Half the fun of travelling is planning where to go on your next trip.
Wish lists don’t work for me….every country is on my list!
I’m often inspired by reading about places other travellers have been….an instant yes, I’d like to go there is often all it takes!
Maybe I can inspire you!
There’s something for everyone in this amazing country. From the historic wonders of Istanbul to the many UNESCO world heritage listed sights dotted over the country, the stunning vistas as you drive on incredible roads throughout the countryside to the small villages where strangers welcome you with open arms and ask you to join them for tea or sailing in a gulet along the coast. I haven’t even mentioned the food yet! Taste delicious Black Sea hamsi, Gaziantep baclava, Kahramanmaraş icecream, kanefe from Antalya, kebabs from everywhere, stop at roadside stalls to buy fresh fruit and eat gozleme at stalls on the side of the road. Whether you visit for a week or a month, you will want to return, as we do, to his beautiful country. Read more about Turkey here
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Clear blue waters, fresh seafood, lazy days…island life on any of the Croatian islands is bliss but for us Vis is the place we would return to. Hire a car and head to the secluded bays dotted over the island hiding small family run restaurants or hire a boat and arrive by water. Fresh seafood awaits. Inland the villages offer a different kind of meal, one cooked under the peka. Can you see yourself here?
Slovenia is a well kept secret. Maybe I should keep it that way! It is one of the most beautiful countries I have been too with picture postcard scenes at every corner.
The Julian Alps offers a stunning playground for the adventurous…canoeing, white water rafting, hiking and paragliding to name a few. Ljubljana’s outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants have created a fun atmosphere that we instantly loved. Slovenia is also becoming a foodies destination. One of its restaurants will make my list of the top restaurants I ate at in 2013.
Nothing is far way in Slovenia. From Ljubljana it’s an hour to beautiful Lake Bled. Maribor and Ptuj are an easy day trip away and the fabulous coastal town of Piran is just over an hour the other way! Piran is one of the towns where we kept extending our stay. The town is very easy to explore, it’s narrow alleyways lead to a different place every time and the views from the church and walls that over look it are stunning. The fresh seafood we ate every night was hard to beat! No wonder we didn’t want to leave!
Do you need inspiration to visit New York! I didn’t think so. Some cities should only be visited at a certain time of the year but New York offers a different face every time you return. This means you can keep going back again and again!
Central Park is a great guide to the city…go in Spring when the leaves on the trees are returning, the azaleas are flowering and the bulbs colouring the ground. In Spring the fall colours provide a spectacular display. The Christmas lights and snow covered park are quite beautiful in Winter whilst in summer you can escape the hot days under the shade of the trees! You’ve ticked all the boxes on the list of What to do in New York and eaten your way through New York but have you explored Harlem, Brooklyn or Williamsburg. Time to go back!
Is a visit to Petra on your wish list? It is one of the most amazing places I have been and one that you should definitely see. Yes, it’s safe…Jordan is the Switzerland of the Middle East. It will take you hours to wander around the markets in Amman as the people here are so friendly and are forever stopping you to thank you for visiting their country. Before heading south to Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and Petra, spend the day visiting Jerash, the site of the most amazing Roman ruins you will see outside Italy.
Petra is all you imagined and more…especially at night!
And where am I inspired to travel in 2014….
At the end of 2012, I was supposed to visit Jerusalem after my visit to Jordan but a little conflict stopped me in my tracks and I headed back to Istanbul instead! For a long while I had resisted the call to visit Israel but in the end it was the food that won me over and had me wanting to visit! My inspiration is the hope that Ottolenghi’s book ‘Jerusalem’ will come come to life as I tour the markets and try the local food. Of course a visit to Tel Aviv is a must too! I hear it comes alive at night but it is the food and the historical wonders that I am interested in.
Seeing all the photos of the Northern Lights has been an inspiration for me to visit Norway. I’d love to see the towns along the coast from Bergen to Trondheim , Bodo and Tromso finishing in Kirkenes. I’m so close to polar bear territory, maybe I should add a visit to Svalbard! The cold is a worry (there’s no snow in Western Australia) but the thought of fishing in ice holes and snow sledding spurs me on. If the northern lights are not to be found, I know I’ll still have a great time!
I was close to Bhutan once….just over the border in Darjeeling. Another two hours and I would have been in a country where their prosperity is measured by their happiness levels! I am definitely going to have to get fit to walk up to the Tiger’s Nest! I know you can take a donkey ride but after my experience in Jordan, I’ll never get on another! From Paro to Thimpu and Punakha it all looks a wonderful journey taking in the fabulous scenery and exploring the culture and traditions of the people of Bhutan.
I’m very tempted to pop over the border from Turkey and head into Georgia and explore the country and its capital Tbilisi. I’ve read that fabulous food and incredibly friendly people await! The country side looks beautiful too! I’d love to explore the villages, go to the local markets and wander through the National Parks of the Caucasian Mountains
Where would you like to go in 2014?
Deborah from Little Nomads has further inspiration on her site including Taiwan, another country I keep reading fabulous things about!
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