Being stuck in London during my six week summer holiday is a bummer but it’s got me thinking about all of the great places I have been and my favourite destinations I have visited during my holidays, being a teacher I get 13 weeks a year (don’t get too jealous) so here are my favourite destinations.
Dan and I visited Iceland back in 2012, it was his second visit. He raved about it to me so it had a lot to live up to and it did! We had such an amazing trip there we are hopefully going back again next year. Iceland is a really unique destination, it has so much to offer and we just loved it. I especially enjoyed doing a tour of Southern Iceland as well as the famous Golden Circle trip.
Reykjavik is the coolest capital city in the world, we made sure to be there on the weekend because we heard the Icelandic’s sure know how to party and they didn’t disappoint. We bar hopped the night away and had an absolute blast. We saw countless water falls, geysers, glaciers, swam in the blue lagoon and saw giant volcanoes. It reminded me a lot of New Zealand but on a much bigger scale. If you haven’t been yet, you’ve got to go!
Ever since I moved to the U.K I was dying to go to Italy, it was the ultimate exotic destination for me and being a huge fan of Italian food it was a must do destination. Dan and I visited Italy during our first summer together, we went to Rome and fell completely in love with it. The sights, the food, the people and the culture was everything I was expecting and more. We have returned to Italy twice since then to go to Venice, Verona, Florence and Cinque Terre. All of these destinations were beyond expectation and I just love Italy. The next stops in Italy are Amalfi and the Lakes.
- Hiking between the villages of Cinque Terre
- Riding a gondala in Venice
- Eating pizza and gelato in Rome
- Having Valentines day in romantic Verona
- Seeing the colourful buildings in Burano
I have visited the States twice and both times I had a blast, even though I have only scratched the surface I found out quickly that this country is so varied. Every place I visited was so different from the next. From the plastic fantastic L.A to the beautiful landscapes of Yosemite to the laid back vibe of San Fran I just loved it. American’s are also some of the friendliest people I’ve ever come across.
- Hiking the Grand Canyon
- Spotting celebrities on Rodeo Drive
- Sunset sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge
- View at the top of Empire State Building
4. New Zealand
I know I am slightly biased as this is my home country but NZ is pretty awesome. From the beautiful beaches in the North Island to the rugged landscapes in the south, New Zealand has it all. The people (or lack of), the laid back lifestyle, the food and the wine are what makes New Zealand so great. I’ve been back to New Zealand twice in the last five years and I can’t wait to back again.
- Sky diving over Queenstown
- Climbing Mt Maunganui
- Having a meal at the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland
- Beach hopping in the Coromandel
5. The Maldives
I was very lucky to go to the Maldives for my honeymoon last year and it was one of the most unique destinations I have ever visited. It is of course beautiful, the crystal clear waters that lapped against my over water bungalow was some of the clearest water I have ever seen. The snorkelling was beyond crazy, it was another world down there, sharks, turtles, sting rays, manta rays and hundreds of fish. The resort we stayed at was eco-friendly and had some of the friendliest staff from all over the world and the best buffet I’ve ever seen. There wasn’t a dull moment in the Maldives and it is a destination I plan to revisit again because it is truly special.
- Being cut off from the world
- Over water bungalow
I went to Croatia for three weeks a couple of years ago and had an absolute blast. Along with doing a weeks sailing trip with Med Sailors I also spent time in the capital Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and the stunning Plitvice Lakes. The Croatians were friendly, very welcoming and a little bonus is that it is still kind of cheap there. The islands I visited were laid back and the beaches were to die for. I have no doubt I will go back to Croatia as there is so much more to see.
- Watching the sunset at Hvar Fortress
- Walking the wall during sunset in Dubrovnik
- Roaming the old Roman town in Split
- Walking the entire length of Plitvice National Park at 7am
Last but by no means least of my favourite destinations is the wonderful Egypt. I visited Egypt back in 2010 pre uprising and I found it to be a wonderful place. Once out of the craziness of Cairo it was calm, full of lovely people and had an insane amount of things to see. It was difficult to watch what happened to Egypt mere months later but I feel very lucky I got to visit all of its wonderful destinations and learn about it’s incredible history while it was still safe. I did a two week tour of Egypt with GoBus taking in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Dahab during the Christmas and New Year period. Our guide was the most knowledgable (and fun) guide I had ever encountered and we had an absolute blast learning about all of the history. It is such a beautiful place and I hope more people get the chance to visit this totally unique destination.
I did return to Egypt a couple of years later as a stop off en route to Kenya. Things weren’t great around this time so we hired a driver to take us to the pyramids and back to the hotel. While we were there the riots in Tahir Square were happening but I can tell you we were the only people who were visiting the pyramids that day. It was great for us but also very sad to see this incredible wonder of the world empty. Kelly has written a fantastic post telling you 10 reasons why you need to visit Egypt.
- Watching the sunrise at Abu Simbel
- Floating down the Nile on a felucca
- Snorkelling in the blue hole in Dahab
- Visiting the underground tombs at the Valley of the Kings
So there you have my favourite destinations from around the globe.
What are your favourites?
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