I was sat on the train a week ago and my phone battery had died. I had a journey of about 45 mins still ahead of me so out came the trusty notebook and the brain started firing up.
As I told you all yesterday I am a list girl and I enjoyed letting my brain roam free to think of different lists in an effort to keep myself occupied and pass the time.
One of those lists I wrote was all the countries I have visited. My next thought was about how I could use this information. I hadn’t set any goals or resolutions this year so I decided that I will make this list of countries grow to at least 25 by the time I turn 25 this September.
It’s a bit of a scary thought, turning 25. It sounds so adult, so far away from my teens. Yet I still feel so young and immature at times! I am the middle child in my family so can’t claim to be the baby there but ever since I left school I have been the youngest in my work place (or second youngest). Of course that made complete sense when
I was 18 and went from school to a job in the bank but now, 6 years on, I am still the youngest in my office at Flight Centre U.K. I guess the reason it seems so intimidating is that a lot of my friends married and/or had kids in the last 6 years and while Dave and I are engaged and planning our wedding I do sometimes feel so juvenile.
I realise how silly this sounds as I type it because we chose to move here to the U.K. to do all this travelling and life “living” while we could be selfish with our time and money. Had we stayed home we probably would be married and in a house/saving for it by now. I don’t regret the choice we made so I am going to stop beating myself up and enjoy where I am right now – no matter what age!
The list of countries I have been to so far are:
1. New Zealand (The obvious one – I was born and raised here, and will always call it home!)
2. Australia (The mecca for all Kiwi’s who want to travel short-haul)
3. East Timor (An amazing school trip in 2005 – ask me about this some other time)
4. Brunei (My first overseas holiday without parents/teachers present)
5. Malaysia (A couple of quick visits while in Brunei with friends)
6. Hong Kong (Our stop over destination on route to London)
7. England (Our current home away from home)
8. France (This begins the list of countries we visited on our Topdeck Tour – European
Getaway: I will post a review of this trip in the future)
9. Switzerland (we visited here again last year with Mum and Dad)
11. Italy (we also visited here with Mum and Dad)
13. Czech Republic
14. Germany (Also visited for Christmas 2011)
17. Scotland (went to the Royal Military Tattoo – wonderful experience)
18. Morocco (Dave’s 25th birthday present from me)
19. Croatia (Dave’s birthday present for me)
We have a trip booked for early February to Norway and Sweden so that will take the list to 21. So just four countries to travel to before September. This should be do-able – in fact we have pretty much got that all sorted already! We are going to travel around Turkey on an Intrepid trip in May (for Dave’s birthday) and before we travel home we will visit Wales and Ireland. That leaves just one country…which will be USA on our way back home!
I will write about my progress and possibly even up the anti to 30 by 25 if we get as much travel in as we would like!!!
I’d love to hear if any of you have set yourselves any challenges like this – please do share.