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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.

91 Comments

  1. Laura at Palette of Thoughts says:

    I love your holiday wish list!! And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not wanting backpacking travelling trips, I’m not keen on that either, but sometimes you feel like you have to want that!? I’m definitely with you on the Disney cruise, would be amazing! I’m also desperate to organise a road trip through California seeing San Francisco, big Sur, Yosemite, LA…and Disneyland California of course! I better get saving! Xx

    1. A roadtrip would be amazing!

  2. I also haven’t done any of these! The closest I’ve come to staying in a villa and having a local’s experience is staying in Airbnbs with the host, who would tell me all the cool local spots to go to. I’m turning 30 in less than 2 months and would have loved to travel more, but I guess my 20s weren’t the right time. I definitely want to travel more in my 30s though!

    Mariam
    bossbabechroniclesblog.com

    1. I’ve heard lots of people say their 30’s were better anyway so don’t worry!

  3. You are right in post if for me I will like to stay in the villa because am born in it but looking at those cultural life is the best too because is the fun you got out of cultural display.

  4. Great list! I want to go to Lapland so bad, especially during Christmas time.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. It looks so magical!

  5. What a great challenge for yourself! Good luck in fulfilling these plans! X

  6. I’m freaking out that I’m turning 28 in December! 🤯 haha it isn’t as bad as you think! You have SOO much time still! 💛

  7. Travelling is one of the things that I feel most disappointed about not being able to do now. I would have love to have gone to Korea or Japan and shop all the skincare and beauty stores! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. I bet you would have been in your element!

  8. Didn’t know there is Disney cruise! It sounds like fun. I on other hand never stayed in a resort and its still on my list, together with a cruise.

    1. I’d love to go on a regular cruise too x

  9. Ellyn Rebecca says:

    I really want to do more travelling, even if it is just myself. On family holidays abroad, we often stay in a villa, it can be more expensive, but it is nice to have your own space.

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    1. I bet it’s SO nice to have your own space! Travelling alone is one of my life’s goals!

  10. I too would love to stay in a villa. Ever since I indulged in Agatha Christie and read about delicious sun and cocktail filled parties with ladies in wide-brim hats, I have wanted to stand in a villa. Perhaps not to be part of the party but to imagine it is there.

    Good luck reaching your goals!

    1. Haha oh that sounds wonderful!

  11. Lisa Alioto says:

    Love the sense of adventure and for new experiences! For me it was sumitting Mt. Kilimanjaro and seeing Africa.

    1. Wow, those sound like amazing experiences!

  12. I had been wanting to go to Disney for forever and my boyfriend surprised me by taking me to Orlando at the beginning of the year so Disneyland Paris has been on my bucket list ever since because I cannot wait to go back! A Disney cruise would also be so much fun! x
    londonsnewgirl.blog

    1. Disney cruise I will have to Google it, sounds a lot of fun A great list, as a full time budget traveller a villa sounds like heaven to me.

      1. A villa sounds lovely doesn’t it x

    2. Oh my god your boyfriend is amazing! DLP is great, it’s the only one I’ve been to though so I might be a bit biased!

  13. Michelle Blackadar says:

    the way you feel about your 27th is how i’m feeling about my 25th at the end of the month. something about being the same year distance to 50 & my birth is crazy to me. there are so many places i still want to travel too. I’m actually going to be flying across country in exactly a month and i can’t wait. i also would love to go on a disney cruise! looks like so much fun! xx

    mich/ simplymich.com

    1. Oh my god the way you’ve described that has just freaked me out even more. I’m closer to 50 than to birth!

  14. Caterina / 35mminstyle says:

    wow I am one year older than you and no no no I am forever 25 in my head XD

    anyway a bucket list is a great idea!

    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

    1. Haha, you never feel your age, do you? x

  15. I absolutely LOVE to travel and will prioritise it whenever I can! I am the same as you though, I don’t think I could do an overly long trip as I love my home comforts and I’m very anxious, not to mention all the medical equipment I’d have to take with me and how much my insurance would be because of that! I’ve got New York booked in November and Barcelona next March which are two huge ones on my bucket list. I know my partner really wants to visit NZ and Australia too!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    1. NY and Barcelona sound great! I’ve just read a blog post about Barcelona and it looks gorgeous! x

  16. These all look like great adventures to add to the bucket list. If only money grew on trees! Love!
    KeiranCrying.com

    1. Ugh- if only!

  17. Britt K says:

    The Disney cruises always look like so much fun, regardless of your age! I would be lying if I said that wasn’t on my list of things I’d love to do someday

    1. It sure does!

  18. I’d love to stay in a villa one day too. We’ve always stayed in a resort just because it’s easy and everything’s pretty much there for you but I’ve always heard good things about having your own villa and heading out each evening instead. You’re not on your own with freaking out about your birthday too, I’m 25 early next year and I’m already fretting about it xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. I wish I was 25 again! It sounds so stupid because I’m only 26 now but the thought of being 27 freaks me out so much!

  19. I’d love to see an F1 Grand Prix x

    1. I love travelling and experiencing new places! I recently went on my first villa holiday too (I went as a kid but that doesn’t count as I don’t remember it) to Croatia and it was honestly so beautiful and more peaceful too as you have completely your own space! I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would love to go to Lapland too. I’m kind of the same I feel like I would love to go travelling to say I’ve done it but realistically I just think I would be a home sick anxious mess, so I think I’ll pass and stick to summer holiday and/or city breaks! X

      1. I bet it’s such a relaxing experience – staying in a villa. I don’t really get homesick but I’m not one for long periods of travel either x

    2. Hope you get to x

  20. The Grand Prix sounds amazing and definitely out of the ordinary. Also the Disney cruise sound fun. I’ve been to Disney but not a cruise. I would love to go to Rome, Paris and Greece my top three on my list. Nice read love the pink picture. Have a great week!

    1. Paris is great – I’ve been a couple of times!

  21. katy gilroy says:

    Lapland for Christmas is unreal honestly!!!! x

    1. Oh my god I’m so jealous! x

  22. Sarah says:

    I would love to go on a Disney cruise!!

    1. They look and sound amaizing x

  23. A Disney Cruise is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid! I hope you get to do one 🙂

    1. You too! x

  24. Don’t wait my friend, procrastination is the devil. Am not quite twice your age and I cannot stress this enough, Do It! Plan it and go, even if you are nervous, take that step, it’s totally worth it! Ask me how I know?

    1. I don’t procrastinate over anything. I don’t have the money to do these things and I’m not in a position to do them right now.

      1. Sorry my word choice sounds like it struck a nerve, I apologize for that, not my intention. I totally get it, but make sure you make a list and mark them off as you can. 😁

  25. I freaked out on my 27th birthday too! It’s crazy how quickly it all seems to be creeping up, I really hope you get to where you want to go! You can do it!

    1. Oh gosh, I’m dreading it! Hate how quickly time goes x

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