Thursday, 30 April 2015

My Top 3 Travel Bucket List Destinations

Holiday? What was that word? I am pretty sure I have heard it before, but I can't seem to remember the meaning... Ah, right, was that lying on the beach and sipping cocktails, sunbathing and cooling your hot body in the crystal turquoise blue waters of (you choose the ocean)... 

Funnily enough, we have been traveling a lot for the past 12 months, but it can't be called a real travel experience, not in the essence of "My ultimate travel destinations I need to accomplish during my lifetime"since it has been the same destination every single time. (Multicultural family living between two countries type of ordeal.)

The whirlwind of life has taken over us and I haven't had much time to think on my wish lists and update them. So, I must thank Transun for inspiring me to take some time and reconsider what would be my Top 3 Dream Destinations, if I have the chance to pack my suitcase now and venture into the unknown.

Even though, we are not planning any particular escapes just yet, luckily I have my dream locations on stand-by in my mind and I will be very happy to write them down and share them with you. Hopefully by doing this,  I will get one sep closer to make them come true one day. Who knows, the power of visualization might help to cut the waiting time short and speed the time! :)

So, let's get started...  The firs place I would absolutely love to go is...

1. Tuscany, Italy

"Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making..."

It is not only my top travel destination, it is a place I would probably consider to choose for living one day, or at least possessing a holiday villa! Located in central Italy and stretching from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian sea, Tuscany combines everything that I would potentially want from a holiday. No matter, if it's winter or summer, the nature of this region has many different facets which can respond satisfactory to all demands. (I have loads!)

Tuscany is one of the Italy's most favorite vacation destinations and if you have a look at what it has to offer, you will quickly understand why. Spectacular hill towns and scenery together with some of the most-noticeable art and culture masterpieces, it seems to me like the perfect destination for any occasion. I wouldn't mind going there for a romantic weekend or for a family holiday. I love that I can enjoy peace and quiet, surrounded by beautiful nature and cultivate my knowledge with the historic cities and medieval hill towns at the same time. I have a passion for history, old buildings, art and architecture and Tuscany will most surely quench my thirst for historic artefacts.

Lago Di Bolsena
Sant' Antimo Abbey
Bagno Vignoni Thermal Waters

Plenty of food-and-wine itineraries along the wine routes include stops at wineries and farms for tasting very high-caliber wines and the genuine typical products.
If you, like me, can't choose between a countryside escape or a beach relaxation, Tuscany comes to the rescue offering both! That's right, I can have everything in one holiday! Why should I just lay on the beach when I can also climb magnificent hills, take pictures, breath the fresh air, watch the dawn and dream away...  Do you understand now, why I am so in love with this place, before I have even been there? Is there any point mentioning the absolutely exquisite wine and food that comes with the whole package? One day Tuscany, one day...

2.  Hon Khong

"During your stay you'll probably eat some of the best
 food you’ve ever tasted, you'll be dazzled by the
 stunning harbour and you'll feel energised by a
 combination of the urban, the rural and the maritime."

To choose Hong Khong for a top 3 destination is not something I would have done a few years ago. However, I feel a lot braver and more adventurous now, which explains why I would travel 11 hours by plane to visit the most populated country in the world. It is me daring myself to go out of my comfort zone and embrace a completely new culture, where for instance, it is considered polite to wear a face mask if you have a cold and accepting a business card should be accompanied with a slight bow. Despite the phobia I experience thinking about this massive Cosmopolis, my curiosity wins over and urges me to go and check what it really feels like to walk on the busy streets of the world's global financial centre. I also feel excited about the many opportunities it has to offer. I am not sure I would venture there when Alex is still so young, but I can imagine us going when he is big enough to enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland, 3D museum, Science Museum and of course the Zoo. 

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Ocean Park
Nan Lian Garden

The mixture between ultra modern city and an ancient civilization, is another reason behind my desire to visit Hong Kong. I feel attracted both by the past and the future and what better way to enjoy both by visiting the skylines of some of the tallest buildings in the world and then explore the typical cultural heritages.  The Buddhist complex, a typical tea ceremony, bargains on the market and attending a festival are just a few of the things on my list. 

Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Science Museum

Sai Kung
I definitely want to make the most of my food and shopping experience, but at the first arisen opportunity, I will probably try to find some seclusion. To my delight Hong Kong not only offers towering skyscrapers and booming life, but also has some little paradises hidden in disguise. Coming in the shape of a little outside fishing village, I would most likely rush to visit Sai Kung's deserted beaches-a remote park with restricted to foot or boat access. 

Sai Kung

3. France (every single square)

"A city, a mountain range, cathedrals, museums, a French cheese, a chateaux, or simply the charme Francais (French charm). All of these things together creates a country that never ceases to amaze visitors."

When it comes to traveling, France is my absolute favourite piece of land and another of my ultimate traveling goals. I can't escape from my romantic nature and from my love for the Old Continent. I can't believe I still haven't been to France considering the fact I have been in awe with their history, their landscapes and cultural treasures since my childhood. One of my first favourite books is about the French Revolution and one of the places I have always desired to visit is Versailles. I don't think I can choose only one place to visit in France or if i have to, it won't be Paris for sure. I will aim for the coasts and small provinces where all of the intimate, little sceneries are hidden away from the busy tourist crowds. After that I will do a tour around the castles and will probably end with Nimes and Marseille, significant locations in another of my very favourite books- Count of Monte Cristo.  

Meyre Wine Estate
Loire Valley  
French Riviera


*This post has been inspired by Transun and their competition: "Win a trip to see the Northern Lights by sharing your Top 3 Travel Bucket List Destinations". 

Read more HERE.

Fingers crossed! 



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