If money was no object where would you visit? What if you could only visit somewhere that you’d been before? Welcome to my dilemma. Well kinda. I may not have the unlimited money situation (sob), but the lovely Shikha of Why Waste Annual Leave has asked me to share my top five best places to visit again. As someone with a never-ending travel wish list I never really repeat trips. This means the following five have the ultimate endorsement and that you need to hop on the next plane.
♥ Puglia, Italy
Ah, lovely, lovely Puglia. Found in the heel of the boot (southern Italy), Puglia has somehow managed to stay off the tourist hit list. It’s a popular holiday spot for Italians, but other than that it’s yours for the taking. From the most unbelievably turquoise waters that will catch you off guard to the secret coffee from the wizard, the sixty million olive trees and the outstanding food, this diamond of a destination will impress you from start to finish. You’ll find loads of exciting and stylish accommodation in this region for next to nothing. With direct flights by budget airline, Ryanair, you really have no excuse not to visit. I have a gazillion blog posts on Puglia, so if this little paragraph hasn’t convinced you these posts will.
♥ Kenya, Africa
Kenya is home to famous wildlife and cultural traditions, so you’d think that would be reason enough to visit this country again. A safari is on most people’s bucket list, wish list – whatever you want to call it, it’s on there. However, I didn’t really rate my safari experience, so as weird as it sounds, that’s why I want to go back. Staying in a traditional lodge on stilts with a private balcony overlooking the watering hole was pretty exciting and memorable – thank you Ngutuni Safari Lodge. The actual driving around in a jeep chasing animals though, well that just wasn’t my fave experience. It seems that perhaps I just had a rubbish tour, so Kenya, I’d like to give you another chance, especially as there’s more to you than just a safari.
♥ Pembrokeshire, Wales
You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of Pembrokeshire. You might not expect somewhere in Wales to be as noteworthy as a top five list, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Jagged cliff edges jut out into the dramatic coastline and if you’re lucky you might even see a seal or two. The more adventurous should try kayaking, surfing or even coasteering. It’s an exhilarating way to really explore the area and a good excuse to then warm up around a campfire – with marshmallows of course. A four hour drive might seem like a long one, but I’m happy to road trip for another rendezvous with Pembrokeshire.
♥ Belize, Central America
The Mayans rock my world. They created one of the most mysterious and impressive civilizations. You can visit some of the ruins when you’re in Belize. If you’re not into history or architecture you should still go because you can enjoy 360 views of the jungle landscape. Beach lovers will love the Caribbean side of this country too. The sandy beaches are perfect for a bit of R&R, sipping from a coconut and listening to the waves. If you really want to go big, catch a boat to the nearby island of Caye Caulker. You will not want to leave. Adventure and relaxtion all over again? Yes, please.
♥ Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne really is everything; cute (trams and parks), cool (shack bars down alleyways and slushy vodka bars), sleek (skyscraper offices), chic (loads of shops and boutiques)…well, everything. It feels quite compact due to the ease of getting around on the tram, yet neighbourhoods such as hippy St. Kilda offer an escape from the very city centre. I spent a lot of time in this city. I could quite easily live there, especially as it would mean I’d only be an hour’s flight from one of my very best friends. There are a million reasons for you to visit Melbourne and this view is just one of them…