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The Travel Destinations Id love to return To

February 18, 2019

Other than my girls holidays, I tend to never go back to the same holiday destination twice. Not because I have not enjoyed it, but because there is a huge great big world out there and I want to see as much of it as I can. However, now and again, a place captures me so much, that I long to return to it and it often enters my thoughts when Im looking at holidays. I wanted to share four travel destinations Id love to return to. Oh, and I have included some of my original travel photos, before the age of fabulous digital cameras, so forgive their quality!

Lapland

Ohhhh Lapland you little devil. I think I left a little of my heart in Lapland. It will always hold a special place for all of us in my family, (I wrote a post on it, The Most Magical Holiday in Lapland) but I long to go back there without the Christmas bells and whistles. We went to Finnish Lapland, and it was so beautiful. I would love to see how it looks in the warmer months, with more daylight and green on the trees! In my imagination it is stunning. I also love the simplistic way of living that Finland seemed to have. It speaks to my soul and gives me all the hygge vibes! I would love a return visit.

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 The Whitsunday Islands – Australia

Oh my goodness, what a place! I literally felt like I owned an island when we went here. I remember Nik and I standing on the beach, looking left and right and not seeing another soul. It was so beautiful. The Whitsundays are a collection of 74 islands, situated between The Great Barrier Reef and the coast of Queensland in Australia. Most of the islands are inhabited, and are just the whitest sand, and dense rain forest. My idea of heaven right there.

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Trees (I blooming love a tree or ten) and the sea, perfect! Some of the islands are developed for tourism, like Hamilton, Brampton and Daydream Islands, some have campsites and low impact (camping and tents) tourism on them like Hook Island, and some have no development at all. The islands are very popular amongst divers as obviously, you have the Great Barrier reef and all of its beautiful marine life. We were lucky enough to dive the Barrier Reef and it was an experience I will never forget. Black tipped reef sharks, stingrays with their smiley faces (I think they always look like they are smiling) and being kissed on the scuba mask by a clown fish made this an unforgettable experience. I wrote about the experience in this post, Swimming with Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. It really is like an underwater kingdom. I was waiting for Ariel from Little Mermaid to pop up…….

swimming with sharks great barrier reef
Ohhh I wish we’d had a good camera!

Sadly, many of the islands got damaged by cyclone Debbie in 2017 and are closed to visitors for a while. The Whitsundays is somewhere that I long to go back to, and if the flight wasn’t so blooming long, I would have by now. A truly beautiful part of the world.

Porlock in Somerset, England

I think we are incredibly lucky here in the UK to have some beautiful places. Cornwall, The New Forest, The Lakes, so, so many. We visited Porlock in West Somerset a few years back with my family, and I literally fell in love. The chocolate box houses, old school villages, beautiful scenery, (cream teas, ahem) it really had it all. We did a caravan holiday here, hiring a 3 bedroom static caravan on a caravan park, which kept it much more affordable. Travel in the UK can be so expensive! I had a look at the site that we stayed at, Burrowhayes, and you can get a caravan from about £230 a week, off season.

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If you love to take scenic walks, this was the perfect location. There was so many walking trails and mapped walks you could take. While here, I did a horse trek through the rolling hills and woodlands, which was spectacular. The walking trails will often have you passing through beautiful villages, nature revealing the best of what it has to offer, and so many places that you could rest up and have a drink. People even had little tea rooms set up in the gardens of their homes that you could stop off and have a cream tea at. It was idilic. Somerset is one of those places that I am itching to get back and explore more of. Its about 4/5 hours drive from London, so not somewhere we can get to on our daily jaunts out. We are hoping to get back there next year though, perhaps for a few days break. If you haven’t been and you love that Darling Buds Of May type life, you would fall in love with this part of England for sure.

Bali

I have spoken about my love of Bali previously, and it is one of the places I credit with forming parts of my character. You can see why in part, Bali had such an impact on me in this post, Why I Feel Travel Can Be The Key To Growth. When we were there, (in the 90’s) it was very much a back packers paradise, and had a totally laid back feel to it. Kuta, one of the larger resorts of Bali was no where near the tourist trail it is now, so we really did see it in its best light. I also had a real spiritual moment in a large temple in Ubud, which also gave me a nudge in the direction of the path I seem to have stayed on. A spiritual, bhuddist inspired, approach to life and the world around us. People tell me that Bali has changed a lot from when I visited, and I will admit that this scares me from going back. Id hate to think differently of the place I have such beautiful memories of. However, I do long to see Dempasa, Tanah Lot temple, and the rice fields. One day maybe……

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Beautiful Bali Beach

Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand also holds a very special place in my heart. I spent a couple of months exploring the North and South islands, and it was amazing. Rotorua, if you are not aware, is on the North island, and is famous for its geothermal activity, and strong Maori culture. It literally feels like you can feel the Earth’s power and strength. Bubbling mud pools, exploding geysers, and a thriving Maori village make this a very unique and special place.

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My husband was even taught the villages Haka for protection and strength. (I think I laughed for an hour seeing him having to follow the village elders tutoring of The Haka). You can also learn traditional Maori wood carving and weaving in the village, and just generally immerse yourself in this fascinating culture.  I would love to go back to Rotorua, especially with my passion for planet earth even stronger! I think I would be the weirdo at the mud pools, whacking the mud on my skin and breathing in Rotorua’s strong sulpha, centre-of-the-earth smell.

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bubbling earth

There are a couple of other countries I would love to see again, but diffent areas. For example, I would love to return to The Maldives where we went 26 years ago, (to an island called Bandos) but a different island. Austria too feels so undiscovered still to me. We loved Salzburg last year, ( you can read about our visit in this post, Mini Break in Salzburg – Hints, tips and the basics) and I now would love to return and visit Vienna. Scotland too, I long to do the West Highland Hike. Again, I know many people don’t like re-visiting countries, especially if they are “country counters” but I feel I need to see more of some places. They lure me back for some reason.

So, what about you? Do you feel you still have some unfinished business with any of the places you visited? Somewhere that you long to return to? Do you tend to revisit places, or are you like us and go somewhere different every time?  I would love to hear! 

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31 responses to “The Travel Destinations Id love to return To”

  1. Karalee says:

    I normally like visiting new destinations, but I would love to go back to Australia! Me & my parents went in 2012 to Sydney, Ayers Rock & Cairns. I would love to go along the Great Ocean Road & the Whitsunday Islands look beautiful! 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhhh I am the same. Although I lived in Australia, and travelled all round it, I would love to go back and explore again. Its just so far away isnt it! the Whitsundays really are beautiful. Thank you for reading xx

  2. Susanne says:

    The UK definitely has some very beautiful places!! Among the other, that photo of the white sands of those Australian islands took my breath away! Fantastic!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I think I totally under appreciate how beautiful the UK is. We are trying to slow see more of it. Funnily enough, I am literally looking at Ireland as I type! We would like to visit County Wicklow as it always looks stunning. I want to discover more of whats on our doorstep x Whitsunday islands truly are breathtaking. It felt like paradise.

      • Susanne says:

        County Wicklow seems to be fantastic! I’ve never been there myself but would love to visit the Glendalough area (and the whiskey distillery if it’s open yet) but I’m sure there’s lots to see there. I’ve passed through many Irish counties going from Dublin to Cork or from Dublin to Clare but I don’t think Wicklow is one of them.
        And – when I open my blog I’ll do my best to convince you to visit West Cork. 😀

        • kerrylifeandloves says:

          Iv seen so many photos of it, (and it was where one of my favourite shows, Vikings, was filmed and looks beautiful) so we long to visit. Yes! You need that blog written. I cant wait to read about your migration to West Cork and adventures that follow. Get writing lady! xxxx

  3. Bejal says:

    I have a never ending list I have unfinished business with. Countries would include Florence, Peru and always Paris but I do fancy the Whitsundays too as I ran out of time when we went to Oz! But the UK has some amazing destinations too xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Oh Peru is my husbands dream destination. We hope to get there. Its funny you say Paris, I have never been!!! I know, shocking right? Iv been to Disneyland Paris, but not real Paris. Im desperate to get there. Im so keen to find more of the UK’s beauty this year. We are incredibly lucky to have all this history and beauty on our door step. Thank you for reading Bejal xxxx

  4. Susanne says:

    By the way – It’s kind of interesting to see how different we are with visiting places. I guess I’m not a traveller. I just have some places that I love and that I always want to go back to. However, I love to explore those areas and see different places around there. Now when I live in Ireland I have good opportunities to explore more of it, and see other areas than West Cork. When we lived in Sweden we didn’t want to waste any days being anywhere else than in West Cork when we visited Ireland..
    Then there is Italy and I’d love to see more of the south and more of Umbria and Le Marche but my main go-to region will always, always be Abruzzo. I simply love it and the people we know there, and also – there’s so much to see and there are loads of lovely places we haven’t seen, hikes to be done, other medieval towns to see..
    I wouldn’t travel much to countries where I don’t know the language – this is mainly because if I can’t communicate, I can’t eat (I’m coeliac). I do want to visit Spain because my inlaws live there 6 months a year (and the language is almost like Italian), and I’d love to see more of Scotland. But otherwise…. Ireland and Italy. Can’t get enough of it. So well, as you see… I’m not a traveller, just one who want to go to places I love.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ok, you have made me want to visit all of the places you mention haha! The thing is, there are no rules to travel are there. Just seeing a different place and being somewhere else is a holiday. It means different things to different people. I would love to explore Ireland more. I have seen Dublin, a lot, but never anywhere else. We would love to do a road trip there. Italy has also been a long held dream of mine, and all being well, we have a trip to Venice booked for April. We will see. I love that you love where you live Susanne, you sound so happy there xxxxx

      • Susanne says:

        I really really hope you’ll get to Venice! April is a lovely time to visit Italy. Spring in full swing, weather can be fantastic, but it’s not too hot yet.

        • kerrylifeandloves says:

          I am keeping hopeful. We think if Nik gets his operation within the next coupe of weeks, we will make it there. Fingers crossed for all reasons! xx

  5. I’d love to see some of these places! I’d defo want to return to Amsterdam and Krakow, so much I didn’t get to see!! Xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Oh actually, Amsterdam is another on my list! I went years ago, but on a girls weekend so it wasn’t a culture trip lol. Thank you for popping across and reading xxx

  6. Brigitte says:

    You’ll have to excuse any spelling mistakes here as I’m trying to type out a comment on a shaky train! I’d love to go back to the Tirol in Austria as I spent my teenage summers there with an Austrian family. It’s where I learnt to speak German. Wander through alpine meadows, collect milk from farms, drink real coffee, drink schnapps and wear a dirndl.
    In this country I just can’t get enough of the far west of Cornwall. It’s where I feel my most happiest. We plan to move to Penzance in the next few years. I really can’t wait.
    Somerset is a beautiful county. If you decide to go back I can recommend the fabulous Mount Pleasant Farm Bed and Breakfast. Daisy the owner is just lovely and on Instagram. Xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      There is something very special about Austria, I agree. There is something for everyone there in terms of landscape isnt there. Nik and I often talk about going to Cornwall. I went as a child, but Nik has never been. Its on the thirty five mile long list……. I hope to get back to Somerset, I feel there is a lot more to see there. If only we had more time eh! Thank you for reading xxxxx

  7. I loved reading this! Its completely obvious to see why you want to go back to all of these places they all look beyond dreamy.. im sad to say i havent visted any on your list.. SOB! But out of all of them lapland and australia sound incredible. Also, I was hesitant to visit the same place twice, but we recently went back to the same hotel in Dubai and had an even better time the second time round.. so now my view has changed! xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh thats interesting! Do you think it was better because you kind of knew it already? Im always worried that it wont match up to the first time. Dubai is somewhere else that we just havent got round to yet. Every time we think about going, we end up somewhere else! I will need to pick your brain on it xx Thank you for reading Sammy xxxx

  8. Nital says:

    Australia, Bali and New Zealand are in my top 10 for the next few years, want to go badly!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhh, we think alike! They are truly beautiful. My list of places to visit grows by the day does yours? we are truly addicts haha. Thank you for reading xx

  9. I definitely agree with you on the Whitsundays – but I’m sure all the places you mentioned are worthy of a return visit. I’ve got my eye on going back to York, although I agree with you about trying to explore new destinations if we can xxx

  10. I’m pretty envious at all these places you have seen Kerry. My fear of flying holds me back. I’ve promised to get on a plane again this year. I think it’s going to be Italy. Bali looks so beautiful but I would be happy to visit Cornwall too xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohh Laurie, you must get on that plane! I do understand though, I had a manic fear of flying for a few years. I had to do a lot of work to overcome it! I really hope you get to Italy. We are booked to go to Venice in April, I really hope Nik is well enough. There is a big ole world out there to see isnt there xxxx

  11. Alex Grace says:

    You’ve definitely had some amazing experiences! I completely know what you mean about wanting to see new places but certain places luring you back, especially if you feel like you’ve only touched the surface of what they had to offer. Can’t wait to hear where you end up next! x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I absolutely know how lucky I have been Alex. I feel so, so blessed. Its such a tricky one isnt it. I look at going back somewhere, then get distracted by new lands haha! Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate it xxx

  12. Suzy says:

    I love love love this Kerry! Of course New Zealand is forever in my “to re-visit” list too! I’m actually really keen to visit Porlock here, we have a family connection to the village as my great-grandfather was the policeman there!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh really! So you havent been to Porlock yet? You must go, its just so pretty. The family connection too! I love that. How spooky. I think you and I have some weird travel connection lol. I long to get back to New Zealand. I would love to see how much its changed. Thank you so much for reading xxxx

  13. Jas says:

    I’m similar – don’t often return because there are so many exciting places to discover. But I would love to head back to Norway some day. What I saw was beautifl, and I have the feeling it was only the tip of the iceberg. I also love ging back to my own country, Australia, and exploring a new part everytime. Really enjoyed this, haven’t been to any of those places (except Bali) 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhhh Norway is the one of mine and Nik’s dream destinations for this year. We are desperate to see it. I would love to take my boys back to where we loved in Australia too. Just to show them where we lived etc. It would be amazing. If only we had an endless supply of money eh! Thanks for reading lovely xxx

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