I look forward to it every year. I love seeing how the “other side” lives. Eating local food, shopping up a storm, and attempting to speak in a broken foreign language all add to the excitement. I’d happily go without other luxuries (like Asos clothing and Crabtree& Evelyn body butter) if I could have just 1 fabulous holiday a year. That said, I don’t do “roughing it”. I stay in the cheapest room of the best hotel I can afford. I like to keep my days busy and take in as much as I can. After a crazy day, the last thing you want to do is go back to a grotty room.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite travel memories in the past few years. There’s still so many places I want to go, but I think I need another blog post to tell you about that. This list is not in order, it would be impossible to rank these events as they were all so different. These are times that I always look back on and hold close to my heart. They are memories that keep me going and get me through the days and weeks I have to spend behind an office desk. *All pictures are my own:)
1) The Taj Mahal- Agra, India
The sheer beauty of this world wonder is one of those things you have to see to believe. It’s incredibly majestic and literally takes your breath away. The story behind its construction adds to its appeal, so romantic.
2) The Eiffel Tower- Paris, France
Similar to the Taj, when you see this its almost surreal. A structure you’ve seen so many times in pictures and movies is actually in front of you! I had butterflies the entire time.
|View from the top of the tower- it was COLD|
3) The Glu Hotel- Argentina, Buenos Aires
It may not have been the fanciest, but this is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at, and I have the staff there to thank for making BA everything it was for us. I’ve NEVER experienced service like this before, so much so that I would change my holiday dates to suit their availability. It felt like we had our own personal travel guide the whole time, day and night. For more about our South American honeymoon, read here.
4) The beach in Mauritius
If I had to imagine what paradise is, it would look like this. I wouldn’t go back to any of the other destinations I’ve been to till I’ve exhausted my list of places I still want to see, but I would return to Mauritius in a heartbeat. The fact that it’s so cheap and close makes it that much better.
5) Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina
The sheer mass of water that you see gushing down will leave you in awe. I rate it on par with Victoria Falls. We saw it from the Argentinean side as well as from the Brazilian side- both were amazing.
6) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
It’s a pity that more South Africans haven’t been to see the Falls. It is so accessible and affordable for us. What most people don’t know, is that it’s actually a 2 hour hike to see the falls from different angles. Before I went, I thought that you see the falls at 1 viewpoint and that’s it. I was so wrong. You can also do lots of activities around the falls, but other than that there isn’t much to do, so stay a maximum of 3 nights.
|The parentals and I|
7) God’s Window, Mpumalanga, South Africa
It lives up to its name. You really do look down and see a view that is worthy of being the view from God’s window.
8) The beach in Zanzibar
Although I personally think Mauritius’ beach is more aesthetically pleasing/ scenic, the beach in Zanzibar is incredibly clear and coral free. The water is warm, and you can see all the way to the bottom. We swam twice a day when we were there, whereas in Mauritius we had to swim in the pool because the sea sand had so many rocks/coral.
9) Cape Town- everything
I can’t even narrow down the awesomeness of Cape Town to one particular experience.
It’s my favourite local destination. The vibe, scenery, and attractions all keep me coming back year after year. I love the winelands, the restaurants, the beach, the shopping and the weather.
|View from table mountain|
10) My travel partner
Now I am not the soppy type, but I’m very lucky to be married to someone who is absolutely amazing to travel with. He handles flight delays, lost luggage and other travel disasters with humour and ease. We never seem to disagree on what to do each day, whereas at home at times we can’t even concur on where to go for breakfast! For the past 4 years, all my holidays have been with him and now I wouldn’t even consider getting on a plane without him, I just wouldn’t have fun!
Hope this post inspires you to travel and see more of the world- at first it seems like a waste of money, but after you go and return back home you realise that the experience is truly invaluable.