[AD] At this time of year, I think we all find ourselves thinking about what has happened that year but also looking forward to the future and making plans. I’ve always loved to travel, to visit new places both near and far. Due to health issues this year I haven’t travelled as much as I would have liked. I’ve had two visits to Scotland, a weekend in Bristol and late September I had a few days in Snowdonia, North Wales. For some time I’ve had a bucket list of places I’d love to visit, some far-flung exotic places and others much closer to home. These are my top 5 places that I’ve like to visit over the next few years:
Although Amsterdam is so close I’ve never actually visited. I’ve been close when I went on a European tour six years ago; 10 European countries in 4 weeks. It was a fantastic time and I loved the fact I had a month-long holiday full of City breaks. One thing I have always wanted to do is cycle along the canals but I think my cycling days have long gone with the deterioration of my Rheumatoid Arthritis but that doesn’t mean I can’t sit beside the canals and watch others.
I’ve always loved the idea of travelling to St Petersberg for a few days and then travelling on the Trans Siberian railway across Russia. It reminds me of a James Bond type adventure, all glam with that little bit of mysterious adventure.
This is something that I have wanted to see since I was a little girl. The way nature can change the colour of the sky to such an emerald green colour has always fascinated me.
Another place that makes me think of James Bond, intrigue and mystery is Cuba. I love the thought of walking along the street of Havana, with its still 1950s vibe, the cars, the dresses and the smell of cigars all around you. But there is more to Cuba than just Havana and it’s old colonial charm and intoxicating salsa beats. The beaches are white, white sand and the weather due to Cuba being situated in the Caribbean is hot all year round making it an ideal destination for some winter sun.
For some time I have wanted to go to Asia, I don’t particularly want to go to the main tourist places in Thailand but to places of culture off the beaten track like the temples in Vietnam and Cambodia.
For me, my travels are always the more unusual places and I love to immerse myself in the culture behind a city or country, to explore places off the beaten track. What are your favourite types of holiday?