Saturday, March 28, 2015

Five travel goals for five years


I tried to sit down and write a bucket list of all the things I want to do in the next few years or few decades (yikes!) but I finally decided the list would be far too long and take hours to write. Almost every day I discover something new that I want to do or see, and so my bucket list will be never ending! So for now, I have settled for five travel goals that I want to achieve in the next five years
  • Have visited 50 countries
At present, I have visited 29 countries. I have never actually transited without staying overnight on long-haul flights, so all of these are countries I have actually properly visited. To achieve this goal I will have to visit 4 or 5 new countries per year. Thanks to living in the UK I get 5 weeks annual leave per year, so as long as I don't visit too many countries I've already been to I should make it!
  • Visit South & North America
Besides Antartica (which I want to get to one day!) North and South America are the only continents I haven't visited. I especially want to visit New York and Chile.
  • Go on a cruise
Cruises sound absolutely amazing. I have been wanting to go on one for years. When I was in Australia I really wanted to do a South Pacific cruise but it never ended up happening. Now I would love to do a cruise that includes Turkey and Greece, but really I would probably be happy with any cruise! 
  • Visit most of the countries on the European Continent
So far I have 23 countries ticked off and 27 left to see. The list I have includes places like Vatican City & San Marino. Once I've been to them all I can work on revisiting them again and seeing what I missed the first time around. I don't believe that you can ever truly see everything there is to see in one country. Even though I've lived in the UK for two years and tried to see most of it through day trips, weekends or longer, there is still so much to see! 
  • Live in another country for at least three months
Unfortunately one of the side effects of moving country (and hemisphere) every few years, is that it doesn't take me long to start thinking about where to move next. I'm quite happy in London for now (and I imagine the next few years at least) but I would still love to live in another country for at least a few months. I find that when you live in a country, you discover so much more about it than if you were only there on holiday. 

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