30 By 30

It’s been a while since my last post and a while since I’ve reached my goal, but I think it’s time to finally the share the fact that I did it!! At 24 years old I have completed my goal of visiting 30 countries before 30. Before I get into my 30th country experience I want to take a second to thank all of the people who supported me and my crazy amounts of travel these last few years.

To my parents and family; I know you all think I am nuts for the amounts of money I’ve spent and debt I’ve put myself in, but somehow you always find ways to support and encourage me on to my next adventure. Thank you for being so understanding while I’ve missed birthdays, holidays and countless other special occasions.

To my many new travel friends; I could name you all and what I love about each and every one of you, but I’d be here all day. I am so thankful for you all and the many adventures we have shared together and will continue to share in the years to come. A special thanks to my girls Mariah, Clare and Lisa, I know I can always count on you when I find a good deal to go somewhere! I would not have reached to 30 countries if it wasn’t for you. We have created so many unforgettable memories that I will cherish forever.

To my boyfriend Billy; in the strangest way my travels, more specifically me losing my passport led us to each other. Travel and all of the places we wanted to go was a main topic of conversation when we first started talking, and now a year later we have shared so many incredible adventures together. I’m so glad I was able to convince you that there is more to the world than the Caribbean. Thank you for always going along with my crazy ideas and stepping outside your comfort zone. And a special shout out for making it through most of your first trip to Europe without your luggage and not letting it ruin our time! You’re awesome. I cannot wait to see more of the world with you.

…And now onto my thoughts and feelings about reaching my 30th country…

Arriving in my 30th country was sort of anticlimactic, I mean don’t get me wrong I was super excited to have reached my goal with my boyfriend by my side but it wasn’t as dramatic as I pictured. I guess it was because I was on the train and there would be no stamping of the passport to make it official, in fact I wasn’t even sure when I crossed the border into country 30… Which was Austria by the way. Once the train pulled into the Salzburg train station I started to get really excited, I now knew for sure I was in country 30 and I was ready to explore.

The first day in Salzburg consisted of walking around and taking in all of the beauty that the city has to offer. It was very relaxing, which was just what we needed coming from Munich’s Oktoberfest.

The second day was a little more adventurous. When I decided that Austria would be my 30th country I also decided that I had to do something out of my, well out of my boyfriends comfort zone… Sorry babe, lol. The day we booked our train tickets I had also booked us two tickets for paragliding, which seemed like fun and games until it was actually time to run off the mountain. I wouldn’t admit it then, but I was pretty nervous when I realized we were 4,000 ft up and about to be floating in the air with nothing but a parachute. In the end it turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done and strangely I think my boyfriend (who did I mention is afraid of heights?) agrees. Next stop skydiving?!?! LOL

As if we didn’t have enough adrenaline pumping through our veins, the next stop (after lunch of course) was a cable car ride up Untersberg Mountain. 4,000 ft. seemed like nothing because we were now at 6,500 ft. being held by nothing but a cable… The ride was beautiful and terrifying all at the same time, but totally worth the view you get when you reach the top. We could have spent the rest of the day up there if it wasn’t for the freezing temperatures and wind. So after about an hour of taking in the view and taking some photos we headed for yet another terrifyingly beautiful ride down the mountain.

Salzburg is probably one of my favorite places I’ve been to date, so if you ever find yourself there you’ve already taken the first step towards an amazing trip. If you want to take the second step I highly suggest doing the things I mentioned above. I understand that some of those things aren’t for everyone, so for those who prefer activities that do not include jumping off a mountain (and even if you do) I suggest getting a Salzburg card. You can choose between 24, 48 or 72 hour pass, which gives you free admission to over 30 attractions, discounts and free use of public transportation. It’s worth every penny! Purchase here before your trip!

After a wonderful few days in Salzburg we took the train ride over to the capital. We only had one day in Vienna as it was a quick stop before we headed up to Amsterdam. That being said we didn’t see much, but walking around for the afternoon allowed us to take in a small fraction of this cities beauty. We’ll hopefully be back one day to explore some more!

 

It has been an exciting adventure these past few years and I am beyond happy and blessed that I am able to say at 24 years old I have been to 30 countries. Although I have reached my goal I am nowhere near ready to give up travel, so it’s on to the next #travelgoal! 50by50? All 7 continents? We shall see 🙂

 

Countries Visited on This Trip: Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands

Cities Visited on This Trip: Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Amsterdam

Check out more photos from this trip here!

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