30 years: 30 travel experiences

Yes. I turned 30, I kissed farewell to my 20′s and am entering a new decade of my life.

While I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of seeing all the crazy things Earth has to offer…  It’s good to look back and reflect on some of my most memorable moments around the globe. And here they are in no particular order.

1. Hugging a Koala in Brisbane, Australia


2. Trekking through Sapa, Vietnam

sapa vietnam

3. Salt staring at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Jumping Salar de Uyuni

4. Skydiving in Monterey, California

5. Devouring beef & malbec in Buenos Aires, Argentina
buenos aires steak
6. Ziplining & waterfall rappelling in Monteverde, Costa Rica
7. Water fighting during Songkran in Chiang Mai, Thailand

8. Eating an ice cream bar Iguassu Falls in Argentina


9. Scuba diving in the Gili Islands, Indonesia


10. Sipping sangria in Barcelona, Spain

sangria bcn

11. Biking through Bali

banyan biking bali

12. Reveillon (New Year’s Eve) in Rio, Brazil

13. Snapping Oia in Santorini, Greece


14. Jumping the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids
jumping egypt
15. Hiking through Cinque Terre, Italy
hiking vernazza
16. Partying til sunrise in Ibiza with SHM

17. Taste through a 12-course dinner at Alinea in Chicago
18. Climbing Great Wall of China
great wall g
19. Getting Holi’d in Jaisalmer, India


20. Eating sushi at Tsukiji fish market and all other foods in Japan
21. Motorbiking in Saigon, Vietnam
22. Bungy Jumping in New Zealand

23. Going Gangnam in Machu Picchu, Peru
gangnam machu
24. Paragliding the Swiss Alps, Interlaken
paragliding switz
25. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
26. World Cupping in Munich, Germany

27. Driving through New Zealand
28. Rocking a yukata at a Ryokan/Kaiseki experience in Takayama, Japan
ryokan tanabe
29. Running a Half-marathon in Big Sur, California
big sur half
30. Last but not least, Proposing to my better half in Prague


One last thing I’d like to do for my 30th birthday is raise $2,500 for Charity Water to provide clean water for people in need. I’m really close to that goal. If can contribute anything ($1, $5, or $10), it’ll really help make a difference. If you can help visit my fundraiser page:



I have countless other amazing experiences, but those are my top 30 travel moments… At least the ones I remember and have pictures for. As you can tell, I have an addiction, and I blame this all on Q who passed on the travel bug 7 years ago. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the next 30 years.

What’s your favorite travel memory?



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  • Rosie

    OMG, envy. Hahaha. You covered many of my favorite parts of the world.
    Great Barrier Reef has been in my bucket list for a long time. Will definitely make it one day.
    All the best for your coming 30. And best for your new nest.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks! Definitely worth it. Try to make it out to Whitsunday Islands if you make it out to OZ too.

  • Anne Karen

    My favourite travel memory has to be your #27 -> Driving through New Zealand. Spent a fantastic 6 weeks there (also jumped the Nevis, so that’s also on the list) ;-)
    Hoping to have my own year around the world in the near future, thanks for sharing tips and experiences!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Agreed. Countless sheep and quirky signs were always fun. Thanks for following us. We’ll be posting more info & tips from our trip last year. So stay trippin!

  • OCDemon

    The thing about turning 30 is that if you do it right, you don’t care about trying to be 20 again.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Seriously. All the fun happened after 20. =)

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    First things first, happy birthday! Hope the next 30 years are as amazing as these have been, travelwise and more!

  • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/ Anita Mac

    What a great collection of amazing adventures and experiences! Love it! Happy 30th

  • Lola DiMarco

    LOVE! Those are 30 amazing experiences and so many more to come! Happy birthday!

  • http://sparrowinspace.com/ Angela

    Wow, those are some great adventures! I hope you had a great birthday and that there are many more amazing adventures waiting to happen!

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  • lola

    i should do a post like this but i’d never admit my age ;)

  • http://www.butterflydiary.com/ Charu

    Honestly, this is a great post! I love the energy!

  • Kathryn

    Motor biking in Saigon takes balls! Holy! Even crossing the street in Saigon was a death wish! Good on ya! We stuck with motor biking in Thailand. Perhaps one day- we’ll give it a go in Vietnam!