Saturday, August 2

If I could jump on a plane right now...

Ever thought about suddenly packing a bag, jumping in a car and heading off to the airport with absolutely no idea where you are going to go? 

Well, I have... A lot. 

(Photo taken by me at Cape Point, South Africa)

I just love the spontaneity of the concept and I'm a total travel addict.
So, *drum roll please*, here are a few places that I'd fly to without a flutter of doubt...


Maybe it is because I'm ginger and feel a connection, but I really badly want to go and explore the orangutan sanctuaries in Borneo. Wandering through the thick rainforest and visiting these beautiful, red headed apes in re habitation? Sign me up!
Lonely planet has a great blog post here on some possible places to spy these endangered species if you are interested too.

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

Santorini & the Greek Isles

My Instagram feed has recently been flooded with shots of perfectly blue skies, ice white washed houses and limitless sapphire seas. 
Infinity pools, cool cocktails and stunning Greek food.
I'm sold!

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

Pompeii, Italy

I was a bit of a history geek as a teen. I studied Latin and ancient Greek for 6 years at school and still miss it two years later on. 
Having learnt about it for so long and in such detail, I still can't believe that I've never been to see Pompeii, Herculaneum or even Rome for that matter before. (I've only visited Italy before for skiing!) 
Walking down the ancient, cobbled streets and visiting Caecilius' garden is definitely on the bucket list! (Inside Latin joke: Anyone else remember 'Caecilius est in horto'?)

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

New York, USA

I've been lucky enough to visit all over America quite a lot in my life so far and New York alone 3 times. I'm utterly smitten with this city. It's bustling, vibrant and has buckets of good old fashioned American personality. I even nearly took a year out of university to go and study abroad here for a year...
Heading back again would be the dream. I'm dying to go and walk along the brand new High Line, sit in a window seat cafe munching on a bagel and have a shop in Macy's. 
Things I would recommend to visit; Top of the Rock (better than climbing the Empire State as you actually get a picture with the Empire State!), Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero memorial, Times Square and Central Park. (I know a rather stereotypical list, but there is a reason they are all so popular.)
Check out the Lonely Planet's breakdown here, it's a cracking insight for those who have never been.

Whistler, Canada

As you might have seen from my Val Thorens post, I am absolutely smitten
with skiing. The wind through your hair, the gently swish of your skis down the slopes and the stunning views as you glide up chair lifts...What's not to love?! 
So, understandably, it is no wonder that I am dying to go to one of the best ski resorts in the world. Whistler is located close to Vancouver on the western coast and has some of the most stunning, tree lined runs that I've ever seen. I've visited Whistler before but in summer and you can see the slopes, green and grassy without the snow, as they are deeply engraved into the Rocky mountains landscape.
I might potentially be looking at ski seasons here.... *hmmm*...

(Image sourced on Pinterest)


To quote Lonely Planet, "After years of war and isolation, Southeast Asia’s most pristine environment, intact cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on earth mean destination Laos is fast earning cult status among travellers." 
It is becoming the hidden gem, away from the backpackers which crowd Thailand and an area which has managed to save it's culture as much as possible.
I would love to visit both here and explore the temples, ride an elephant and to marvel at South East Asia's biggest waterfall, Khone Phapheng.
One day.

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

French Polynesia

The impossible dream? 
Island hopping around these hidden islands which resemble paradise.
Remember those kind of beaches that you saw in Pirates of the Caribbean and imagined in story books? The ones with crystal blue oceans, wooden huts built on the water and relaxing on a hammock under a palm tree?
Well, here is that dream.

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

The Gold Coast, Australia

Oh Australia... 
You beauty.
I've got a ridiculous number of friends currently spending a year on your rather large island and I'm incredibly jealous of them all.
I visited Australia & New Zealand on a sports tour all the way back in 2008, and by George it was great.
I am dying to return, to see it all with older eyes and to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
What I can remember though, is that Mooloolaba was the most chilled back incredible place to live and Noosa had a beautiful beach, hidden from many a tourist. (The locals did find us barmy sunbathing in bikinis during their 'winter'..)
Here's the link for Mooloolaba (try saying that fast!), is you fancy a look.

(Image sourced on Pinterest)


And finally, Bolivia, especially the Salar de Uyuni, (aka the famous salt plains.)
I think I would travel all of the way to South America just to get some of those stunning, mirror-like photographs that you can take with the reflections.
It isn't the first holiday that I would jump on a plane to, but it definitely wins a spot on the bucket list!

(Image sourced on Pinterest)

Any one else have any major wanderlusting ambitions? 
Or been to any of these places?


  1. I want to go to all of these places. ALL of them. Also I can't believe you've been to America so much and particularly New York you lucky thing!! I've never been out of Europe so I think my wanderlust ambition is just to visit somewhere a bit further afield! Let's save up and go somewhere new when I'm back from France next Summer!!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles

  2. Totally agree with all of these! Particularly the Bolivia Salts - it just looks sooo beautiful! XX

  3. I've always wanted to go to Australia! I have a friend that's there for the year as well, and I'm so jealous!

  4. Santorini is one of my favourite places in the world; so romantic and the views are utterly stunning. Alex and I went there for our honeymoon - the perfect location! Agreed with you on Laos, I would love to go there too.

    Caroline x

  5. Love this post hun, it's always nice to have something to aim for and dream about :)
    - Sorry we didn't get around to making Greek work this summer, but I'm sure we'll have plenty more years of fun.
    - YES Caecilius est mercator!
    - bOLIVIA I'm totes there :D
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

  6. Ahhh I would drop everything and go to ANY of these places - I went to NYC right before Christmas for a few days one year and it was so magical but I'm dying to go back now I'm 21, it's such a different experience!



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