I was lucky in the fact that James is also keen on travelling, not so much in that we didn't get much time together before the arrival of Meg which sort of put paid to any serious travelling for a while. As the kids get older we are now starting to feel more adventurous again, to branch out a little in our thinking about where we could go.
Prior to having children we did get to go on some amazing holidays: the Maldives for our honeymoon.
Oh, take me back.
Another one of my favourites was Egypt (my parents are there right now, lucky devils!)
Bruge is beautiful, but so cold in winter. It's a good excuse to eat hot waffles and drink lots of hot chocolate though.
But I'm not writing this to tell you about all the places I have been. As interesting as I know you are finding it all. Rather Transun are asking bloggers to share their top 3 dream holiday destinations to be in with the chance of winning a trip to see the Northern Lights I was keen. James has wanted to see the Northern Lights for as long as I have known him, whoever said I wasn't a romantic?! So fingers crossed we might be able to make his dream come true and win me some excellent wife-points in the process.
Just reading what is involved in that trip is making me excited. How fantastic does it sound?
But anyway, onto the good stuff. My top 3 dream holiday destinations if money and time and children fussing in airports were no object:-
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
I refer you back to my comment about being really interested in history; can you imagine how awesome it would be to stand and stare at the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu? I wouldn't even mind the trek needed to reach them although I might have to do a bit of training first. And give up the wine of an evening. But still, to be somewhere which has such deep and mysterious roots in history would just be awe-inspiring. Maybe I can think of a novel which could be set there and would give me a good excuse for a visit? I think this comes under the once in a lifetime category for sure.
2. Boston, USA
Having never been to America, it always surprises people that my first choice of city to visit wouldn't be somewhere like New York or LA. I'm not saying that I wouldn't love to visit those cities at some point, especially New York at Christmas a la Home Alone but for me, Boston holds the real draw. I love the accent, I'd love to attend a Red Sox game, I'd love to stand in Harvard Square and pretend I was a student (haha) and don't even talk to me about the stunning Public Library. There's even a Museum of Science to keep the husband interested. See? What more could you possibly want?!
If I'm truly honest, I'd actually prefer to move here rather than just take a holiday but this definitely comes top of my list. Glorious sandy beaches, stunning scenery, majestic mountain ranges, not to mention Middle-Earth, what isn't there to see in New Zealand? I'd love to set aside 3 or 4 weeks and just travel around covering as much distance as possible although I'd stick to the North Island as I think that has the most concentrated number of wonderful attractions. (I'm totally lying, I'd stand on the furthest stretch of the South Island away from each and every attraction going if I could just get myself over there.) And then James would probably have to drag me back to the airport to come home as I just know I wouldn't want to leave again at the end.
It was hard whittling it down to just 3 as actually when I think about it there are loads of places I'd love to go: Paris, Prague, Goa, Canada, China...I need to get some serious air miles under my belt.
What do you think of my choices? Is there anywhere that you have always wanted to visit? I'd love to hear them!