I love going on holiday, I mean who doesn’t right? But it’s one of life’s luxuries that I feel like I haven’t been able to enjoy in the last few years since starting to be a bit more meticulous with money. Don’t get me wrong, the longest I’ve been without a cheeky little city break is around the one year mark, which to most isn’t a long time at all and to be honest, I’m really lucky in the fact that I’ve been to some amazing places in my life.
I would never class myself as a travel blogger – I’m far from it – but one thing I do love is a good wish-list post, something to help me gather my thoughts and plan out some great destinations to try and visit in the upcoming years. I thought about calling this post xx places to visit before I’m 30, but that gives me less than 4 years (a thought that will now haunt me daily) to do so… but if anyone wants to hook a girl up with some cheap flights as an early Christmas present, be my guest!
1. Florence, Italy
I am a massive fan of anything Italian, be it the food, the architecture, or the fashion – I would even go as far to say that it might be one of my favourite countries I have ever visited in the past. In the last 4 years I’ve had the pleasure of going to Rome, Milan and Venice, and was utterly captivated by how beautiful Italy is; it’s literally just how you imagine. One of the places I have always wanted to go though is Florence from reading up on it and seeing friend’s pictures. To me, it looks like the absolute carb-lovers dream, which is me all over.
2. Manhattan, New York
This is a trick one because I actually went to Manhattan on a school trip back in lower sixth, but I loved it. We were only there for about 5 days, and I have always wanted to go back (plus since then I have watched all series of Gossip Girl and pretty much need to see where Blair and Chuck got married, and go on the Sex and the City tour). There is something really exhilarating and intoxicating about New York, and it’s something that a lot of bloggers have recounted from their trips. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve been, but once you know, you know (how bloody cryptic of me!)
3. Sydney, Australia
I mean just look at that shot, who wouldn’t want to go to Sydney? I have Australian blood in me (my Nan is from there) so I feel as though it’s almost a right of passage that I make it to Australia in the next few years. I would like to do a bit of travelling if I ever got over there, as I know I have family spread all over the place, and as long as I don’t get stranded in the outback, I’m sure I’ll be ok… (but knowing me I’ll probably get stranded in the outback…) Everyone who I have spoken to has loved it from relatives to friends; it’s just the longgg flight that puts me off…
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Definitely on my list for Christmas time is the beautiful fairytale city of Prague. I have been blown away by the pictures of the markets and snow covered architecture, and personally, I could think of nowhere better to have a cheeky mug of mulled wine, wrapped up in a scarf. I have read amazing reviews of Prague, and people have raved to me about how cheap the alcohol is, which is always a bonus in my eyes.
5. Berlin, Germany
Fun fact, I have never been to Germany… I would love to go one year for Oktoberfest, but also to all of the War museums and memorials (I’m a bit of a history geek!) and the nightlife I’ve heard so much about. I could even give my GSCE knowledge of German a whirl!
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
Quite a new addition to my travel wish list is the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. There are a lot of articles out at the moment about the Danish way of life, why they always finish work on time, why they have free healthcare and education, and the Hygge outlook on life (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry I didn’t until about 3 days ago!) I personally just love the multicoloured building and the fact that I could eat pastries for every meal!
7. Mumbai, India
I couldn’t give you a very good reason as to why this has made it into this blog, but I have always had an urge to go to India, and in particular, Mumbai – I just think it would be such a different culture to be immersed in. The street art, the food, the markets all look so incredibly beautiful and I can only imagine what the food would be like.
8. Tokyo, Japan
Japan has always intrigued me, maybe because of all the Cat Cafes, but after hearing their stories of the kindness of the people and the overall way of life, I found myself with a sudden urge to get out there as soon as possible. (Oh and apparently the sushi is out of this world!)
9. Santorini, Greece
Here’s another fun fact, I’ve never been to Greece either! Santorini is full of instagram-porn, and I’m sure if you follow any blogger on there you will see a cheeky snap of blue seas and skies, and maybe even an ice cream held in the air against a white-washed wall. But I can’t blame them. Santorini is bloody beautiful, and with the way the UK summer’s go, I wouldn’t mind some real sunshine!
10. Krakow, Poland
Having been to a Polish festival during the summer of 2013, I know just how beautiful the country is and ever since I’ve just wanted to go back. The weather is great, the people are so friendly, and the beer is about £1! Krakow has been recommended time and time again and I think it’s about time I finally get round to going back to a country that holds some great memories for me!
11. Paris, France
Another cheeky one because I have actually been here before, but I always vowed to go back as it was only for a day on a school trip. Paris is just one of those cities that screams beauty and romance and incredible food, making it one of those destinations I’m desperate to get back to.
12. Seville, Spain
Growing up, I travelled to Spain a lot, but it is a country I haven’t seen much of. I’ve been to Barcelona and Madrid in the last few years but I would love to see more of what Spanish cities have to offer, and I think Seville would be a great place to start.
13. The Maldives
No explanation needed…