Given the new year, I thought I would look at the future and plan where I'd like to visit this year. It's been fun looking and dreaming about blue skies and turquoise seas that I hope to frequent in the future.
With its beautiful white washed hill top towns and sweeping views of deep blue sea, Santorini is a place that has escaped for me reasons beyond my own knowledge. It seems, from afar, to encapsulate all that I require from a holiday: good food, sun and a plethora of small luxury hotels that I can research and put into a spreadsheet with relevant pros and very few cons. With hidden gems of cafes promising fresh greek salad and stuffed vine leaves at the end of winding paths, I hope to squeeze in a few days to this Greek Island as soon as the weather there hits a steady 23degrees for weeks at a time.
This Central American country has been quietly simmering away in my psyche as a place to go in future, which has now come to the boil in my mind. It has a fab mix of a usual lazy beach holiday and stunning sunsets combined with jungles for exploring and zip lining. Its eco friendly approach to life is also a big pull, though with the long haul flight, it may not be as earth hugging as it could be. That being said, any holiday where one can stay beach side for a few days and followed by some nights staying in stunning jungle lodges, will always have me as a big fan.
I still can’t believe that I’ve not visited Tulum yet. One of my best friends told me about the beauty of this destination when she visited it whilst we were at university, which was not last year unfortunately. I want to see for myself the clear turquoise sea and white sand. Whilst the large resort of Cancun with all its flashy hotels is just up the coast, it is this part of Mexico with a more relaxed vibe and intimate lodgings that appeals to me for a truly tranquil break.
Back in Europe, Amsterdam is a city full of culture, history and ‘quirky’ coffee shops. With the large airport, Schipol to service it, Amsterdam is embarrassingly easy to get to and yet I’ve still not been there. It is perfect for a long weekend of urban exploring, walking along canals and taking Instagram worthy shots. Must see and dos, if I get to visit, is the Anne Frank museum, renting a bike and the Van Gogh Museum.
For a perfect sun soaked coffee culture long weekend away, I choose Lisbon. A city that has so far not been frequented by myself, sometimes with pitiful excuses, it is stone’s throw from most of Europe. Lisbon has more than sun to offer however, and it is steeped in street art, beautiful cobbled streets and picturesque trams. If my husband has got to the end of this blog, I would like you to take me here please. Thanks.
Please excuse the lack of pictures this week, but I'm yet to go to these places to photograph them. Watch this space!