TRAVEL DESTINATIONS ETCHED IN MY HEAD
So you know what? I’ve been travelling the globe now for over ten years and you can’t rack up all those air miles without having some knock out destinations that you just can’t get out of your head! I’m talking about those places that just touch you culturally, physically, emotionally and you somehow leave a little part of you there when you unwillingly boarding that flight back home! Cue this months travel-link up and my excuse (not that I usually need one) to spill the beans on those destinations that still almost bring tears to my eyes and are ingrained in my head and etched in my heart forever! Here goes wanderlusters…
To many this is the gateway to the great Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu and the Inca trail but to me it is my favourite city in South America (I’ve had quite the love affair with it) that I’ve visited to date. Cusco is the capital city of the Incas and sits almost 14,000 feet above sea level and even though I was hit by a stroke of altitude sickness, the ancient Incan architecture, the mystery of a city set amongst the beautiful Andes range and the local hospitality and coca tea made it so incredibly hard to say goodbye.
BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Dr C and I embarked on a round the world adventure a couple of years back and we spent a week over Christmas in a dream paradise location, you know I’m talking about Bora Bora, one of the French Polynesian Islands. Our secluded over water villa was located on the uber secluded private Motu, known as Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island resort. Traditionally French Polynesian, we spent days not bumping into a sole, with Breakfast arriving by canoe, marine life at your feet and endless views of the Pacific Ocean set against the lush green vegetation and picture perfect sunset views of Mount Otemanu
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Waking up at dawn and seeing the sun rise over the world’s largest religious monument, known as Angor Wat, is really something incomprehensible, that is until you have seen it. The site measures 402 acres and was originally made to be the temple of the God Vishnu, which the Khmer Empire later transformed to a Buddhist temple. The architectural detail, the banyan trees, the vastness and the atmosphere are no wonder that this place is a haven for devotion. It’s no wonder the movie, Tomb Raider was filmed in the complex at the stunning Ta Phrom, also renamed as the ‘Angelina Jolie Temple.’
Since my first visit to the renaissance capital of the world, over 20 years ago, when I was wide eyed and learning Italian, I have longed to return. Dr C finally gave into my constant desire to return and in 2017 we visited together to experience the art, culture, cuisine and rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Infact, Dr C now has a mutual love for Florence (Read more here of on our trip) and the surrounding Tuscan countryside that we are returning later in the year. Clearly, I will never get this place out of my head!
OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
Located in South West Costa Rica, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce, lies the Osa Peninsula. Largely covered by rainforest and the most ecologically diverse place in the whole of Costa Rica. We spent a few days in a very remote rainforest lodge where we explored waterfalls, isolated lagoons, tree top canopies and beaches and woke up to the rare sound and sights of Toucans, Parrots and Pumas to mention a few!
December 2017, was memorable because not only did I celebrate a milestone birthday but I also spent it in a City I have wanderlusted about for years, Havana! From the classic cars, to the Mojitos, to the Private Paladares dining and the people, oh the real Havana, this is a city break with a difference! Experiencing the Latino vibes and being transported back into the era of the 1950s was something that literally cannot leave my head. Havana for me was every bit as authentic as I thought it would be and brings music to my ears, just as Camilla Cabello sang, ooh na-na, my heart is in Havana!
QUEENSTOWN, SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND
Voted as one of the adventure activity capital’s of the world, this adrenaline junkie will never be able to forget her adventures here nor will the feeling of total euphoria ever be as great in her head as it was in Queenstown. Canyon Shots, the Skyline Luge, A skydive over Lake Wakitipu and an exhilarating jet boat ride at Shotover, I don’t think any other place will ever even come close to the physical excitement I felt in Queenstown. All this with the beautiful backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range and the stunning Lake Wakitipu.
What destinations are etched in your head?
I hope you enjoyed the read of my travel destinations that I just can’t get out of my head. Have you been to any of these and do you have the same feeling about them? Feel free to spark up a conversation in the comments below!