I’ve always loved traveling; airplanes are no big deal, planning a road trip is what I like to do for fun, and I’m always down to try new food or find a pretty view. For today’s post, I’ve narrowed my wanderlist down to 10 places I MUST see before I turn 30. Now that I’ve typed it, its for real. Challenge accepted.
Note: the following photos are not my own and I do not take any credit.
Oh, Greece. There is nothing bad I can say about this sweet place. Its my #1 spot on my wanderlist and here are a few reasons why:
- Santorini. Ever since I’ve developed the passion and the love for travel, I’ve had Santorini on my mind. The blue waters, the beautiful (sometimes blue) architecture, and tight-knit atmosphere makes my heart so happy. I’ve read a lot about Santorini and when I do get the chance to go to Europe on vacation, this will be my first stop.
- Mount Olympus. I have plenty of time to become quite the experienced hiker before I take a shot at hiking Mt. Olympus. Thank goodness! Lots of people say you have to be a pro to make it.
- The Greek Islands are filled with so many wonders and secrets; I can’t wait to experience everything they have to offer.
It goes without saying that the architecture, history, food, and culture also serve as huge inspiration. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in Athens? Or wake up to blue waters as far as the eye can see in Santorini? The possibilities are endless!
Some resources I found about traveling to Greece:
My mom has been to Italy and tells me that once I go, pizza will never be the same. Since pizza is my absolute favorite thing on this planet next to pasta, I’m sorta scared of this happening. I guess, if the pizza in Italy changes my life, I’ll just have to move there so I can eat it whenever. And as long as I move into a place like the one in Under the Tuscan Sun, I am 427% fine with it.
3. The Redwoods in California, Oregon, Washington
After S and I went out West, we started brainstorming and we would LOVE to go out allll the way to the West Coast someday and hike through the Redwoods and other parks. Because this trip is currently a little more realistic than the others, I’ve collected a lot of resources:
I’ve always been interested in going to Norway, but I honestly don’t really know why. I don’t know a lot about the country or its culture, but ever since I did a project on Norway in 7th grade Social Studies, I’ve been hooked. I guess getting hooked on a place where you can see crazy cool stuff like THE NORTHERN LIGHTS isn’t a bad idea.
Amber Fillerup-Clark from Barefoot Blonde, one of my favorite bloggers EVER, just went to Norway with her perfect family and shared some amazing posts that you should definitely see: Flam, Norway, 17 Mai, and Last of Norway.
5. Maui, Hawaii
My friend Katie and I went to Oahu, Hawaii for almost the entire month of June and it was SUCH a great experience! When I got back from the trip, I looked into the other Hawaiian Islands and fell in love with Maui. I hope that someday I get to return to the state experience another island!
– Top 20 Places for Maui Local Food
– Top 10 Hikes in Maui
My grandparents LOVE Maine, and my Pepere (grandpa) has family there, so after their most recent trip up North, I’m definitely interested in visiting the state pretty soon. Also, did somebody say LL BEAN HEADQUARTERS?!
I was originally interested in studying abroad in Thailand for Public Health, but some other options got thrown my way, so I’m having the hardest time deciding! Thailand still stands to be the most diverse place on this list.
8. Bora Bora
Finally… my dream. The place that I’ve known about since I was a little girl. I had my heart set on this place as my honeymoon spot since I was in like, 6th grade. That honeymoon spot has changed 4,327 times since then, but I have a while to plan that anyways. I wish the price tag to travel to this spot was a bit different. It’ll be hard to reach Bora Bora by the time I’m 30, but I hope I can do it! All I know is that the cute little vacation huts there have see-through floors where you can see the perfect, crystal clear water and I’m all about that. Seriously. Gimme.
Paris is always a good idea…maybe someday I’ll put my 6 years of French classes to good use! It would also be so much fun to travel around outside of Paris, of course. Paris’ structure is so unique and so different compared to US cities! I can’t wait to see the difference.
I know what you’re thinking. Where in the heck is Malta? Well, I didn’t know either until I stumbled upon the country online and I’ve been OBSESSED ever since. Its located in the Mediterranean and its the smallest country in the EU. The Mediterranean and all it holds is one of those places that just doesn’t seem real to me. HOW can a place so beautiful be real?! Fun fact: In Malta, “there are reportedly more Ferraris per capita here than anywhere else in the world.”
“Like most islands, it’s surrounded by water so blue you’ll want to punch yourself in the face.” Exactly, Buzzfeed. Exactly.
– Malta from Adventurous Kate
With all of these crazy places to travel, I do hope that my job after college is a nice one. Pray for a job that lets me travel and gives me the funds to do so, y’all. Where do you want to go in the next 10 years? Have you been to any of the places on my list? Do tell!! Share your stories in the comments below.
Feeling inspired? I know, right? Check out my go-to female travel blogs, The Blonde Abroad and Barefoot Blonde, and take a look at my travel Pinterest board for pictures, tips, and tricks that I’m saving for later.