I have made a travel bucket list a few months ago and one item goes like this: visit thirty countries before turning thirty. I got this idea from Patty Laurel's blog when I was still in college. At first, the idea seemed farfetched due to lack of resources. Back then, I thought traveling was only exclusive for the rich and famous. But since I already have a job that pays really well, and thanks to the occasional promo fares of some airlines, I might give it a try. I am turning 24 this year and I only have six years before finishing this goal. Procrastination at its best! I have only visited two countries so far namely Singapore, and Malaysia.
Well, I guess I have to start planning my grand trip before I turn thirty and grumpy!
Exploring an archipelagic country is truly challenging, especially to amateur travelers, like me. Traveling by air is by far, the fastest, the safest, and the most convenient way, albeit expensive. Although, there are bus and ferry services that provide transportation to any points of the country but it will take you time and effort. I can't even visit the 81 provinces of my country since some of it are isolated and hard to reach. Thus, I resorted to this project since it is more viable, and more convenient on my part... or so I thought, (edit: yikes, hindi pala!). The good thing is, some countries are not geographically isolated.
The deadline of this project will be on August 01, 2020. I can't wait for the outcome of this project!
So, let's start!
I have already visited Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah), and Singapore. I still have plans to visit West Malaysia because of its unique culture, but I would want to focus on the countries that I haven't visited yet.
- Philippines (Proud Filipino here!)
- Singapore (Completed, Feb 2014)
- Malaysia (Completed Kota Kinabalu, Aug 2012, Kuala Lumpur Nov 2015)
- Thailand (Bangkok, Nov 2016)
- Cambodia (Completed, Sept 2014)
- Vietnam (Completed Sept and Oct 2014)
- Indonesia (Completed, Aug 2015)
*Note: East Timor's not part of my itinerary for some reasons, but I'll visit this after accomplishing this project.
In Southeast Asia alone, I already have 10 countries on this list. 20 more to go! Wait... 20 pa?!
Majority of the Far East Asian countries require visa thus, this would take more time when it comes to preparing my East Asia trip.
- Hongkong (Completed Sept 2015)
- Macau (Completed Sept 2015)
- Taiwan (Completed Mar 2016)
- South Korea
- Japan (Completed Oct 2016)
For Hongkong and Macau, I only need my Philippine passport. I need to understand the visa applications and its validity. For example, if I have Schengen Visa, would I still need to apply for a Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese Visa? Gonna consult the travel experts.
13 more to go! Halfway there!
Most countries in South Asia require visa upon arrival and costs roughly $25 (more or less). I think they are more lenient compared to countries in East Asia base from what I've read from the travel blogs.
Alright, 9 more to go! Haaa-haaa-haaa. Phew! Breathe in, breathe out. HAAAA!
Australia and New Zealand will always have a special place in my heart. I'd love to see Koalas, and Kangaroos, and as well as visit the 'Middle Earth'. I am a fan of Tolkien's works, by the way.
7 more to go!
THE MIDDLE EAST
Time to visit the land of my ancestors! LOL just kidding. Gonna grow a beard and earn some gold before heading to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Haha! I wonder what it feels like to be on top of the world's tallest skyscraper. I can't also wait to take a plunge at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and to experience riding an ATV and camel on a desert. I haven't been on a desert though. And oh, I have plans of visiting Israel for the pilgrimage.
4 more to go!
THE GRAND EURO TRIP
Hopefully I'd acquire my Schengen Visa early next year. My planespotter friends are planning to visit Amsterdam, Netherlands since it's one of the world's friendliest airports to planespotters. It offers a great view of the airport and it's located near the runway. Yey! Picture perfect! Aside from Netherlands, I am planning to visit its neighboring countries by train.
I have now reached thirty countries! But I'd still want to visit these countries, just in case!
- United States of America (particularly the West Coast area)
- Saint Maarten, Carribean (Princess Juliana International Airport)
- Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- United Kingdom
- Italy (Vatican included)
- Spain and Portugal (The Iberia Peninsula)
You can track my project by following the #30beforeThirty hashtag on Twitter (@renzybenzy), and Instagram (@rmbulseco). I'm so excited to fulfill my personal goal. I know this may sound crazy to some but this is what I really want in my life - exploring the world, and share my experiences to everyone. You know, the world is a very beautiful place to explore!
Now, where should I start?