7 Types of Trips to Take Before 30

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Birthdays have always been special to me. I see it as your own personal holiday, one day a year, where you get to celebrate you. To me, it’s the perfect excuse to do something fun, take a trip, or get out of your comfort zone. I’ve spent birthdays on cruises, swimming with dolphins, partying with friends, wining and dining with family, and even skydiving.

As I get older, I cherish my birthday even more, but I focus on the entire year, rather than a single day. After celebrating my 28th birthday at Disney World this past weekend, I was inspired to write a bucket list of places to go before I’m 30 (disclaimer: I don’t have kids, yet!). However, instead of just picking a specific destination, I chose a travel category and went from there. This way, I have my selection, but you can make your own list, too!

And hey, this can be seven trips to take before any age. Plug a number into the title that fits your lifestyle because I believe you’re never too old, or too young, to get out there.


Take a Seasonal Trip

As a Floridian, this is a fun category because we don’t really get seasons here. I can go almost anywhere else in the United States, during the right time of year, and experience a season that I don’t normally get in Florida. I’ve added two different seasonal trips to my bucket list before 30: New York City during the holidays, and North Carolina to see the leaves change colors in the fall.

Other great options for a seasonal trip: Aspen, Disney World, or Chicago during the holidays. Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring, or the Pacific Northwest for fall foliage.



Travel Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Ok, to be totally honest, I love the luxury and comforts of a nice hotel when I travel. As a kid, I’ve stayed in a tent in the backyard with friends, in college, I stayed in a hostel in Amsterdam, and I’ve even experienced a traditional Japanese home. But for several years now, I’ve stuck with very comfortable accommodations. So for me, going out of my comfort zone will be camping. Will it still count if I go “glamping” with a RV?! Probably. 😉

Other options include: traveling alone, visiting a country where you’re completely unfamiliar with the language, or sharing a room with AirBnB instead of the whole home (yeah, I haven’t been brave enough to do that yet). 😛

Think about your typical travel habits and determine what makes you uncomfortable. Then, do it!



Explore Your Home State

I think we’re all a little guilty of taking what we have in our “backyard” for granted. My little bubble in Florida has me experiencing theme parks and beaches pretty often, but I’m excited to see more of Florida, and to educate myself on it’s history and stories. On my immediate list is Rosemary Beach, the Everglades, and Naples.

What’s in your home state that you haven’t experienced? Take a weekend trip to explore the culture, diversity, and beauty of your own “backyard”.



Experience At Least One European Country

It’s hard to choose just one, so if time and money allows it, go all out. One of my best friend’s and her husband spent 2 weeks in six different European countries and got to mark off so many “must-do’s” on her traveling bucket list. We joined them for Ireland and London, and now Germany and Italy are on our “Before 30” list. We can’t decide between the two, so we might just have to do both!

What’s one European country you need to see?!

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Travel Far, Far, Away

As we get closer to 30, and the ideas of starting a family keep sparking our interest, I think of the places that may be the most difficult to travel with a young child. New Zealand, being over 24 hours worth of traveling time away, is tugging at my heart, but India and Thailand are close behind. Time and money can be a big factor when traveling far from home, so I also like to think our honeymoon in Hawaii was “far, far away”. Everyone has different ideas of what a long trip looks like, so stick with what your vacation time and budget allows.

The further you get from home, the more you’ll be out of your comfort zone, and that’s always a trip to remember.


Cultural Trip

Take a trip where you allow yourself to fully immerse in the local culture. Guess what? This doesn’t have to be far away! One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing the culture of other cities and countries. I love diving into the food, music, history, and entertainment of a place. The U.S. is so diverse, it’d be easy to have a weekend trip and feel like you experienced another culture. Think of Nashville compared to Miami, or South Dakota compared to San Diego. After all, that’s what makes America so great.  I love asking locals for recommendations because I know I’ll get the most authentic experience by seeing a new place through the eyes of a local.

Another cultural trip on my list is Cuba! I haven’t done much research to see how it survived the recent hurricanes, but I would love to experience the food, music, people, and architecture there.

Other great options include: Quebec City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, or San Francisco.



Take a [Relaxing] Vacation

Have you ever needed a vacation after going on vacation? Yeah, that’s me ALL. THE. TIME. I have this desire to cram in all the fun adventures, and take advantage of every minute in a new place. By the end of our trip to Ireland and London, I was exhausted. So I also think it’s important to check out, unplug, and relax.

For this kind of trip, I love cruises or all-inclusive resorts, but it’s all about where you can chill out the most. For me, that’s on a beach (with a drink in my hand), and that’s why a Caribbean island is on my list. Some people love a cabin in the mountains or a yoga retreat.

You do you, and make sure where ever you go, you can recharge.


Help me add to my list! Where would you go?!



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  • what a great list! I havent seen a list like this that was categories and a little more open ended. for a far getway, what about Tokyo or somewhere in the middle east? dubai? Maybe add on an eco sight? Central America, galapagos? I just turned 40 last March and my sister, aunt, uncle and I went to Italy. I do have kids, but they stayed home 🙂

    • Katherine

      Thank you!! I love the suggestions, and I’d LOVE to go to Dubai! Maybe that could be my far away trip! I’d also love to get to Argentina. I bet your Italy trip was amazing!

  • Jennifer Seislove

    What a smart way to look at it…I’d like to start with the relaxing trip and then head to the European trip!

    • Katherine

      I remember seeing so many lists to tell me exactly where to go “before” a certain age, but the truth is, everyone has different financial and vacation situations! So I’m glad you enjoyed it being broken down into “types”. 😉 Now start planning that vacation!

  • These are such great tips to take! We’ve been planning to take a European trip soon. So hopefully, we can check that off our list!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Katherine

      Thank you! Any particular country in Europe that you want to visit?!

  • Amanda

    We just recently did a seasonal trip to the snow. In Sydney, we don’t see snow, so it was a one of a kind experience for the winter (and the kids loved it)! We need to take a trip back to the states sometime soon, too! And more vacations!

    • Katherine

      Always more vacations! Haha, you totally understand my desire for seasons if you’re in Sydney!! Where did you go to see snow?!

      • Amanda

        Jindabyne was our trip to the snow. It’s in the Snowy Mountains region of Australia. Crazy how you can be in the desert, rainforest, beach, city, and mountains in Aus..so many places to go!

  • These are all great trips! I like that you’ve broken it down by trip type and said why each is important. I think I need one of those relaxing vacations again soon 😉

    • Katherine

      Haha, yes! We probably all need more relaxing vacations! 😉 thank you so much for the compliment!

  • I am already past 30 but these are fun ideas. I do think you could do some of these with kids though, too. 🙂

    • Katherine

      Yeah, I try not to get stuck on an age at all because I never want to put a time limit on traveling! I could definitely take kids on some of these trips, but it is a lot of traveling, and I know I’ll be a little more of a home-body once I have a baby. 😉

  • I live in the south and next to it, I love the east coast… I love the west coast, too! Each place has something different to offer. I would recommend everyone take a trip to Anywhere, California. #Californialove 😉

  • Marissa Pedersen

    I’ve been exploring my home state all this summer and have absolutely loved it! Sometimes we get so focused on visiting places away from home that we forget how beautiful it is around us.

    • Katherine

      That’s awesome!! I love the weekends we spend in other cities in Florida because it really feels like we got “away”, but it was still close to home!

  • Jae

    I’m turning 31 in a few weeks, and among your list, traveling to Europe is something I have never done! I’m an emigrant from the Philippines, and we plan on going to Europe as soon as I become a US citizen (because it’s easier that way). 🙂

    • Katherine

      That’s awesome! Happy early birthday and I hope your trip to Europe is amazing!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    I love the idea of exploring your home state! My husband and I have already kind of started this by visiting New Orleans and taking a city bus tour! I’d love to see more of the state though!

    • Katherine

      New Orleans is on my list! So fun to take tours and play tourist in our home states. There’s always so much more to see and learn than we think!

  • First, happy belated birthday! second, I’ve been dying to visit rosemary beach too!! It looks beautiful! And if you go to the everglades come say hi!

    • Katherine

      Thank you!!! I’ve been checking out some boutique hotels in Delray Beach, too, so I’ll let you know when we make the trips down south! 🙂

  • Sophie Wailes

    I’ve been in some of these, however I’m 29 and I went abroad for the very first time last year so I’m a little behind everyone else. The one I really want to do is a long haul holiday because I’ve never been outside Europe

    • Katherine

      It’s never too late to start traveling more! Make the plans and it’ll happen! 🙂

  • Taylor Smith

    These are awesome. They all look like GORG vacation spots.

    • Katherine

      Thank you!!

  • Yes to all of these – I have had the travel bug for years, but haven’t been able to travel anywhere except the east coast, lol!

    • Katherine

      East coast, best coast! 😉 Traveling anywhere is good for the soul!

  • So glad I did all of these before I turned 30! So important to travel!