I would be lying if I wasn’t already thinking about the next places to visit. I know I still have 3 trips to take this year, but let’s face it, it’s never too early to start planning your next trip, holiday, or long weekend. There are some places that have been on my wish list for years and years, and others that may have just crept onto the list for various different reasons. So here is my “realistic” wish list for 2019.
- Kenya and Zanzibar
For some reason, this is one that I already cannot stop thinking about. The idea came to me about 3/4 weeks ago when looking at the places we can use our BA companion voucher for (with direct flights from London to Nairobi it looks perfect). There are some beautiful places in Kenya to take part in a Safari. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see animals in their natural environment. I’m already dreaming about the sunsets, the bush BBQ’s and the Big Five.
I have fallen in LOVE with Giraffe Manor in Nairobi (you all know the one where the giraffe’s pop their head through the window when you’re eating!) And the Safari’s in Masai Mara look out of this world.
To pair with this incredible trip, I would love to fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar for some much needed relaxation after all of the early morning game drives. With daily direct flights it would make a perfect twin centre holiday.
One of the lesser known spots in the Indian Ocean, you can get the beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue water much like you would find in the Maldives, but for a fraction of the price.
A couple of hotels I already have my eye on are the Dream of Zanzibar which is a beautiful beach front all inclusive hotel with nine restaurants and bars! I also love the look of the Melia Zanzibar it looks so modern and luxurious but with all the perfect touches of luxury in Africa.
Stay tuned in 2020 to see if we pull this one off.
Everything about Jordan makes me want to go and see it in person. There are so many famous places such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Temple Of Hercules that you see in photos, on TV or all over Instagram and every time I see them I just think “Wow!” So I can only imagine to see them in real life is just something else.
Not only home to these amazing stone creations and vast red desert. It is also home to the Dead Sea (which, interesting fact, isn’t even a sea, its a lake). It is land locked between Jordan and Israel, and because of its location it causes the water to evaporate leaving behind massive amounts of salt, meaning you can literally float, right on top of the water. There are also some lovely resorts around the Dead Sea area of Jordan, so it is quite easy to end a busy sight seeing holiday with some nice relaxation time. My favourite.
I could just say Danish pastries and leave it there. That is a good enough reason right? I’ll be honest, when thinking about destinations for holidays I tend to always branch further afield. But we mustn’t forget what is right on our door step. With many places in Europe so easily accessible for us here in the UK. After recently re-watching “Somebody feed Phil” on Netflix (If you haven’t seen it, please watch it, Phil is a little gem!) it has really made me want to go to Copenhagan.
Every photo I have seen of Copenhagen has so much colour, so much character, and personally I think it would fit on the grid just perfectly. Not only is it picture perfect, it is also home to a LOT of amazing restaurants. The top of my list of resturants to visit is Noma. This two Michelin star restaurant has the most amazing concept, it devides its menu into three seasons throughout the year, which in turn dramatically changes the dishes on said menu throughout each of these times. The restaurant uses locally sourced foods, that are in season to create the most beautiful looking courses. You can choose to go in Vegetable Season, Game & Forest Season or Seafood Season, I mean I can’t imagine any time would be a bad time to go. I’ve already got my eye on the 20 course tasting menu!
I know Italy doesn’t really narrow it down too much. But ever since we travelled to Sorrento this Easter, it has given me the taste of Italy, and has really made me want to go back and see more of what this beautiful country has to offer.
One must do stop is the town of Modena, which is located around 45 minutes from Bologna. It is also home to the number one restaurant in the world (in 2016 and 2018) and has three Michelin stars to its name, Osteeria Francescana with head chef Massimo Bottura. Getting a reservation might be some what difficult, but providing you are online early on the release dates, you might just get lucky. The highlight of the restaurant is its 12 Course tasting menu using locally sources produce, including local Parmigiano-Reggiano, or it’s famous “Oops, I dropped the lemon tart.”
I would love to hire a little Volkswagen Beetle and just drive through the little towns, the mountains, the lakes and the coast, eating all the pasta, pizza and risotto, staying in cute little hotels (with pools, obviously) soaking up the Italian sunshine. This might well be another must do for my 2020 planning.
5. Alberta, Canda
Something has always appealed to me about Alberta in Canada, whether that be Calgary as a city stop, or venturing into the wilderness that is Lake Louise or Banff. Probably one of the top hotels of my list anywhere in the world is the Fairmont Lake Louise. The view from the hotel, over the lake on a snowy day just looks like paradise.
Canada has lots to offer in both summer seasons and winter seasons. So I wouldn’t really be fussed when I went. As long as I stayed here, saw some bears and took a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer trains (yes, I said a train but seriously look at those views).
What places are on your travel wish list? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow me on my socials to keep up to date with my 2019 travels.
* Disclaimer, obviously I don’t own any rights to these photos, as I haven’t been to these places yet. *