Wednesday, 8 November 2017

5 Places I'd Love To Visit Next

Where to visit in 2018/Next

Ever since returning from my first solo trip back in July, I've been itching to do some more traveling. And whilst I'm already planning a return trip to New York in March of next year, there are still some other places that I'd love to check off my travel bucket list. If anyone has any tips on how to save money on your next holiday, I would love hear them, as at the moment everything from flights to hotel rooms and excursions are just so expensive.

But here are the 5 places that I'd love to visit sooner rather than later;

where to visit in LA/Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

I've always wanted to visit LA but after seeing La La Land it really made me want to visit. Much like with New York, there are lots of touristy things that I'd love to check off my list such as visiting the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica Pier and seeing the Hollywood sign in person. When I was growing up, I would watch the likes of 90210 and The Simple Life and dream of one day shopping on Rodeo Drive and living it up like a celebrity in one of the palatial Los Angeles rental homes and I don't think that dream has ever died. Even if I'd mainly be doing a bit of window shopping instead of dropping some serious dollar at the blink of an eye a la Paris Hilton, it would certainly be an experience that I wouldn't forget.

I've also just watched the episodes of Sex and the City, for what must be the hundredth time (I swear, they're on a constant loop with me) and have closely being following Dan Clay's aka. Carrie Dragshaw's picture perfect retelling of those episodes set at The Standard hotel. If you're not already aware of him or following him, you need to give his Instagram a look ASAP, especially if you're a SATC superfan!

I'm now just doing a bit of research to see when the best time to visit is and if maybe doing something like Trek America, with the tour ending in Los Angeles, would make the most sense. But until then you'll find me sat daydreaming of a trip to the Chateau Marmont or Beverly Hills Hotel...

when to see cherry blossom in Japan
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Much like with LA, where a movie, namely La La Land had me ready to book a trip, Lost In Translation did the exact same for me and Japan. Again, I probably wouldn't be able to afford to spend my trip staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and hanging out at the bar hoping to meet a Bill Murray type, like in the movie but something about Japan has always intrigued me. I first saw Lost In Translation when I was about fourteen years old and have been saying since then that I'd one day visit Japan so I think it's about time that I made that dream a reality.

I really would love to visit when the iconic cherry blossom is in full spring and I love the fact that you can experience both the bustling metropolis that is Tokyo and the quiet and traditional surrounding areas. I'm also a huge fan of all things Sanrio, mainly because of Hello Kitty and could easily imagine myself going a little bit Kawaii crazy in all the fantastic stores and markets.

Wimbledon Rafael Nadal
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I say it every single year but I would absolutely love to go to Wimbledon to see the Wimbledon tennis championships. I kick myself that I didn't make it a reality when my absolute favourite, Rafael Nadal, was really at the top of his game but looking back, I definitely didn't have anywhere near enough money at that time/was still at University so it wasn't really all that possible back then.

To see Rafa play would honestly be incredible. I'm not the biggest fan of sports in general but I have always loved watching tennis and I have a feeling that backing Rafa and cheering him on, is the biggest reason for that. Being able to experience the excitement and atmosphere of seeing it and being there in person would truly be once in a lifetime style stuff for me. Maybe 2018 will be my year!

where to stay in the Maldives
(Image Credit - Baros Maldives)
The Maldives

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not really a fan of beach holidays or spending lots of time in the sun, mostly because I'm that pale that even after a couple of minutes out in it I can feel myself burning. I also don't know about anyone else but I don't feel relaxed lying doing nothing either. I just end up feeling like I should be doing something else with my time and can't properly switch off.

But the one dream/if I won the lottery holiday destination that I'd love to visit would have to be the Maldives. Something about the white sandy beaches, clear blue water, separate little over-water bungalows and villas and spectacular sunrises/sunsets has me completely sold on the idea, even if it's one of those holidays that I'd be saving for for quite some time. It would also be nice to fully switch off as you don't have places to check off your 'to-see' list, like you do with a city break type holiday. Imagine just unplugging from social media, even if just for a couple of days. Now doesn't that sound dreamy? Until then, I'll just have to live vicariously through other bloggers off on their holidays and their Instagram feeds.

Niagra Falls Canada view see
(Image Credit - Niagra Falls Tourism)

Despite having relatives who live in Canada, we've never even considered visiting them. Even though my hands and feet aren't the biggest fan of the cold, thanks to my poor circulation and chronic illness with about sixteen letters, how magical would it be to visit Canada in the Winter months? Everything honestly looks just like a Christmas card.

I've also always wanted to see the Northern Lights and Canada is one of the places with the best views of the Aurora Borealis. The same can be said for the Niagra Falls.

So there are the 5 places at the top of my travel bucket list.

Have you visited any of the places in today's post? If so, what were your favourite things about your trip there? If not, would you also like to go there one day? And what would be your top 5 list of places to visit next?


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