Monday, 7 August 2017

30 Places Before I'm 30

It hit me recently how scarily close to the big 3-0 I am. I'll be 27 in 2 months and then from there it's only 3 short years which is super scary to me. I dunno about you but when I was a teen/late teen/young adult I had it in my head what ages I would be married by, own a home by, have a family by but all of those ages have come and gone (or almost at least) which is a little disheartening - especially when so many people I went to school with, and younger, have ticked off everything and more.
At (nearly) 27 I no longer want to get married and my main aim is to own a home as soon as possible. However, all that imporant stuff is too stressful and so I wanted to think of the fun things and places I'd like to visit or experience before I reach my next midlife crisis. I have chosen all places within this country and mainly in the North East of England and South East of Scotland meaning many should be quite achievable. I popped a couple places a bit futher afield on and a few that are pricier which are less likely but it's not like there will be consequences if I don't get to complete any or all by October 2020.

Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh
Jacobite Steam Train/Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire
Loch Ness
Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
Hollyrood Palace/Abbey, Edinburgh
Gilmerton Cove, Edinburgh
National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

North East
Farne Islands, Northumberland
Warkworth Castle, Morpeth
Hadrians Wall, Various Locations
(from Wallsend, Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria)
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Kynren, Durham
Go Ape, Morpeth
National Railway Museum, Shildon
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Cragside, Northumberland
Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
Washington Wetlands Centre
Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle

Flying Scotsman (Train Journey)
Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
Museum of Victorian Science, Whitby
Jorvik, York
Scarborough Castle, Scarborough

A lot of castles eh? haha We have a lot of awesome castles and stuff in the North East :)
 So that is my list! I have actually been to almost a third of these already, however for one reason or another I want to return.
As you can see the furthest South place on the list is actually York which is because I live in Berwick (bang on the border of England and Scotland on the very East coast) - if you didn't already know - and I rarely go anywhere outside of Newcastle to Edinburgh unless it's York or Scarborugh, my other favorite places. Of course there are places further South in England and higher North in Scotland that could have made it onto the list, those would likely be less easy to follow through with though.

How many of these places have you visited? Which is your favorite? And what ones do you most fancy a visit to if you haven't already been?
I'll check in with this the same time next year I think, so wish me luck.


  1. Good luck, I hope you visit all of them (and you blog about them too :) ). I made a 40 before 40 list too, it's really nice to push ourselves to do things.

    1. Thank you! I'll 100% blog about any I do get crossed off :)
      Oh I'll have to go have a peak at that! 40 things though! That's a lot. I'm sure you'll manage it no problem.


  2. This is such a great idea Danielle, I love it and I didn't know it's only two months until your birthday either! Is it possible to get your address so I can make you a birthday card at all? :D Love the photo here too, and there's never anything wrong with lots of castles! I'm the same as you too, I had big plans for myself before I hit 27 but none of them have really come to fruition so now I'm just trying to, like you, focus on the big ones that I need to focus on like work. moving again etc. Here's hoping you can find your forever home soon too! - Tasha

    1. Ah I don't need a birthday card! Don't worry about it!
      The photo is actually Ford castle which isn't far from us. When we had the car we'd take Baker there often to play in the ford.
      Thanks missus :)


  3. Love your list! We went to Cragside for the first time earlier in the year, the views are amazing - you'll love it! Also done Arthur's Seat (amazing), Loch Ness (I was a kid though so would love to go back!) and Dunstanburgh! I'm desperate to do the Victoria Tunnel, it's so cheap and so close to me so no idea why I haven't actually done it yet!

    1. I love Cragside! Although the last time I was there was well over 10-15 years ago :O So I'd like to go back with Jake. I hear dogs are allowed too but Baker is too scared of other dogs now to go anywhere which is a shame.
      I don't know how I haven't done Arthur's Seat with how often we're in Edinburgh.
      Oh if you do the tunnel you'll have to let me know how you get on!


  4. Great list! I've hit a couple of yours (we did the Harry Potter Walking Tour and the Scottish Sea Bird Centre on holiday last year, and I practically LIVED at Jorvik when the kids were younger as I had an annual pass that I really got my money's worth out of!
    We'll be hitting Loch Ness in a couple of weeks too, really excited for that one!
    I'll have to make myself a list too, but it'll be longer as I'm closer to 40, eeek!

    1. We have literally gone up and intended to do the HP tour like multiple times now but always end up doing something else. I've already seen/been to the majority of the places it takes you but I still want to do it haha.
      And Jorvik! I went as a kid a few times then went to take Jake a year or so ago but it was closed because of the floods and I was gutted.

      I'll be looking out for Loch Ness photos! Hope you have a fantastic time.
      I vote for a 40 before 40 list :P