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.
Hunter Valley, Australia
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, Australia
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, South Africa
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, Australia
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.
Singapore is a melting pot of Asian culture and history combined with western/European influence. Every trend that surfaces will find itself in Singapore soon enough. A foodie haven, there is so much choice in Singapore – from the local hawker centres and cute brunch spots to fine dining and Michelin stars.
Florence had always been top of our travel list but it was only after my brother visited the city and couldn’t stop raving about it, did we finally book a trip. Any chance we get to visit Italy we take so when it came to making plans for an Easter break, Florence was the obvious choice.
Positano is easily one of the most beautiful places I have been too. It’s the type of place where pictures don’t do the beauty justice or show what I can only describe as magic hour when the setting sun casts hues of pink light over the hillside town.
Walking the streets you become acquainted with the quintessential Venice with gondolas around every corner. Venice is one of those places where reality matches the postcards and it truly is a majestic city.
Known as the eternal city, I loved the local scenes, the food, the architecture that doesn’t consist of any modern buildings and the visible history that you find around every corner – a city full of style and romance and the echoes of civilizations gone by.
Berlin is captivating – full of history. A city with a dark past, juxtaposed with a culture that today shouts freedom.
I would love to go back to Ireland one day and see more of this beautiful place, but for now I am glad to have got a taste of this country full of wonderful, warm people, delicious food and rich history which is also a little part of me.
This trip brought back so many memories and I’ll be forever be grateful to my parents, that this is what my childhood holidays were made of.
This post on Paris and any more posts on Paris for that matter will always be dedicated to my sister. I don’t think anyone could love a city more and I can’t wait to return there with her and my mom someday. Each time I visit Paris, it is easy to fall more and more…
The little island of Jersey, is for now the place I call home. I’ve found some wonderful charms of island life – from the beautiful beaches, the green lanes and the honesty boxes to the abundance of good restaurants. Here I’ll share (with you) my favourites and keep on adding (more) as I go along….
This incredible city, a sustainable, clean, modern, green city with beautiful design everywhere you look, setting trend after trend in the design world and with so much to offer.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a very special city and if you can step a bit off the beaten path, you’ll find old world charm, beauty, culture and magic around every corner.
New York, USA
Spending almost a week in this incredible city, all the usual clichés came to mind, the city that doesn’t sleep, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere and Frank Sinatra’s famous New York New York playing as the soundtrack to our latest adventure. New York really isn’t a city, it’s a world and…
Iceland is good for both summer and winter and although in the summer months you might not see the Northern lights, you’ll be privy to wonderful scenery, beautiful landscapes and the great outdoors of this wonderful island.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian has been labelled a European capital of culture and has more Michelan stars per square meter than any other city in the world. San Sebastian on a good day is rather stunning with a beautiful stretch of beach and recently revamped promenade. Unfortunately we have yet to overnight in San Sebastian and have…
Amsterdam was definitely unexpected, it is a beautiful, trendy, vibrant, friendly city. I loved every bit of our weekend and count myself lucky for all the moments and gems we came across, some planned or recommended and some completely by chance. My advice when visiting Amsterdam is to keep an open mind, it has so much to offer.
The Mecca – Hossegor, France
‘The mecca’ is the name we have given to Hossegor, France. Hossegor and the surrounding Landes area is known as the surf capital of Europe so it has become our Mecca.
Cinque Terre, Italy
When I first saw a picture of Cinque Terre it seemed like a pipe dream, so to actually be there I felt like the luckiest person in the world and it didn’t disappoint for a second. Cinque Terre will always have a little piece of my heart.