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 almost half way through, it’s time to share my ultimate bucket list travel wishes with you all for the remainder of this year, and 2019…
It’s 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 that I’ve visited too, so I feel I can actually advise on some tips along the way! So here goes…
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 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!
I’ve wanted to experience Mexico for so long, and with their hurricane seasons in mind, I wouldn’t have minded trying to get a trip planned this year in April or May. Looks like I’ve missed the boat! Next year perhaps?
I’m fairly open to a bit of lively nightlife and a bit of buzz in the evenings, with gorgeous relaxing beaches and day trips to explore during the day.
With that in mind, I’m itching to get a visit to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen in! Mainly though, especially when talking about hidden gems, Mexico is also known for the Temple of Kukulcan, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the centre of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán.
It’s actually one of the wonders of the world, so it’s pretty high up on my ‘to-see’ list. If any of you have been to Mexico, I’d love to hear which places you would recommend visiting?
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 Canary 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). There’s also plenty of opportunities to just sit back and relax on one of the island’s many picture-perfect beaches, which make up a quarter of Gran Canaria’s 147-mile coastline. If you need more convincing, you can always take a look here https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/destinations/canaries/gran-canaria for more information.
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!
I love travelling and I’m always inspired by anyone else’s stories or adventures, so don’t be afraid to leave your thoughts or recommendations below in the comments!