Monday, 27 June 2016

15 Before 30 - Travel Edition

So it's 'Summer' 2016 and we've had about four days of sunshine and the rest has been rain. Come on, England, get it together! Usually at this time of year I'm happy to be here, spending most of my time outdoors and making the most of the British summertime, but we literally haven't had one! So, of course my mind has been drifting to holiday thoughts and the places where I would love to be able to travel too one day.

Throughout my life I have been extremely lucky in being able to travel to over 50 different countries around the world, as well as going on over 300 flights (which still scare me, for some reason), but a lot of these places were when I was very young and/or hated food at the time, so I didn't always get to fully immerse myself in the country. Now that I'm older, there are definitely a few places I'd like to go back to, as well as some that I've never even stepped foot on before. 

So when the lovely people at Clickstay got in contact and asked if I'd like to share my 15 Before 30 (Travel Edition) I absolutely jumped at the chance. I've used Clickstay before & absolutely love their website for finding a villa alternative to a hotel <3 

So, let's begin! 

1. Hawaii

I'm not sure if it's just my love of Lilo & Stitch driving this first destination, but the idea of Hawaii just sounds like a dream to me. Tropical flowers, crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches...somebody take me away! Also if there's a chance I can find my own Stitch there, even better! 

2. Paris

I've visited Paris before, but it was quite a long time ago. I actually have a cheeky trip booked in August so I am very excited to explore on my own and create more Insta-spam than you can even imagine! 

3. California 

It's actually a dream of mine to road trip across America, and I know that California would definitely be the main destination! I've always dreamed of visiting Coachella and the original Disneyland, as well as doing all the tacky touristy things like walking along the Walk of Fame and visiting celebrities' houses. 

4. Santorini

Of all the wonderful places I've travelled around the world, there are so many countries in Europe that I have just never seen! One of these is Greece (which becomes even more shocking when you know I'm a quarter Greek). But let's face it, Santorini is a just a paradise. The white and blue dreamy exteriors is enough to make anyone sigh with happiness. After having a browse of Clickstay, I immediately became obsessed with the stunning villas that are available. Perfect and private <3  

5. New York

Another place I've visited on numerous occasions, but to be honest, you can never get enough of New York, New York! I'd love to be able to properly explore the city, take photographs and eat my way through every doughnut shop imaginable. Central Parks is one of my favourite places as well. Also, if I can ever get a chance to see Hamilton, I would die. 

6. The Italian Lakes

After seeing Rosie from The Londoner visit Lake Como last year, I've been obsessed with the idea of visiting the Italian Lakes. The Lakes are absolutely stunning as well as some of the drop dead gorgeous hotels surrounding them. Italy is another country I haven't taken advantage of being close to. 

7. Thailand

Thailand pretty much goes down as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I've always wanted to visit the stunning tropical jungles and clear waters. I mean, check out this villa, are you serious?! I would live here if I could. *Prays for Euromillions win*

8. Bali

Just...yes...Bali...beaches...happiness. There's just too much gorgeousness here I can't even deal. I've seen so many people visit Bali lately and it's definitely struck a wanderlust cord in me. 

9. Switzerland (Skiing)

A bit of a contrast to the other destinations on my list, but I absolutely adore skiing. Fun fact: I was Junior International Slalam Champion when I was younger (gives me eternal bragging rights, obviously) so to head back to the slopes would be amazing. 

10. The Maldives

I've been lucky enough to visit here before, and I have to say it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth and definitely my favourite. We also stayed with Ant from Ant and Dec while he was on his honeymoon so there's that XD

11. Iceland

Another frosty destination, Iceland has been on my list for quite a while, especially because of the Northern Lights and the amazing Blue Lagoon! I mean, who doesn't want to sit in that?! 

12. Portugal

I have to say, a lot of my love for Portugal has definitely stemmed from seeing Carrie from Wish Wish Wish's photos from her wedding. I've been before but to the outskirts, so I've never been able to fully explore the beautiful parts. 

13. Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid was written here. That is all. 

14. The Grand Canyon

Need I explain why I need to see one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world? I don't think so. 

15. Tokyo

Tokyo is somewhere I've wanted to visit ever since I saw an episode of Scooby Doo when I was younger (seriously), but cartoons aside, it would be absolutely amazing to immerse myself in an entirely different culture. They also have another Disney Park I've yet to visit, so that's a bonus! And, those cherry blossoms though...

Let me know in the comments what you think of my list and if there's anywhere you've always dreamed of visiting. I also highly recommend checking out Clickstay if you're looking for awesome, affordable villas! I honestly think the privacy you get from a villa can outweigh a busy hotel any day! 

This post was kindly sponsored by Clickstay, but all love of beautiful countries & wanderlust are my own. 
All images sources from either Pinterest or Clickstay.


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