30 Places to Explore Before I’m 30

When I was growing up my parents made it our yearly goal to go on holiday. It didn’t matter how far or how close it was, but we would pack our bags and travel for a couple of weeks to a whole new place. As I grew up and moved out for university it all changed. I travelled a lot less – so much so that for a few years I didn’t go anywhere at all.

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But now I’ve been hit by the wanderlust bug, hard. I just want to go out and explore! I’ve been scrolling endlessly through travel blogs and came across Kirsty’s post on ‘30 countries before 30‘ and it really inspired me to write this post.

So here it is – my ultimate list. I’ll put a little heart next to the places I’ve been and things I’ve done (that I might revisit one day).

30 Places to Explore Before I’m 30

  1. Wear a kimono in Japan ♥
  2. Hop over to Iceland to see the Northern Lights
  3. Go through Venice on a gondola ♥
  4. Spot Copenhagen’s insta-worthy colourful houses
  5. Walk along the canal in Amsterdam ♥
  6. Go shopping in New York 
  7. Be inspired by the Great Wall of China
  8. Walk along the Amalfi Coast
  9. Discover what ‘relaxation’ really means in the Maldives
  10. Explore the Torre de Belém in Lisbon
  11. Pretend I’m a gladiator in the Colosseum in Rome 
  12. Trawl through Edinburgh to spot all of the magical Harry Potter destinations
  13. Sip Guinness in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (even though I hate Guinness)
  14. Admire Cologne cathedral’s gothic architecture
  15. Be inspired by the beautiful windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona 
  16. Get lost among the winding alleyways of Nice’s old town
  17. Go to Slottskogen in Gothenburg to see the elks
  18. Gaze at the beautiful fairytale castle that is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  19. Sip mint tea and overlook the Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech ♥
  20. Stand beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris ♥
  21. Wander through Brussels’ Grand Place ♥
  22. Refuel with Fika in Stockholm
  23. Get inspired by Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay
  24. Walk along the Cardiff bay ♥
  25. Explore the Lower Town of Grund in Luxembourg 
  26. Witness the beauty of Dubai atop of the Burj Khalifa
  27. Go gambling with the rich at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco
  28. Take a stroll in the Shambles at York
  29. Celebrate Halloween in Disneyworld (or Disneyland)
  30. Try not to be sick as my hubby drives down the Stelvio Pass in Northern Italy

I’ve linked the ones I’ve written for blog posts for, as I’d love to do more travel blogging, but some I didn’t really have any photos for as I was very young when I went… I guess it gives me another reason to go again!

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What are your top countries and places to visit?

Do you have a travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! Who knows, I might even add more onto this list, tehehehe…

Lizzie xx

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  • Mariana García
    April 12, 2019

    I want to visit Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain and a lot of places around the world specially for the food xD

  • Maisie Gibbons
    April 12, 2019

    Barcelona is one of my favourite cities I’ve ever been to! You’ll love it! Make sure to blog about all these wonderful places when you do visit them! xx

  • Ly
    April 12, 2019

    I love your travel list, I think it’s really inspiring! What, you didn’t go to Disneyland Paris yet?? Maybe you will go this summer, during the gyaru party?
    I want to travel more and more too! I’ve been to England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Thailand and Japan…and I’m going back to Japan this summer! Like you, I want to wear a kimono during my trip, I think I will plan an oiran shooting in Kyoto! ^^

  • Melissa Kacar
    April 12, 2019

    I love all of the places you listed, I definitely would love to travel to all of those places on day too! The only place I’ve been on this list is New York City – it’s the most amazing city I’ve ever been to (and the shopping is the best! lol) There’s so much to do in NYC! #1 on my travel list is going to Paris, it looks so beautiful! I also really want to go to London, San Francisco, and Amsterdam.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  • Lily Chanel
    April 12, 2019

    I already visited, England, Ireland, Spain, Italy (Roma and Genoa), France (Marseille, Bretagne, Deauville, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Haute Savoie, Alpes, Paris), Belgium, Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Danmark, Japan (Kyoto and Tokyo), Vietnam, Malaysia, Bali, Singapour, Cuba. I would like visited Canada, USA, Argentina, China, Ireland, Sweden, Mexico.

  • Kim
    April 12, 2019

    Some great destinations and ideas here. Top of my travel bucket list are Amsterdam, Rome and Route 66.

  • onemorelightlb
    April 12, 2019

    I love this! I have done some of these and they are AMAZING! I’d LOVE to visit New York!

    If you are looking for great Harry Potter destinations, there is a tour that leaves from Edinburgh and takes you to some gorgeous HP filming locations in the highlands! I wrote about it in my post about Scotland over on my blog if you are interested!

    I LOVE your site btw!!

    OneMoreLightLB / https://onemorelightlb.blogspot.com

  • Shannon
    April 12, 2019

    I love how you’ve mentioned specific things you want to see and do in those places! I’d love to go snorkeling in Hawaii and visit the Louvre in Paris.

    That Daring Darling