So last week was my 32nd birthday. It was a pretty quiet affair, with a few friends and family for a chilled out Sunday BBQ. Birthdays to me are always a time to reflect upon what I have achieved and lessons learned, but also moving forwards towards new goals and targets. Mainly, travel more! So here I am setting myself a travel challenge.
Over a business lunch, my manager mentioned that she was travelling to Malta as part of her personal 50 countries before she turns 50 years old list. It got me thinking that I could set myself a goal over the next eight years to bring up my total number of countries visited 40.
So my list currently stands at:
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
- The Netherlands
- Vatican City
- Gran Canaria
- South Africa
- The United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- United States
Now I have written all of those down; it seems like quite a challenge to be able to complete my list in 8 years. 14 more to go!
However, there are 32 recognised countries in Europe that I have still not travelled to (not including some notable dependencies such as Isle of Man, Channel Island, Gibraltar, Menorca, Majorca and Sardina – to me these are separate countries as each one has its own unique culture distinct from the mainland). Also not including Iceland and some nations that sit on Europe/Asia border
It looks like I am going to have to put my planning hat on and find some cheap travel opportunities to complete my list.
What countries would make your travel challenge list?