I have listed 10 places that I would travel to again, given the opportunity. I enjoyed all these places and they offer the traveller a lot of variety. I have placed them randomly.
1. Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry can be driven in one day but you will miss some of the interesting sights along this journey. I suggest three days, so that you can enjoy the scenery and wonderful Irish cuisine.
2. Halong Bay, Vietnam
If you are visiting Asia I would highly recommend a three-day cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Even if it is pouring with rain one can still capture interesting images (see above). Take a 5-star cruise, not only for safety reasons, but the cuisine is superb.
3. Brittany, France
I enjoyed Brittany as it is very different to the southern and western parts of France, which I have visited many times before. Wonderful villages, great seafood and friendly locals make Brittany a great travel destination.
4. Lombok, Indonesia
Lombok Island is next to Bali but it has not been overrun by tourism. It has some Balinese influence but is mainly Islam. Apart from some stunning beaches Lombok offers treks up Mount Rijani, an active volcano and one can visit the villages of the Sasak, the original inhabitants of Lombok.
5. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Yosemite is a naturalist and photographer’s paradise. Spend at least four days enjoying this natural wonder.
6. Kuekenhoff Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands
At the end of April and early May the seven million bulbs planted in the Kuekenhoff gardens bloom. The variety of tulips is perhaps more spectacular than the sheer numbers. You will need a full day to enjoy this botanical bonanza.
7. Adriatic Coast, Croatia
The Adriatic Coastal drive from Rijeka south to Split is an interesting three to six day journey. With the azure Adriatic Sea offering stunning seascapes and historical villages giving one an insight to the Balkan history combined with the Croatian cuisine makes for a very enjoyable journey.
8. Iguazú Falls, Brazil & Argentina
The Iguazú Falls and the surrounding National Park make this a must visit destination for anyone visiting this area. The natural beauty and immense size of the falls is a wonderment in itself but there is so much more to see, the colourful butterflies, birds and wildlife can be seen on the well-marked walks throughout the Park.
9. Sicily, Italy
Sicily is so different to other parts of Italy, sometimes one could be mistaken to think they were in another country. It’s easy to drive around the island to catch the sights of this charming island, such as Mount Etna, the historical villages and ancient ruins. But don’t forget the Sicilian cuisine – it’s great.
10. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Anyone who is visiting Melbourne must drive the Great Ocean Road. It is truly spectacular with its sweeping seascapes, wildlife and natural stunning sandstone sculptures. It’s only a 255 kilometre drive from Torquay to Warrnambool, which could be covered in four hours. We spent three days and felt that four would have been better. Don’t forget to have an Aussie pie and a meal of fish n chips.
Happy travelling to you all in 2013 and I hope to hear from you about your travels.