Sun, sand and sea! Who doesn’t love escaping it all for a well earned break. I absolutely love going on holiday and have been fortunate to visit some amazing places from a very young age. Due to my dad’s job as a quantity surveyor, we moved to Kuwait when I was 3 and stayed there for seven years. It was a fabulous lifestyle, schools finished at lunchtime so afternoons were spent by the pool or at the beach. I’ve also been to Florida several times, North and South of France, Egypt, Turkey and Majorca. Although I don’t get away as much as I’d like, I do like to go somewhere different each time. There is after all a whole world out there waiting to be explored.
If money was no object I’ve carefully picked my top five destinations I’d love to visit:
May seem fairly obvious to choose the Caribbean, but I’d like to visit there for a whole different reason. Pig Island! When I first heard about this place, I thought someone had made it up, but no, it is very real! And to me it really is paradise. I am animal mad, and especially love seeing animals roaming free and happy. The pigs live, eat and swim on the island. How they got there is unknown, but they are have certainly made themselves at home. They survive on the generosity of passing tourists, and will reward them by allowing them to swim next to them and are very friendly and playful. To be able to visit this remarkable island would be a dream come, although I’d probably find it difficult to leave!
When I’ve finished splashing about with the piggies I’d like to jet off to the wilderness of Africa. In particular, the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary, Zimbabwe. Here you’ll find rescued animals living safely and contented, after being nursed back to health by the many volunteers who work there. I’d really love to take a stroll by the river with the resident monkey, Horace, who is the go-to guy if you want to know all the gossip. They look after lions, meerkats, donkeys and parrots and run a regular clinic to treat sick and injured dogs in the community. Truly amazing people who do a fantastic job caring for the animals!
Whilst over in Africa, I wouldn’t be able to resist popping over to Kenya to visit the elephants and rhinos at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Their aim is to rescue as many orphaned elephants as they can and give them the safe and long life that they deserve. These animals are magnificent and how anyone would want to hurt them (or any other creature) is beyond me. But it is heart-warming to know that there is somewhere safe for them to thrive and have fun. I am quite fearless when it comes to animals so mucking in and helping to look after them wouldn’t phase me at all. Until I’m able to visit them, I’m going to look into fostering one so I can feel like I’m contributing to help them.
Pretty obvious hey? I’m a celebrity blogger so I absolutely must come here! Getting my picture taken by the famous ‘Hollywood’ sign. Strolling along the ‘Walk of Fame’. Universal Studios. Hollywood Wax Museum. I would be in my element! Bumping into Kevin Hart or ‘The Rock’? Definitely! I’d time my trip right and make sure a huge film premiere was taking place whilst I was there. Then casually saunter down the red carpet linking Jason Statham, I’d totally get away with that. Wouldn’t I? Well I can dream……….
My next location fits in pretty well after the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates. I would be staying in the Atlantis, in the Presidential Suite no less. The boys would take advantage of the on-site waterpark before we hopped on our yacht that is waiting for us at the nearby jetty. We would bask in the sun taking in the views of the Arabian Sea before getting dropped off ready to visit the world famous Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure ever made. It would be so exciting to see the sights of Dubai from the observation deck. Luckily none of us are scared of heights otherwise it would get quite messy being that high up! And being in Dubai, that would not be a classy thing to do! No trip to Dubai would be complete without a spot of shopping in the world famous malls! I’d make sure I didn’t miss a thing!
Phew! Time for a rest. After feeding Horace, the monkey, bananas. Getting soaked in the river bathing the elephants. Having lunch with Kim Kardashian in Hollywood. And quad biking across the Arabian desert it’s time for some peace and quiet. This brings me to the Uluwatu Temple, in Bali. Perched on top of a steep hill, some 70 metres above sea level, with stunning views all across the island. They have an anniversary celebration every 6 months and the royal family of Jro Kuta attend, it would be amazing to be a part of the festivities in those fantastic surroundings.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel bucket list. If anyone has been to any of places I have mentioned I’d love to hear your stories. In the meantime, I’m off to count the pennies in my piggy bank and dream about elephants, monkeys, yachts …………………..
*** This post is in collaboration with my fellow blogger Gabby Fabrizio ***