California: The West Coast Drive
Lately I've been really enjoying the thought of hiring a convertible in LA and driving up to San Francisco along the Pacific Highway. It's such a gorgeous part of the world and you can hit up so many amazing places in just a few days; San Luis Obispo, The Big Sur, Monterey (and the worlds best aquarium), Santa Cruz and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I actually did this drive with my family when I was young. I remember sitting in the back of the rental watching a film on my phone like the ungrateful twattish teenager I was. I really missed out and I'm gagging to go back!
There is something about Dubai that I find absolutely enchanting. I am totally enraptured by Atlantis, The Palm Hotel & Resort and its amazing aquarium (I think we're developing an aquarium related theme here?). The skyline around the marina looks incredible, and I am gagging to have a go on the Palm Monorail. Dubai has a load of amazing waterparks but also some world class spas and nightclubs. The bonus is that it's only a 7 hour flight from London.
Bali is an island in Indonesia, mainly known for its volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It has been described to me by avid travellers as the most tranquil, magical and spiritual place in the world and having done my research I can completely appreciate why that might be the case. Bali is full of stunning villas with infinity pools and windows that span the height of the house and overlook nothing but a lilting bay and its fishing boats.
When I think honeymoon, I think "Maldives". The floating water huts just feel like something out of a fantasy film to me, it almost looks too good to be real. The Maldives is very expensive and is definitely not a budget holiday of any sorts, but this is the first place I'd head if I got a really good bonus from work. Look at the floating villas with private pools submerged into the ocean. LOOK AT THEM. Unreal.
Thailand is my absolute favourite place in the whole world. There is something remarkable about the way Thailand makes you feel. I can never pinpoint exactly what is behind this but I suspect that it is a combination of the alluring tropical landscapes, the smell of the street food and the kind nature of the Thai people. You can sit in a bar on the beach with a Singha beer in your hand and watch a baby elephant play in the sea. You can grab food on the way home from the sprawling street markets and watch a monkey amble around at your feet looking for its dinner. Thailand is so culturally opposed to my British familiarities that you can't help but feel totally immersed in their way of life. With so much left to explore, I have no doubt that I'll be going back very soon.
Disclaimer: I didn't take any of these photos. I don't know who did. Soz.