25 Before 25 | 25 Countries Before My 25th Birthday

25 before 25

On the back of my last post, My 25 Best Travel Moments, I wanted to write about one of the personal goals that I’ve had for a while now. My goal is to visit 25 countries before my 25th birthday, aka 25 before 25. I think it’s a really cool goal to have and I know it will encourage me to travel more. Life is all about the experiences!

At the moment, I’ve visited is 21 (update- 24!) countries. This takes me up to one country for every year I’ve been alive and I think that’s pretty cool! My 25th birthday is on the 27th December 2017. Just a few months ago, visiting another 4 countries in 5 months seemed impossible because I’m working with a very limited budget. But it’s totally possible because of the ridiculously cheap flight prices. I can visit so many countries in Europe for under £30. Crazy. My most recent trip was a mini-Euro trip to Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. I was hoping to be in my 25th country on my actual birthday but I have now planned a UK trip instead. So while I don’t know when it will happen, I’m 100% certain that it will.

25 before 25 | Where I’ve been so far:

These are the countries and cities/towns I have been to so far and when I first visited:

  1. Scotland Home (Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr, Stirling, St. Andrews, Dunfermline, Arbroath, Newport, Tayport, Pitlochry, Fort William, Montrose, Laurencekirk, Cupar, Blairgowrie)
  2. Spain October 1999 (Salou, Barcelona)
  3. England June 2006 (Blackpool, Fleetwood, Berwick, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Brighton)
  4. The Netherlands December 2006 (Amsterdam)
  5. Turkey October 2009 (Marmaris)
  6. Greece July 2011 (Rhodes)
  7. Thailand April 2012 (Bangkok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sok, Phuket, Phi Phi)
  8. France November 2012 (Paris)
  9. United Arab Emirates June 2013 (Dubai)
  10. Cambodia June 2013 (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap)
  11. Singapore July 2013 (Singapore)
  12. Indonesia July 2013 (Bali)
  13. Australia July 2013 (Sydney)
  14. Fiji August 2013 (Around Viti Levu)
  15. United States of America August 2013 (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange County, Las Vegas, Richmond, New York, Miami, Orlando, Key West)
  16. Iceland August 2013 (Reykjavik)
  17. Northern Ireland March 2015 (Belfast, Portadown, Portrush)
  18. Ghana May 2015 (Accra, Teshie)
  19. Canada June 2016 (Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Calgary, Whistler, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Charette)
  20. Mexico June 2016 (Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen)
  21. Jamaica June 2017 (Montego Bay, Kingston) 
  22. Belgium October 2017 (Brussels, Bruges)
  23. Luxembourg October 2017 (Luxembourg)
  24. Germany October 2017 (Cologne)

Do you have a 25 before 25 list or something similar? Leave a comment and let me know if you do because I’d love to check it out!

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  1. Great plan, Chloe, make it happen! I second Leuven in Belgium, a beautiful and lively city, I worked a project there for 2 years. And then obviously I volunteer Nuremberg. Lot’s of history, good and bad. And the world famous Christmas market. If you need a tour guide I volunteer as well 😉 ! You could continue south to Switzerland (Zurich), Vienna (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic). All those cities are connected by trains or bus (or plane). Enjoy planning 🙂 !! Marcus

  2. Very achievable! Good luck in getting to the final 4! Belgium and Germany are both wonderful countries, I’ve visited both numerous times.

  3. You’ve been to so many cool countries, I’m so jealous! Others I would suggest are Tanzania (stunning) and apparently Poland is very cool and cheap to get to (although I have never been). Good luck completing your list!

      1. I actually grew up in Tanzania – I would recommend anywhere in the North, Ngorogoro Crater and near Kilimanjaro. And you have to visit Zanzibar because its so cool!
        Yes I will keep reading, love your blog so far!

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