I’ve been experiencing a lot of wanderlust as of late and so with that, I wanted to share the beautiful places I’ve added to my bucket list. No doubt they will be so many places I have missed out, so please leave me a comment with anywhere you think I need to be adding to my list or any place you’ve visited and loved. All of these places are easily accessible from the UK and affordable to travel to.
Cherry Blossom Avenue – Bonn Germany
I first saw a picture of this magical place ten years ago and have been slightly obsessed with it ever since. Located in the west of Germany and with the Rhine running through its centre, this town boasts beautiful gothic architecture and a fairytale feeling reminiscent of the classic Grimm stories.
Blossom season itself only lasts for around 3 weeks in April but if you unfortunately miss out then never fear! there is still lots and lots to do here, including numerous museum and parks and if you’re into classical music then you’re in luck, Bonn in the birthplace of Beethoven and being steeped in history, its perfect for a weekend away.
The Faroe Islands
I don’t even feel the need to sell this place to you because look at it!!! WOW, it’s bloody beautiful. Being from the UK I’m a big fan of open green places and rolling hills but the charming rugged feeling of this place is just breathtaking.
Located between the tip Scotland and Iceland and made up of 18 islands, this place is an adventurers dream. The country is self-governed but comes under the kingdom of Denmark, whose influence is really visible in the cute multi-coloured buildings.
If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors then this isn’t the place for you, but if you are then the Faroe Islands are a relative smorgasbord of views to capture and mountains to hike.
The Faroe Islands is also a great place to try and spot the elusive northern lights. Although not guaranteed, the best time for this tends to be throughout the Autumn and Winter months when the sky is clear and the temperature’s cold. I’ve have never seen the northern lights but have always had this on my bucket list. From the looks of it, the Faroe Islands look like a fantastic place to be able to experience this. Just don’t expect to find a Starbucks down the street! this is a very rural setting so be prepared for walking boots and lashings of rain from the temperamental and fast changing weather. I Imagine though that it is totally worth it to experience the amazing sights this place has to offer.
I’ve already mentioned in one of my previous posts about my desire to take a trip here at some point in the near future and I’m currently spending most of my spare time scouring the internet for a good holiday deal and you’re about to see why!
Only a 4-hour flight from most UK airports, Madeira is close enough for a week’s holiday but far away enough to feel like you’re basking on a far-flung tropical island. The volcanic rich soil means that it’s home to a vast array of botanical delights as well as a wonderful selection of homegrown fresh fruit and vegetables.
Due to its location in the Atlantic, the temperature never gets too hot in summer or too cold in the winter, making it a great place to visit if you want to save money by going out of season. Don’t be fooled by this relaxing island though, there is so much to do! hiking trails, whale watching, scuba diving, paragliding, boat trips and that’s before you’ve even had time to sit down and open a book!
The great attraction about Madeira is that you can make it as active or relaxing as you like. It’s affordable and with pretty guaranteed sunny weather what’s not to love?! It’s no wonder the Portuguese island has been voted Europes best island destination on more than one occasion.
Skellig Island – Ireland
If you think you recognise this place then that’s probably because it was featured on the end of the latest Star War’s movie – the force awakens. Thanks to this, Skellig, located just off the coast of County Kerry, has enjoyed increased visitor numbers. Being a world heritage site, the early monastic outpost isn’t the type of place you stay for a long weekend, but for a day trip it’s fantastic!
The ruins are remarkably well preserved for a location being constantly battered by the Atlantic winds and include a 600 step climb to reach the ruined church and graveyard. Boats only run from May to September and take around 45 minutes. Not great if you’re seasick like me and if you think I’m joking (WARNING! please stop reading now if you’re eating or just don’t like the mention of vomit)…. I once projectile vomited onto the poor lady in front of me whilst on a choppy boat ride! yes the boat was full of people, yes it was highly embarrassing and yes I did have to lie down in the street in dramatic fashion when we left the boat. Luckily when the sky stopped spinning I was fine. So If you don’t want to make a complete tit of yourself like me and you plan going to Skellig Islands them maybe some travel sickness tablets wouldn’t go amiss.
Thankfully after you’ve endured the boat ride there and back there’s the wonderful Country Kerry to Explore. I’ve never been to Ireland but always love the scenery. It’s really affordable to stay, eat and get around and in general, is just a bloody beautiful part of the world.
Do you agree with my wanderlust list? Any comments are very welcome and much appreciated! Have a great day…. x