The One With the Map

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A couple of weeks ago Kristen wrote a post about the states she's visited and it got me thinking about my own US travels. As I got to the end of filling in the states I've visited, I kept thinking this can't be it-- there's no way I really haven't been to more places! It's true, the furthest west I've been is Iowa City! I didn't count states I've driven though or airport cities, and I'm pretty sure I visited Texas and/or Oklahoma when I was a baby, but I didn't count those either.

After the visual of seeing where I haven't been I really had to stop and remind myself how blessed I am to have been to so many places. When we constantly see people talking about travel it's easy to compare, but reality is there are so many people who never travel anywhere- either by choice or circumstance.

These places at the top of my new-places-to-visit list....

The Northeast (Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine) | This is probably the most realistic for our next adventure somewhere new because it's technically in driving distance.

Seattle and/or Portland | Or San Francisco-- really anywhere in the Northwest. Where would you recommend of the three?

San Diego | My husband has been and he swears I would love it. Beach and pleasant weather year-round? I'm pretty sure I would love it too.

Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) | While I don't foresee us ever really being in the area to see Mount Rushmore, it's a place I would love to visit one day.

Hawaii | This is one that I'm not sure will ever happen because it's so far away. We're much closer to the Caribbean (or Mexico) so thinking of traveling somewhere tropical usually means one of those two places-- closer (shorter flight!) and less expensive will probably always win, but if it was ever an option I would love to visit Hawaii.

Are you a big traveler? Do you stick to places you know and love, or do you prefer to explore new places?

31 comments

  1. I haven't made a map but I'm pretty sure mine would look really similar to yours! I've been to Minnesota, Michigan, and Texas but other than that only the east coast would be filled in. Pretty much everywhere on your list is on mine as well! I actually have been to Hawaii, only because my dad had to go for work in high school so we tagged along. I would love to go back but Ben went when he was younger too, and we just haven't been able to justify the extra time and expense when we've both already been, and there are so many other tropical places that are closer.

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  2. Travel travel travel! If you ever make it to Europe you've got yourself a tour guide :)

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  3. I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon and it was so amazing! But I agree, it is SO far... I seriously almost had a nervous breakdown on the flight out there. Maine is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the summer time! I spent my summers up there as a child because my grandparents lived in Bar Harbor. SO pretty!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. I'm going to San Diego this year and I keep hearing the same things! I can't wait for my trip.

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  5. I loved this post!! I am super biased and want you to come to Boston!!! Also, Hawaii...if you can get over the long flight do it and then stop via San Francisco on your way back to break up the flight :) xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  6. I totally agree with what you said - I know people who have never left Kentucky, or Sydney. Travelling is not for everyone, whether by choice or circumstance. I want to travel everywhere, but I have to stop and realise I'm so lucky to have been the places I have. I liked Hawaii but I was a bit disappointed in it - because it's closer to us than the Caribbean or Mexico, I had such high hopes but it didn't meet them. I would love to go to the Caribbean. I'm hoping we can go to San Fran, Seattle and Portland next year. Fingers crossed! It's so far away thus so expensive lol.

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  7. This is such a fun concept! I'm sure I'll be surprised by how many places (or lack thereof) that I've traveled to in the U.S., as well. San Diego is one of my absolute favorite places - it seriously is the best weather year round, and they have some of my all-time favorite beaches.

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  8. Oh such a fun map!!! I think I need to do one. Hawaii is definitely on the list. We've been to California (LOVE SAN FRAN!!) but would absolutely love to get to Portland or Seattle. And Boston. And Maine. Ok...let's be honest. Everywhere we haven't been.

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  9. I have a map post all ready to go, too! I love seeing where everyone else has been!

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  10. I did my map and it shows I only hang out on the East Coast hah! I definitely need to bump up my travels!

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  11. I've been to a lot more states in the W than the E, but I'd love to change that. I'll tell you the same thing I told Kristen, Oklahoma should be on your list ;)

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  12. I haven't been too many places, but want to see it all. The good thing is, we still have a lot of "firsts" ahead of us!

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  13. How fun! Thanks for sharing this! I am going to make my own, get a massive case of wanderlust and badger my hubby about taking me to the Grand Canyon, lol!

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  14. Oh Carly your blog is so sweet. What a great list! We are in Grand Cayman islands right now and it was on my list. It's beautiful!!!! We're from Indiana so this is heaven !!! Gonna follow your adventures girl as many of your favs I see are mine! We've got great taste! :-)

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  15. This is so cool--and eye opening!

    I would love to branch out and travel more.

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  16. This is a fun post! We have been very lucky to be able to travel a lot while we're young. It helps when your husband earns so many hotel points for work! We've been to San Fran and Seattle and I enjoyed both! I definitely enjoyed getting out to some of the parks/outdoors in Seattle though. San Fran there was much more to do and see in the city. Hope you guys get to plan some adventures this year!

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  17. I'm not a big traveler... I'm just not good at it. I get sick traveling... I get anxiety leaving home & my dogs... I pretty much live through others pictures & stories :)

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  18. My vote is for Massachusetts! ;) I have done a lot more road trips than I remembered. Hawaii would be a good one but save it for Winter time! Ha!

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  19. My US travel isn't nearly as widespread as I'd like it to be, so I definitely want to work on changing that! I have my eye on a long weekend in Charleston :)

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  20. Sorry if there's a random double post from me; blogger freaked out and my comment vanished halfway through typing. Anyway.
    I want to visit every U.S. state, and I've got about...12 down. But more on the list to be crossed off this year! (WVa, pacific northwest, a few more east coast states.) I would love to see more international places too of course, but I think U.S. travel is so underrated by Americans. There are a lot of really incredible places and things to see here and some are so accessible, it's a shame not to take a look—if you're a person who likes to travel, of course.

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  21. Come to Seattle! I bet you guys would love it! San Diego is great too for the beaches and warm weather. I need to do my map. :)

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  22. This is so cool! I want my own!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  23. I've got to make one of these maps! I LOVE Seattle, and we just got back from San Diego, and I agree with your husband-definitely a great place to visit! :)

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  24. I need to make one of these! I feel like we haven't traveled much; life is so busy sometimes. I agree with all of your places, too! They're the top ones on my list!

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  25. you know I realized I spent more time traveling outside the country than in it. Maybe it's time to change that - I've never been to the midwest and I'm itching to go to Chicago!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  26. You must go west my dear. It's totally different than the east coast and it's beautiful! But, if you head to the NE, let me know where and I'll send you some of my favorites.

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  27. Love this! I think I've been to about 20 states so far... but I really want/hope to see them all in my lifetime! Hawaii was AMAZING - if you ever get the chance or it just works out, it is totally worth the time, the expense, everything. Best vacation I've ever been on!

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  28. I haven't been to a lot of states, just New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. But I've driven through a few others. I would really like to explore more states like Florida and of course Hawaii. Hopefully after I move I will explore more!

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  29. Okay, if you go to New England, you have to let me help your trip. I'm from New Hampshire and Boston is my city! It seriously is so beautiful there and the fact that you can get to the City/Ocean/Mountains within the span of 2 hours is awesome! Also, I've been to Seattle, Portland and San Fran and I think Portland is my favorite. It's smaller, but has some hidden gems like a bookstore that spans TWO blocks! It's literally my dream come true. I do like San Fran, though! Dustin is taking me there this weekend for our two year anniversary and we're going to China town so I can practice my Chinese! Yay!

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  30. South Dakota is actually surprisingly beautiful!

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