Just before Christmas last year, I wrote a little letter to Santa Claus. What did I wish for? Obviously, something travel-related. I asked Santa to take me to 5 places in 2013 – some were brand new destinations, others were childhood memories.
As I am about to cross one of these 5 places from the list – the Maldives being one of them – I thought it was time to update this list.
When I wrote the post, I had absolutely no plans to go to any of these places – and to be honest, the last 6 months have been somewhat different to what I planned! And just between us, I totally loved them!
Unexpectedly, I went on a little European tour, which took me to Paris, Verbier, Geneva, Zürich, Milan, Amsterdam, Berlin and the lovely Lyon. And what incredible weekends I had at each destination. One of the things that makes Europe so special is its diversity – from scenery, to languages and obviously food.
To say that I had a great winter would be an understatement, but now it is time to think about warmer climates!
So without further ado, here are some places that are on my hit-list (but that don’t necessarily mean I have any plans to go!).
– Mallorca, Balearic Islands in Spain
This is actually a confirmed trip, and a place I am incredibly happy to go back to. I have visited (and fell madly in love with Mallorca) during my teens and twenties, but have not returned to the island in the last 10 years or so. Having visited by boat on the last 3 or 4 trips (i.e. sleeping in one), staying inland will be different! Things have changed for the better and great new hotels are ready to welcome discerning travellers. On this trip, I will be staying at the St. Regis Mallorca and the Castillo Son Vida, which look lovely. [PS. It happened! Read about my Mallorca trip right here!]
This will be obviously a good chance to practice my Spanish, which is getting rusty!
– Wine tasting in California, and going back to LA in the USA
Every year, Mr. O and I head back to California, which is one of our favourite places in the world. With Palm Desert being a firm favourite, we always try to start and end our trip in different places every year. So, we are thinking about flying to San Francisco and heading to the Napa Valley for 3 or 4 days, and end the trip in the Los Angeles area, a place I haven’t been to for over 3 years. Beverly Hills, check. Santa Monica, check. I can’t wait!
– Giving Mexico another chance
I have been to Mexico twice before, and must confess I didn’t love it. At all. But places change, as do people and over the past year or so I have been reading a lot about this country. And also fell in love with Mexican food, which I got to try in San Diego and Texas (very different types, I know). So it could be a good idea to head to this part of the world. I would like to give the Pacific coast a try, but very welcome to suggestions. Where have you been and loved? [PS. Also happened, I shall be writing about it soon!]
– A girls weekend somewhere in Europe
I like going away for short girlie getaways – and by short I mean 2-3 days, direct flights and quite specific destinations: great weather, nice surroundings, great shopping and food, and a fab hotel. I started thinking about this and asked for your suggestions on Twitter and Facebook. Three places stood out: Valencia in Spain, Seville (also in Spain, but a no-go as Mr. O won’t let me go alone), Marrakesh in Morocco, Florence in Italy and Monaco. What do you think of these places? And can you come up with better ideas? From all of them, Valencia seems particularly intriguing.. I love paella! [PS. We ended up not going to Valencia, but had an incredible weekend at Finca Cortesin, near Marbella]
So basically, I need your help! Where in Europe should I go? And should I seriously consider Mexico?