Almost two years ago, I decided I was going to visit 30 states before I turned 30 years old. Since then we’ve made many road trips, to places new and old, and found so many places to go back to explore further.
What Counts as a Visit?
There’s always some debate on what actually counts as visiting a state. Some say, just stepping outside and breathing the air. Others say at least one full hour in a state during the day, be outdoors at least part of the time, set foot on the actual ground, and go beyond the state’s border, not counting airports.
I think there’s a little room in the middle, a state is checked off if you spend a night, have a meal, and do some kind of activity there more than just a road sign photo but not as far as needing to spend a lifetime to count.
What States I’ve Visited
Since we’ve last chatted, I’ve added Maine and Maryland to my visited list, with a trip to California coming up in a couple of weeks. That will bring the total to 13 states visited.
Next #30StatesBy30 Goal
We’re getting close to 20 states, I’m setting a steep goal to hit 20 states by the end of 2023. It’s definitely a tough one, but I think it’s super doable. Finishing New England will be a big jump, but it’s also going to take us off easy mode for these roadtrips! We’re almost done with all the states within an 8 hour drive. The next trips we’re looking at include New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Michigan, West Virginia, and Vermont. And I’ll be able to check off Texas for a work trip next year too!
Have you taken on the challenge to see 30 states before 30 years old? How many states have you been to so far? Sound off in the comments below, on Instagram to let me know!