Queenstown, New Zealand has something for everyone – adventure, exercise, vineyards, cafes and fine dining and stunning scenery around every corner showcasing the best of the great outdoors. I’d always wanted to visit New Zealand and Queenstown was the perfect first glimpse of Aotearoa, the Maori name for the country meaning ‘land of the long white cloud’.
Sydney truly is one of the best cities in the world, with long, balmy summers and mild winters, photographic rock pools and beaches, trendy cafe’s and restaurants and some of the friendliest people on earth – if Australia is ‘God’s country’, Sydney is the pearly gate.
Having grown up in South Africa and studied in Cape Town, a weekend in Australian’s wine country was top of the list for a weekend away. Hunter Valley is 2.5-3 hours from Sydney so perfectly manageable for a weekend (long weekend if possible).
A perfect weekend away in Australia can be found in the city of Melbourne at just over an hour flying time from Sydney. With a combination of coffee, creativity, culture and coast, I know we’ll definitely be back soon.
Jervis Bay is a must visit. I couldn’t believe that this slice of paradise existed just 2.5 hours from Sydney. Whether you leave after work on a Friday or give yourself a full week – Jervis will deliver natural coastal beauty aplenty.
Cape Town is and always will be my favourite city in the world. The love affair started with wonderful childhood family holidays to Cape Town visiting Boulders beach, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island and Groot Constantia.
Since living in Singapore, Vietnam is continuously referenced as a must visit. We’ve also had friends from both South Africa and the UK visit Vietnam for extended lengths of time so with another public holiday looming, the choice was easy – Vietnam it was.
Mallorca is such a wonderful destination for a holiday offering something for everyone – exploring, outdoors, superb beaches, winding roads and sweeping views.
<Defined by its stunning shoreline, endless blue oceans, laid-back lifestyle and bohemian charm, Bali (also known by locals as 'Island of the Gods') has always been high on my travel bucket list.
Margaret River has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit – I think ever since I’ve known Phil we’ve watched the annual Margaret River Pro (international surfing competition) and on the lay days or ad breaks they would show the most beautiful scenery, rugged, natural and untouched sweeping views with the tagline ‘Just another…
Frequently compared to Singapore, we were curious to visit Hong Kong and see the comparison for ourselves. I was expecting skyscrapers and concrete, but you felt extremely close to nature and I love the way they have built the city around the water.
Edinburgh was our last city break before we were due to leave the UK and what a perfect choice. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city – small enough to get by on foot, which I loved and steeped in rich history.