Some of My Top Destinations
Looking for inspiration? Here are some of my top destinations. There are ideas for a weekend away, a trek or a splurge vacation. Some destinations are about the culture and mood, while others are for the experiences and activities. Take a look and be inspired!
City break – Romantic – Walkable
Seville is one of my favourite cities in the world. It has stunning architecture, soft sunny colouring, tempting tapas and numerous iconic buildings to visit. It’s very walkable and invites you to explore both day and night.
Seville, Andalucia, South-West Spain, Europe
Sightseeing, food and drink
Visit in the Spring or Autumn
City break – Cultural
Reputedly the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Sightsee on canal tours, through beautiful Nyhavn harbour or cycle through the gardens to castles and palaces. There is plenty of culture to soak up too, with an opera house, theatres and museums.
Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe
Sightseeing and culture
Spring through Autumn
Beach holiday – sports
Lacanau Ocean, France
The 14km long sandy beach is a base for lots of family fun, watersports and walking. It’s one of the best surf spots in France – so a great choice for beginners through to pros. The sandy beach leads into deep forests and nature reserves to explore on foot or by bike. There’s lots of great locations to day trip to including St Emilion, Bordeaux or the Phare du Cordouan.
Lacanau Ocean, France, Europe
Surfing, hiking, cycling
Early Spring to Late Summer
Family – beach and relaxing
Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
If you are in the need of some R&R, then Boca Grande or Little Gasparilla Island might be your spot. BG is a village on Gasparilla Island Northwest of Fort Myers, and LGI lies a short boat ride away. Low-key beach life blends with delicious dining. Spend your days fishing off a boat, shell collecting on beach walks or perusing the BG shops and cafes.
Boca Grande & LGI, South-West Florida, USA
Relaxing beach vacation
October to March
Trek – across the Jordanian desert to Petra
Dana village to Petra – Jordan
This epic trek is one of the finest in the Middle East. Through rugged and rocky terrain across the edge of the Rift Valley. There are canyons and gorges, steep inclines and breathtaking views. Wilderness Bedouin style camping under the stars end each of your trek days. The final destination is magical Petra – one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.
Dana village to Petra, Jordan, Middle East
Trek and Sightseeing
April, May, October or November
Relaxation – outdoor activities
Scilly Isles, England
The Scilly Isles might lie just off the Cornish coast; however they feel a world apart. 140 small islands lie in turquoise waters waiting to be explored by foot, boat or bike. There’s a sense of escaping to these isles as you get to explore and enjoy or equally do nothing but soak up the spectacular views. Each island has a unique feel, and there are sub-tropical gardens, beach, coastal or country walks and water activities to try out. And did I mention great seafood?
Scilly Isles, off Cornwall, South-West England
Walking, watersports, relaxation and dining
Spring to Autumn
Couples or Family Beach & Activity Holiday
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Sweeping white-sand beaches are dotted with All-Inclusive hotels, small boutique hotels and restaurants galore. Riviera Maya is perfect for a care-free holiday especially suited when you have a mix of ages to cater for. Take days out to sacred ruins and sparkling cenotes or get some adrenaline hits with zip-lining, horseriding and activity adventure parks. Quieter than Cancun, you can still seek out Mexican culture and authenticity – but you can equally sit back, relax and recharge. The choice is yours.
Riviera Maya, Caribbean Coast, Mexico
Relaxing beach holiday with activity and cultural days out.
December through to April
Winter or Summer activities
Keystone, Colorado, USA
A fantastic ski resort in the rocky mountains of Colorado. Mountains of fun – from skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice skating. In the summer, take the lifts and cruze down the mountain bike runs. There are fabulous places to stay, eat and shop too.
Keystone, Colorado, USA
Winter sports and Summer hiking, biking, fishing
January to March (Ski) May to Sept (Hike and Bike)
Walking, Surfing and outdoor life
The Gower, Wales
It’s no wonder that The Gower was Britain’s first Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty! There’s so much to explore and do here. Rhossili, Three Cliffs or Whiteford Sands are the perfect place for a recharge day. Walk the Wales Coast Path taking in saltmarsh, dramatic cliff or secluded bay views. There’s history and heritage to explore and local food and drink to try.