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Wanderlust Wednesday- 5 Places to Visit Before I’m 25

I’ve been reading lots of blogs about people setting goals to correspond with their age.  I’ve read “30 countries before I’m 30”, “25 cities before I’m 25”, “25 things to do before you turn 25”, and since I’m starting my senior year of college on Monday I’ve decided to make my own little list.  I only have about three and a half years before I turn 25, so I’m going to opt for a more realistic list, considering I’m a full time student, planning on getting my masters, and don’t have an abundance of time.  I’ve only been to 7 Countries so visiting 18 more in three in a half years is possible, but I wouldn’t like the pace that I would have to set to achieve that list so, instead I want to visit 5 specific places both abroad and in the U.S. before I’m 25:

SCOTLAND

Scotland is the number one place on my list right now.  It’s been a fairly recent obsession, but it’s strong.  I was planning to study abroad in Stirling, but that fell through financially.  So instead my mom and I are planning on taking a trip, renting a car and driving through the highlands and staying in B&B’s, and I cannot wait! Here are a few of the specific places I want to visit:

From Left to Right:

1) Loch Ness   2) Aberdeen  3) Jarlshof Archaeological Site  4) Stirling  5) Standing Stones of Callanish

HAVANA, CUBA

Havana is somewhere that I want to get to ASAP.  Especially now that Americans can travel to Cuba, I want to go before their cultural authenticity is compromised by tourists.  I’ve dreamed about going to Old Havana since falling in love with Ernest Hemmingway’s novels and finding out that he was inspired by this city, makes me want to go and catch some of that inspiration.  I want to spend 20 days in Havana alone, just really getting the feel for the culture and bicycling around and living on the cheap!

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.

Canyonlands National Park is the National Park that I want to visit the most right now.  My family has always been really into the National Parks, and I love to hike!  Canyonlands is one I’ve never been to and really want to spend an entire week in, just camping and hiking.  If you haven’t seen anything about it you should just watch 127 Hours- minus the whole arm situation, it really shows how amazing this park is.

«Accomplished: read about it HERE»

SAN FRANCISCO

Alex and I are planning to move to San Francisco when we both finish our undergrad.  He’s been there before and loved it, and I’m wanting to go to San Francisco State University for Grad School, so I’m thinking we actually NEED to get out there together to figure out where we want to live!

THE INCA TRAIL, PERU

The Inca Trail has been something I wanted to hike since I got into Archaeology.  It’s a trip that I want to take my dad on.  I’ve said that I want to take him on a trip as a thanks for most of the trips I’ve taken, and I think this would be one that he would really love and appreciate!  So number five is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

« Accomplished: read about it HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE »

So these are the 5 places I want to visit before I’m 25.  I may not get them all in, and I may end up different places, but it’s always good to set some goals!  What are your travel goals for the upcoming years?

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Little Fingers
    August 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Good list Ashley, I am glad you set some goals, Canyonlands and Machu Pichu is in my list too. But I don’t know when I can make it. SFO was the first city I visited when I came from India and instantly fallen in love.I hope you guys too like it and settle there..Good luck..

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      ashleypaige4
      August 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks! India is actually number 2 on my list of places to visit, I just didn’t think I could realistically do that many international trips in 3.5 years. Where are you from in India? I really hope I like it in San Francisco too! Alex loves the city, and I have my heart set on that school! Thanks as always for reading! Where else is on your list?

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    davidlatta
    August 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Excellent list, Ashley. I love San Francisco. Easy to get around,a vibrant culture, fascinating history and great food. And you know how much I love Cuba. Keep up the great blogs.

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      ashleypaige4
      August 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for reading! I hope I also love San Francisco, and your posts on Cuba have been a great inspiration for me as well! I always look forward to your posts! Thanks again!

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    thirdeyemom
    August 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I want to go to Cuba and Scotland too. I’ve been to Ireland and loved it. Scotland has some amazing hiking trails that I hope to do someday. What are you studing in school and where do you go to college? I met my husband Paul at UW Madison where I studied French and International Relations. I loved school and learning and sometimes miss those days. Time goes so fast! I like the list idea. I have a scary big birthday coming up…the big 4-0! Yikes! I still feel like I’m 20 but time just has a way of moving faster and faster. My goal is to climb Kilimanjaro but don’t know if it will work over the next year or so. You’ve got me thinking about the list idea though. I like goals!

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      ashleypaige4
      August 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Ireland would be amazing as well! I would love to go pretty much anywhere. I’m studying anthropology and religious studies at Missouri State University. I love learning as well, so I’m relishing my time in college and soaking up as much as possible! My boyfriend and I are taking our first french class this semester! Do you work in international relations? What a great degree for someone who loves to travel! I would love to climb Kilimanjaro, it’s actually one of my more long term goals! I’m sure you’ll do it, you’ve already had so many great adventures! I look forward tp reading about many more. Also, you look no where near 40, seriously!

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    Loving, Laughing & Letting Go!
    August 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Inca trail is on my list as well! It’s awesome you are living your life in a big way already!

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      ashleypaige4
      August 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for reading and the compliment; I really appreciate it. What else is on your list besides the Inca Trail?

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    bagnidilucca
    August 19, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Havana is one of the few places I have been that I really didn’t like. I was so disappointed. The food is dreadful and expensive and the place is falling down completely. I do understand why it is in such a terrible state, but I didn’t enjoy my time there at all. Perhaps the rest of Cuba is better.

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      ashleypaige4
      August 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Really? How much time did you spend there? Did you feel that it was more expensive than Italy?

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        bagnidilucca
        August 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

        I went there a couple of years ago with a Cucan friend returning there for his 50th birthday. We stayed at the Hotel National de Cuba, which is well past its prime, but still charging plenty. We got a bit of an insight into the way life actually is for the locals as my friend’s uncle and his wife who live in Havana were with us for most of the 5 days we were there. Life is very tough for the people who live there, not exotic at all. The food was just awful except for a meal we had at a home restaurant, where people are allowed to serve food in their homes, but by that time I was quite ill from something I ate. It is possible to get very good food in Italy for not a lot of money. Almost every small village has a great little trattoria where you are served good local food at reasonable prices. Of course, you will pay more in big cities, but even there it is possible to find well priced palces to eat. We think it is cheaper to live in Italy than Australia.

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          ashleypaige4
          August 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

          I’ll be sure to not stay at the Hotel National de Cuba, then. I plan on staying in a room that I can rent for close to a month. I’m hoping to really get into the culture, and not expecting anything exotic. I’m an anthropology major, and I’d like to maybe do some research for a project while there. I’m more interested in the history, the people, and getting there before it’s completely destroyed by tourism, now that it’s open to Americans.
          What food did you eat there? Mostly vendors or did you stick to restaurants?
          Italy does have some places to eat cheap, you’re right, and I’ve heard that Australia is very expensive!

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    abu zar
    August 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    You might want to also check out Arches (and maybe Monument and maybe Antelope – cliched and heavy traffic but every bit worth checking out) if you visit CanyonLands. I am also surprised you havent listed Grand Canyon unless you have covered it already 🙂

    Btw the first picture in your Utah collection is a very good choice- False Kiva Hike

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      ashleypaige4
      August 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for checking out my post!
      I would love to visit Arches. I don’t know quite as much as Monument and Antelope, but I will check them out.
      I have been to the Grand Canyon, twice actually; it’s really amazing.
      Have you been to Zion? That’s my favorite National Park in the lower 48 that I’ve been to.

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        abu zar
        August 21, 2011 at 3:25 am

        Yes, been to zion ( flew into vegas and drove to zion , bryce and Grand Canyon). would definitely come back some day at a more relaxed pace 🙂 … if you liked Zion , you should definitely consider Arches (especially if u do visit CanyonLand)…

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          ashleypaige4
          August 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          We were thinking about doing arches on the trip we went to Bryce and Zion, but we decided to spend more time in the two parks, but I will definitely go to Arches, and thanks for the suggestion- it would go great with the Canyounland trip!

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    robintheblog
    August 21, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Nice choice of places! I’ve heard about list-before-certain-age thing, but I haven’t given it any thought yet. But if you ask me, the ultimate travel destination that I have in mind would be France! Paris, Toulouse, and other regions around that country.
    I guess, after I land my feet there, everywhere will seem to be possible 🙂
    And oh yeah, after France, I’d love to do Euro trip + UK + Ireland. Well, I guess later on, I have to make my own list before I reach the age of 30.

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      ashleypaige4
      August 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for reading, and the comment! You should make a before you’re 30 list!
      I would love to go back to France. I want to go to the Riveria and Provence; it seems so beautiful laid back! There are so many places it’s hard to pick just a few, but I can’t wait to see your pictures of France very soon on your blog 🙂

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    A Six Pack of Stories
    August 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Stirling is one of my favorite cities ever. Stirling Castle is absolutely gorgeous. You will love it!

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      ashleypaige4
      August 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Thanks for reading, and stopping by my blog! I’m glad to hear that! I wish I would have gotten to study there, but maybe I’ll get to live there eventually, even if it’s only for a few months!

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    Angela DeSimone Photography
    September 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Scotland and, especially, Peru look amazing! I hope you get to see them 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      September 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for reading! I really hope I make it too. 🙂

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    yajna
    December 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I stumbled upon your blog, and I am glad I did !! this sounds so much fun ..wondering how many places you have covered up till now 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      December 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you found me! I actually have a page of where I’ve been if you want to read about them! Thanks again for reading- hope you come back to read more! 🙂

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    Emma Wright
    September 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Having stumbled across your blog and was surprised to see that Scotland was up there on your places to go. From Stirling in Scotland myself I can honestly say that you will love it there. The castle is lovely and it you have time there is always Edinburgh Castle too. Hogmanay (New Years Eve) Is a great time to come there is always festivals on at all the castles! Make sure you see the Wallace Monument when your in Stirling too. Hope you enjoy your trip over here if you go 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      September 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I’ve had this crazy desire to go to Scotland for a few years now. I’m hoping to go in 2015 for my mom’s 50th birthday. I wanted to study abroad in Stirling! We want to spend as much time as possible there! Can’t wait! Thanks for the tips!

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