Top 5 Destinations I want to go back to and why

Three months into a new desk job I am amping to travel again. Here are the Top 5 destinations I wish I could go back to right now.

The Cook Islands

When I visited The Cook Islands in 2011, I spent the entire time on the main island – Rarotonga.

I’ve heard Aitutaki is amazing, the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort being formed out of bungalows, some of which are over the water. It’s a plane ride away from the main island.

As there is a stand down period between flying and Scuba Diving, we had to prioritise and simply ran out of time to get there.

Las Vegas

I didn’t expect to love Vegas the way I did – the lights, The Strip, the sheer size of everything. The downside was a travel companion I was in no way getting along with.

Image from worldofwanderlust.com

If I could go back right now I’d see Britney Spears perform at Planet Hollywood, drink many Mojitos by the pool, visit the Casinos that I never got to and live it up in the crazy way the Kardashians used to before they started popping out kids.

Paris

My sole visit to Paris was on a Contiki tour and man do those things move quickly! While I ticked all the boxes (walked the Champs Elise, saw the Mona Lisa, Moulin Rouge and a cabaret show, took a river boat along the Seine and got most of the way up the Eiffel Tower at night) I didn’t get a chance to just wander the streets and soak it all in.

Renee, my former flatmate has been to Paris three times this year (granted, she does live in London which gives her quite the advantage). I’d love to put a lock on the bridge, and  get the whole way up the Eiffel Tower in the day time.

London

London is one of my favourite places in the world, I just couldn’t seem to make it work living there. My friend Hana is in the process of opening a café backing on to Wandsworth Common –I need to go there for a Flat White and some baking.

I would also go to Duck and Waffle for breakfast while the sun rises.

Kuala Lumpa

I was far too ambitious, booking a day’s stopover in Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia between two long haul flights (flying Rome to Auckland). The plane was late, customs took forever, I was jet-lagged it was stupid humid and I felt slightly uncomfortable as it was my first time as a solo female traveller. While I’d intended to do a bus tour at a minimum, in the end I saw little more than a hotel pool and restaurant.

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  1. December 9, 2014 / 9:25 am

    The Cook Islands have definitely been the highlight of the pacific islands I’ve visited (Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia didn’t quite stack up!). Thanks for reading!

  2. December 8, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    Cook Islands sound so dreamy!