Transun is running a blogger competition to submit your three favourite places you’d like to travel to… Of course this opens up the opportunity for me to share my top three bucket list destinations, and share a little about me along the way.
What attracts me to Barbados is the gorgeous seas and beaches, but also nature. Wildlife reserves are something I always want to visit to immerse myself in the vast cuteness of the wildlife and my fascination for each specie. I always love taking photos of nature and always enjoy being around animals and getting to know more about them. Waking up to the tropics really would be a dream and something I’d love to experience in the next couple of years, as it’s just magical and definitely an experience not to miss. The clear turquoise sea and white sandy beaches, just sell it to me and getting to explore the surroundings, and one attraction I’d love to visit is Harrison’s Cave, full of beautiful underground streams and waterfalls. Snorkelling around shipwreck ruins and swimming with turtles, octopi, tropical fish, rays and sea horses really would be fascinating, and being able to capture this on camera would make it even more special.
This has been on my bucket list for so long now! Prague really does remind me of Edinburgh in certain ways, and I think this is what most appeals to me! Rich in history and lot’s of attractions to keep you occupied during your stay. I’ve always been interested in history, especially dark history within Europe. The main attraction for me is the historic buildings and gothic architecture, just like Edinburgh, Prague also had a major outbreak of the plague in 1713-14. I always find the vast history interesting and could definitely see myself soaking this up and doing a couple of Ghost Tours on my visit. You’d never have thought I’d be into the paranormal or extraterrestrial life, but this has always fascinated me since a child and it’s always been something I’ve been interested in. Edinburgh does great Ghost Tours such as Auld Reekie, Marcat and City of the Dead, and one of the scariest I’ve been on is the Auld Reekie Terror Tour, the trick is to go late at night or during the colder months of Autumn/Winter if you’re wanting to experience anything. Now I wasn’t expecting to experience anything on my tour, apart from learning about the history and tales of the past, however, things took a turn for the worst once we made out way into the South Bridge underground vaults. Standing in the group I started to experience an uncomfortable sensation in the ‘Torture Exhibition room’ and all I can remember is fainting, to then be picked up by my partner from the ground as it all happened so quick! I was then left next to the main entrance door to catch my breath and decide if I wanted to carry on with the tour. I was eager to carry on and a couple of other visitors from the group also experience dizziness, as you could imagine this was pretty scary! We then carried on into the vaults which I find eerie, to say the least, and damp. In the vaults we walked down the long corridor with small rooms to the right-hand side, inside each room was the ‘Wiccan’s Circle‘ or ‘Witches Coven‘ whichever you prefer to call it, and next to this was a large empty room called the ‘Haunted Vault’, which then lead onto the ‘Stone Circle‘ room, now this room is where I felt most insecure. I never dare step inside the stone circle, as people have reported to being scratched and physically attacked, so I wasn’t feeling brave enough to take that step, but I did, however, encounter a strange smell of burning smoke, which nobody else could smell that I asked the group. This was strange and exciting at the same time, as when we went to the next room, the tour guide then went on to mention the Great Fire. This was a larger room where Edinburgh families gathered to protect themselves from the fire, as they thought the stone would not catch fire, but things took a turn for the worst as the stones acted like a huge oven. I did feel really uneasy in this room and kept getting spells of dizziness and most importantly sickness, which in all honesty I couldn’t wait to get OUT!! I could have gone into further detail, but this isn’t really the main subject, but if your looking for a thrill or love history I’d highly recommend Edinburgh. I used to watch Most Haunted and they’ve spoken highly of Edinburgh for its historic culture and activity in the vaults, and the same with a recent group I’ve been getting into recently called Ghost Adventures, who also went down the Niddrie street vaults and places in Prague. I’m quite the thrill seeker and love trying new things, and definitely got more than I bargained for on that tour, and heard other bloggers and thrill seekers speak highly of Prague for its ancient history and paranormal activity.
(The Wiccans Circle inside the Niddrie Street Vaults, this is the only image I captured that night as it was around 11 pm and we couldn’t take many photos because it was so dark underground..)
At the top of my list would have to be Greece, in fact, this will soon be ticked off my bucket list as I’m expecting to travel there late September for a wedding in Rhodes. To say I’m excited by this would be an understatement and it just comes around so quick! This has been planned for a good year now, so it’s all finally coming together. Greece has so many Islands it would be impossible for me not to have the urge to visit them all one day, but Rhodes has definitely been somewhere I’ve grown to learn more about and love. The beaches really are beautiful and one thing I enjoy most about different cultures is the cuisine, and getting to try new thing’s you wouldn’t normally get back here in the UK. Greeks Meditarian cuisine really appeals to me as it’s super healthy and I’m a sucker for a good quality olive oil! I’m always buying different olive oils after reading up on the incredible health benefits, and enjoy using it for cooking and mixing in with salads. If there’s one thing I enjoy when travelling is my thirst for knowledge and history, and Rhodes makes a great medieval city to explore the ancient sites and get to know more about the history and modern culture. The architecture really is breathtaking and definitely something I can’t wait to explore whilst doing other activities, such as snorkelling in the crystal clear waters and chilling on the beautiful white sands during the day. The beaches really are beautiful and you have so much to choose from whilst exploring the valleys if you prefer to walk and explore whilst on holiday. Another great thing about Rhodes is the fact you can easily travel to Lindos or Turkey during your stay, and Lindos is packed full of hidden alleys with small boutiques and cafes, as you make your way to the aquamarine bay.
So there you have it my top three bucket list destinations and hopefully, you’ve learned something new about me and got an insight into what makes me tick and what I love to do when travelling 🙂
What’s your top 3 travel destinations? Do you have certain activities you most enjoy when on holiday?