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I’m a full-time digital nomad who’s visited 44 countries – and here’s why I’m delaying having kids…

Would you delay having children so you could carefree travel the world longer?

It’s a topic that’s gaining momentum on popular social media platforms like TikTok, where videos asking the question have gone viral.

MailOnline Travel speaks to one global traveler who explains why she has already decided to prioritize exploration over parenthood.

Australian-born Adriana Neptuna, who has been married for eight years, says she and her husband want to ‘make the most of their 30s’, experiment and take risks before considering starting a family.

The award-winning blogger, who documents her travels on her TikTok and Wanderlicious websites, has traveled to 44 countries so far and says she’s «not ready to give up (traveling) yet» as she’s come to know.

Australian-born Adriana Neptuna, who has been married for eight years, says she and her partner (both pictured) want to «make the most of our 30s», experiment and take risks before thinking about starting a family.

“I love the freedom to travel to new places on a whim, usually based on recommendations from other travelers,” he explains.

“If the weather turns for the worse or I don’t like a place, I just pack up and leave. I imagine it would be harder to do with little ones in tow. I expect it would also cost more, which you would have to plan more carefully.’

Adriana acknowledges that it is possible to travel as a family, but suggests that it can be «more difficult with very young children if you are exploring remote regions» and places without family-friendly facilities.

As a full-time traveler and digital nomad, she says it can be easy for her to ‘keep putting off the kids’ because her job involves movement and her job would otherwise have to change.

From her experience, Adriana says she ‘definitely’ thinks it’s a growing trend due to lower expectations of having children right after marriage and settling down’.

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He adds: “That is no longer the case. The world is wide and there is so much to see. You learn so much by traveling, not only about foreign cultures, but also about yourself.

“I’m not sure I’d be mature enough to start a family in my 20s. I was too busy exploring.’

Adriana, who documents her travels on her TikTok and Wanderlicious websites, has traveled to 44 countries so far and says she’s «not ready to give up (traveling)» as she’s come to know it. Pictured: Adriana and her husband in Bali

“I love the freedom to travel to new places on a whim, usually based on recommendations from other travelers,” explains Adriana, pictured left in Hue, Vietnam. He suggests it could be harder to travel «with very young children if you’re exploring remote regions» and places without family-friendly facilities. Pictured right: Adriana in Petra, Jordan

Despite her personal preferences, Adriana’s message to expectant parents is that «it’s best to have children when you feel the time is right.»

The travel enthusiast recalls experiencing different cultures from a «very young age» as her parents moved a lot for work.

“By the time I was 13 I had lived in four different countries and found myself going to school in Australia, Poland, Dubai and then England,” she says.

“I realized that every country is completely unique, but they all have similarities. Every country has delicious food, wonderful traditions, unusual customs and overall really nice people.”

Despite her personal preferences, Adriana’s message to expectant parents is that «it’s best to have children when you feel the time is right.» Pictured: Adriana at the Taj Mahal in India

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She got her first taste of traveling abroad on a trip to New Zealand for her aunt’s wedding, where she also visited some geothermal hot springs.

“It was so cold outside it was snowing, but the ground was really hot,” he says.

“I remember warming my hands by picking up hot stones from the floor. How strange is that? The air was chilly, but the ground was hot. New Zealand is full of wonders.’

Reflecting on her love of travel, Adriana says her theory is that it ‘makes you feel the same sense of wonder you get when you’re a kid’.

He adds, «You see things for the first time, you try new foods for the first time, you usually get completely lost along the way, but you end up making some of the best memories.»

Adriana’s world travels to date include 20 countries in Europe, two countries in Africa, six in the Middle East, one in North America, two in Oceania and 13 in Asia.

Reflecting on her love of travel, Adriana says her theory is that it «gives you that same sense of wonder that you get when you’re a kid.»

They are Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Vatican in Europe.

The rest are Egypt and Morocco in Africa; UAE, Turkey, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Bahrain in the Middle East; Mexico in North America; Australia and New Zealand in Oceania; and Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Maldives in Asia.

Where’s next on the list?

Adriana and her partner dream of visiting every country in the world and currently have their eyes on South America.

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«I’ve never been to this continent and the wildlife, the landscape, the food and the people really fascinate me,» says Adriana.

“I would like to visit Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I would also like to do more of Africa because I think it has some of the most beautiful places on earth. But it’s hard to know where to start.’

When asked how many more countries she would like to experience before starting a family, Adriana suggests between 20 and 25.

Adriana and her partner dream of visiting every country in the world and currently have their eyes on South America. When asked how many more countries she would like to experience before starting a family, she suggests between 20 and 25. LEFT: Adriana in Bali, Indonesia. RIGHT: Adriana in Hoi An, Vietnam

For now, she plans to continue traveling with her partner, who may have quit his job to join her on the adventure.

But there are times when traveling full-time can affect relationships, she says.

«I’m lucky that my partner travels with me, but I don’t see my friends from London as much as I’d like,» she adds.

“The friendships you make while traveling can also be fleeting. You will meet people from all over the world and you may never see them again. But the stories you have are worth it.”

When it comes to starting a family, Adriana hopes to continue exploring the world, but probably in a different way.

“I think it’s going to change the way I travel a lot, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still explore new places and cultures,” he continues.

“I guess I’ll have to get better at planning.

For more from Adriana visit www.tiktok.com/@wanderlicious.adri and www.wanderlicious.co.uk.

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