30 countries you should visit before you turn 30

1. Thailand

From Bangkok to James Bond Island, from vicious Pattaya to Buddhist Temples in Ayuthaya, Thailand has so many things to offer to its visitors and is definitely one of the 30 countries you should visit before you turn 30. It’s even possible to go volunteering there and many people, who did that, said they had the best time of their lives. You can also, of course, just buy a ticket to Thailand and enjoy your holiday, like we did. Read some of our posts about Thailand

2. Morocco

From Agadir to Marrakech, Morocco is full of amazing cities and towns. Morocco is safe, beautiful, cheap and luxurious at the same time. You’ve probably seen plenty of photos on Instagram, featuring the hotels, which look like palaces – Riads. Staying in one of them is not that expensive at all.

3. Mexico

Mexico is a very accessible destination for all the Northern Americans and it’s really amazing. Mexico has so many fabulous colourful cities like Puebla or San Cristobal and perfect resorts (see the top 10 in this post) in places like Cancun, Riviera Maya or Puerto Vallarta. And of course, in Mexico, you can try the most delicious guacamole in your life or take some colourful photos in lovely Coyoacan – one of the best districts of Mexico City.

4. Belarus

Instead of reading how and imagining, how was the life back in the USSR, just head to Belarus. The capital, Minsk shows you how the life was in the 70s or 80s. Not much has changed since then in the city and it’s really really interesting. Read about top 10 things to do in Minsk, Belarus in this post.

5. Cuba

Cuba is a unique country and my advice – you should visit it now before it changes. And believe me, it will change. Cuba is poor, but just as many other poor countries, it’s quite expensive for the foreigners. Don’t have too high expectations for food in Cuba, but their rum is one of the best in the world. Also, Cuba is all about the atmosphere and I didn’t meet anyone, who didn’t like this amazing island.

6. France

If you ask any person in the world, who hasn’t travelled outside his/her country yet, what do they want to visit, they would probably answer Paris. Paris was featured in so many iconic movies, books and it was a huge fame about it. It’s not a secret that over the last 30 years Paris changed a lot (and not to the best, unfortunately, some districts are now quite dangerous), however, it still has so many charming, cute and fabulous places! France is not only Paris, of course, and you can visit some pretty amazing places like Carcassonne or French Riviera or Bordeaux. So France definitely deserves MANY trips, but you have to visit it at least one before you turn 30!

7. Norway

Norway is expensive, so to travel there you’ve got to know your ways. If you’re before 30, you can still enjoy backpacking (don’t get me wrong, people after 30 do plenty of backpacking activities too, but usually (not always, but USUALLY), when you turn 30 and work full-time you want to have some certain level of comfort, besides you will probably have a family at some point and bringing your newborn to the hostel would definitely be a bad idea) and live in hostels, so that would help you to save a lot. While Norwegian capital, Oslo is not that impressive (read my post about my short layover in Oslo), but Norwegian nature and fjords are definitely some of the most beautiful places on Earth!

8. Japan

Japan is unique! It’s a totally different world and I’m dreaming of going there one day. People say it’s impossible not to like Japan. Again, as a young person you can enjoy Japan on a budget – staying in some capsule hotels will be somewhat intriguing and buying ready meals in the supermarkets will be definitely an interesting experience. That’s why Japan is one of the 30 countries you should visit before you turn 30.

9. USA

(in case you aren’t from the States) or even if you are: The USA has cosmic landscapes, amazing beaches, cities full of culture and history – that’s why you need to visit the States at least once in your life. The USA is one of the best countries in the world for road trips – you can do the iconic route 66 or the West Coast or even the East Coast. What you should visit is the Natural Parks – they are incredible! I also enjoyed Miami Beach – its atmosphere is great and shopping there was beyond my expectations and also I somewhat enjoyed New York City.

10. Russia

Russia is the biggest country in the world – so if you have one of these cool scratch maps of the world, it will seem like you have visited half of the world just after scratching the whole territory of Russia. However, there are of course more reasons to visit Russia than filling your scratch map – the Kremlin in Moscow is really impressive, St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the North of Russia – Karelia has amazing nature, Nizhny Novgorod has a fabulous EDM music festival – Alfa Future People, Kamchatka is cooler than Iceland and of course, Lake Baikal and the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad. Enough reasons to visit Russia? Check these 5 reasons to visit Russia right now and don’t forget to include Russia in your travel list of 30 countries you should visit before you turn 30.

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