I’m currently sat writing this surrounded by a mountain of snotty tissues, a mouth so dry thanks to not being able to breath through my nose that it gives the Sahara a run for its money, and a banging headache caused due to the amount of times I’ve sneezed today.
Attractive, I know. Form an orderly queue, please.
So, as I’m feeling ridiculously sorry for myself for having a case of the ol’ sniffles, I thought I’d make myself feel better by going through my list of places that I’ve always wanted to go to and sharing them with you all
so you can buy me a holiday.
Big Sur, California
I feel like my heart belongs somewhere in Cali. Everything from the glitz and glamour of LA, to the childhood fantasy of visiting the state’s Disneyland, to surfing some of the barrel waves on the west coast, I’ve always, always dreamed of going there. I think next year is definitely going to be the time that I take the plunge and head across – especially after reading Helen’s post about Trek America. Those pictures ?
I’ve chosen Big Sur out of all the wonderful places because I think it encapsulates what California is all about. Long, winding roads that are designed to be driven with the rooftop down and your favourite album blasting out, and picturesque views over the Pacific Ocean; the ones that make you stop and re-evaluate everything in your life while listening to the waves breaking and crashing against the rocks below you.
And, it’s got the Bixby Bridge to have a gander at. Anybody else out there find bridges as fascinating as I do? No? *tumbleweed*…
We’ve all watched Mamma Mia, and we’ve all hoped that Dominic Cooper will swoop us up from the knees and marry us on the sandy beaches. Unfortunately, the only thing I’ll be getting on a Greek beach is outrageously sunburnt, but if it’s set against the backdrop of this beautiful place, I’ll take it.
Just have a quick Google and take in all the glorious whites and blues, close your eyes and imagine the warm sun set against your face.
(As soon as I typed that, a pneumatic drill starting going off outside. Nice bump back to reality, eh?)
I’m lucky enough to be going to Lisbon in a few weeks and I could not be more excited. I’ve never been to Portgual before, but Portuguese food is one of my favourites so I’m desperate to try a salted cod from the place where it originated.
I’ve already bought a guide book (?) and the places described in it sound absolutely amazing. Lisbon is basically made up of seven hills, and within those it’s got all the things you can expect from a rambling European city; great architecture, great food and great people.
If you know of anywhere that I need to visit, let ya gal know (hint: I’m all about that brunch life).
I don’t think I need to give any more than one reason as to why I want to visit Florence: pizza.
I’m dribbling just thinking about it.
I’m very aware that nearly all of these cities that I’m listing are Europe-centric, but bear with me. I think we’ve got some of the best cities right here on our doorstep, and (sometimes) they’re so cheap to get to that it’d be a crime to not go explore them.
Copenhagen is somewhere that keeps popping up across blogs and social media, and I feel like it’s somewhere that’s going to get more and more popular over the next few years. It’s still got enough of it’s olde-world charm to it that it still feels like an authentic Danish city, but not so much so that there’s nothing to do there except mix in with the locals.
And, plus – if it’s good enough for Carrie from Wish Wish Wish to go, then it’s good enough for me.
Going back across the pond to another one of the countries on my checklist that I’m so desperate to visit – Canada.
I’ve no idea the difference between all the major cities like Ontario, Vancouver, Toronto etc, but with Vancouver being on the coast, I feel like you’d get a little bit of everything.
You’d still be able to kayak on the lakes or take a boat ride out to try and catch sight of some whales, but the city will still be alive enough to be able to hang out on a Saturday night without having to be home and in your jammies before 10pm. I’ve just done a quick ‘things to do in Vancouver’ search and one of the first results was a science museum, which is something I’m all about.
Do you know what else Canada is also good for? Ryan Gosling. Enough said.
Sweden is apparently one of the best places of the world to live, which might seem a little bit mental if you’ve spent any longer than half an hour in an IKEA.
However, the home of the Swedish meatballs seems like it’s got a lot going for it lately, and some of the people I’ve spoken to who have visited the place have all said that they wish they’d have spent more time there. It seems like a pretty chill place to go, with some of the best architecture and fancy hotels to boot.
I mean, I think I’d feel like I was an extra in ‘It’s A Small World’ as I walk around it, but I’m sure it’s nothing like the Disney animation.
Auckland, New Zealand
I’m not one for a long haul travel – shout out to that panic attack I had on a flight back from Florida once – but New Zealand is a place that I think I’d get over my dislike of flying for. The city seems so vibrant, and I know a few people who live out there who wouldn’t think twice about staying there for the foreseeable future.
It seems like there’s so much to do there too, seeing as it encompasses such a vast area. I’ve just taken a look at the Auckland Zoo website and they have elephants, cheetahs, zebras and orangutans – I’m pretty much sold.
I cannot tell you the amount of times me and my friends have said ‘Iceland next year?!?!’ to which we all enthusiastically reply back with a ‘yeah I’m deffo up for that!!’ – and then nothing ever gets planned.
Despite that, Iceland is still at the top of my list as places to get to. Everything from the thermal spas to the prospect of staying in an igloo just seems so, so cool and exciting.
I’m also still not convinced that the Northern Lights are real and that all the photos are just somebody’s great Photoshop efforts, so I need to see them for myself.
Last, but certainly not least – Tokyo.
Being a self-confessed tech and gadget nerd, I think I’d be running around like a kid in a candy shop with all the weird and wonderful stuff they have over there. Cupcake vending machine? No problem. Robots serving you dinner? As if you’d have anything else. Want to go to a Pokemon mega-store where you can spend your salary on tat that you’ll never ever use or look at ever again? Japan welcomes you with open arms.
The only thing that puts me off is just how busy it is – this photo alone is enough to give me heart palpitations – and the thought of being in a city where I don’t speak (or can’t even read) a word of the language terrifies me.
Despite all that though, the zoo in Tokyo has two giant pandas. Book me a flight ASAP.
So, those are my top 10 places that I’d love to go to when I’m not applying moisturiser to my poor, chapped nose. Where would you want to go? Is there anywhere I’ve left off my list?