It was an idea uttered allowed about wanting to visit 40 countries before my 30th birthday, after scribbling names on a napkin of all the places in the world I felt I really must see in the next few years. Liking the ring it had to it, 40 Before 30 became the name and notion behind a crude looking website I’d been using to chronicle my travels.
Fast forward 4.5 years and that ugly site was being described as ‘one of the most influential travel and tourism blogs in the UK’ (the media’s words not mine!).
My stories of what not to do on your travels were attracting readers from around the world and my challenge to blog 40 countries was being aided by delightful invites from tourism boards and travel companies who wished to host me along the way. The blog picked up several awards (special thanks to the British Travel Press and Cosmopolitan Magazine) and eventually became my full time career (via at stint at Flight Centre UK as content and social media manager).
I learnt a lot from travelling and tweeting those 40 countries and thank everyone who helped make it possible.
For easy reference the (now 60) countries I have been and blogged are:
Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Grenadines, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Monaco, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA, Uruguay, UK, Vatican City, Vietnam.