I wouldn’t say that 2017 was a year of travel for me, although I got to see quite a few new places. I finished off the year prior to that with a trip to Bruges, a place I’d always wanted to visit, and I was hoping to go to a few more far away, extravagant places in 2017.
Luckily, I went on the most amazing cruise courtesy of my lovely parents in September last year, which gave me some fantastic travel moments.
Beside from that, 2017 was all about saving up and working my backside off!
However, 2017 gave me travel experiences to Lanzarote, Malta, Albania, Mykonos, Athens and Katakolon. I also spent a few lovely weekends in Wales and Whitby, and all in all, quality breaks with my family was had, which in my eyes is priceless.
But now 2018 is nearly over, it’s time to share my ultimate bucket list travel wishes with you all for 2019. I mean, nothing can truly beat 2013 – the year I headed to Australia and travelled the East Coast before making Sydney my adopted home for a year. From lazy days on Bondi Beach and visiting surf school, to shopping in the stylish CBD and having drinks outside the Opera House, everything about it was a dream.
But it’s way too expensive to return. So its time to draw up a new list.
This post is also not just a chance for me to share my travel goals with you, but also to share some hidden gems around the world you may be interested in. You know, kinda like to help some inspiration too in case you’re a little stuck?
I’ll throw in a couple of places that I’ve visited too, so I feel I can actually advise on some tips along the way! So here goes…
Ski Holidays – France and Austria
In November last year, myself and my partner took a course of beginner ski lessons. The course only featured 3 lessons, but it was a great start for us. I’d be lying if I said I was good. In fact, I was pretty horrific! But, I absolutely loved the experience and it has given me a lust for the ski life. And absolutely thinking of a ski holiday in 2019.
I’ve had a research online and can see that Mark Warner holidays have some great options across France and Austria. These are the main places I’ve had recommendations for over the years, so it was rather exciting to see some of the gorgeous chalet holidays come up on this website.
These type of ski holidays just look so magical. The chalet hotels are often built from timber in a traditional Savoie style, oozing tradition and charm inside and out. The interiors are cosy and comfortable with local wood panelling and a large lounges at the heart of the chalet with open fireplaces. Literally can’t wait to do this one day!
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in Phuket, visiting the Phi Phi islands as well as touring around the James Bond Islands. I was there for a Thailand wedding, which was absolutely beautiful. What an experience it is to visit this part of the world! My full Phuket review can be found here, and also another one here, if you’re keen to read up on Phuket, Thailand and the Islands surrounding.
However, next on my bucket list has to be Chang Mai, Pai, and the more ‘crazier’ Bangkok. I don’t feel like I’ve experienced the full-on Thailand travel experience without visiting these places and seeing all their beauty and culture. So again, these will be going on my ‘must visit’ list!
At the end of October this year, I finally get to go to Berlin – somewhere that has been on my wish list for a long time. I’ve never been to Germany, but have heard so many amazing things about the place. I’ve been told to prepare for a roller coaster ride of feasts, treats and temptations when it comes to experiencing Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city views, romantic palaces and traditional towns.
From romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the centre; I’m eager to visit Berlin and then beyond! The food and drink scene looks fantastic, not to mention getting off the highway and seeking out the great outdoors of Germany, soaking up the epic landscapes that make each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.
I’m still to book accommodation in Germany, but so far I’ve been looking at https://berlin.capribyfraser.com for Berlin, and for Frankfurt, I’ve been browsing on https://frankfurt.capribyfraser.com – literally getting so excited!
So I’ve actually been to Bali a few years back (some tips blogged over here), and ever since, I’ve been desperate to return. I stayed in Seminyak, with a visit to Kuta and Ubud, and I would recommend a holiday or travel experience to Bali to anyone considering it.
I actually went on my own after spending a year in Sydney. If you’re looking for lovely beaches, the prettiest sunsets, tropical scenery, luxury hotels and villas (for cheap!) and the best lunch shacks and coffee shops, then Seminyak is your one.
I spent many an afternoon lazing on the sun loungers at Potato Head and Ku De Ta, which are simply divine (Potato Head is a little nicer, with its infinity styled pool and incredible cocktails).
The monkey forest in Ubud is also a must to visit, although be careful – those monkeys are WILD! I wish I’d spent a little more time in Ubud, as it’s the most tranquil, relaxing place and is all centred around well-being. Lots of yoga retreats and healthy food places live here, so I’d recommend that too if you are looking for a bit of ‘me’ time.
Can you believe I haven’t been to New York? I still can’t believe I’ve never been! I don’t just want to go to visit all the main tourist attractions (I’d do this anyway, but there’s so much more I want to explore), I’d be hunting down all the sassy shops and the eateries that let you indulge in the best food and biggest portion sizes!
I mean, when in New York, I’ve got to gorge out on a stack-able burger and shake, just for the hell of it. I’m open to going at Christmas time or when it’s New York’s Summer, as in all honesty, I’d go anytime just to say I could go!
OK so not quite as far away as some of the previously mentioned places, but the Canary Islands are definitely what I would class as hidden gems when it comes to everything you need for the best holiday break.
The reason mainly being is that this cluster of Islands – sitting off the coast of northwestern Africa – are rugged volcanic isles known for their black and white sand beaches. Tenerife is the largest island, dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide.
Gran Canaria is one which I have on my ‘to-visit’ list, because the last time I went I was 8 years old, and it was my first ‘proper’ abroad holiday. It’s potentially an ideal place for my boyfriend and I to visit as it has long been famed for its vast and expansive landscapes, rich culture, stunning accommodation and welcoming atmosphere.
For a one week holiday, it ticks all the boxes, with so much to see and do (and it’s big on watersports).
Somewhere a little further a field is India, in which I am desperate to visit for so many reasons. One of the main ones is that India is home to another wonder of the world – the Taj Mahal.
I’m assuming pretty much everyone is aware of the Taj Mahal, the famous symbol of love. It is an ivory-white mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal after her demise, and The Taj Mahal today is the resting place of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. If you’re keen on knowing a little more history, the tombs are the centerpiece of the 17-hectare complex, and the Taj Mahal was probably completely built by 1653. It is not only one of the 7 wonders of India but also the world….
So there we have it, a little travel inspired post highlighting both some obvious gems and then the hidden gems – all just my opinion, of course!