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 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 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»
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.
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?