I’m a list person. I make lists for everything. What to do today, what do do this week, things I want to do, places I want to go, I have lots of lists.
Today I was reading this blog post and it got me thinking about the list of all the places that I want to travel in life. Luckily, my family has always valued travel and we always went on summer family vacations and my dad has traveled all over the world. Travel is generally considered a luxury, but I also think it is a necessity. I think it is overwhelmingly important to see different parts of the world and see how people do things and how everything is so much different in the world from what you think you really know. This post describes it well. It is all about seeing the world in new ways and opening your mind to other things.
I’ve traveled many places in the U.S. and also one trip to Europe–France mainly but also a small part of Germany and a short excursion (like 4 hours to be exact) into Belgium. I wouldn’t at all call this extensive travel, but for a 19 year old, I wouldn’t call it bad either. I think that my trip to Europe was really crucial to helping me see things the way I do, to open my mind, to appreciate the things and opportunities that I have, to see how other people live, to break the barrier in my mind between the U.S. and “the rest of the world” out there, to help me survive on my own, and about a million other things. I couldn’t be more grateful. I really learned a lot that summer, and not only about the historic landmarks of Paris. I really hope that in my life I get to see a lot of other places and learn from them as well.
What places would you like to visit? (Comment and list the first ten places that come to your mind that you would like to see)
Here are some places I would like to go and things I would like to see (in no particular order):
-Visit the Alps in Switzerland (I would say ski, but we all know that I am beyond horrible at that! I fell off the ski lift the last time I went. I don’t really want to take my chances on a real mountainside)
-sing on a hilltop in Austria (i.e. The Sound of Music, haha)
-see art in Greece
-see art in Florence, Venice, and visit lots of other cities in Italy
-visit Kristine in Denmark
-visit Jacky in Germany
-tour southern France
-visit historic churches and mosques in Turkey & Russia
-see the pyramids in Egypt
-take Drew to a cafe in Paris and show him all the places that Anne-Nelly showed me 🙂
I’m sure there are a million more, but that is the first 10 that popped into my head! Sorry that they aren’t so creative, they are pretty typical destinations and almost all in Europe really, but you have to start somewhere!
In addition to travel lists, I also read several blog posts today about life lists. Here and here. I think that they are so cool and I would love to come up with 100 things that I want to do before I die. I just can’t seem to write many things down because I’m so afraid that I won’t get them done! But I guess it isn’t about the end goal, it is life in the process that counts.
Several months ago, I made a list of creative goals that I wanted to accomplish and I’m still working on that list. You can read it, here. I’m also still working on my 20 Before Twenty list! It is going pretty well actually! I’ve gotten most of my list done so far! I’ll give an update on it soon!
Remember to leave me a comment with your top ten travel dreams and places that you’ve visited and what you learned from being there! I’d love to hear about your travels! 🙂