My name is AJ and I’m a Scottish 20 something year old that enjoys a good ramble. If I am not doing my day job, I am either on skyscanner checking out the cheapest flights or exploring somewhere closer to home and enjoying whipping up something in the kitchen.


As I approach the big 3-0 at the end of 2021, I have made it my mission to do 30 things that I have always wanted to do. Some are quite ambitious and some that I have always wanted to go but never got around to doing them. Here is my list down below and some of my progress.


#1 Complete a multi-country trip – Jan ’18
#2 Learn to make pasta – March ’18
#3 Go to 30 Gigs – May ’18
# 4 Feed a baby farm animal – June ’18
#5 Learn how to drive – Oct ’18
#6 Get my Master’s Degree – Nov ’18
#7 Visit Dublin – Jan ’19
#8 Visit a Scottish Island – March ’19
#9 Walk along a white sandy beach – March ’19
#10 Learn to make bread – May ’19
#11 Go to France (again) – May ’19
#12 Enjoy a Ladurée Macaron – May ’19
#13 Give Blood – Aug ’19
#14 See the Aurora Borealis – Oct ’19
#15 Go to Yo! Sushi – Nov ’19
#16 Go to a gig on my own – Feb ’20
#17 Buy a designer handbag – March ’20
#18 Dip my toes in Loch Ness – July ’20
#19  Go to John O’Groats – Oct ’20
#20  Get my face painted – Oct ’20


27 out of 30

UK*, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Czechia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Denmark, Spain (Mainland & Canary Islands), Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & China.

*I have visited all countries within the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) but inline with the UN member state membership, only recognise this as one country.


Check out the map to see my adventures in more detail

32 out of 30

Michael Bublé, Whitney Houston, Foy Vance, Lionel Richie, Scott Bradlee & The Post Modern Jukebox, Morgan James, Paloma Faith, Maroon 5, Lana del Rey, The Fray, Mumford & Sons, Placebo, Ke$ha, Frightened Rabbit (x3), Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Katzenjammer (x2), Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Marina & The Diamonds, Passenger (x2), Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Kanye West & Jay-Z, Nerina Pallot (x2), Evanescence, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ben Folds and Ed Sheeran.



20 out of 30


Check out my map below detailing my progress.

Note: Due various reasons including being a private residence or ruined, some castles are only able to be viewed externally.

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