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12 Travel Goals To Accomplish Before 30

I hate bucket lists. The entire idea of pinning down the name of places and experiences, and then pursuing them, one by one, never intrigued me. Because for me, the real charm of travelling is only when I set off to a place the minute I find myself intrigued by it, and not two years from now. Because two years from now, that place might still be there, but its originality, its vibe, will be washed away, or at least, be altered.

So, I hate bucket lists. I think they’re crap. Also, as a hungry nomad, there’s no place in the world where I don’t want to be. But I think there are some places, some experiences, that I want to see (or try out) sooner or later. They’re more like priorities. And to keep a tab on them, I’m writing my travel priorities (not a bucket list!) for the next 4 years, in order to stay focused (oh come on, don’t guess my age now! Read, read below).

12 travel goals to accomplish before I turn 30:

Completing the Appalachian Trail11

Ever since I’ve read the book on Appalachian Trail, written by Bill Bryson, I’m addicted to the idea of completing the mother of all trails — the Appalachian Trail: a whopping 2,184 miles long hike. It passes through 14 US states and takes over 5 months to complete, only if you walk almost daily, for most of the hours in the day, and at a decent speed. What makes it even adventurous is the idea of staying disconnected from the real world for all that time as there is no phone network in the area — leaving you to only a few other crazy hikers on the way. Must be an amazing experience!

Experiencing life in Tokyo for a few months10

I’ve heard life in Tokyo is a mix of culture, values and modernity. Here, in the shadows of skyscrapers, you can still find small alleys, ready to take you back in time, with their traditional wooden shanty bars and lantern lit street food stalls.

The city’s approach to a modern life, while leaving every trace back to its rich culture, is worth appreciating. And this is perhaps why Tokyo is the only city in the world where I would like to settle down for a few years. From Sushi to bullet trains to traditional fish markets, everything about Tokyo, and perhaps about Japan, fascinates me.

Spend a night alone on an island9

After living in one of world’s most populated cities ‘New Delhi’, for over two decades, the idea of breathing in isolation has so strongly infested my heart that I often look for quiet excursions during my travels.

Solo trekking, camping, and motorbike rides in the Himalayas were all fun, but I think now it’s time to take the adventure to the next level, and experience – even if for only one night – living off on an island, all alone. And yes, it can be anywhere in the world!

Hitchhiking with gypsies in the US8

…and listen to their life stories!

Visiting Afghanistan7

Not sure what my fascination towards Afghanistan is, but I’ve long fancied walking through the streets of Kabul and exploring its colourful mix people. For some reason, I also believe that Afghanistan can be one of the most hospitable countries to travel to if only the county rescues itself from the long war-like zone and insurgencies.

Exploring Antarctica6

…and watching hundreds and thousands of penguins breathing and walking.

Experiencing luxury train travel in India

the golden chariot

For anyone who has travelled in trains as much as I did, luxury train travel is a dream. And is’s on my travel list too, the only problem is… it is too expensive to afford. 

Update: And in March 2018, I’ve done it! Read about my Luxury Train Travel Experience With The Golden Chariot

A safari in East Africa3

I have never been a big fan of Safari parks in my life. In fact, I have always been so uninterested in safari parks that I’ve seen only two of them in my entire life. But experiencing the African Savanna and spotting a Leopard preying on something 5 times bigger than its size must be a different experience. A safari in East Africa is high on my list.

Stay on a ship for months2

I am not talking about a luxury cruise. They carry an entire city and all necessary comforts with them. I would rather fancy a journey in a traditional fishing or a massive goods carrier ship. Exploring the great ocean, in one of them, would definitely be more real. Moreover, learning about the life, in the endless sea, from the accounts of a handful of crew members, while sailing with them, would be an experience of a lifetime.

Climbing the Everest base camp4

Mountains are my first love. And to only see the world’s tallest mountain peak would be any mountain lover’s wish. Though just like anyone else, I would love to reach the summit, but considering the risks, I’d be happy to only walk only up to the base camp, click a few happy selfies, and return.

Marveling the northern lights1

Since the first time I saw it on TV when I was about 13, I have lost my heart to the astounding beauty of Northern lights. To see such an enigmatic light show must be a different experience.

Travel to at least 30 countriesfootloosedev

Why 30? I don’t know. But the number sure looks impressive. Some people might dislike my idea of ticking off countries, but trust me, it’s not about country counting, or following a list. It’s about the way you feel the minute you hit the local streets in a new country and everything feels alien. Sure I’d love to spend months in each country to reach this number, but even if not, who cares. I love experiencing The New. Sadly, right now I am at a disappointing number 6.


Would I be able to do them all? I don’t know. But this list will help me stay on track, and if only I accomplish even half out of the total 12 wishes (travel to 30 countries is a must though!) I would be happy believing that I’ve seen a bit of the world I live in, and have expanded my knowledge about the cultures and life around me, a little more.

Do you have a travel wishlist too? What countries or experiences would you like to have?

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After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!

5 Comments

  1. OMG you have quite an ambitious bucket list – not the usual travel ambitions haha. But I am with you on almost all. Love the unusual and adventurous trips. Everest is high on my list. Should probably work towards preparing for it soon, else it’s never gonna happen. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Hope you will get to do the whole list! X

  2. Very difficult to achieve for an average person as these are different parts of the world and cost lots of money… But great if one is able to manage

  3. P.K.Prasad says

    I am delighted to see your blog today. Captioning it as footloose Dev (taking the road less travelled) is Great. Went through the details in the blog about why you hate the bucket list. Your priorities of travel are amazing. I hope and wish that this nature will bless you to travel every place on this earth. In your priority list you had also mentioned about travel to Afghanisthan. Great. It shows that you dare to risk and go to a particular spot.
    My best travel quote:- 1) Travel far enough you meet yourself. David Mitchell.
    My favourite quote by photographer Robert Frank :- “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
    Hope some day we both of us meet if the Nature prefers it.
    With Regards. Prasad – (The Travelling Monk)

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