It’s official–I’m 29. I had the most amazing birthday in Athens, Greece, and that helps cushion the blow. But the reality remains that I have one precious year left in my twenties. While I’m excited about all that’s to come, I want to make sure I send this decade out in style.
I was at home planning my Greece trip when it occurred to me–why not attempt 12 trips in 12 months, as a sort of bucket list for my twenties? I can manage a budget, and not to toot my own horn but I’ve gotten pretty good at finding cheap flights. Within the past year I accomplished 6 trips, snagging fares such as $120 roundtrip to Denver, $150 roundtrip to Puerto Rico and $400 roundtrip to London. “I can do this,” I thought.
And just like that the booking frenzy began. It’s a slight miracle given my salary and expenses. I was barely able to afford groceries before I got my bright idea, but it’s amazing what you can find when sufficiently motivated. With a little reprioritizing and a lot of patience, I am making moves and having experiences I never thought possible. I had an opera dedicated to me in Florence. I held a sea urchin and swam with sea turtles in Aruba. My only regret is that this idea didn’t occur to me sooner!
Instead of ruining my credit or depleting my bank account, so far this mission has actually done the opposite. I just recently passed the 700 barrier on my credit report, a number I never thought I’d see. Taking out more credit gave me breathing room to make payments on time and not have to immediately put a charge on my credit card after making a payment towards the balance. I’ll provide more details as to my financial progress later, but suffice it to say that playing the credit game can pay off.
In hopes of infecting you with some of my wanderlust, and simultaneously keeping me accountable for this lofty travel goal, I’m sharing my itinerary for the year. The 12 trips I have planned so far are as follows:
January: Athens and Meteora, Greece; Milan, Italy
February: Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy
March: Oranjestad, Aruba
April: Zion National Park, Utah; Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada
May: Santorini and Antiparos, Greece
June: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
July: Paris, France; Provence region, South of France
August: Toronto, Canada; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Vieques, Puerto Rico
September: Reykjavik, Iceland
October: Quito and Banos, Ecuador
November: Marrakesh, Morrocco
December: Thailand and Cambodia!
I’m so excited for the opportunities these trips hold for me and hope to be able to report back as the year goes on with pictures, stories and solo travel tips. In the meantime, check out my first destination–Meteora, Greece! Pictured above, it is one of the most serene and naturally beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
Until next time, safe travels!