When I was growing up, my father's job in the Air Force took us to places all over the U.S. I'm only 21 years old, and I have already lived in 8 states. At the time it was very hard for me to leave my home and friends every few years, but now I realize that it allowed me to live in some really amazing places that a lot of people never get to visit.

Photos from Hawaii

When I was ten years old, my family and I moved to Hawaii. Seriously, it doesn't get much better than that, right? We lived on the island of Oahu, which is the one typically shown on TV. We spent our weekends on the pristine, white-sanded beaches (by the way, Florida, you've got nothing on Hawaii when it comes to beaches) and enjoyed living in paradise the entire time we were there. Needless to say, the day we had to leave Hawaii was a sad, sad day.

The best thing about Hawaii, without a doubt, is the food. You can find things in Hawaii that you can't find anywhere else, due to it being such a melting pot of cultures. I have fond memories of living in Hawaii, including the summer I spent learning to windsurf and the time I hiked to the top of Diamond Head, a dormant volcano that overlooks the city of Honolulu.

Photots from Washington

Before I moved to Hawaii and spent Christmases on the beach, I lived in Spokane, Washington, where I spent Christmases trapped in my house by snow.

My favorite part about Washington is how incredibly green everything is. Sure, beaches are nice, but I would take mountains and trees over beaches any day. And yes, sometimes the cold is unbearable, but it gives you a good reason to cozy up in your sweats and stay home all day watching movies and sipping on hot chocolate.

Living in Florida now, I miss the white Christmases that we had in Washington. It just doesn't quite feel like Christmas when it is 60 degrees outside. I miss waking up in the morning and turning on the news to find out if we were going to have a snow day or not.

I feel very lucky to have had the chance to live in some great places. Now my goal is to visit somewhere outside of the country.