“once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”
– dalai lama
this is definitely a quote i live by! while i often revisit countries i’ve been to already to explore new cities or areas, i still try to go to at least one new country each year. so in honor of me turning 21 on june 17th 2018 i thought it’d be cool to do a little recap of the 21 countries i got to visit during those 21 years i’ve been on this earth so far.
i tried to put this list somewhat in the correct order, but i’m sure i messed up a few countries in the beginning. but anyway, here we gooo:
as you probably know i was born and raised in the beautiful country of austria, located right in the heart of europe. while i love traveling to new places, i also enjoy exploring more of my home country a lot! also if you’re ever in the area, let me know so i can show you around!
italy is where it all began! while i’m sure i went on some shopping trips to slovakia or hungary and drove through germany many times before, italy was the first country my parents took me to for a vacation. we went to VENICE when i was still pretty little and i’ve also been back to visit LARGO DI GADA as well as ROME a few years later.
when going from easter austria to western austria, the quickest route is to drive through germany. so as i already said i’ve probably “been” to germany a couple of times before actually visiting for the first time. some cities i’ve been to in germany so fare are MUNICH, HAMBURG, BERLIN and COLOGNE.
my first ever plane ride took me to tunisia. i don’t remember my exact age (i guess i was around 10 years old), but what i remember is being really fascinated but also overwhelmed by the vibe and culture of the country. during a visit to the local market of DJERBA was probably when i experienced my first culture shock, which made me quickly realize how much traveling teaches you and how exciting it is to get to know new cultures!
i first visited the uk at the age of 13 and completely fell in love with its capital LONDON. a good friend of mine once said “if you really love london, you have to go there every year”, and while i haven’t managed to actually visit every single year i’ve been there quite often. london is without a doubt my favorite city in all of europe!
i grew up super close to hungary (like 30 minutes by car) so we occasionally go there for shopping but i never really thought about traveling there. when i was a teenager my family and i went to BUDAPEST for a quick weekend-getaway and i was really surprised by how pretty this city is!
i went to france shortly after visiting the uk for the first time. i got to visit PARIS and unfortunately i have to admit that i too felt like the city is pretty overrated. lately i’ve been feeling the urge to go back and give paris a second chance though so i’m sure i’ll revisit soon. other than that i’ve also been to the CÔTE D’AZUR in france which i absolutely loved!!!
when i was 14 i got to go to NEW YORK CITY for easter break. it was the first time in the usa for me – little did i know that that’s the country i’d call home only two years later. as most of you probably know I did a high school exchange to michigan when i was 16. during my exchange i got to visit so many places in the usa like CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, NEW ORLEANS, and many many more. also i go back to michigan at least once a year to visit friends and family.
during a family trip to rome one summer we decided to pay a visit to the VATICAN CITY (which is by the way the smallest country in the world). it was really impressive but also very very crowded!
i got to visit ireland during a school trip with my class and it wa absolutely beautiful. we did a bus tour to DUBLIN, CORK, LIMERICK and GALWAY. the scenery is so georgeous (especially the cliffs of moher!!!) and we just had the best time there. so excited i’ll actually get to revisit DUBLIN to spend my 21st birthday there!
for summer vacation one year my family and i traveled to BARCELONA. while it’s not my favorite city ever i definitely enjoyed our time there a lot. all the buildings are super beautiful and i especially loved the great city + beach combination.
a little while after visiting the smallest country in the world, i also got to visit the second smallest country in the world: MONACO. this was actually a business trip, but sure didn’t feel like one. the CÔTE D’AZUR is just such a stunning place – plus i loved to look at all the super expensive cars and yachts there. definitely one of my favorite beach getaways in europe!
#13 the netherlands
my then boyfriend and i decided to visit AMSTERDAM for a week one summer and i really really loved the so called “venice of the north”. the canals are just so so so romantic (especially at night), there are so many great restaurants and a lot to explore in the city.
oh switzerland – my happy place! i went to switzerland for the first timeto visit a friend i made during my high school exchange to michigan in GENEVA. after that i’ve revisited this beautiful beautiful country many times and got to see places like ZURICH, LUCERNE, DAVOS, BERN, INTERLAKEN, GRINDELWALD, LAUSANNE, the list goes on and on. it’s safe to say that switzerland is my favorite european country and i’d actually love to move there one day!
same as with hungary, i also live super close to slovakia so i never really went there on vacation but so far i’ve been to BRATISLAVA twice and tried to treat it like an ordinary city trip. once i even did a cruise on the danube (the river that connects vienna and bratislava) which really was a cool experience!
three 19-year-old girls from europe traveling to mexico on their own – is that crazy? gotta admit, maybe it is. anyway: we just had so so so much fun during our girls trip to CANCÚN! we stayed there for 10 days and explored all of the riviera maya which was for sure one of my favorite vacations ever!!! shoutout to our moms for trusting us enough to let us do that!
#17 czech republic
a while ago two of my friends and i decided to spontaneously go to PRAGUE for the weekend. so we just hopped on a bus and went there. this trip was so so so much fun and also held some surprises for us (more about that here). i really loved the city – i hope to go back there for the christmas markets one day!
liechtenstein is the sixth smallest country in the world and also shares a border with austria. i’ve wanted to visit this tiny country for so long so during an austria-germany-switzerland roadtrip i did i just decided to stop by. i strolled around the capital VADUZ for a day and absolutely loved it there.
one summer one of my friends worked in belgium as an au-pair so of course i had to hop on a plane to visit her. we got to explore the capital BRUSSELS together and she also showed me around seaside town KNOKKE, where her host family lived.
thailand was the first (and as of now only) country i’ve ever visited in asia. it’s my mom’s favorite country so she was super happy to finally take me and my brother there at the beginning of this year. we got to experience the hectic of BANGKOK but also the peace and quiet of KHAO LAK. all in all it was a perfect vacation and i can’t wait to visit more of asia soon!
oh morocco. this country really blew my mind! i didn’t even really plan to go to MARRAKECH, i just found such a cheap flight + hotel, i couldn’t say no! the country is overwhelming and crowded and also a bit intimidating but on the other hand it’s just so fascinating and beautiful! i fell insanely in love with morocco and would go back in a heartbeat!!!
so so far i’ve made it to 21 countries, spread out on 4 continents. i’m forever thankful to be able to travel as much as i do and also to be blessed with such a supportive family that introduced me to traveling at a really young age. so bring it on 21, i can’t wait for all the adventures yet to come!
PS: whenever possible i uploaded a picture of me in the said country so you can watch me grow through my travels ♡