10 Places to Visit in Your 20’s

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.

1. Greece

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:

greece

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Greek Islands

How to See Athens in 48 Hours

Greecetopia: What to Pack, Where to Stay, and Where to Eat

What NOT to Do in Santorini

2. Italy


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.

33 Most Beautiful Places in Italy

The Italian Road Trip

44 Tips for Traveling in Italy

How to Not Look Like a Tourist in Rome

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:

A treehouse near the Redwoods in Oregon

How to Plan A Trip to Redwood Ntnl Park

The Best of the Redwood Coast

8 Jaw Dropping Pics of The Redwood Forest

Washington to California Road Trip

Hiking the Fern Canyon Trail

4. Norway

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.

Norway by Train

35 Photos of Norway That Make You Want to Pack Your Bags Now

Norway’s Fjords

25 Reasons Norway is The Greatest Place on Earth

Why You Should Do Norway in Winter

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

6. Maine

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?!

24 Reasons Everyone Should See Maine Before They Die
Where to Eat & Drink in Maine
38 Awesome Things You Should Do

7. Thailand

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.

Hints and Tips for Traveling to Thailand
Thailand: A First Time Visitor’s Guide
Thai Food in Bangkok 
Backpacker Islands

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.

How to Save Money in Bora Bora

The Best Things to Do and See

9. Paris

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.

Paris for Beginners

Top 20 Free Things to Do in Paris

4 Days in Paris Itinerary

25 Most Useful French Phrases 

A Girl’s Guide to Paris

10. Malta

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.”

14 Pictures Proving Malta is The Most Underrated Country in the Mediterranean

“Like most islands, it’s surrounded by water so blue you’ll want to punch yourself in the face.” Exactly, Buzzfeed. Exactly.

5 Things to Know Before Traveling to Malta

Malta Like a Local

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.

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  • I would DIE to visit Thailand!! The beaches there look amazing. If I ever return to Europe, Greece is definitely someplace I want to go! And I would love to see more of Italy.

    Love how you put Maine. 🙂 Definitely go in the summer- being a native Mainer I can tell you we have ROUGH winters!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah

      Yeah, I wouldn’t go anywhere near Maine during the winter! My grandparents want to have a summer house there. Spending summers in Maine? YES, please!

      Hope you’re having a good day! :] Thanks for commenting!

  • Linda

    GREECE is my #1 place to visit too. I have dreamed of Greece since I was in high school (a long time ago). This is a great list Savannah!

    • Savannah

      Maybe one day we can go together! :] Love you Grandma!

  • I’m DYING to travel once I have the money — you listed such gorgeous places! I love Maine and I know you will, too!

    • Savannah

      Same – money is the only issue right now hahaha. Thanks for commenting! :]

  • Ana

    Wow a lot of these places are on my list too! Luckily I get to visit on this spring. Im headed over to London for spring break and I’m spending one day in Paris! Super excited and I know you’ll get to each one of those countries you mentioned!

    • Savannah

      Wow, that’s awesome!! I went to London when I was in high school and its so beautiful. I was there on Christmas but I know that spring there will be beautiful. AND I’m super jealous about your stop in Paris.

  • ahh so many incredible places to visit! thanks for sharing these!

    stop by and chat with me ♥ http://storybookapothecary.com

    • Savannah

      Hey! Long time no talk, pretty girl! Thanks for commenting! :]

  • Such a great post idea! Love the title – so clever. I appreciate that you linked to so many great resources about each location! Norway is definitely on my list.

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! I hope I can go to Norway soon since I’ve dreamed about it since middle school. Thanks for commenting!

  • Love this list! I wish I could be somewhere now!
    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks! Me too!! Hope you’re having a good week!!

  • Ugh, I have some hardcore wanderlust right now!! I studied abroad in France last year, and I miss it all the time! I really hope I can travel abroad soon, and would LOVE to visit Norway and Malta!

    • Savannah

      Wow, that’s amazing! Other than Paris I would love to see the countryside of France as well. Thanks for commenting!

  • Paris is amazing, I’m fortunate that it’s not so far away so I’ve been a few times. You’d love it! It’s really sort of magical. I’d looooove to go to Norway to see the Northern Lights! Great list, I hope you get to go and explore all of these places 🙂

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! I’m so jealous about Paris :] My mom went and loved it, so I know I’ll love it too!

  • Mikayla

    Santorini and Thailand are two places on my lists of places to go! I absolutely love it! From what I’ve seen, everything is so beautiful and the culture is so unique!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • Savannah

      I agree! After reading and hearing so much about both places, I can’t wait to finally visit and experience the culture for myself! Thanks for commenting!

  • The only place I have been on this list is Paris! Looks like I have nine to go! I would love to do more traveling out west… I’ve only been to Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and I feel like there’s so much to be explored!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    • Savannah

      You’ve at least been to one of these places on the list though!! :] I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon but would love to go! My BF has gone a couple of times so we didn’t go on our trip. We both wanted to go to new places.

  • Just reading your list makes me want to book a few flights! I’m heading to Paris for Christmas and New Year’s and I could not be more excited. I live in Washington so I’ve done the Washington to California road trip a few times and can vouch that it is super beautiful!

    • Savannah

      Wow, that sounds amazing. I was in London for Christmas a couple of years ago and its like something out of a storybook, so I’m sure Paris will be just as beautiful.

  • I wanna go to Bora Bora so bad!! Great post and the photos that you chose are gorgeous.

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

  • So many of these are on my list as well.
    I think my fiance and I are going to Bora Bora for our honeymoon next fall, but I am not completely sure. eek hopefully!

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah

      WHAT I’m SO jealous. No matter where you go, I can’t WAIT to see pictures! Are you going to post about your wedding planning soon on your blog?

      • Yesss!
        I am waiting to give all of my bridesmaids their asks and then I will be doing a post about my bridesmaid boxes

  • Ashley

    Many of these places are on my travel list! I’ve been to Maui a few times and it is absolutely beautiful..one of my favorite places!

    xo Ashley

  • Absolutely amazing post! All these places sound amazing, and I can only dream of going! Now do a post on how to afford any of them! *cries*
    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  • Wonderful post! Have a nice day:)

    http://www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

  • UGH I just want to go EVERYWHERE! Your list is perfect. I desperately need to go back to Europe… the only place on this list I’ve actually been to is Paris but I still feel like I could have explored there more. My boyfriend wants to see the Redwoods so hopefully we can venture out there sometime soon!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • Savannah

      I think the hardest part of visiting any place is leaving and figuring out what you should’ve done or should have done more of…I always finish traveling with more inspiration to travel again!!

  • Elana

    I love this list. I really want to go to the Redwoods!

  • Chronicling Home

    I’ve done a few of these so I have quite a bit left! Im DYING to go to Greece… I want to go so bad!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • What a fabulous list! I did two years of my college education in Oregon and two in Washington. If you need recommendations on those places definitely hit me up! It’s absolutely beautiful up there.

  • Laura

    OMG! We should travel together because literally we both want to go to the same places!
    I recently came back from Bar Harbor, Maine & it was absolutely amazing and sooo beautiful.

    Xx
    Laura
    http://www.twentyteenz.com

  • Lauren

    I am absolutely dying to go to Greece!!!
    Lauren
    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • Kylie

    This was such a beautiful list! Cannot wait to travel

  • I love traveling too! I actually created a Mark My Footprint list to list out all the places I want to visit. Most of the countries listed above is on my list too! I am heading to Seattle next April, I’ll definitely looking to Redwood Forest 🙂

    Leigha
    Chasing Smiles Along
    https://chasingsmilesalong.wordpress.com/

  • Amelie

    All of these places are making me dream so bad! I want to travel really badly! I can’t wait until I finally have the opportunity to do so!
    Amelie xo
    http://awanderersadventures.wordpress.com