I actually dream of one day being a travel blogger just visiting city after city and this my actual life. IMAGINE! I just love seeing and reading about people’s holidays but enjoy reading travel blogs in general. I decided to bring you this post on 10 places that I have been that I would HIGHLY recommend.
I have a long list of places I want to go and nearly every week I add another place to it. Andrew loves travelling so that works for me too 😉 I have always enjoyed visiting new cities and going on new adventures, even if it’s just a new place I haven’t been in Ireland.
So where do I recommend for you all?
I went here when I was 20 with Andrew. It was absolute PARADISE! I cannot put into words how beautiful it really was. I loved it so much. It was actually like a dream. We had a water villa with a glass floor and you could see down into the sea. We are together 8 and half years now and I told him that when we are 10 years together we should go back. We were actually going to go in November of this year but I told him I would rather go somewhere we have not been before so we are waiting until the 10 year mark now. Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination and if your looking for an incredible place to snorkel then this is your place. We stay in the stunning Adaaran Presitge Water Villas & went in May when the weather was just perfect.
This photo below is of us coming into land on our plane in the Maldives.
I went to NYC back when I was 21 and I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan. I didn’t fall in love like I thought I would but that all changed when I went back last December. IT WAS AMAZING! I don’t know why but I really loved it so much the second time around. The city of lights. Walking around Soho was so beautiful and walking into Times Square at night was just magical. It was at Christmas so I suppose that made it even more special. I would highly recommend doing NYC at Christmas as the ice rink in Central Park is open and it’s like something from a movie.
The photos below
- Shereen (best friend) and I at Top of the Rock
- Casually posing looking at the Empire State Building again 😀
This trip was actually a volunteering trip I done a few years back. I went to volunteer in a school with disadvantaged children and live in Cape Town for a month. It was definitely an experience. I came home from that trip feeling so grateful for the life I had. South Africa is such a stunning country. There is so much to do in Cape Town and surrounding areas. I learned to surf in there as they have some of the best surfing beaches in the world. When in Cape Town you have to go to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was in prison) and visit the wine region of Stellenbosch. Another must thing to do is go to Table Mountain. Table Mountain overlooks the whole of Cape Town and I will never forget the feeling of standing on top of it looking out and thinking WOW! It was a spectacular view and something everyone needs to experience. I went in September so the weather was touch and go but it is recommend to go in Dec-Feb.
The photos below
- With my children I worked with in my volunteer project
- The views on Table Mountain
- Skydiving over Cape Town
As you all know, I only went to visit Malta for the first time this year and fell in love. It’s such a gorgeous country and the people are so nice too. We went to Marsaxlokk which is the prettiest little fishing village. It’s so colourful from the buildings to the boats, it’s so nice. We stayed in the stunning Corinthia hotel where my best friend is getting married next year. The sea is turquoise in Malta and has some of the best areas in the world to scuba dive. We got a boat to The Blue Lagoon, Comino and went snorkelling. I didn’t want to leave. I would also recommend going to The Westin for Afternoon Tea. It’s so YUM and it’s way cheaper than Afternoon Tea in Ireland too. Everything from the sea to the buildings, the food to the sights is perfect in Malta and somewhere I would definitely recommend for your next Summer holiday. The best time to go is supposedly the end of June. Ryanair flys three times a week and flights are not expensive at all.
The photos below
- Exploring the old streets of Malta
- Sitting at the Azure Window in Gozo
This city will forever have a place in my heart. It was where I got engaged to Andrew and it was just so special. We got engaged on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 24th April 2015. I don’t just love Sydney because of this, I genuinely fell head over heels in love with this city. One minute you are standing in a street of high rises, the next you are beside a beach. It is like having the best of both worlds. We stayed in the incredible Shangri La which had the most amazing views of the Opera House. The night we got engaged, we went to the top floor of the hotel to Blu Bar on 36 which was a revolving restaurant/bar. It was amazing sitting there drinking cocktails taking in the views. We travelled to my visit my family in Putney by boat at night up the river. I just loved every minute of being in Sydney and would highly recommend it to everyone. There is so much to do from shopping to surfing, sightseeing to snorkelling on some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. I would recommend going to Sydney in February or March though as at least you are guaranteed sunshine.
The photos below
- Just before Andrew proposed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Making friends with a koala bear
I didn’t know if I was going to put this in or not but then I said it really is a must see place. I loved our resort which was called Now Jade however that is pretty much all we saw. We didn’t feel massively safe going outside of our resort but that is similar to the likes of Dominican Republic too. Our resort was like a small village and had everything so we didn’t feel at a loss. It had it’s own private beach with water-sports, do outdoor yoga, rent bikes and the views from the resort were stunning. There was so much to do and we were all inclusive which was even better. In the whole 8 days, we didn’t once get bored. We went in February and the temperature was just perfect, in the mid to late 20’s. This is definitely a relaxing holiday where you really do nothing and chill out, probably like all holidays should be really. You still can do activities but mainly it’s all about good wine, delicious Mexican food and sunbathing.
The photos below
- Casual posing at our infinity pool 😉
- Waking up at 5am for the sunset
One of my favourite places I have ever been. I don’t know what it is but I have just loved every trip to Dubai. We have been three times now and I am DYING to go back. I think if we go back to Australia next March, we will stop off on the way again. We have stayed in the Melia Dubai, Atlantis and The Waldorf and all three I would recommend. Atlantis is quite dear so be prepared for that however it does include unlimited access to the aquarium and water park so perfect for children. Atlantis can be booked as room only, half board or all inclusive so depends on your package. Atlantis is also on The Palm so is a bit away from all the action. I think when we go back we will stay there for one night maybe just as it is such an incredible hotel, you couldn’t not stay there but for me The Waldorf was ten times more luxurious and beautiful. The service we got in the Waldorf was on another level. We were treated like kings and queens in the Waldorf. Their beach and views from the hotel are amazing as you are still on the edge of the Palm but have a view of Atlantis in the distance. The Waldorf for me was more for adults. The only down fall of being in the Waldorf is that it’s a good taxi ride to Dubai Mall if you wish to go. Dubai Mall is a MUST! It literally has every shop you could ever imagine and even has an aquarium where you can swim with sharks. The Dubai Fountain is a must see at night. The Mall of Emirates has an indoor snow park where you can ski and snowboard. Another thing you can do is visit the diamond markets and spice markets. This is the old Dubai. The list really is endless. It’s only an hour from Abu Dhabi so you can do both of them in one trip if you wish. I think that’s what we will do next time 🙂 We went in November and June but June was WAY too hot so I would highly recommend October or November.
The photos below
- The view from our hotel room in Atlantis
- At the Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis
- Snowboarding in Ski Dubai
- The view from The Waldorf Dubai
Another BEAUTY of a place you must see in your lifetime. There is nothing better than snowy mountains & this is one of the best places you can ski or snowboard. Meribel is where I go every year to snowboard. The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world with people flocking from the other side of the world to experience the sheer amount of ski runs this pace has. You could easily spend one week in Meribel and not do the same ski run twice, it is that big. Snow holidays are like no other. They are the best of fun and you are exercising too 😉 There is something for everyone to do even if you choose not to ski. I have been to Morzine and Meribel but Meribel is much better so I advise on going here. We book with an Irish company every year called Highlife who are a luxury ski holiday company in Dublin. You can also read all about my most recent trip to the Alps HERE.
I really wish we had of done more of Indonesia when we were there. Bali is such a beautiful country and because we were living in Perth, it was so cheap to get there. We stayed in Seminyak which is where most of the nice hotels are. There is a fabulous beach club called Potatoe Head which I would highly recommend and a restaurant called Ku De Ta for the most romantic sunsets at dinner. Ubud is suppose to be out of this world so if you are going then I reckon it’s well worth checking this out. I want to go here on my next trip. Another place that looks sensational is the Gili islands. Friends of ours got engaged there and their photos were just stunning. I love Bali for relaxing so just like Cancun that’s exactly what this holiday is all about.
The photos below
- In our private villa
- Feeding the elephants at Bali Zoo
Last but not least is Singapore. Another place I didn’t know if I was going to put in or not, but yet again had one of the most incredible buildings I had ever seen. The Marina Bay Sands hotel was something I had always wanted to see, so standing at the bar on the rooftop looking out at the whole of Singapore was a magical moment. While in Singapore, we really fit in loads to do from shopping, visiting Universal Studios to doing a Singaporean cooking class, it was a really fun trip. I think the cooking class is an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Singapore. We stayed in the gorgeous W Hotel on Sentosa Island. Everything about this hotel was just WOW!!!! One thing I will warn you about is, be prepared for the humidity. It is humidity like you will never have felt before. Universal Studios was amazing and we also went for the famous High Tea @ Raffles Hotel. Expensive but worth ever cents It really is a fabulous city.
The photos below
- The view from the top floor bar at Marina Bay Sands
- Andrew and I at the cooking class
- Outside Universal Studios Singapore
I am not happy if I don’t have my next holiday planned or booked. I work hard enough that I need holidays to look forward too. I wish sometimes that I spent less on handbags and more on travel but sometimes I just cannot help it 😀 This year so far I’ve been to Meribel snowboarding in the Alps, Edinburgh and Malta twice (I loved it that much, I went back a second time). We said to each other last year when we came back from Australia that we would see more of Europe, so some more European city breaks will be on the cards this year. Amsterdam, Pisa, Florence and Rome are all top of that list.
Love Aoibhe xxx
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