There is no place like Italy, it is simply perfection!
It is the ideal place for a chilled, relaxed holiday. Filled with history and beautiful architecture, as well as friendly and carefree locals.
I have found, regardless of where you travel in Italy, there is no pressure, nor stress. Everything happens in its own time, at its own pace.
It really is the perfect place to just breathe and let all your worries go! Whether that’s sitting in a villa, in Tuscany, with a glass of wine or strolling around the Roman forum, in Rome, soaking up the history that surrounds it.
Wherever you go, the ease of Italian life will find you and embrace you as one of its own.
Not to mention the food it the most exquisite thing you will ever taste! The pastas and pizzas, bruschetta’s and desserts, all of it must be tried! You have not lived till you have eaten real homemade Italian food. It is simply heaven on a plate!
Needless to say, wine tasting is also a must.
There is a beauty to be found in everything in Italy, from the passion of the waiter describing the specials of today menu, to the stunning sounds of St. Peter’s basilica bells filling the evening air as you wander down the quiet side streets of Rome.
Quite frankly I do not think words could ever do justice to how truly majestic this beautiful country is! It has often be referred to as a place of romance, but I do not believe that this is limited to just couples, it is a place to fall in love with yourself and dare to be the carefree you that perhaps due to life’s burdens you can not always be. So go have your own ‘Roman Holiday’!
The picturesque setting of Greece is one of beauty and peace. A place to soak up the sun and enjoy the tranquillity of life. An ideal spot for a retreat or even a pampering holiday.
There is a genuine love I have for Greece. It is a place of fond family holiday memories, most of which were spent down at the beach, where you can snorkel to your heart’s content, then laying out to dry, sunning yourself in the lush Mediterranean heat. All of which after you’ll stroll along to your local café or restaurant to taste the deliciously salty food freshly picked, caught or delivered that day. The menus may change daily but the tastiness most definitely does not.
The locals are very friendly and always appreciate regular custom. If you find a place to eat or shop at often, then your custom will not go unnoticed. By the end of your stay, you’ll be laughing and joking with the owners, realising that you’ve quite unintentionally gained a friend and somehow they are quite impossible to forget.
The simplicity of Greece is something to be admired. Depending on which parts you travel to, there is not always good Wifi (if any) or signal, but in many ways, this is a blessing. It forces you to look up from your phones, tablets or laptops and absorb the breathtaking beauty the engulfs this stunning country.
There is so much history, culture and uniqueness to be found at every corner of this very special place and it deserves to be seen and treasured.
To me, India is a country of wonder waiting to be explored.
There is a constant hum of life that surrounds this majestic land, and I can honestly say that there is never a dull moment.
It is a place full of ancient history and rituals as well as bright colourful markets – that sit at the side of streets, selling handwoven silk scarves and wonderful smelling spices. Every day is an adventure, and although you do have to be aware of your surroundings, it is a corner of the world to discover!
There are sights that will stay with you forever, and there is also a beauty to be found in everything. From yogis meditating in holy sights to colourful elephants strolling along the motorway. Not to mention cows venturing into the local shops, blessing the business’ and their dwellers.
I thoroughly encourage you to join, a much as possible, in all the culture and festivals that take place. Such as taking a boat out onto the river Ganges, at Varanasi, to make an offering of a candle, surrounded by beautiful coloured flowers, to the goddess Ganga at dusk and watch it illuminate down the gentle current carrying your hopes and wishes with it.
It is said amongst travellers that each destination changes you and helps you to grow, but I have never been to a place that has changed me as much as India. It has taught me so much about the world and myself, and I am a richer person for it.
The destination of Budapest is one filled with beauty and charisma!
There are so many lovely places to see and exciting things to explore, most of which won’t cost you a penny! It is the ideal holiday for any backpacker looking to make some fun memories.
There are many of hiking treks across bridges and hilltops leading to stunning viewpoints of this amazing city. I highly recommend taking an evening stroll along the river Danube, to look at the breathtaking parliament building lit up in all its glory. Or perhaps even a ferry by night, taking you up and downstream allowing you to sit back and relax with a glass of wine, taking in all the twinkling lights as you go by.
Free walking tours are available and will take you all over the city! The guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable. there is a number of different tours covering all sorts of subjects, some for history and architecture, and others for sightseeing. It makes for a fantastic day out and you can always go to Margaret island after to relax and enjoy the lovely kept gardens and wildlife there. Whilst you’re at it why not rent a bicycle and enjoy peddling through the grounds at your own pace.
The Jewish Quarter of the city is a definite must! Filled with so much important history and cute tiny coffee shops, as well as one of the worlds largest synagogues. It is a unique little part of the world, with many side streets to venture down.
By night the cafes and restaurants turn into small Aladdin’s caves, offering an awesome nightlife atmosphere. There is also a homemade alcoholic drink called Palinka… which is not for the faint-hearted but must be tried at least once
All in all, Budapest is an amazing place that certainly deserves to be on your travel list, so go explore it and have as much fun as possible!
The stunning setting of New Zealand, or Aotearoa, is one of natural phenomenon!
There are volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, mountains and thermal pools all over this amazing country. It is a place of extreme environments, making each region unique in its own way. Many of these nature spots are untouched by civilization making it a wonder to behold.
New Zealand has two islands known as the North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu), I highly recommend visiting both, if possible – as each has so much to offer!
The north island is slightly more built up, though in saying that it is not hard to find beauty, as well as peace and quiet, anywhere. There are many sights to see, such as the boiling mud at Rotorua or the Ninety-mile long beach on the western coastline of the far north. If you find yourself in Auckland and fancy a day out walking then I highly recommend visiting the prehistoric subterranean island of Tiritiri Matangi! It is a breathtaking island filled with endangered native birds, and wildlife, as well as beautiful beaches and hiking trails. It is the perfect place for an adventure! Also, it is not rare to see dolphins and whales on the ferry ride over.
The south island is a place of perfect beauty, with snowy mountain ranges and mirage-like lakes, creating an atmosphere of tranquillity. It is the idyllic spot to pitch up a tent and lay under the starry night sky taking in all the beauty, allowing you to enjoy some peaceful you time. If you find that your little globetrotter legs have taken you to Te Waipounamu (the south island) then you should certainly treat yourself to a tour of Queenstown. It is a captivating town surrounded by lake Wakatipu nested amongst the enchanting mountain range of The Remarkables. I have heard many a person call it the most beautiful place on earth and I have to say that it is most certainly that!
This wondrous land is filled with a beauty incomparable to any other, it has so much culture and art to explore, as well as heart racing experiences like white water rafting and bungee jumping! It really is a place to have an adventure and make some breathtaking memories!
I believe that concludes my top places to travel so far, because otherwise I will end up listing every single place I have ever been to, and if I do then we could be here a while…!
In short, wherever you travel to, whether it’s any of the places on this list or not, I hope you make some amazing memories that will stay with you forever and try as many new things as possible! As Rachel Wolchin said ‘If we were meant to stay in one place, then we’d have roots instead of feet’.
Now I think we’ve both got some adventures to be planning, don’t you?
All the very best