Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oh The Places You'll Go

The most frequent advice I've gotten as a newlywed is, "travel, travel, travel! Because once you have kids, you just don't have a much freedom and money and won't be able to travel."

(For the record, I'm not 100% sure that I agree with that statement because I was super blessed to have amazing parents who took me all over the country and world. I got to go to some really many amazing places with them by tagging along on their business and personal travels. I personally feel that this was one huge benefit of being an only child. Anyway, I digress...)

But I can definitely see what people mean about kids limiting your travel opportunities, so lately I've been thinking about where we need to go before babies enter the picture.

To aid me in my travel planning I mapped out the US states and the countries that I visited.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I have visited a majority of US states...

{Green= visited, Red= have not visited. Click to enlarge}


Clearly I'm missing a whole swath of of the South. I'd really like to visit Louisiana and the Carolinas soon, so those are on the top of my US states list.


I was very fortunate when I was young and got to do some amazing vacations with my parents to various parts of the world...

{Green= visited, Red= have not visited. Click to enlarge}

Countries I have not been to that I'd like to visit: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Kenya, Seychelles, and the Virgin Islands.

I'm happy to announce that in about ten weeks I'll be crossing two of these countries off of my list! Can you guess which ones?

What countries, states, or places are on your must-do list?

22 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, you've been ALL over! I am amazed at how little red there is on those maps! I am pretty jealous!

We're traveling overseas this summer, and I might just be coming to you when I have questions! You are well traveled :)

Cherish said...

Wow! To be able to say that you have been to all those places is incredible! I would love to visit Germany. My brother is stationed in Germany right now and he said it's beautiful. In the U.S. I would love to go to Alaska because that is where my grandma is from.

Lil' Woman said...

You get around girl!!
I would love to go to all those places....sheesh :)

Newlywed Hostess said...

I have too been fortunate, but I still have some places high on my priority list.
I am only missing Hi., AK, CA, OR, WA, and ME for states. And I really would not mind a visit to Hawaii, Maine or Alaska (Summertime only PLEASE), sometime soon.
As far as countries, I would love to visit Canada, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand and Australia. I have hit most of the places in Europe with a few places I would not mind going back.

Ams said...

I love how much you have traveled!
You NEED to go to Greece. Omgoodness - you will die and will love love love it there. I also LOVED Thailand. It's amazing... the beaches, the people, the food... it's wonderful!
I can't wait to hear where you are going :)

Garrett and Meagan said...

hubs really wants to go ti Germany! I reaalllyyyyy want to go to egypt!!

Shoshanah said...

When I was a year old my parents decided to take me to Europe. Probably not the easiest trip to Europe they've ever taken, but it can be done.

As to countries I'd like to visit my top three are probably Greece, Egypt, and Australia.

California Wife said...

Just found your blog, and I too am a Southern CA newlywed, although we're transplanted here!

It's looks like you've been some amazing places! What website did you use for the maps?

Becky said...

You have to go to Italy! That is probably my favorite country to visit! There is so much to see and do there, and the food is amazing!

Jen said...

How fun - I'd love to do this! What website did you use to make the maps?

LittleMissDreamer said...

wow girl! I am impressed by your travels. The only country I have been (besides the caribbean on cruises) is Cananda. And that's only because it's my neighbor. That's awesome that you've been to so many places at such a young age!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

You have been to a lot of place! That is awesome!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

I have a pretty lengthy to-go list...but my top places are Ireland, London and Greece. It might be awhile before we make it, but we will get there eventually!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I can't wait to hear where you'll be going! I bet it's somewhere fabulous!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I love traveling and seeing new places! We've been to London and Scotland and we LOVED it! I've been to Israel (when I was much younger) but we definitely want to go together. I can't wait to hear where you are traveling. When are you coming back to the east coast?! oh and we're probably coming to Carlsbad/San Diego at the end of March/early April!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Girl.. you have been everywhere!! I am so jealous of all the places you've seen!

Kat said...

Go to South Carolina and Greece. I was born and raised in the Carolina's and there is nothing prettier than Charleston. Also, we went on our honeymoon in Greece and it was amazing. Go to the islands! As many as you can!

Jamie Pickle said...

Wow, you have done a fair amount of traveling.

I LOVE traveling but have found myself going back to the same places instead of going to new places! I really want to go to Greece and Italy!

Nicole said...

wow! you are a traveler!!

Melissa said...

Wow! You have been a lot of places, good for you! I hope you can just fill in even more of that map!

Emily said...

come visit me:)

Jen said...

Wow, and I thought I traveled a lot! ;) (My father worked for "Airline Company" and so my sister and I fly free anywhere we want for life!) I can definitely appreciate your "lessons learned" when flying--I've picked up a few myself! Don't you just love flying, though? I love the business of airports and the actual traveling to new places. :D That's so awesome that you get to do it as part of your job, though!

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