Hello everyone! So today is my twentieth birthday…a birthday I personally did not want. Why? I wanted to be a teenager forever essentially, but alas we do have to grow old *cries*. However, I am so excited for what’s ahead in my life but also happy for what’s happened. So today’s post is all about twenty things I have seen in the world before 20 (since of course this is a travel blog) Of course I’ve seen more than 20 things as most people have, but I’ve just picked my personal favourites… so lets begin!
Just to note I was inspired by Elen’s post, her own ’20 before 20′, click here to give it a little read and some love.
- I finally got to visit Japan. A country I had wanted to see since I was a child. I fulfilled this dream when I was 18 and have been three times since.
- I finally got to see Mt Fuji in all of its glory – I saw it during my first visit, but only just behind a lot of clouds (thanks summer humidity!). But on my second visit in the winter I got graced with its astonishing view twice. Let’s just say I was my happiest seeing it in person…
- I got to see a sunrise at the Grand Canyon – I was only around 9 at the time, with majority of my family opting to sleep in than see the sunrise…I headed off with my Dad at around 5am to see all of the golden colours (in the freezing cold surprisingly!)
- Seeing one of the last NASA Space Shuttles take off – Again another time when most of my family opted to sleep in when my Dad and I set off at 4am, aiming to be at Kennedy Space Centre for the launch. But due to traffic and toll roads we ended up at a lake last minute – seeing the light of it set off into the sky and the painful noise of it arriving a minute later was insane (finally saw speed of light v sound in action)
- Visiting friends in a small town in Montana – It was called Whitefish, a beautiful town located next to Glacier National Park. I spent time at a beach on a lake, went to a local market, browsed the old town and had a sleepover at my friends house on stilts in the forest. It was amazing being able to live the life of my friends for a few days.
- Whitewater rafting in Yellowstone – It wasn’t as action packed as it sounds, as we opted for an easy course due to my sister being so young, but flowing down the river with mountains and forests around me and being able to hear nothing but nature was a blast.
- My USA road trips – a few of these moments happened on road trips, three have always stuck firmly in my mind as being the best – West Coast (San Francisco to San Diego), North West (Colorado to Washington) and Desert (Arizona and Nevada).
- Visiting German towns – I’ve stayed in two German towns for quite some time, Fussen and Insel. Both were calm and quiet, lots of greenery and mountains too. One of the occasions my sister and I got gifted Dirndls (German traditional dresses) and we walked around all day and night in them. The owner of the B&B we stayed in was so lovely to us.
- Visiting an Onsen in Japan – Last September I finally was able to experience a de-stressing onsen. I confidently walked around in my Yukata, enjoyed the foot baths and then went out of my comfort zone and bathed outside (the traditional way…).
- Visited Miyajima – An island full of my favourite food Okonomiyaki, shrines, and wild friendly deer. A very scenic place that was both very relaxing and also so so beautiful.
- Got my goth on in Seattle – When I was 11, lets just say I was your typical emo/tumblr girl of the early 2000s (even though it was 2008…). Visiting Seattle and seeing all of the grunge shops and eateries was so exciting for me at the time. I’ll never forget drinking my first Starbucks at the top of the Space Needle.
- Renting a boat in Lake Garda – One day we found that so many beaches by the lake were overcrowded or cost a bomb to spend time on, so we rented out a paddle boat, and chilled out on the water instead. It was such a sunny day when my family and I were all so happy.
- Annual trips to Bruges – We used to visit Bruges all the time in January for my Dad’s birthday. A weekend of good food, nice walks and a lot of chocolate were heaven to pre-teen me.
- Thrilling times in Europa Park – My favourite theme park besides Disney. It’s located on the border of Germany next to France, it’s an amazing rollercoaster park with a great theme of the world. For travel fans this theme park is a downscaled version of Disney’s Epcot with more rides thrown in.
- Seeing Harajuku for the first time – Walking down Takeshita Dori with my sister for the first time was exciting to say the least. It was all brand new and I was discovering all my favourite shops and eateries that I now know so well. I half-wish I could forget everything and rediscover the quirkiness all over again.
- Riding the Shinkansen – Whisking through Japan at 200mph was nice, much nicer than the British rail services that I have to face daily on my commute to uni. If only everyone could bow and bring through fresh food on Great Northern…
- Hiking Morskie Oko – I blogged about this recently, but hiking in sub-zero temperatures and taking in the most amazing views in silence filled me with awe. I would love to do it all again in a heartbeat.
- Visiting Disney parks throughout the world – Enough said, do I have to explain?
- Summers at my Gran’s in Scotland – My Gran lives in Fife, Scotland. I always remember enjoying bike rides along the costal path, summer festivals at the Loch nearby and day trips to Inchcolm (an island on the Firth of Forth). Definitely an underrated destination…
- Being in San Antonio during Dia de las Muertos (Day of the Dead) – A Texan city, but coming here you wouldn’t be called stupid for thinking you were in Mexico. Eating a meal on the riverwalk just after halloween and seeing all of the Day of the Dead sugar skulls lit up at night was certainly an experience. Would love to see the celebration in full swing in a Mexican City one day…
I hope you enjoyed this little post, which was basically one huge nostalgia trip for me…I cannot wait for what the future holds 🙂 Do you have any travel experiences that remain firm in your mind?