Since the age of 3, I have travelled the world. And although I can’t remember much of it my first trip abroad was to Boston with my family and we played ‘pice girls on repeat! During the 25 years I’ve been on this planet (wow 5 years until I’m 30 that scares me!) I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my life to go on many incredible family holidays, trips with friends and time away with my boyfriend.
Travelling has and will always be an important part of who I am it’s something that gives me passion in life and a fire in my soul. It gives me the determination to keep going even through the dark times and challenges that life throws at us all. I believe that whilst having a beautiful and safe place to live is very important, making sure you make memories that enrich your life is also a valuable thing to do.
Travelling to different countries gives me the chance to broaden my horizons, learn new things and experience different cultures, all whilst helping me find my place in this crazy big world. People tease that I’m always on holiday or I must spend a fortune on going away but the truth is I save hard for my holidays. And I honestly believe that you can’t take money with you … so as long as you are sensible why not live a little and explore the world – it gives you memories that are priceless and stories to share with your friends and family.
Life is short. The world is wide – I want to make some memories….Lily James, Mamma Mia
To mark turning 25 on 17th March 2019 (which if you are reading this as it goes live is TODAY! WOOHOOO) I wanted to share with you the 25 countries I have visited in 25 years and some top tips for visiting a few of the places should you want to discover one of the countries for yourself…
Pristine white sandy beaches lapped by gentle turquoise waters…. paradise awaits
Make sure you step outside the luxurious resorts and explore this beautifully diverse country. Visit Bois Cheri to sample local tea and soak up the traditional Mauritian atmosphere at a nearby restaurant. Or even gaze in wonder at the Seven Coloured Earths!
Hot sun baked days, tasty tapas and sangria!
When visiting Barcelona make sure you watch a football game at Camp Nou, explore Park Güell and see the magnificent Gaudi designed La Sagrada Familia.
With a exquisite mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture blending with futuristic buildings its very easy to visit Valencia in 72hours and see all the main sights.
Swaying palm trees, soft white sands and flavoursome caribbean cuisine….
Avoid visiting the Bahamas during April as this is when Americans infamous spring break falls and you’ll be lucky to find a sun lounger to sit on!
As great as the resort bars and restaurants are at the Cove Atlantis make sure you step outside the resort and visit local restaurants to truly experience traditional cuisine. You could even join the locals for a fish BBQ…
A island of exquisite beauty, dancing dolphins and diverse landscapes
Book a dolphin tour to enjoy seeing these incredible creatures up close
Romantic atmosphere, charming architecture and delicious wine
Take the Eurostar to Paris and book into a hotel within the Disney Parks if you’d like to spend extra hours on the rides before it gets busy
Liberal culture, tasty beer and a dazzling array of tulips
Buy a 72hour Transport card to save money as buses and trains are notoriously expensive in Amsterdam!
Charming towns and delicious fresh cooked seafood
Book a boat trip to explore the beautiful islands including the charming Hvar
Turquoise waters, spectacular sunsets and beautiful islands
Stay in a James Villa property and enjoy spectacular sunsets from your private infinity pool
A country of beautiful national parks, bright city lights and musical delights
Book a helicopter tour to fly over the Grand Canyon before enjoying a picnic at sunset
Spectacular landscapes, beautiful wildlife and friendly locals
Combine Cape Town with a magical safari experience in Kruger National Park
Charming seaside towns, sleepy coastal villages and vibrant cities
Book ferries in advance for cheaper rates. Take the chairlift down to the beach and embark on a boat trip to get a closer view of the Needles
To take a journey on the Jacobite and experience the ‘journey to Hogwarts’ be sure to book your tickets in advance as they can get booked up months in advance
The weather in Wales is very changeable so make sure you pack water proof clothing
Be sure to visit the Checkpoint Charlie museum to gain a valuable insight into the history of East and West Germany
Book Colosseum tickets in advance and try to focus on evening or late afternoon sessions when the crowds are less and the heat of the day has faded
It’s a beautiful country but extremely expensive so why not take a pack lunch?
Visit the Viking museum to discover the fascinating history of Norway
Purchase or borrow travel guide books to discover beautiful spots off the main tourist track. Why not take a road trip adventure down the Western coast
Plenty of Guinness and exceptionally friendly locals
Be sure to try lots of Guinness when you are in Dublin because this is where it tastes the best! And watch the St Patrick’s Day parade on the 17th March
Snow capped mountains, picturesque chalets and a charming atmosphere
In Austria they celebrate Christmas on the 24th December so why not enjoy spaghetti bolognese on Christmas day instead?
Fairytale charm, tasty craft beers and exquisite culture
Make sure you try roast duck with potato dumplings – simply delicious. If you are Vegan or Vegetarian why not opt for a potato pancake!Prague on a Shoestring
Relaxing hot springs, incredible landscapes and astounding natural beauty
The land of fire and ice isn’t as expensive as everyone will lead you to believe if you aren’t over the top and extravagant! This country is so stunning the magnitude of its diverse geological activity will take your breath away.
Book private tours as opposed to group tours so you will be able to enjoy more time at the attractions without feeling rushed
**DISCLAIMER: Some of the above images are stock based as when I visited the countries back in the days before mobile phones and digital cameras. Where this is the case I have given credit to the source all other images are my own**
For the rest of 2019 I have two holidays planned so far that I will be sharing blogs with you for. In April I’m heading on a road trip round Ireland with my boyfriend so I have a couple of 72 hours in, on a shoestring and road trip blogs planned for that. And in August I’ll be exploring Canada with my parents – so make sure you subscribe to check out what I write about that trip. It’s all very exciting!
As always I’m happiest when planning my adventures around the world so my next goal is to visit 30 countries before I turn 30… so I have 5 years to get onto that! but where would I like to go? My initial ideas are:
Japan, Thailand, Hungary, Finland, New Zealand and Australia (I might not make it to these but I will make it to 30!! Plus I’m sure I’ll fit in re-visiting some of the wonderful countries above as well because once I’ve fallen in love I don’t forget easily….
How many of the 25 countries I’ve visited have you seen? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to hear your travel stories.