I’ve always been a fan of travelling, and although I’m a happy mother with a hectic lifestyle I’ve never found that to be an issue. The world is packed with incredible travel destinations that I want to show to my kid. Some of them I can’t even believe they’re for real. I often look at pictures from Bora Bora or Punta Cana and hope that someday I’d get there. My 6-year old is just as eager as I am to explore the world. She often asks me if Africa’s for real. I always tell her that someday we’ll get a closer glimpse at all those elephants and giraffes, and amazing hippos, and stunning wildlife.
Summer is here, and I’m just thinking where to go next. Any suggestions? In the meantime, here’s a list with some of my top picks for this year.
In my eyes, Cancun seems like a fairytale travel destination; a wonderland where sophisticated resorts blend beautifully with the rugged beaches and breathtaking coastline. I’ve read a lot about the city, its culture and incredible customs and traditions. What can I say? I’m hopelessly in love with this place. There’s a pristine national park I just can’t wait to explore. It’s on the Isla Contoy, and it packs a wide variety of plant and bird species that I’m sure I’m not familiar with. Up-north of the main city, there Isla Holbox, a remote destination where there’s not much you can do but swim with the sharks all day long. I’m not afraid of sharks, I’m a mother, remember?
I remember a friend of mine told me about Alberobello a few years back. I was like, Albero … what? He kept telling me that it’s a beautiful village in Italy with strange houses and weird streets. Everything seemed intriguing to me, so I wanted to know more. Alberobello is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets in terms of remote travel destinations. The small, intimate town boasts some of the unusual conical-roofed houses I’ve seen in my life.
The locals call them “trullo”, and I for one, would love to spend a couple of days in one of those trullo, getting to know the locals and tasting their amazing homemade Italian dishes. Honestly, I wouldn’t take the kids with me. Alberobello is the kind of village you should want to explore alone. I do think travelling by yourself every once in awhile is a great way to unwind, relax, and just enjoy the serenity. Only for a few days, I don’t need more.
I’ve always been intrigued by India. Maybe it’s because of the culture and the attractions that are just breathtaking. Someday I’m going to explore the Golden Triangle and climb the Everest. The cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra are splendid inside out. Now you might think that India is overpopulated and crowded and noisy, but there’s a lot to this incredible country than meets the eye.
I remember seeing a documentary on Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. The mere history of the place, the architecture, the courtyards, and the museums convinced me that I must go. I’m a big fan of ancient travel places that date back thousands of years. India’s whole history is fascinating, and all of its destinations are worth exploring. Did I mention I want to climb the Everest? That’s one of my top goals in life, and sooner or later I’m gonna do it.
Whenever I think of Zimbabwe, I think of Victoria Falls and Matobo. Did you know that it is Africa’s friendliest travel destinations? It’s also a spectacular country with lots of places to explore and things to do. Seeing the beautiful Victoria Falls is a top priority. Since I promised my kid that those wild animals she reads about in books are for real, Zimbabwe is the place where she’s gonna meet them. Matobo National Park is a thing of beauty. Can’t wait to see her face the first time a real-life elephant crosses our path!
There you have it, some of my favourite travel destinations I’d love to see someday. I know, they’re really far away from home, but what can I do? I love off-the-beaten-path places!
What’s your dream destination?