10 Countries I would like to visit before I turn 35

The beauty of not having anything to do but prepare for an upcoming surgery is I get to think about what I want to d when the surgery is complete.   The other day I posed the question, if you could pick any country you can travel to next where would it be?

I received a lot of responses,most responded France, Italy & Ireland.  I did get a couple of unique countries… Namibia… Ghana,,, Turkey..

SO I started thinking about what would I choose, and me being me, couldn’t choose just one.   So I posed the question to my girl Ashley…. If money & time was not an issue what 10 countries would you visit before 35?

One of my biggest goals is to make it to 40 countries before I turn 40.  So far I have spent time in 6, 7 if you count my country:  The United States, The Cayman Islands, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica and Guatemala.

I still have 33 countries to go, so again I started pondering the question I proposed to Ashley.

If I could travel to 10 countries before I turned 35, what countries would I choose?

Wow this was a very difficult questions, but I came up with my answers.

So without further ado, I share my 10 countries I would like to visit before I turn 35.

1.  China-  My desire to visit China runs deep, I was supposed to go in 2011 and didn’t.  That is a decision that will soon be rectified (hopefully next year).  The ancient history, the people, the beautiful script, the chaos.. .I can think of a million reasons I want to go to China.  So I need to make this happen and soon.

Photo Credit: Destination360
Photo Credit: Destination360

 

2. Sri Lanka.  This is a newer development as far as countries I want to go to and by new I mean my desire to go to Sri Lanka is only about 4 years old.   Sri Lanka in my mind is exotic, it is in the middle of no where and every photo I have seen of the country deepens my desire to travel there.  This is a country that I would love to spend a week restoring temples and then a week traveling.    I feel there is so much to learn form this tiny country and I really hope I make it before I am 35.

Photo Credit: Teatrails.com
Photo Credit: Teatrails.com

3. The United Kingdom (yes I know it is multiple countries).  I have my perfect dream trip already planned for travel time around the UK.  All I need is two weeks to hit the highlights, and then when I go back I can explore the villages and country side more in depth.  Realistically I need a lifetime, but as I am a cubicle junkie the best I can hope for is 2 weeks.   I feel realistically I can hit the UK before I turn 35 and I really hope I get to have my “dream” trip.

River Thames and Tower Bridge at Dusk, London, England
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4. Norway.  I was so excited to go this past February, right around the exact time I found out I was going to need a very pricey eye surgery.  Plus I constantly joke that the Norwegians are my people, because I am very pale and I have gray eyes.  So I feel it is time I go and visit my people.

Photo Credit: Internations.org
Photo Credit: Internations.org

5. Ecuador.   I was supposed to spend two weeks in Ecuador at the beginning of April but thanks to that pesky surgery that costs a quarter of my annual income I had to put this on the back burner.  That being said  this trip is back on the schedule for next week and I really can’t wait to visit this biological diverse country.

Photo Creidt: Destination360.com
Photo Creidt: Destination360.com

6. Costa Rica-   I am getting really close to finishing up my tour of Central America, I am down to the final three countries. When I decided I wanted to visit Central America I really thought this would be the first country I would visit in the region, not Honduras.  My dream is to see the sea turtles in Costa Rica, so my timing will have to be just right, but I am pretty lucky when it comes to timing, so let’s hope my luck runs true when I visit.  This is another location I feel is very likely I will get to visit before I turn 35.

7. South Africa.  I think I am finally ready to experience Africa.  This is a destination that I have always been slightly wary, because I was scared.  I think now I am ready to visit, and I think South Africa is where I want to visit first.  I have no doubt I will fall in love with the country.  Plus come on they have great whites and penguins.  That is freaking awesome.

Photo Credit: IntrepidTravel.com
Photo Credit: IntrepidTravel.com

8. Australia-  I don’t really feel this country needs any explanation as to why I want to visit, and if my plan goes according to plan, I am hoping I will visit this country ON my 35th birthday.   We will see knowing me I can change my mind and end up in Ghana.

Photo Credit: Wikpedia
Photo Credit: Wikpedia

9. Peru.   Hiking the Inca Trail is either my number 1 or number 2 bucket list item (depending on the day) this is a huge and I do mean huge dream of mine.   This trades back and forth with visiting China.  If I play my cards right, I might actually tackle this… and soon.    This is something I feel I MUST do while I am young.

Photo Credit: CNtraveller.com
Photo Credit: CNtraveller.com

10. Canada.  Sitting here writing this post I am baffled I have not made it to Canada.  Sure it is pretty far from Texas which is why I have been to Mexico a dozen times, but it is not like getting to Canada is difficult.  I really hope to make it to Canada soon, maybe even this year?

Photo Credit: FunManzer.com
Photo Credit: FunManzer.com

So there you have it, 10 countries I would like to visit before I am 35.  Where would you like to visit?  Have you been to these countries??? Let me know in the comments below!

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