If I had to pick five places to return to, where would I go? It’s not something I’ve thought about much in the past. I always try to travel to new destinations whenever I have the chance. But there are a few places that really captured my heart and left me wanting more.
Kan over at Kan Walk Will Travel kindly nominated me to enter a competition currently being run by Booked.net, who are challenging us bloggers to name five places we’d go back to in the future. So where would I travel back to in a heartbeat?
1. Cinque Terre
Situated on the Ligurian coast of Italy, the Cinque Terre must be one of the most stunning places on earth. Incredible, impossibly placed towns nestled amongst the romance of local vineyards is a combination that’s hard to beat.
My previous visit was too fleeting and I didn’t have the opportunity to walk the famous cliffside paths between the five towns. I’d love to return and take a few days slowly hiking the route, making the most of every opportunity for a good photograph along the way.
My first (and to date only) visit to Asia began in Bangkok, and what an introduction! I enjoyed every minute despite being oppressed by the heat, throngs of people and the smell of street food in every direction. My senses were on fire for the entire trip.
I have never felt more alive than I did exploring this city, and whilst I know that feeling would be hard to replicate on a second visit there are so many things drawing me back. The food, the people, the longtail boats, the rooftop bars, the markets – I could go on. I just know that one day I have to head back to Bangkok and do it all again.
3. Scottish Highlands
Scotland really took me by surprise, in no small part thanks to the subtle beauty of the Highlands. Driving through the rolling hills, along lochs and under the shadows of mountains was fantastic. The light was incredible and really made the landscape sing.
As someone who likes to photograph landscapes, I’m often on the look out for water and if I’m lucky some kind of reflection. The Scottish Highlands delivered shots like this one so many times I’d be crazy to not want to go back!
4. The Matterhorn
Probably the most famous peak in Switzerland, the Matterhorn needs little introduction. My last visit was far too short, just a day trip from the nearby town of Visp. Unfortunately I only had time to take the long cable car to the Klein Matterhorn, capture the views and then head back to the hotel.
This area really needs hiking, and if I were to return I would definitely make a long weekend of it. There must be so many great spots from which to photograph the Matterhorn, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days than discovering them for myself.
Driving amongst the exquisite landscape of Tuscany I couldn’t help but look at every single hilltop town and think “I want to visit that one!”. I’d visit every single one if I had the time! And that’s why I must return to this picture perfect corner of the world.
I have fantastic memories of the wine, the food and the landscape. The only thing I regret about my last trip is that it didn’t last longer! On my next visit I’ll endeavour to stay in the Val d’Orcia region, and spend more time out in the fields taking photographs and getting lost in the beauty of it all.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the competition you can visit Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There. Anybody can enter, but here are my five nominations: Travel Words, Visual Venturing, A Scot In Norway, On The Luce and Retiree Diary. I’m looking forward to seeing your entries! If you accept the challenge of course 🙂
Where would you return to? Maybe you’ve visited some of the places I’ve chosen above? I’ve love to hear from you!