales – Llandudno
What with a limited bank balance and full time job, seeing 4 new countries to make 25 countries within a year feels challenging. I’m not making things easier now that there are more more far flung destinations on my bucket list than ever before. But if there’s any challenge I’m happy to undertake, a travel goal is right up my street.
This year, I ticked off a few countries that had been top of my list for years – Croatia, Prague and Italy – so what’s my starting point? A few places that have caught my eye more and more as time goes on are Iceland, Slovenia, Canada and…the big one, Australia. The adventures are only just beginning so stick with me throughout this 24th year of my life – things are going to get exciting.