Opening the gorgeous, ribbon tied, gold and blue box Christmas morning, these were the words that greeted me. My husband had wrote this on a little card inside the box. The thoughtful Christmas gift from him this year, was a beautiful passport holder and travel document wallet from Aspinal, (I feel so posh) and those words accompanied it.
Nik often buys me gifts related to travel. Travel is our happy place. From the day I met Nik 27 years ago we have travelled. Our very first trip was to Kent, just a few weeks after we started “going out”. The funny story with this is that I knew my Mum would disapprove of me taking off with some man I barely knew, so I had told her a story (she knows now, its ok, I wont get a telling off) about staying at Nik’s aunt’s country home, to learn to drive a combine harvester. Do not ask me why that was the details of my made up story of choice. I have no clue. I think I panicked. Maybe I thought combine harvester driving sounded wholesome and well behaved…….
Anyway, my rambling talk aside, the point is travel is what we have always done. Both together and on separate adventures. When we met we had both already been back packing round the world separately. Within 3 months of meeting, our backpacks were re-loaded and we were on a world tour. Its in our dna to seek adventure. Last year I wrote a travel destinations wish list, which for me was an emotional post to write as we never knew if we would get to any of them as Nik was fighting cancer. Thankfully, he got through that battle, and we did make it to some, so I have decided to write a wishlist for this year. Just to put it out in the universe and all that……..
I have compiled two lists, (not for a post originally, just because me and Nik always have a list on the go). One is a European/short haul list, one further afield. I have utilised my much loved Lonely Planet top Ultimate Destination book to aid with this lust list. I spend hours devouring the pages of that book on a regular basis, its a beauty. For this post Im concentrating on Europe, as Nik still dosen’t have the go ahead for long haul flights yet (not long hopefully). Let me share a few of my dream destinations with you.
My European Travel Wish List
Not an unusual destination to be on a wish list, but one that I have longed to visit for may years. I long to see the winding canals and pastel coloured buildings, as well as fully immerse myself in the “cafe culture” that Italy is famous for. I am making it an aim to get there this year.
There is not a travel obsessive in the land that has not got Cappadocia hot air ballon shaped dreams in their eyes. I am obsessed with the beautiful place in Turkey. Cave hotels, soft lunar landscapes, creamy orange hues in the landscape, its just a visual, fairy tale delight. That and the open air museum of Goreme and the people living in underground dwellings, its a wish list favourite for me. I might sneak in here, that I also want to go to every single place that National Treasure Joanna Lumley went to on her silk road adventure. I was transfixed by those destinations.
Budapest, in Hungary, is said to be the most beautiful and scenic European town. Budapest was somewhere we aimed to get to last year, but never got there, so it is firmly on the top of this years list. It is a widely known fact that I am obsessed with baths. They are my go to at the end of every day. Well, Budapest has 15 thermal baths, some dating back to the 16th century, so it feels like my spiritual birth place.
I know, I know, its a cliche and very over done, but I still really want to go there! Set on the Aegean coast, this Greek beauty has black and red beaches, giving it a unique twist. Famous for its white washed buildings and stunning views, it just has to be visited at least once I think.
The town of Riga in Latvia is a new discovery for me, and a new addition to the wish list. You know how I love a building, and Riga is said to have the most amazing archetecture. A cobblestones world heritage site, it has the most spectacular river views and stunning skyline. The story book castles of Sigulda always make me want to walk around them like a princess. We are really hoping to visit Riga later this year.
So, there are just five of my destinations that I long to get to this year. Fingers crossed, we will cross them all off this year. Last year, we ended up throwing in a few random destinations that were not on the list into the mix. usually because we saw bargain flights that were just too good to not book!
Plans already in the diary
We do have a couple of trips already booked. I am excited that we are finally getting to Bath this month. Iv booked a gorgeous little boutique hotel that Im so excited for. Today, about 2 hours ago, I actually booked Venice for April. We are going to go for my birthday so that will be lovely! I think I may be unbearable as that approaches. Such a long standing dream. Then I am going on a Yoga and relaxation retreat in france in May. I have never done one before, so I’m not sure what to expect. Then the last thing already in the plans is Wales. Yep. Im climbing another blooming mountain! Snowdon is our mountain of choice this time, and we will be seeing it in early June! Its a little smaller than Ben Nevis, (you can read our adventure with that particular mountain in this post, Climbing Ben Nevis) so can only be a walk in the park couldnt it………
Im sure you can imagine this is just a small part of my travel wishlist. I dint want to bore you to tears with all 3011 places on it…. I would love to know of any places on your wish list. Or any places that you have been to that should be o my list? Do you have anything already in the diary? Tell me all, I love to hear about your adventures x
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