A New Year, and a New Blog!
With every New Year comes a new set of tasks, to-do lists and resolutions that we set ourselves in the hope to “make this year count”! The classics range from getting fit, to quitting that vice you know is bad for you, to making a wish list of all of the things you want to accomplish or places you want to visit this year. While I tend to set myself one proper resolution each year, my Bucket List of travel destinations grows ever longer… So long in fact that I’m not entirely convinced there are enough years in the average life span to tick them all off, but I’m going to give it a damn good try anyway!
To set myself a more realistic goal, I have whittled down my Wanderlust list to my top 3 contenders for 2015. And as I write, I’m itching to get packing!!!
Where will you go this year?
1. Santorini, Greece
Okay, okay. I know I’m a bit late to be jumping on the Santorini band-wagon. Months (if not longer) of drooling over other people’s instagram snaps of this beautiful place has seen Santorini sneak higher and higher up my Bucket List, and now it’s right up there at the top.
The volcanic landscape, the awe-inspiring sunsets, the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the perfectly still infinity pools over-looking the perfectly still Aegean sea, and those infamous white-on-white buildings connected by white-on-white winding stairwells carved into the cliff-face, all come together to create a very magical and surreal holiday experience (or so I’m told!).
Photo Credit: Santorini Princess
2. Fiji Islands
Fiji has been riding high on my Travel Bucket List since I can remember, and I still can’t quite believe that I’ve been living in Australia for almost 6 years now and still haven’t made the trip over there! Shame on me!!
Yes, Fiji is yet another scattering of “Paradise” Islands, but combine the pristine beaches, luxury resorts and lazy days under a palm tree with the notoriously friendly Fijian culture (and a little sample of the local kava!) and you have yourself one amazing treat waiting for you just off Australian shores.
Kindle, check. Cozzie, check. Passport, check. When do we leave?
Photo Credit: Outrigger on the Lagoon
3. Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
An iconic Australian landmark, Ayers Rock, is a 1,142ft high sandstone formation that sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise completely flat landscape of red dust and bush shrub.
Two things spring to my mind when I think of Uluru:
1) The rock’s notoriety for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, especially when it glows blood red at dawn and sunset.
2) The legends of a clear night sky here; a blanket of millions of brightly shining stars enveloping the landscape as far as the eye can see.
Amazing sunrises, sunsets and star-gazing creates a dizzying treat for the senses here, and there’s a variety of accommodation styles on offer; from luxury resorts that offer dining under the stars, to backpacker outback tours offering sleeping under the stars! I personally think this place exudes romance and it would be my perfect choice for, say…. an anniversary weekend away? (she says, secretly hoping her boyfriend is reading this blog and taking notes!)
Photo Credit: Uluru Meeting Place
Feature Photo Credit: Lenaimoud.com