As we begin to emerge from lock down, I can’t help but day dream of warmer climates, exotic beaches and cheap cocktails! Enjoying our one walk a day in the British spring time makes me yearn to travel. The freedom of travelling is addictive.
I’m desperate to explore but, can only go on adventures in my mind. Like millions of people around the world, we grieve for our cancelled holidays and imagine our future trips. As we begin to look outside the confinement of our 4 walls, where do we want to go?
Travelling normally is dictated by your financial situation and most of us have to be dedicated and good at saving beforehand. Careful planning allows your money to stretch further but, you tend to make decisions based on the cheapest option. Why not make 2021 your year to make your travel dreams come true?
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MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep cliffs, the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will be forever historically significant. In a spectacular location, it’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must for all visitors to Peru. Like the Mona Lisa or the pyramids, it has been seared into our collective consciousness, though nothing can diminish the thrill of being here.
A steep and long climb to the top, it can take between 3-5 days to reach the symbolic summit. But could you imagine the view once you get there? Walking in the shadows of warriors? This spiritual sanctuary has been on my bucket list for around 6 years and hopefully will be achieved sooner rather than later.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Forested mountains fringe the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront. Watching the Rio summer Olympics in 2016 (not the beach volleyball!) the film shots in and around the City presented a vibrant, energetic and alluring neighbourhood. Not to mention the skate park at the foot of the Christ Redeemer statue seems pretty cool!
After some digging, turns out that there is a whole lot more than just your typical instagram shots. This seaside beauty hosts outstanding outdoor adventures: hiking in rainforests, cycling alongside the lake and beaches, sailing across Guanabara Bay, surfing, rock climbing and hang gliding amid one of the world’s most stunning urban landscapes.
PETRA, JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST
The spectacular sandstone city of Petra was built in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans, who carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from the soft stone cliffs.
Today it is a World Heritage Site that needs little introduction; suffice to say, no visit to Jordan is complete without at least two days spent exploring the remarkable Ancient City. It is approached through the adjacent town of Wadi Musa, which is the accommodation and transport hub.
Destroyed and rebuilt over thousands of years, Jerusalem’s spiritual magnetism endures. With interlacing histories, clashing cultures and constant reinvention, the city is an intense, multi-sensory experience.
Brought up attending a C of E primary school, I’ve always been fascinated by the origins of Christianity. Every Christmas we would take part in the quintessential English past time of the ‘nativity.’ How amazing would it be to actually visit Bethlehem and see the birth place of the man himself?
We’ve all seen the colourful houses, the grandiose squares and cobbled streets. Trapped in a time warp and reeling from an economic embargo that has grated for more than half a century, this is a country where you can wave goodbye to everyday assumptions and expect the unexpected. In need of some love and a lick of paint, Cuba has passion, history and realness. My kind of place!