I'm nearing my mid-twenties (I still can't believe that I'm going to be 25 at the start of next year) and unlike many people my age I've only ever visited two countries. Don't get me wrong, I definitely have the travel bug but I'm not one of those people who'd love to backpack across the world for a year or so. I wouldn't say that I'm high maintenance but there are some home comforts that I know I wouldn't be able to go without for a great deal of time. These things being; an actual bed (I've got no desire to sleep in a sleeping bag anymore), some kind of electricity (how am I meant to deal with my unruly natural hair or have a quick scroll through social media without it?) and a clean and fully operational bathroom (as someone with IBS, this really is a must). And that's what got me thinking, where would I go if I had all the money in the world. Imagine if your job was to travel the world and write or blog about it. Can you tell that I spend most of my days daydreaming about this exact scenario? Hehe. So here are 5 places I'd visit if money was no option;
Despite having visited Orlando, Florida many, many times, I always feel like Orlando, in particular, is a bit of a microcosm when it comes to the US. Travel a few miles away from the theme parks and the tourist traps and it's like you've ended up in a completely different country or taken a trip back in time in some instances.
If money was absolutely no option, an American road-trip would be at the very top of my dream travel list. Ideally I'd spend six months (since this is the maximum amount of time you can stay in the US on a tourist VISA) visiting as many of the 50 states as I possibly could. Although saying that, I would definitely want to spend a bit more time in states such as New York (have you seen my Welcome To New York board on Pinterest? I may be a little obsessed with the notion of visiting there at some point), California, Hawaii, Washington, Texas and Nevada.
All I need now is a couple of willing travellers to join me or if money really was no option, I'd definitely be getting chauffer driven across the USA.
I feel like I'm the only blogger who hasn't visited the Maldives this year. Hehe. Does anyone else feel the same? So if anyone fancies sending me over there for a couple of days, I certainly wouldn't say no. But if money truly was no option I'd absolutely love to visit this stunning set of islands. Some of the resorts and individual villas look absolutely unreal and even though I'm not the biggest fan of beach holidays or spending time just lying in the sun, I have a feeling that somewhere like the Maldives could very well change that stance.
It looks so serene and as someone who doesn't necessarily relax on holidays (I blame the fact that there's that much to do in Orlando), it would be so nice just to take it easy, step away from technology (except to post the odd photograph to Instagram, of course) and take in the breathtaking surroundings.
I'd definitely be up for snorkelling, strolling along the white sandy beaches and exploring everything that the Maldives has to offer.
Ever since I was very little I've always wanted to go on a safari. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was obsessed with The Lion King (I watched it so many times, even though Mufasa's death made me cry every time) and the fact that I've loved elephants for as long as I can remember. On my first birthday I was given a little stuffed toy elephant and ever since that day me and him have been inseparable. He does now live on a shelf in my bedroom as he's been looking a little worse for wear for a while now, after years of constantly having him by my side. However, even now, as an adult, he's there if I need a little bit of comfort or a cuddle after a particularly horrible day.
And even though I've been fortunate enough to see wild animals both here in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Zoo and at various parks in Orlando, I don't think anything I've seen before can really compete with observing them in their natural habitat. Being able to interact with an elephant has and will always be, one of those things on my list to do before I die.
I'm not exactly sure where in Africa I'd want to visit first but after reading Tanya Burr's blog posts about her honeymoon in South Africa, something about that area just looks so beautiful and absolutely out of this world.
This might seem like a bit of a strange pick considering the fact that I could quite easily afford a weekend in Barcelona or somewhere else in Spain if I really wanted to but if I was to visit somewhere that's not too far from home, I'd want to go 5 star all the way if money was no option.
The last time I visited Spain I was around 8 years old and we stayed in Benidorm. Even as a child it wasn't exactly my scene. I'm pretty sure I was old before my time even at that age so I've never been remotely compelled to go on an 18-30 holiday somewhere like Magaluf or Ibiza but we did make a day trip to the isle of Ibiza when we were last there and during the day and away from the nightclubs it was incredibly beautiful and definitely somewhere that I would like to visit again. So if I was to do so, I'd want to spend a few days in Barcelona (how amazing does the W Hotel, right on the beachfront. look?), a few days in Ibiza (the Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa Hotel looks like the perfect combination of 5 star and boutique living) and a couple of days in Madrid.
Talking of 5 star, who wouldn't want to live like a King or Queen in Dubai? I'm that enamoured with the idea of visiting Dubai at some point in my life that I've dedicated an entire blog post to my dream day in Dubai. So be sure to check that out if you'd like to hear about it in more info. As you might be able to tell when I'm raving about Orlando, what I really love about it, in particular, is the great mix of amazing places to visit, gorgeous weather that's a light-year away from what I experience here in Scotland and more shops and malls than even I could dream of. In a way that's what's drawing me to Dubai too. Experiences like heading to the top of the World's largest building, trekking across the desert and taking in the Dubai fountains, look extraordinary as well. And if money really was no object I'd be booking into the Atlantis, The Palm and staring out from my palatial balcony towards the Palm islands. Even just looking at that aerial view on Google leaves me awestruck.
So there you have it, the 5 places that I would visit if money truly was no option. I can only imagine being in the position where making all or any of these holidays a reality but it's always worth having something or some things that are incredibly special and sometimes once in a lifetime, to strive toward.
Where would you visit if money was no option? Have you visited any of the places on my list? If so, where would you recommend visiting in that particular country or area? And do you agree with the quote that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer?