I love travel and holidays. Pre-baby, most of my disposable income went towards the next holiday… the next big trip. I love it all… package holidays, city breaks, backpacking on a budget and a bit of luxury!
My motto used to be ‘work hard, play hard, travel harder’! I’ve had some amazing experiences and I firmly believe that even not-so-good travel experiences should be classed as a positive life lessons!
Here’s some photos from some of the countries I’ve been to with some of the memories created there….
Arenal, Costa Rica
Costa Rica: zip wiring, kayaking with crocodiles, sloths, tarantulas, sunset at the Mariposa, monkeys on the beach, waterfalls, frogs, hot springs overlooking a volcano
New York after Sandy
New York: Sandy! sisters, coffee, waffles, SATC, Tiffany’s, Starbucks, shopping
Baby turtles, Sri lanka
Sri Lanka: first wonderful holiday with my other half, releasing baby turtles into the sea, seeing elephants in the wild, fishermen on stilts, afternoon tea and tea plantations, tuk tuks, beers at sunset, watching turtles in the sea
Sunset, San Antonio, Ibiza
Ibiza: sun, swimming pool, showers (or lack thereof), beers on sunset strip, sangria, amazing steak and awful paella, girly fun
Marbella: girly weekend, pretending to own a huge yacht, mixing gin with red bull = awful hangover
Amsterdam: Anne Frank’s house, wine, scrabble in a pub on a Saturday night, the cat museum… and another trip…. 12 hours of madness including a stag do and getting behind a bar to DJ in a pub!
Portugal: a few days by myself but making a great friend in the hostel, amazing beaches, amazing seafood, a man cooking sardines outside his house, cobbled streets and a wonderful square
Near the top of mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Borneo: arriving alone and deciding to climb a mountain twice as high as Ben Nevis: getting up at 3am see sunrise from the peak was pretty special! getting approached by an orang utan at the sanctuary, wandering round the city barefoot (lost my flip flops) with people calling ‘miss, miss, you wanna buy slippers?’, our bus breaking down and being propositioned by a politician
Sunrise after a full moon party, Koh Pangan (no filter!!)
Thailand: full moon parties (3!), temples, hours waiting for buses, overnight journeys, my first (and only) drive of a moped, seeing fluorescence in the sea for the first time, waterfalls, jungle treks, live music, great food, beautiful beaches, ping pong bars
Australia: sleeping on the deck of a boat in the barrier reef, camping on fraser island and thinking a dingo was outside our tent, taxi fun in Sydney, kangaroos and koalas in Australia zoo, bats in the botanical gardens, meeting the English rugby team… and Romanian waterboys!
Snorkelling in the Gili islands, Indonesia
Bali/Lombok/Gili islands: snorkelling with the crazy boat-man, Ramadan, amazing seafood
Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia: where do I start…. spending the night in a jungle hut, the night before sleeping in the worst accommodation ever – no running water!, the night after spending a fun night on the jungle night train, snorkelling with turtles in the Perhentian islands, having to leave said islands as co-travellers nearly started a riot, getting up early and hungover to go up the Petronas towers, bat cave, drinking in the hostel stairwell, rollercoasters in shopping centres
Sleeping man in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Vietnam: lanterns in Hoi An, cone hats, noodle soup and cheap beer on the streets, getting lost on a moped looking for ‘chicken town’, hanging out with tribes in the North, getting invited to a wedding party, going to a fashion show, mud baths, war museum and tunnels, getting ripped off by a taxi driver on my first day, sleeping on the deck of a boat in Halong bay
Ta Phrom, Cambodia
Cambodia: temples, hanging with locals at a sacred lake, scorpions, sad recent history, spending a day helping out at an orphanage (the day Michael Jackson died), making new friends for life, waiting around for a bus to go into the remote North East
Cuba: beautiful Trinidad and beautiful beaches at Varadero, dancing in the streets
Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos
Laos: 10 pin bowling then staying up all night for sunrise to see the monks receive their alms, nearly drowning in a kayaking incident, long bus journeys, hanging in a hammock with sticky rice on 10 thousand island, Buddha park, beers and food at Vientiane riverside where you could buy a turtle’s foot for dinner :(
Mexico: temples, driving a hire car, my first time snorkelling, dancing on the sand in a nightclub in Puerto del Carmen, Halloween in Cancun, sea sickness, amazing food!
Burj al Arab from medinat jumerah, Dubai
Dubai: family, breakfast on the beach, Atlantis, sunburn, shopping, 4×4’s in the desert
Old and new: Boston
Boston: family, autumn, the crazy town of Salem, pretending to be students at Harvard
Shacks in Soweto, South Africa
South Africa and Lesotho: horse riding to the highest waterfall in Africa, being so cold that I had to sleep fully clothed and keep my head under the covers, a bat in the house, roadside graveyards, shebeens (illegal drinking dens!), seeing elephants and giraffes in the wild, amazing landscape
The YSL garden in Marrakesh, morocco ,
Morocco: haggling, lanterns, amazing smells of spices, amazing food
Rome: rugby, lots of Chianti, pizza and club sandwiches in the hotel while playing cards
So there we have it – most of the places I’ve been! We’re hoping to continue seeing the world with baby W in tow and I still have so many places I’d like to visit….
- Croatia especially Dubrovnik and some of the islands
- Santorini (I’ve been to Rhodes, Corfu and Kos and loved them all!)
- more places on our doorstep in France and Spain e.g. Valencia
- Italy – Venice, the lakes, Sorrento
- The Maldives
- the whole of South America!
- New Zealand especially the South island
- India especially Kerala and Varanisi
- San Francisco and Las Vegas
- the Norwegian fjords
And anywhere else we end up :)
So there we have – I have lots of lasting memories from around the World – but lots more to create, now with a family in tow! I’ll leave you with one of my favourite ever quotes from Mark Twain…
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover’
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This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://www.flying100years.com/