Lifestyle: The Best Places I’ve Travelled To, Near And Far


It’s coming up to the time of year when myself and my boyfriend book our annual Summer holiday. I have to say, with being lucky enough to visit Thailand earlier this year, I don’t have the urge to book anything too far away, or anywhere insanely out of this world and stunning.

Don’t get me wrong – I could always jet away somewhere stunning. If you line that aeroplane up for me at Manchester Airport and send me to the Maldives, I’m never going to say no. In fact,I’ll run to that airport. But what I mean is that I’m much more looking forward to somewhere within close(ish) proximity. Like, a couple of hours flight, just somewhere red hot and relaxing…

One of my goals in life is to have the option of a holiday home. Somewhere trusty I can rely on for when I’m in these situations. When I want to escape for a week or two of sunshine, views, nice restaurants, friendly locals, attractions, quaint bars… you know the deal.

And it got me thinking. If I was in a position to be lucky enough to buy or rent a holiday home, where would I chose? You know what, I think it would be Spain. Of all the countries in the world, I’d opt for the Spanish isles or mainland Spain, without a shadow of a doubt.  I’ve even looked at holiday property sites such as Immoabroad to search for Javea Properties to give me alllll the inspiration I need for this dream.

Growing up, I went on numerous holidays to Spain with the family. So I always associate the place with happy childhood memories with my Mum, Dad and twin sister. It’s only when I got into my teens did I start venturing further afield, I can’t count how many times I’ve been to Greece, or holidayed to the Greek Islands with my friends and my boyfriend.

I also feel like I’ve explored a lot of what the Spanish Islands have to offer, but I’m yet to experience the full offering of Mainland Spain. Javea, for example, is by Alicante, and when you have a base there, you can literally plan trips all over Spain.

Last year I visited Benalmadena (read about it here if you like!), and although it rained on the first day, it opened my eyes to a Spanish town and culture I hadn’t been aware of. The flight was literally just over 2 hours, the weather was beautiful (bar the first day), the time difference doesn’t affect you, and a lot of the Spanish have really good English (but I’d actually be keen on learning more Spanish…)

Saying this, I’ve only ever visited Paris in France, but I hear France is a place a lot of English chose to set up a holiday home. Perhaps I need to get myself down to the South of France, and see what everyone loves so much.

In terms of other holiday locations I love, well, where do I start? If anyone wants to know about my favourite places, I’ve listed three favourites below which I’d recommend checking out if you’re stuck in a bit of a holiday rut this Summer season…


1. Turkey

I’ve only visited Turkey once, but from what I saw, there are copious amounts of towns and resorts to chose from which are equally as good as each other. You know when you visit some countries, and you find that there’s only really two or three towns you would recommend staying in or visiting? Well Turkey is just full of them, each one great for tourists, from groups of friends, couples and families alike.

Gorgeous beaches, nice hotels, fun local entertainment, affordable package holidays and guaranteed great weather.

2. Ibiza

When I say Ibiza, I don’t mean the ‘party capital’ vibe it is associated with. I mean the towns such as Ibiza Town, Es Cana and Cala Llonga. These places have so much Spanish charm and culture, with traditional buildings and so much history.

Ibiza is also home to some of the best beaches, from secluded sandy coves to miles and miles of white fluffy sand. Such a beautiful island…

3. Thailand

Now I thought I’d throw in a far away destination in this list of three roundup. Thailand is absolutely seeping in beauty, from it’s tropical islands and beaches, to it’s hustle and bustle culture and excellent cuisine. There are so many islands and places across mainland Thailand to visit, each different and unique in it’s own way.

You have Bangkok for it’s miles of street food, hostels, 5 star hotels, quad bikes and raw, ‘typical’ Thailand. A visit here is busy and full on, but you get a real taster of the Thai life. Then you have secluded, relaxing places, so tranquil they act as a retreat, like Pai. You can read more about my experience of Thailand over at my blog post here.

It’s an experience for sure, whichever parts you visit.

Where are your top destinations, and if you could, where would you chose your holiday home to be? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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