When it comes to travel I think it is always helpful to have a goal in mind, especially when you, like me, travel as frequently as possible. Whether that goal is to go to as many business class lounges as possible or to meet people from different cultures, having an idea of why you want to travel and what you want to achieve has always helped me, at least, to decide where I want to go and why.

I have always been someone who wants to see as much of the world as possible. I prefer to get off the beaten track (forgive the cliche) and break out of the mould my parents set of beaches and resort holidays. I prefer a real, cultural experience. It isn’t for everyone, certainly not for my parents, but it works for me and I like it.

With this in mind, I am setting myself a goal of visiting 100 countries by 2030. That gives me just under a decade to achieve what I never would have deemed possible a couple of years ago.

So where am I right now? At the time of writing this I have visited 13 countries, including:

EUROPE

NORTH AMERICA

  • The UK
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Italy
  • Vatican City
  • The USA

This means I have to travel to a whopping 88 countries if I want to get to 100 over the next 9 years. Pretty much 10 countries a year.

Saying all of this, it is important to me that I don’t rush a country just to say I’ve been there. I said I like cultural experiences and, for that reason, I want to take my time and feel like I have explored somewhere to be able to tick it off my list. I would rather only travel to 50 countries but explore them well than reach 100 but only spend 2 days in each.

And so that is my plan.

If you want to follow my journey to travelling to 100 countries before 2030 then feel free to follow my blog. I will be documenting it all on here.

Let me know what your travel goals are.

39 Comments

  1. Very ambitious! My goal was just “30 before 30” (then “40 before 30” once I hit 30) and now my current goal is “Every continent” which will take a while because Antarctica is so expensive! I definitely would like to hit 100 countries too though, but that’s a much longer-term goal.

  2. You’ve been to so many places already that so cool! I’ll deffo be following you on your travels in your next posts!

  3. ‘I would rather only travel to 50 countries but explore them well than reach 100 but only spend 2 days in each.’ I love this and absolutely agree! I’m like you in that I like to set goals, but I think it’s amazing you already know that you value your experiences over anything else 🙂

  4. Wow, I like this goal! It’s something I’d really love to do myself, actually 🙂 And you know, I’ve visited most of the countries on your list, so it’s nice to know I have something in common with a fellow travel blogger. Good luck and I hope you achieve your dream! 😀

  5. What a great travel goal! My goal was to RV through all 48 lower contiguous states of the U.S., and I was able to accomplish that after a year-long road trip. I’ve been to 49 states so far but still need to make it up to Alaska. Then I’ll have to start focusing more on countries. So far I’ve been to 6 countries. There’s so many more to explore though! Out of the ones you’ve been to so far, what country has been your favorite? – Briana @ Next Destination Unknown | https://www.nextdestinationunknown.com/

    1. RVing around the US is actually something I would love to do! You must have seen loads over that time! My favourite country I’ve been to so far is Poland! I try and go every year although have had to cancel this years trip!

      1. Poland… good to know! We have seen a lot throughout our RV adventures. Our favorite places to visit are the National Parks. So far we’ve been to 28.

    1. That sounds wonderful! I would love to take a year or two to full-time travel in the future, just need to talk my partner round to it!
      Good luck with creating your next company too!

  6. Ambitious but totally attainable!! And I am with you on the not wanting to rush countries thing… To fully appreciate the culture you need time! I spent 8 weeks in Greece right out of high school with my now husband, and it was life changing!

    1. Thank you so much! I have to agree that as much as I would like to see 100 countries in this time period I would rather see 40 but see most of what that country has to offer than 100 but barely see anything at all!

  7. My goal was to do 30 before 30 but I only got to 27 which is still not bad but really wanted to achieve that goal. Now with the virus it will be a while probably before I get to 30. Hope you are able to achieve your goal!

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