I have visited lots of places in my life so far, some of which I have enjoyed and some not so much! At the extreme, are those places which have made a lasting impression on me. We’ve all visited places and gone ‘Wow!’, and the following destinations – in no particular order – are ones which have inspired me or taken my breath away…
The Brazilian Amazon
I spent 3 nights in the Amazon whilst travelling round Brazil and it was truly incredible. I stayed in a rustic lodge surrounded by rainforest, watching sloths, monkeys and many types of bird in the treetops. One of my highlights was seeing an Amazon River dolphin swimming alongside our canoe on a morning trip down the river.
The Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil)
Spectacular. There’s nothing more to say. The most amazing waterfalls I have seen, and in beautiful surroundings too. You can view them from either the Brazilian side or the Argentinian side (or visit both as I did).
Atmospheric ruins in the jungles of Chiapas, southern Mexico. If you go, get there as soon as the site opens and walk into the deserted complex – it is spine-tingling to see it empty and engulfed in the morning mist! Climb to the top of a pyramid and look out over the ruins and the surrounding jungle.
Mijas Pueblo, Spain
A beautiful, white-washed, traditional Andalucian mountain village. Great for relaxing away from the tourist hotspots of the nearby Costa del Sol. Wander the narrow streets whilst browsing for souvenirs in the many artists studios near the village centre.
The Lake District, UK
I love the Lake District – beautiful scenery wherever you look, there’s lots to do (particularly if you like to be outdoors) and, best of all, it’s not too far for to travel – for us anyway! The only slight downside is that the weather can be somewhat unpredictable!
Tignes, France (Summer)
Whilst Tignes may be better known as a ski resort, it is well worth a visit in summer. The scenery is breath-taking, there are lots of free activities to keep everyone occupied and the lifts to the top of the mountains are nowhere near as busy as they would be in ski season!
Lots of interesting wildlife to spot, friendly locals and still relatively unspoilt by tourism. This was my first visit to Africa and I loved it.
The most amazing city I have ever visited. New York has so much to offer… lots to see and do, it has such a buzz, and is so friendly for a big city. My highlights were: watching a Broadway show (we saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables), strolling through Central Park, walking the High Line and hitting the heights at Top of the Rock.
To be honest, we booked to go to Florida purely for our daughter – I generally have little interest in theme parks. However, once we got there it was impossible not to get caught up in the magic of Disney and I LOVED it! If you only ever go to one theme park in your life, it should be this one – it is amazing.
For a get-away-from-it-all destination, The Maldives are hard to beat. Small, intimate islands surrounded by white sand and clear, turquoise water, teaming with multi-coloured fish. I should point out that this was a pre-child destination – Freya would go stir crazy contained on a tiny island for more than one day!