It’s Official: I’ve Been Bitten by the Travel Bug.

Working at Thomas Cook Travel Agents a decade ago, really opened my eyes. You do not realise how massive the world is and all the wonderful places there are to go, until you really start searching. I mean, did you know, you can fit England 33 1/3 times into Australia?  That is mind blowing! I was lucky to travel to some pretty special places. Now 10 years on, the bug has bitten me again and I feel the urge to start to explore, even if it is just with the internet, a travel book and map. Whether I am in my thirties, fifties or seventies, at some point or another I plan on landing on the tarmac of these countries.

Rio De Janeiro
I’d be the typical tourist and jet off at carnival time. All that music, food, excitement, happiness and colour. And, I so want to visit Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city. I am quite sure the pictures we all see do not do Him justice. It would be jaw-dropping and incredible.

To row the streets in an iconic gondola. With a gelato. No cars or roadways. Just canals and boat rides. I love a boat ride. Teamed with oodles of pasta makes this the perfect city break. Between you and me, I’ve heard the Skyline Bar is the place to have a drink with THE view.

Machu Picchu
I’m pretty sure if I head up here (literally) at some point, it has to be in my younger years and I have to be fit and well prepared. Climbing the Inca trail to the lost city has been on my bucket list for many years, but it’s nearly 8000 feet above sea level, so is no mean feat! Altitude sickness, headaches and exhaustion all make for a tough trek, however the stunning views of the city would be unforgettable.

San Francisco
Cable cars, year round fog, Victorian houses (known as Painted Ladies) Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge.  Typical tourist hot spots. And yes, I really do want to be a tourist in San Fran. I cannot think of anything better than being locked in Al Capone’s prison cell! A colourful metropolis with tonnes of things to do. I’ll see you there, yeah?

Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas!  The focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long, lined with over-the-top elaborate themed hotels such as the pyramid-shaped Luxor and the Venetian, complete with it’s very own Grand Canal.  Oodles of casinos, more entertainment and food then you’d ever need. All in Nevada’s hot Mojave Desert. Possibly the best night out you’d EVER have.  And remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

South Africa
I want to go to the top of Table Mountain. Take a cable car. Visit Kruger National Park, see zebras, lions and tigers.  Drink South African Pinotage. Visit Elephant Whispers to hug and ride an elephant. Boat over to Robben Island and pay my respects to the wonderful Nelson Mandela

New York (Again)
Pretzels, sore feet, bus tours, bright lights and 110 floor buildings. I’ve done it all before a few times, and would go back tomorrow, even just to find Magnolia’s bakery. Yes, it’s on Bleecker Street, but I still haven’t found it! It is the most incredible city. Magical. There really is nothing like it. It ticks all the boxes. Nothing can compare to New York, New York. I genuinely heart NYC. And besides I want to hit the Sephora on Union Square.

Idyllic. With it’s warm tropical climate, diverse scenery and many beaches. I’ve wanted to jet off to Hawaii since Lost first appeared on our screens. This island seems the perfect place to hang out with a cool Mai Tai cocktail and to eat plenty of fresh fish and ripe coconuts. Oh and I’d have to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The ultimate beach holiday.

The Gothic quarter in Barcelona dates back to Roman times and looks awe-inspiring. Historic buildings, parks and heritage sites galore.  Literally an open-air museum. I want to try their famous Churros (Spain’s answer to donuts), which are often served with chocolate. I am THERE already!

This is just a snapshot of a few of the many places I wish to go on.  Let me know if you’d like to see more by leaving a comment below, then I’ll post again and you can hitch a ride along with me.

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