30 Personal 'Pinch Me Moments' To Celebrate Turning 30!


Ahhh!!!... I (Pam) am turning 30 this weekend!!! Whilst I don't want to leave my 20's behind, I am equally excited to see what this new decade will bring me and what I will bring to this new decade!

My 'travels' started when I was 22 and met Shannon, however throughout my childhood my parents always put me first and booked the most exciting holidays. By the age off 18 I had visited 9 US States, taken 14 cruises around the world, and had visited my first 3 continents and been to 34 different countries. Now as I reach the age of 30 I have visited a further 2 continents and a further 17 countries. I've also lived in 5 countries including working in Sydney, Notting Hill and Cyprus.

I don't mean to boast but I am forever grateful to my parents for taking me to places like The Taj Mahal, the Pyramids in Egypt, Alcatraz in San Francisco and a crazy bazar in Morocco.

Here are 30 of my 'pinch me moments' over my lifetime of travels...

Viewing the Niagra Falls from the Canadian side before getting wet on the 'Maid Of The Mist' boat ride under the falls

Finding ourselves inside the White House gardens!!

Cruising is such a great way to see multiple destinations in a short space of time, also as a teenager it was an awesome way to meet new friends

Visiting The Pitons in St Lucia whilst on a Caribbean cruise

Mine and Shannon's first holiday to Malta

Visiting the world tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Some people like a 9-5 desk job - I like flying passengers to the Caribbean and getting to stay all inclusive for the week too!

Relaxing at the infinity pool over looking the cool city of Kuala Lumpur

Every dream is to hang out with Minnie Mouse and her gang in Floridachild's

Watching the world whizz past in bustling Hanoi, Vietnam

Visiting The Rajasthani Palace in Jaipur, India

Exploring Angkor Wat after watching the sunrise

None other than the astounding Taj Mahal. We travelled around India visiting Agra, Jaipur and New Delhi

This spice seller at a bustling and quite scary bazar in Agadir, Morocco wanted Dad to swap me for 2 of his camels, Dad said 4 camels and he'd have a deal!

Looking back we don't know how we had the balls!

My first legal drink at a bar in Prague (and one of the cheapest beers ever)

Swimming with dolphins is always AMAZING! This was taken in Cozumel in Mexico

We scaled a volcano in the pitch black to witness sunrise over Mt Bromo volcano in Indonesia

My second time doing a skydive was in the warm air of Wanaka, New Zealand, this is my first skydive in cloudy Scotland when I was 18 and scared of heights, I raised money for charity (and cured my fear of heights)

Casually holding an iguana in Mexico!

Travelling is amazing as you get to take a tram to the top of Victora Peak in Hong Kong and be amazed at the city views below

One of my favourite places to live was in our camper van as we spent 3 months travelling around Australia, we woke up to sunrise at Uluru, and watched it turn different shades of orange at sunset

I still can't believe we lived in Sydney, it was such an amazing experience and one I'll never forget

On a tour of the west coast of America with family we visited the cool San Francisco

If you're going to scuba dive then there's only one place for it - the Great Barrier Reef

What happens in Vegas....

Like seriously, I still can't believe I visited and climbed inside a pyramid!

Waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, New York at New Year

Visiting Santorini, on one of many Greek Island cruises

Causally flew into the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

Thank you all for looking through my 30 pinch me photographs! And Happy Birthday to me!!

Photo credit to many people, mostly my parents

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