I must confess…my dream destinations
I must confess I have many dream destinations, although I’ve been lucky enough to have already visited some (being the travel addict that I am):
Walt Disney World: while we have already been, we are definitely going back one day. Yes, it’s that good!
Paris: I’ve been lucky enough to visit the style capital of the world twice so far but I still yearn to return. There is something about the history, culture and architecture of the city that continues to draw me in…
My first ever glimpse of the Eiffel Tower back in 1990 as a 14 year old…
London: Again I’ve been fortunate to get to London on two separate occasions. After spending years reading historical novels set there, I have to say I feel very much at home whenever I visit.
Tower Bridge, taken from the river tour we went on as newlyweds back in 2000
While I have got to some of my dream destinations, there are always more to be explored. Here are some of the dream destinations I would love to visit as a family:
San Francisco: we really wanted to get to San Francisco when we visited the US last year but we couldn’t make it work in our itinerary. Just an excuse to go back again, isn’t it?
Golden Gate Bridge & San Francisco Bay – image source
England: I would love to drive out of London and explore the rest of the country. I’ve been to Bath and Stonehenge but I want to see the Lakes District, visit one of the many historic castles that dot the countryside and take in the white cliffs of Dover.
Glenridding & Ullswater – copyright Nick Thorne – image source
Hawaii: I’m not really a fan of beachy holidays (I’m not a beach girl myself), but I could give it a try in Hawaii. Especially if I could also pair a beach escape with a visit to an active volcano (that’s definitely more my style!)
Lava from Kilauea meeting the ocean – image source
In addition to our dream family destinations, there are other destinations/places I would love to visit with Nathan as a couple:
Eurovision: it would not matter which city hosted, we would LOVE to experience the Eurovision Song Contest in real life. That would be all kinds of awesome. Wherever or whenever – just give us Eurovision!
New York: while I would also love to soak up New York with the kids I do have a dream to explore this vibrant city as a couple with Nathan. The nightlife, the restaurants and the romantic views are just perfect for couples…
Smoky Cape Lighthouse: we recently visited on our way back from the Gold Coast and it’s a stunning spot on the NSW mid north coast. The views from the lighthouse are gorgeous and you can stay in a B&B right next to the lighthouse. It would be the perfect escape for a weekend sans kids – I’m definitely going back there with Nathan one day.
The accommodation next to the lighthouse, with this stunning view:
I could definitely live with this view for a weekend away…
And there are yet more places that I would love to visit one day, even if I end up going alone:
All 4 grand slam tennis tournaments (Melbourne, Paris, London, New York): this is the biggest item on my bucket list. I’ve been to Melbourne twice but I’m yet to visit the others. It WILL happen.
Bali: I may be the only Australian who has not yet been to Bali – it seems everyone else I know has! But I would like to visit one day and I did learn Indonesian many years ago – so I’m bound to go one day, aren’t I?
China: to see the Great Wall and soak up some of the history I learned at university. Chinese history offers a fascinating insight into innovation and technology throughout time and I would love to see this first hand one day.
But my ONE dream travel destination is St Petersburg, Russia.
My dream is to travel by water, with stops on the way throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic. Then onto St Petersburg where I want to experience all its colours and grandeur. I want to see as much as I humanly can at the Hermitage and wander the streets created by Peter the Great all those years ago.
The most western city in Russia is also it’s cultural hub and I hope to one day get there to take it all in.
St Petersburg is definitely my ultimate dream destination.
What about you – where’s your dream destination? Where would you like to go?
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