Travel Experiences I’d Love To Have Before I’m 30

AD | I’m 27 in less than a month and quite frankly… I’m freaking the heck out. I’m not a fan of my birthday anyway but it seems with every passing year, I dread it more and more. As far as my life’s timeline goes, well, let’s say that it doesn’t look anything like how I thought it would look at this age. There’s plenty of life events I have yet to happen but there’s also plenty of travel experiences I’d love to have too!

Travel Experiences I'd Love To Have

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I’m not a particularly well-rounded traveler. I’ve never really put an importance on extensive travel. I just don’t think backpacking across Europe for 3 months is my kinda thing. I don’t like heat. Hate bugs. And everything makes me anxious. So yeah, I’m not the best travel partner.

But I do love a holiday and treating myself to that down time and having the chance to switch off. I like my routine. My bed. And I love my home comforts. And although I don’t tend to get home sick, I much prefer going on holiday knowing that there’s an end date to it. If anything, it allows me to enjoy it more.

So you won’t find anything too extreme within this post. But it’s important to keep it real. So here are some travel experiences I’d love to have before I turn 30:

Stay in a villa

Whenever I’ve been abroad, I’ve always stayed in a resort. I know… I’m SUCH a tourist. But I like resorts. I like the ease of them. But unless you travel outside the resort, into local towns, to see local sights and mingle with the local people, you rarely get to experience the culture of the place you’re in.

Because there’s something very British about the all you can eat buffet, karaoke and afternoon aerobics in the pool.

So I think villa holidays would be a really good option which allow you to stay somewhere more authentic to the country you’re in and will also force you in a way to experience the culture. Most villas are self catering, so you’ll need to venture into the town to buy food. Or eat out in local restaurants.

Travel Experiences I'd Love To Have

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Go on a Disney cruise

I know, feel free to tell me how basic I am in the comments. But seriously, a Disney cruise has always been on my travel experiences I’d love to have wish list. You know by now that I’m a huge Disney fan and it’s been far too long since I visited Disneyland Paris.

And although I adore Disneyland Paris and would love to go there again soon, a Disney cruise is high up on my wish list because I think it’d be a really different experience. I also love the sea and the water (despite not being a very good swimmer, actually!) So being out on the ocean surrounded by Disney sounds like some people’s idea of a nightmare… but my idea of a dream!

Go to Lapland at Christmas

I’ve always wanted to go to Helsinki but I think Lapland at Christmas would be truly magical. I’ve never even really been a huge Christmas lover but I think that would change if perhaps I wasn’t in the UK for Christmas. Although I’m 26, I’d love to visit Santa at Santa Claus village!

But there’s also so much else I’d love to see and experience in Lapland, so I’d definitely need a longer trip to fit it all in! Such as the Ranua Zoo – home to arctic species, Pyhä-Luosto National Park and of course a stay in The SnowCastle of Kemi hotel (constructed every Winter from snow and ice!)

Go to a Grand Prix

I love my Formula 1 so I’d love to go and see a Grand Prix at some point in my life! Preferably not the British Grand Prix (as this is a travel experiences post) as I’d love to make a holiday out of my time in whatever country I’m in to watch the Grand Prix as well.

The Formula 1 circus go to so many amazing tracks and countries, so it’d be a hard decision to pick. The most obvious choice would have to be the Monaco Grand Prix – but I’ve have to up my income a bit to be able to afford both a holiday and the Grand Prix!

So these are just a few of the travel experiences I’d love to have before I turn 30! Will I manage any of them? I do hope so. I’d love to hear about the travel experiences on your wish list!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


  1. This is probably not at the top of or maybe not even on your list, but seeing the start of the Indy 500 is one of the most exciting experiences in motor racing. I admit I’m biased because I grew up there.

    1. I’m not a fan of the Indy but I’m a huge motor racing fan!

  2. I’d love to go to lapland in Wintertime, stay in a glass igloo..

    1. Oh me too!

  3. My #1 travel experience that I would like to experience is the swiss alps. Especially if I can snowboard there 🙂

    1. I’ve been skiing in France but not the Swiss alps. It’s amazing!

  4. oooo I want to go to Lapland for Christmas too! It would be like stepping into a winter fairytale!!

    1. It sure would! x

  5. Ahh I love this! I posted a very similar post recently on all of my bucket list things to do before I’m 30 too! xx

    1. Hope you manage to do them!

  6. Disney Cruise is a great idea! I want to try it too. 27 was an amazing year for me. That’s when I thought of starting on investing in myself and started my travel blog. I have a few months to go before I turn 30 and there’s still a lot of things I plan to do. Just stick to your goals and take baby steps. You’ll be able to do it! I believe in you!

    1. I hope 27 is the same for me!

      1. It will. I believe you can do amazing things.

  7. Lapland is the best! I have a post about Kakslauttanen Arctic resort which I would HUGHLY recommend. It was unreal! Love this post. 30 things before 30 is real. I might need to do one and see how many I can tick off in the next 2 years! Ahh! Xxx

    1. Wow that sounds amazing!

  8. Bethany Jane says:

    You know what, 27 was actually a really good age for me. I’m confident it will be for you too – and hopefully you’ll get on a Disney cruise! I’m so glad we stayed in a villa in Antigua. Most people seem to stay in hotel resorts (which I did in Barbados) but you’re right, it’s a much more authentic feeling when you have to leave and experience the area properly!

    1. Honestly, this last month of being 26 has been one of the best months I’ve had in a long time. So although I’m not getting my hopes up too high, I’m feel super positive for 27!

  9. Oh hun, I know what it’s like to not look forward to a birthday! I love the idea of these travel experiences especially staying in a villa! It looks like so much fun!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. I’m 27 in 2 weeks and dreading it!

  10. I’m over 30 already so missed that boat but I’m hoping to visit America before I’m 40.

    1. Still plenty of time to do it all!

  11. A Disney Cruise is amazing! My parents took my brother and I on many throughout my childhood and they are simply the best!!!

    1. Awh I’m so jealous!

  12. Disney Cruise 😍😍😍

  13. These sound like fun travel experiences. Especially visiting Lapland and the Disney Cruise. I believe we are never too old for these things. Aren’t we all still kids inside? 🙂

    1. Absolutely! x

  14. I am loving how much travel I’ve done this past year or so! x

    1. I’m so glad for you! x

  15. Lapland always looks incredible! This is so weird but the thing at the top of my travel bucket list is to go to the ballet in Russia. Random, I know…x


    1. Oooh no that sounds lovely! Russia looks incredible x

  16. I’d love to go on a Disney cruise too – I have no one to go with so maybe I’ll dive in with you haha!

    1. Oh no! Let’s goooo!

  17. We’re staying in a villa for the first time in October and I can’t wait! If you like resorts then you should consider apartment complexes as they’re sort of in between resort and villa – they’re what we usually go for. You can have the English breakfast if you really want, but it’s also self-catering and you have total freedom to eat where you like. I’m not a fan of anything British abroad so I like how easy it is to integrate into the culture with them, whilst still having access to a pool, private bar, gym, and so on if you need them!

    1. Hope you enjoy your villa holiday! An apartment complex sounds like a great option x

      1. Another fantastic option is Airbnb. You can find great places smack in the middle of everything or out in the middle of nowhere and rent an entire place. I am currently in an Airbnb in Lisbon in the Baixa area close to everything but have stayed in a laid back bungalow on Zanzibar, for example! Some places are super unique and charming.

  18. Lapland would be incredible wouldn’t it. That’s also on my list of places to visit, as is Monaco, I’d love to see the Formula 1 there.
    It’s my favourite track.

    1. It would be an amazing race to go to! Not the most exciting to watch on TV but being there would be something else!

  19. I really want to go to lapalnd too!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Looks so magical!

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