I recently turned 26 and I freaked out about it a little bit (if you’d like to read the entire rambly freak-out post, please feel free). I hate getting older, I hate the reminders of all the things I have yet to achieve and all the things I wish I’d already done but either never got around too or was too chicken shit to actually do them. In general, my birthday and the period around my birthday is a time of reflection for me – but it never normally ends with wonderful revelations, just with me crying into a slice of birthday cake. But an opportunity arose shortly after which after a bit of brainstorming, gave me the idea of this post.
30 isn’t too far away but although 4 years sounds like a long time, I know (unfortunately) it’ll fly by. I’m not a huge travel fanatic but there are certainly some places on my radar that stick out to me and I know I’d love to visit – both near and far. 4 years is a realistic goal, I think. So here are some places I want to visit before I’m 30!
Scandinavia has been high on my ‘want to visit’ list for a long time; I’ve developed a real affinity with the countries, the languages and the lifestyles. But there’s a few reasons why Bergen in particular has jumped up to the top of my list. Firstly, Paul Hollywood went there during an episode of City Bakes and it looks fantastic. Secondly, I’ve been pinning a lot of photos of Bergen quite frankly, it looks magical. Thirdly, I recently did a DNA test and turns out, most of my ancestors were from Norway so that;s made me really want to visit!
Disneyland Paris (again)
I’ve been to Disneyland Paris 3 times and it’s just not enough. It’ll never be enough. Sometime in the next few years, I need to get myself back to the happiest place on Earth and the place that I feel so at home. Which is a real big deal for me because due to my anxiety, going anywhere makes me an anxious mess. If I ever have kids, of course I’m going to want to take them to Disneyland but I’m aiming to go at least once more as an adult without kids before then.
I’d love to go to Amsterdam for a bunch of reasons (none of them what you think). It looks beautiful, there’s no question about it and Dutch people are lovely (also my favourite Formula 1 driver is Dutch and he has the biggest fan base so chances are, I’ll have something to talk to the locals about!) Also, you can get straight there by Eurostar from London, which is a bonus because I’m not the best flyer but I love the Eurostar. Win win.
Bit closer to home but I’ve never been to Center Parcs and damn it, I wanna go. When I was in school, I had a friend who would go every year and I never knew what Center Parcs was and what on Earth was she doing there for an entire week every single year? It sounded like some magical place that you could only get to if you had a password or something! But I like chilled staycations, in the forest and away from the hustle and bustle so I know I’d love Center Parcs.
I didn’t want to push my luck so I’m going to stick to just these four, to make it more achievable. And let’s be honest, holidays are expensive and I’m not fortunate enough to be sent on lavish press trips just yet! Do you have any travel goals?
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