The 40 Before 40 Travel Challenge

Birthday Cupcakes

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:
  1. England
  2. Scotland
  3. Wales
  4. Northern Ireland
  5. Republic of Ireland
  6. France
  7. Spain
  8. Belgium
  9. The Netherlands
  10. Portugal
  11. Germany
  12. Italy
  13. Vatican City
  14. Hungary
  15. Greece
  16. Turkey
  17. Ibiza
  18. Gran Canaria
  19. Tenerife
  20. South Africa
  21. The United Arab Emirates
  22. Singapore
  23. New Zealand
  24. Australia
  25. Fiji
  26. 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?

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