Today’s Friday Favourites post is a little bit different as I wanted to take the opportunity to share my favourite places to travel with you all. I know the normal Friday favourites way is to share parts of my week, but that’s just not going to happen this week. You see I’m typing this on Bank Holiday Monday as I know I’ve got a busy week coming up, but I still want to get a post written for Friday. So a My Favourite Places to Travel post seemed like the next best thing.
Number 1, The Algarve, Portugal
Going to Portugal is a little like going home. It’s a place I go to so often that I feel utterly relaxed as soon as I land. Sometimes the familiarity of a well known, and well loved, place is exactly what’s needed. It means that I know the good lunch spots, I already have a running route and there are pastel de nata all over the place! The other great thing about Portugal is the opportunity for adventures. There are so many corners to explore nearby; from small coastal villages to market towns and trips across the border into Spain. For more details check out this ode to Portugal.
Number 2, New York City, USA
Number two on my favourite places to travel to is New York. I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York City four times and from these trips it has become a firm favourite. I love the hustle and bustle of it, the towering buildings, the wonders of Central Park, the delights of Broadway and the delicious food available on every corner. Check out my Top 5 things to do in New York here and this post on visiting at Christmas time.
Number 3, Wales
A cottage in Wales is the ultimate escape. We had a whole Evans family trip there a few years ago and it was glorious. We had a lovely apartment overlooking the beach and when we weren’t playing board games and reading all the books, we were exploring the Welsh countryside. There were trips on the local steam train, visits to the nearby villages and a magnificent drive through Snowdonia National Park. Definitely one of my favourite trips and something I want to do again in the not too distant future. Wales is so entwined with my childhood and yet I don’t get back to visit nearly enough. I did get to spend a day in Wales last year, which was glorious, I’m hoping to catch up with this lot later on this year.
Number 4, Paris, France
Next on my list of favourite places to travel is Paris. I think jumping on the Eurostar and ending up in Paris two hours later is one of my favourite things. I love the ease and simplicity of it and the fact that you can be strolling along the River Seine in no time at all. Then there’s the croissants, and the macaroons, the gardens at the Musee de Rodin, the views from the Arc de Triomphe and the many splendours of the Musee D’Orsay to explore. You might also like this post with Five Tips to Paris on a Budget from my visit two years ago.
Number 5, Melbourne, Australia
I have family in Australia so it’s another country that I have visited a few times. It’s hard to pick my favourite place, Sydney will always be a favourite because it feels like I know it so well and it’s the same for the towns that my family live in. But if I really had to pick I think my favourite city in Australia is Melbourne. There’s a chilled out, cool vibe to it, that just pulls you into the city and makes you fall in love with it. The streets are lined with amazing art and there are so many wonderful food spots to explore. From Melbourne you can also take a trip to Philip Island to see the penguins, which is truly magical.
So there we have it, a list of my favourite places to travel. What are your favourite places? Do you have trips that you take more often than others, or a favourite retreat that keeps you sane?