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Travel Inspiration – Helping You Find Your Next Exciting Adventure

There are so many new places to discover isn’t there?

I don’t know about you but my bucket list just seems to be getting longer and longer as I learn about more places in the world.

Travel inspiration can come from so many places – TV programs, films, books, talking to others, not to mention reading articles, holiday brochures and marketing from holiday companies.

To help with some ideas I have written some trip reports on destinations I have visited. I have given details of the itinerary I followed, along with things I did, places I visited and an little tips that I think might be useful to other travellers.

They also include any information about how I arrived at the destinations, and got about once I was there.

I hope they serve as a useful guide to planning your trip, and provide some travel inspiration to new places that you may not have considered travelling to before.

I have also included a guide to the pricing I paid where relevant.

Given the trials and tribulations of life over the past year, with more uncertainty travel inspiration has been key for me. It’s been helpful to use some time to plan a trip to Europe, as well as research destinations further afield so when travel restrictions are lifted there are itineraries that are ready to go.

I hope these guides are useful if you wish to learn a bit more about what it’s really like to visit somewhere. Some of the trips I have done as a solo traveller and some with a travelling companion. Of course any experience or review if subjective, but I hope you learn something of the places from these reports.

Istanbul

Coming Soon;

  • Valencia
  • Algarve
  • Alicante

Travel Reports Coming Soon;

Baku – Solo visit staying in a local’s apartment. Fascinating place with some interesting challenges

Valencia – a 4 night apartment stay as my first proper solo female holiday. Amazing architecture, great food, quirky museum and so much wonderful walking

Algarve – trip report as a couple and also a solo traveller. Interesting history to the area and quite a contrast to the Northern part of Portugal

Alicante – a 4 night trip as a couple in November. A warm sunny break with easy exploring plus some great vegetarian food finds.

York – A favourite place to visit. Visited regularly with tour groups so lots of information on places to explore in the city centre.

Bath – Another regular group visit, with easy walks and a great deal packed into this tiny city.

London – A favourite place to visit with this trip report focussing on the area around Tower bridge.

Caernarfon – Another place regularly visited with groups with a few surprises tucked away in this corner of Wales.

Edinburgh – Visited many times with groups but also for personal holidays. A lovely city with so much to discover whatever your interest and whatever the weather!

Seville, Cordoba and Granada – Planned for November 2021 and my first trip with my teenage nephew. Travelling by train in Spain and flying in and out of two different airports.

Travel Inspiration Bucket List

So here is what’s on my bucket list for now.

Rajasthan – Amber Fort, Taj Mahal plus lots of places inbetween. This looks an amazing part of India

Kerala – A different part of India with lots of waterways. Looking at a houseboat trip

Uzbekistan – This looks an amazing place to visit and keen to get there before it’s too busy. Some fantastic buildings and a history that is not familiar to me.

Egypt – On the list for a long time but planning to go early in the year when temperatures are a reasonable 70 rather than the baking hot temperatures that come in Spring and Summer (which also mean extremely early starts)

Georgia – Batumi looks crazy with some amazing buildings and of course Tblisi

Vienna and Budapest – I’ve picked out an amazing spa hotel in Budapest plus the cakes in Vienna look incredible.

Bucharest – on my list as it looks stunning, but also looking at it as a stopover on way to India as cheap flights to Dubai and then Dubai to Delhi

Costa Rica – the nature, wildlife and greenery look incredible and flight prices seem pretty good too

Iceland – relatively nearby from Scotland so looking to combine this with trip to hunt out the Northern Lights

York, Norfolk, London and Kent – looking at visiting a London pub that used to be in the family, which has lots of history, an old sweet shop that my Grandad owned, plus visiting the Pathfinder museum and the amazing Eden Camp war museum near York.

Some Favourite Travel Quotes for Inspiration

You can go some place you’ve never been before much more often than once a year and it’s one of our favourite things to do. Whether it is exploring a road we haven’t driven along before, or just picking a place we haven’t visited locally has really been great at keeping travel inspiration going when travel has been restricted.

Why not get a map out and look for roads or places nearby that you haven’t visited until visiting restrictions are eased and even when they are!

Travel does make you modest in some senses, because you really do see how big the world is. Travel also helps you to see that no matter where you go people are fundamentally people and that we have much more in common than we think. Travel also shows you that a smile is universal and you can find kindness everywhere. People all over the world are generally speaking nice.

This really is one of my favourite travel quotes. As someone who finds going to the same place more than once quite difficult (apart from Venice!) or even going to the same place for work more than once in a week.

Having said that as a Tour Manager I often wished I could keep visiting the same place regularly as it would save the huge amount of work I had to put in learning about new places all the time. However, that work was also part of the enjoyment and I knew that if I kept going to the same place I would get bored and that would affect my guests.

TV Programs for Travel Inspiration

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley has done some great travel programs. She has such a warm and friendly style and it gives you a sense of travelling with a friend. Her sense of humour really comes across. Her most recent program has been ‘Travels in My Own Land’ which has been about places in the UK. It’s a good program to get some travel inspiration for travels closer to home.

I also really liked her guide to Japan, Russia and the Silk Road.

Here is a great video clip from the Silk Road featuring Persepolis.

James May in Japan

We watched this series as a family and really felt we got an inside view of Japan. James May went off the beaten track. I particularly liked the tiny little bars where people were seated so close together they had to talk to each other.

Simon Reeve

Another TV presenter with a really engaging style. Simon Reeve also talks about some of the issues in the places he is visiting which gives a good all round sense of destinations. He has done so many great series. Here is a little clip from his series about Turkey which I thought gave a really good insight into this huge and varied country.

Race Across the World

As someone who likes to travel cheaply I was really interested in this programme. It featured people competing about who could get to various points across the globe cheaply and quickly.

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