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30 Travel Experiences to Make You Dust off Your Passport Right Now

Holy shit, everyone. I’m 30. Me. Me? Who let me into this club?

I thought when I turned 30, the meaning of life would open up and swallow me whole. I’d finally be grounded in my purpose and immune to insecurities. I’d know what I want to be when I grow up. I’d be confident, cool, collected.

Instead, I’m awkward as ever, generally prone to imposter syndrome and still exploring ways to make the life I want a reality. But one thing I’m grateful not to have to question is this: I have lived.

Travel tore me open. It made me realize how small my world once was, how limited my perspective and understanding. It showered me with reasons to stay inspired, infused with awe and gratitude. Reflecting back, I’m still in disbelief that these travel experiences are part of the fabric of my life.

These moments have been transformative, grounding and incredibly fun for me.

I wish nothing less for you and so, here they are. I hope you will recreate as many of these as possible, adding your own to the list as you go:

30 Travel Experiences to Make You Dust off Your Passport Right Now

Food + Drink

1. Eat waffles, mussels and pomme frites in Belgium

Mussels in Belgium
Mussels in Belgium

2. Savor pizza at its birthplace, in Naples

3. Try gelato in Florence, where its inventor Bernardo Buontalenti was from

4. Cozy up with Shepherd’s Pie in Ireland on a rainy day

5. Have lemon sorbet and seafood pasta in Sorrento, en route to the Amalfi Coast

Seafood Pasta sorrento
Seafood Pasta at Trattoria da Emilia in Sorrento, Italy

6. Order paella in Valencia, where it originated

7. Enjoy ratatouille in France (even better if you do so at a local’s home in Marseille!)

8. Visit Omni Parker House Hotel where Boston Cream Pie was created, and have a piece or two

Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie at Parker House Hotel in Boston

9. Order a sweet pastel de nata in Lisbon after a visit to the Jerónimos Monastery nearby

10. Dig into deep dish pizza in Chicago

Sights to See

11. Watch the Eiffel Tower light up in Paris

12. Admire the Duomo in Florence

Duomo in Florence
Duomo in Florence

13. See Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque at the same time, as you stand between them, and let the call to prayer wash over you in Istanbul

14. Check out the Tower Bridge in London

15. See the western-most point of Europe in Portugal

Cabo da Roca Lisbon
Cabo da Roca in Lisbon

16. Get up close to Stonehenge in England

17. Take in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

18. Photograph beautiful architecture at Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest
Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest

19. See Times Square in NYC

20. See Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City with your own two eyes

Things to Do

21. Walk in awe through Granada’s Alhambra Palace

22. Explore the Colosseum in Rome

23. Lose and find yourself in Morocco’s blue city, Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen, Morocco

24. Couchsurf in Copenhagen

25. Take a solo trip to Porto, Portugal

26. Music-hop along Frenchman Street in New Orleans

27. Cruise the canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

28. Swim in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmation Coast

29. Cross bridges all across Venice

30. Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland

It’s incredible that even these are only a snapshot of my travel adventures, and there are so many more to be had! Here’s to 30+ more wanderful moments to come.

What’s on your travel bucket list? What should I add to mine?

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30 Travel Experiences to Add to your Bucket List Right Now