30 by 30 Goal

30 by 30 Goal

Maybe a year or even two years ago, someone told me about an individual that they knew who has this goal: to visit 30 countries before they turn 30. When I heard about that, not only did it intrigue me, but I automatically knew that this is a goal I also wanted for myself.

I love travelling. I love getting all packed up, going to the airport, and getting that giddy feeling that you’re going to be going somewhere else for a couple of days or weeks or whatnot. I love getting to experience a new place/atmosphere, seeing new things, meeting new people, learning and immersing myself in a new culture, and of course trying new food. I thank (and blame) my parents for this passion of mine. I’m super blessed that even when I was very little, they would take me around to new places and let me experience all these new cultures. I think my parents wanted me to see and experience the beauty that God has made and also His love through different people that we met. I honestly believe that travelling at a young age helped in someway shaped me to be the person I am today. And really, I hope I can continue to do so and take my own kids around the world, whenever that time comes.

So this 30 by 30 goal just seemed to fit for me! It would be a blessing and wonderful opportunity if I would be able to visit 30 countries before I’m 30. Where do I stand you might ask? Well I’m about to list the countries that I have visited, so that you can keep me accountable as I add on to the list!

List of Places Visited:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Vatican City
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Virgin Islands
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

Now as I am compiling this list, with the help of google, it just reminded me of how gigantic this world is and how many places I’ve not visited yet! The count right now is at 20 and I am turning 25 this year. That means, I have 10 more countries to visit over a 5 year time span!

Well, I’m super excited that I get the chance to travel to South East Asia this summer! If you haven’t heard about the volunteer portion of my trip, please check out the post prior to this one! After that volunteer portion, I will also be going around and travelling to other countries that I’ve never visited before! So I’ll be visiting the countries below:

  1. China
  2. Vietnam
  3. Thailand
  4. Cambodia
  5. Malaysia

Not only that, but later this summer, I will also be going on an adventure with my sister and a couple of friends to CUBA! So that means in total, (deducting China and Malaysia because they were on the first list), I will be adding a total of 4 countries to the list!!! That puts me at 24 countries by the end of the summer 🙂

I am super excited, that means I only need to visit 6 more countries over the span of 5 years! What do you think? Doable?

 

 

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Volunteer Trip Plans!

Volunteer Trip Plans!

Looking at that picture, makes me smile! That picture was taken about three years ago in a small kindergarten in Cusco, Peru. I had the wonderful opportunity to travel, for the first time without my parents, and join this organization called A Broader View to volunteer at both a kindergarten and a girls orphanage for my graduation trip. I’ve always had a special place in my heart working with kids and that trip pretty much solidified that calling I had.

Fast forward to three years later, I was itching to do something similar again. The question is when, where, with whom? Well God quickly filled in the with whom part. I’ve been talking previously with a good friend of mine, Sam (Hey Sammy!), about potentially doing a trip together because we both love to travel. And lo and behold, God put the same desire in our hearts to do some volunteer/mission work – so we knew that this was something we wanted to do together!

The where – again, God just put things all into place at the right time. I was chatting with a friend from work over coffee – he was about to leave the firm for another opportunity and I wanted to catch up with him & chat/get advice before he left. We started chatting about work, life, etc. and somehow we got into this conversation about how I was passionate about giving back and volunteering & I wanted to do something this summer. He told me that for the past couple of summer, he has been working with this organization directly, this foster home that he’s been visiting in China. He told me all about his experience and then asked if I would be interested in potentially visiting the home in China. Of course I was interested – I’ve actually been looking for volunteer organizations and opportunities, but I didn’t find anything that fit with the time frame or what we wanted to do…until I heard about Hidden Treasures. My friend ended up putting me in touch with the volunteer coordinator, and well here we are!

The when was also another hump we needed to get over. Sam and I are both working, so it would be hard to get a significant amount of time off. Not only that, but just timing it so that we get time off at the same time is also a struggle. I was super nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get that much time off nor during the time that I wanted off. But by God’s grace, everything worked out. Sam was able to get the time off she wanted and I was able to apply and get approval for a two-month sabbatical!

So now, with about a month and a half to go (oh wow, even writing this, I can’t believe that it’s coming up so fast), and everything confirmed, we are super excited to go to China and spend time playing, loving, doing life with these kiddos. I sit back sometimes and reflect how lucky I am in life, to be blessed with so many things in my life. I just want to share those blessing with as many people as possible, and this summer I hope I can do so with these kids!

And YOU can help as well! Hidden Treasures is a non-profit organization and so they rely on donations to keep things running. So Sam and I are currently raising money for things that are needed by the home such as medicine, vitamins, supplies, toys for the kids, etc., especially things that could not be found over there. None of the money we raise will be going towards our trip, instead all (yes, 100%) of the proceeds will go directly into buying all these supplies which we will take to China with us. We would love if you would join us in supporting this wonderful organization taking care of these kiddos. Any amount of donations help! Please check out the link below to donate 🙂

https://www.gofundme.com/volunteer-trip-hth

I’m super excited that I will be able to share this experience with you all! Please stay tuned to my blog – I will be giving more details about what exactly is Hidden Treasures Home, what we will be doing there, the rest of our Asia trip itinerary, etc.

Thanks again for reading!

Cheers xo