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My top five destinations to return to

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If you had to choose five past destinations to go back to, which would they be? Although I’m always looking forward to the next place I would like to visit – and have a travel wish-list which only ever seems to get longer and longer – there are a few previous destinations that really captured my heart. When you’ve got a limit on the time and money you have available to travel, it can hard to justify returning to the same place again, but sometimes going back lets you dig deeper into a destination, or just gives you a second chance if a trip didn’t work out quite as planned. I wrote a bit about this in a post about my travel loves, old and new, but it’s also the premise of a new competition. I was nominated to share my choices by Travel with Kat and Flights, Camera, Satisfaction, and narrowing my list of favourites down to just five was almost impossible. I’m sure that if you asked me the same question tomorrow I’d probably choose a completely different selection of places. But my choices right now would be (in vaguely chronological order)…

New York

If there’s a question about travel New York is normally the answer – my first long-haul flight, my first trip out of Europe, the place I first fell in love with travel. Aged 18 I flew out for a week that changed my life. Coming from a small English town, New York was so different from anything I’d ever experienced – the towering skyscrapers, the accents, the sheer number of people. But on the other hand the famous landmarks, the yellow cabs, the steam rising from subway grilles – it was all so familiar from films and TV shows. For me New York had the perfect mix of the familiar and the exotic, and it still does. Since that first trip I’ve been back four more times and every trip I’ve discovered new places to visit, new neighbourhoods to explore and new stories to tell. And even if I went back every year I’m sure I’d never run out.

View from the Rockefeller Center New York

New York’s Central Park from the Top of the Rock observation deck

Méribel-Mottaret, French Alps

After 25 years as a ski skeptic, Méribel-Mottaret in the French Alps was where I was finally convinced to give it a try. And I couldn’t think of a better place to do it. At the heart of the Three Valleys ski area above bigger neighbour Méribel, the village has the classic wooden chalets strung with fairy lights and pine forests sprinkled with snow, all with a background of towering peaks. By the end of the week I had a decent parallel turn, an obsession with vin chaud and a new love of the Alps in winter. I’ve flirted with other ski resorts since then – Zermatt, Morzine, I even tried a long-term relationship with St Jean d’Aulps – but Mottaret keeps drawing me back. It has familiar slopes to ease me back into skiing, my favourite restaurants with a view, but also has access out into the Three Valleys so there’s always somewhere new to ski.

Mulled wine on the slopes in Merbel, French Alps

Mulled wine on the slopes

Sorrento, Italy

I could easily put the whole country of Italy on my list of places to return to – something about the combination of amazing food and wine, diverse scenery and a fascinating history that brings me back again and again. But that would be making it a bit too easy, so if I have to choose one place it would be Sorrento. One of my favourite trips of the last few years, it was a small-scale version of all the things I love about Italy – visiting world-class ruins at Pompeii, mixing with the beautiful people on Capri, drinking prosecco on a terrace overlooking the sea and eating fresh seafood and gelato on the beach. I’ve been desperate to go back since and in October I’ll be staying just down the road in the Amalfi Coast so get to revisit a few favourite spots as well as checking out another gorgeous patch of Italian coastline.

Colourful buildings in the harbour of Marina Grande, Bay of Naples, Italy

Along the waterfront in Sorrento

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Not all of the destinations I’d return to are in exotic foreign countries, some are a bit closer to home, like Lulworth Cove in Dorset on the south coast of England. This lovely horseshoe-shaped bay has been the site for some of my best family holidays. Not so much when we were young but more in the last few years, when our extended family have hired a big house and descended from across the country for a week of catching up, coastal walks and country pubs. Although we have tried out a few other destinations – from Portugal last year to Northumberland this year – Dorset and Lulworth Cove in particular has always been a favourite. Hopefully it’s a tradition we’ll continue for years to come, and get to introduce a new generation to this part of the world when my brother and his girlfriend have their first baby later this year!

Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England

The perfect horseshoe-shaped bay at Lulworth Cove

Santorini, Greece

Although most of these destinations I’ve spent a few days in, I only had a few hours in Santorini on my Mediterranean cruise earlier this year, but it was long enough to know I have to go back. The white buildings and blue-domed churches, with the dramatic backdrop of the caldera with its volcanic islands rising from a deep blue sea – it was like walking into a brochure for the Greek Tourist Board. I’d wanted to visit for years and sometimes expectations can be hard to live up to, but Santorini delivered, even though we only scratched the surface with a day in the town of Fira. Despite being hot and packed, it was inescapably beautiful. But there are also the ancient ruins at Akrotiri, the perfect sunset spot at Oia, the black sand beaches at Perissa and not to forget the island’s wineries. I’m already looking out for flights for next year.

Caldera view in Fira, Santorini, Greece

Looking out across the caldera in Santorini

So those are my choices – narrowly beating other favourites like Paris, Ubud in Bali, and Sedona in the USA. But what would your choices be? Let me know in the comments below, or find out more about the Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There competition.

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  1. I love this Lucy! I have been thinking a lot recently about places I would like to return to, balancing them with the ever growing wanderlust list! Most of the places on my list are similar to your Santorini – places I did not get to spend enough time in and would like to explore at a deeper level, notably Vienna, Chicago and Scotland. Then there are the places that I loved and could return again and again, in Europe that is Salzburg and in the USA that is Maine, where I spent my childhood vacationing. You have a great list – I love your picture of Lulworth Cove and agree that Sedona narrowly missed my list!

    August 14, 2014
    • It is difficult to balance the draw of exploring new places and the desire to go back isn’t it? I loved Vienna when I was there last month (lots of posts coming up soon!) and was so impressed with Austria in general, so would love to go to Salzburg sometime.

      August 15, 2014
  2. Ben #

    Great post Lucy! I love New York too and am hoping to go back again next year. Your description of it as familiar but exotic is spot on, I have to agree it’s a perfect mix! I haven’t visited any of the other places on your list, but would love to visit Santorini one day. It clearly made an impression on you even if the visit was fleeting. It’s nice to see a spot from the UK on there too. I’m hoping this will be the year I fully embrace the world of skiing – maybe I need a long weekend in Meribel!

    August 14, 2014
    • Thanks Ben, I was hoping to tag a couple of days in New York onto a trip this autumn but it didn’t work out, but hopefully will make it back out there soon. I want to go and explore Brooklyn a bit better next time as I’ve not ventured out of Manhattan much. If you do make it to Meribel skiing give me a shout, I have lots of tips!

      August 15, 2014
    • Ben #

      That’s a shame it didn’t work out, I’d like to visit in autumn too. I’m hoping to explore Brooklyn next time as well, there is just so much to do in Manhattan though! I hope you manage to make it back there soon. And thanks for the offer, I’ll let you know if we head down that way! 🙂

      August 15, 2014
  3. Wonderful places. Part of my childhood and teen years were spent living in New York, so it is dear to my heart. There is no energy quite like New York City. Now, I can take it for two or three weeks before having to retire to a quieter lifestyle, but I still love it.

    August 14, 2014
    • New York must have been an amazing place to grow up. I feel a similar way about London now – I lived there for 10 years on and off and love to go and visit but am out of practice and find the pace of everything a bit exhausting after a while!

      August 15, 2014
  4. I’m like you, Lucy. It’s hard to think of places I’d revisit when time and money constraints keep me moving forward to new places instead. But my top 5 would be: Juneau, Alaska where I lived for a while in the 90’s, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, South Dakota, and Maine.

    I’d love to see all those places again, but first — some new places in this great big world we live in. 🙂

    August 14, 2014
    • It is hard to justify sometimes – though my trick is to combine a new place with an old one I want to go back to in the same trip! You’re the second person to mention Maine so I might have to look into that, and Alaska has been on my wish-list for a while now.

      August 15, 2014
  5. Great post girl! Love to read where you love to return. Many inspirational places ! Thanks for this one ! x

    August 14, 2014
  6. Great post, Sorrento looks absolutely stunning.

    August 14, 2014
    • Thanks – yes it’s a gorgeous part of the coast, and so much to see around there too.

      August 15, 2014
  7. That’s a fantastic post, Lucy. I really liked New York as well and I am sure that I will return one day. My Top Five destinations to return to would be China, especially Beijing, Dubai, Thailand, Costa Rica and Northern India. The last one is kind of a-“Being-fascinated-Hate”-Relationship, but even though I would like to go back to see more of the country, dig deeper into the culture and see how I would like it then. Costa Rica is a place where I lived for two months during my studies at Uni. I did a language class and volunteer work and I would really love to return. Thailand is always worth a visit for me, so I am looking forward for the next time I’ll go back. Beijing and Dubai are my current favourites and I will be flying back to both cities next week. I just hope, it’ll be as great and as amazing as it was during my previous stays there.

    August 14, 2014
    • Thanks Vanessa. I loved Costa Rica and Thailand too and know exactly what you mean about India – I was almost glad to leave at the end of my time there but am still fascinated by it and would like to go back and see more, especially the southern part around Kerala. Hope you have a great trip back to Dubai and Beijing!

      August 15, 2014
  8. personally i was on my way to Sorrento but once I came to Naples I decided to not go further South. As seen in Naples, the mafia was controlling much of the town and it was in a really bad shape.

    August 14, 2014
    • That’s a shame – I didn’t see any problems in Sorrento. I just transferred through Naples and didn’t spend any time there, but have heard mixed reports on what it’s like now.

      August 15, 2014
  9. The area of Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples is really one of my favorite places in the world, please do go back whenever you get the chance 🙂

    August 14, 2014
    • I’m really looking forward to seeing the Amalfi Coast later this year, last trip we stuck to Sorrento/Pompeii/Capri so I wanted to go back and see what I missed as I’ve heard such good things about it!

      August 15, 2014
  10. Great selection and who knew a beautiful bay like this existed in the UK! I have yet to visit New York and I am in my late twenties so I can only imagine what it must have felt like on your first trip out of Europe. It’s hard narrowing my favourite travel spots down to 10, let alone 5, but here they are:

    1. Malta – Wandering in the streets of Valletta or the silent city Mdina, eating delicious Ftira and let’s not forget the International Fireworks Festival every year in April makes this my all-time #1!
    2. Crete – Roman and Minoan ruins, beautiful beaches and amazing food and wine.
    3. Lisbon – Charming city with miradouros (viewpoints) everywhere plus the best dessert on earth: pastel de nata!
    4. Tuscany – Vineyards, picturesque hill-top towns and, again, great food and wine (I see a pattern here ;-))
    5. Corsica – has it all! Mountains, alpine lakes, sandy beaches, amazing food, not too many tourists, and the best of all: Bonifacio with its citadel and old town.

    Greetings from Dublin (great city but didn’t make it onto my list ;-))
    Mel

    August 14, 2014
    • The UK really has some beautiful beaches – right from Cornwall in the south up to the islands of Scotland. Though shame we don’t always get the weather to go with them! Love your choices – Corsica and Malta are both places I’ve wanted to visit for a while now and you’re definitely making me want to go even more!

      August 15, 2014
    • Thanks Lucy! I am in the process of writing travel posts about Malta so hopefully they’ll be online soon. If you need any advice now I’ll be very happy to share my tips , incl. the best place to stay 🙂

      August 15, 2014
  11. I’m so excited to see Sorrento on your list – I’m going in September (for the first time). Can’t wait!

    August 14, 2014
    • Sure you will love it. A couple of my tips are Cafe Latino (great wines in a pretty courtyard garden with lemon and orange trees decorated with lights), Inn Buffalita if you like Mozarella, and the terrace of the Bellvue Syrene hotel for drinks with an amazing view. Have a fantastic time!

      August 15, 2014
  12. Great post! I’m hoping I can eventually afford to make it overseas. Until then, the U.S. has a lot of beauty I still need to see.

    Beautiful photos!

    August 14, 2014
    • Thank you! The US has so many amazing places – New York, Sedona, Bryce Canyon and San Francisco are just four places I’ve visited so far that I’d love to go back to!

      August 15, 2014
  13. Mine would be Istanbul, Antigua, Rome, Edinburgh and Goa!

    August 14, 2014
    • I’ve just been back to Istanbul for the second time and still feel like I have so much more to see there. Antigua would be fabulous too!

      August 15, 2014
  14. I have to agree with you on New York – I love the energy of the city! Other places I would return to are Seattle, Delhi, London, and Buenos Aires.

    August 14, 2014
    • New York really does have a special feel to it! I would like to see Seattle sometime too, I’ve heard that it’s a great city.

      August 15, 2014
  15. I to have been to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast and yes i would love to go back. I love Whitby and have been a couple of times ~ would go again in a heartbeat.Especially to a quirky hotel there i love called La Rosa.When i was a girl my family always went to Scotland camping and I would love to return to the west coast there with my boyfriend sometime. I would love to go back to Canada especially Vancouver Island. And after a recent trip to Paris ….well i’ d love to return there too.Still so much there to see.<3

    August 14, 2014
    • I don’t think you could ever run out of things to see in Paris! I have seen shamefully little of Scotland yet so a proper exploration is on the cards soon, and I have my first trip to Canada next month and I suspect this’ll start off a new destination obsession!

      August 15, 2014
  16. Liz #

    Oh this is so tough, but so fun to pick!

    My five:

    Paris – I’ve been three times now and it’s just a place that restores my soul. I’ve stopped going as a tourist and started going just to “live there for a bit” now.

    Jerusalem – I could wander the Old City for hours. And having grown up both Jewish and Christian it provokes a good kind of tension in me.

    The Montenegro Coast – I drove this from Albania and thought I was going to die driving those cliffs – but it was also so beautiful it moved me to tears.

    Istanbul – East meets west. The food. The culture. The history. One of my favorite places to get lost.

    Santorini – I went by myself. I hope to return and share it with someone special someday.

    August 15, 2014
    • I feel the same about Paris – I go just to hang out and wander around different parts of the city now rather than to see any of the ‘sights’. Santorini blew me away so I really hope to get back there soon, and after spending a week in Kotor Montenegro last year I would like to see more of the country as well as the rest of the Balkans.

      August 15, 2014
  17. Switzerland! I went as a large group to 4 countries in Europe, Switzerland being one of them. We were unfortunately only there for a day or two, but it was my favorite country! Can’t wait to explore more of it

    August 15, 2014
    • Switzerland is so beautiful – such a huge array of scenery in a comparatively small country, and I love that the French, German and Italian parts have such a different feel, it’s like several countries in one!

      August 15, 2014
  18. Five places I would like to return? I took a trip to Europe when I was 18 before I had studied art history, before I fully grasped the beauty of reading nonfiction, and before I realized that travel is best when taken slowly at my own pace. Thus, I’d like revisit Rome and Paris so that I can take my time and appreciate the history that make them so great. I’d like to spend more time in Padua, Italy. I wouldn’t mind riding side-saddle on the back of bikes and wandering the many museums of Amsterdam again. And I hope to return to New York in the near future, for it’s where I found the 25th hour of the day, where I felt most invincible.

    August 15, 2014
    • I think places like Rome and Paris there is always so much more to see and different layers of the city to uncover, particularly with your art history background. Amsterdam is one place I’d like to give another shot as previously I’ve been ill or had terrible weather so would be nice to do it properly.

      August 15, 2014
  19. A great list! My five:
    1 Dubai
    2. Barcelona
    3. Taos, New Mexico
    4. The British Virgin Islands
    5. London (never get tired of it)

    August 15, 2014
    • I really liked Taos too when we visited last year, though we only had a day there. I think Dubai would be fascinating to visit too as it’s so different from anywhere else I’ve been. And having seen pictures of the British Virgin Islands I can totally see where you’re coming from there!

      August 15, 2014
  20. Susan #

    Great post, Lucy. I’ve been to NYC and to Sorrento. Santorini and London are on my bucket list. I loved Hawaii and Taormina and hope to return to them!

    August 15, 2014
    • Hawaii and Taormina are both places I would love to visit too – Hawaii is such a long trip from the UK but Sicily isn’t far at all. I spent a couple of days in Catania earlier this year and it really made me want to go and see more of the island.

      August 15, 2014
  21. FunFlyingFour #

    fantastic post! My top 5 would be…

    1. Edinburgh, Scotland; having lived there twice now (age 13-16 & again at 20 something!) I am in love with that city and if I got the chance to return (to live or visit) I would jump at it.

    2. Prague, Czech Republic; we visited with our then 9 month old, traveling with kids is awesome, but oh how I would love to visit Prague without children!

    3. Malcesine, Italy; we spent a week here for our wedding, yeah, but we were so busy with wedding stuff we never really got to enjoy Malcesine/Lake Garda.

    4. Copenhagen, Denmark; I didn’t think I would love Copenhagen as much as I did!

    5. Thailand; my first international travel at age 13, also where I got bit by the travel bug 🙂

    August 15, 2014
    • Good choices! Thailand was my second trip out of Europe and I really fell in love with it and have been back three times since, though not for 10 years now. I’m planning a trip to Copenhagen next summer too so looking forward to seeing the city, and don’t know much about Malcesine but with my love of Italy I might have to investigate it!

      August 15, 2014
  22. Its not at all surprising to see Santorini topping everyone’s list! Yours is not the first blog post I have read about returning to that place.
    There sure is something amazing.

    August 15, 2014
    • There definitely is something about Santorini! I had high expectations as I’d heard so many great things about it but it really lived up to everything I’d heard.

      August 15, 2014
  23. The Travel Corner #

    Great post, and very inspirational! I am really happy to see Santorini made it to you list – it’s definitely a place one can rediscover over and over again.

    August 15, 2014
    • Thanks so much – Santorini does seem to be a real favourite with so many people and I can totally understand why!

      August 15, 2014
  24. Scotland… I haven’t seen nearly enough of it!

    I lived in Northern Ireland from age 5-7 and I would love to revist Belfast and see whether I actually remember anything!

    I would like to go back to Cornwall (I was about 10 the last time I was there!) and take my boyfriend with me.

    August 15, 2014
    • I’ve seen hardly anything of Scotland either so am with you there! I went to Belfast a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it but would like to see a bit more of Northern Ireland beyond the city if I make it back again.

      August 15, 2014
  25. I’d definitely say San Francisco, Vancouver, and Chicago are up there, but also London and Savannah, GA. Great post!

    August 15, 2014
    • London’s the only one of your list I’ve been to so far but the rest are all places I would love to see one day!

      August 15, 2014
  26. Lucy, thanks for the Lulworth Cove, Dorset tip! We recently moved to London from Milan as Aussie expats, and welcome any recommendations on UK places to visit. The bay looks so tranquil and gorgeous, and clearly holds special family memories for you. Can’t wait to experience it for ourselves!

    August 15, 2014
    • You’re very welcome Sian! It’s a lovely part of the country and hope you do get to visit sometime – I’m also planning on posting a bit more about the Cotswolds this summer as I live nearby and have hardly written about it at all and there are some lovely places to visit!

      August 15, 2014
  27. All of these are on my list to see haha, can’t wait to visit them even more now though! The mulled wine on the slopes looks lush 🙂 xx

    August 15, 2014
    • Mulled wine with a mountain view is definitely the best bit about ski trips!

      August 17, 2014
  28. What a great thing to think about! Here are mine: 1. Paris – this one was a no brainer, if I make it over to Europe I usually try to fit Paris in, my heart is there without a doubt! 2. Sydney – between the people, the climate and the scenery I could go there anytime. 3. NYC – I start missing it if I haven’t been, in fact, it’s time for a trip there soon 🙂 Lucky me, it’s only 1 1/2 plane ride away! 4. Washington DC – always something new and fun to check out. 5. Niagara Falls (Canadian side) – completely cheesy and overly toursisty but I’ve been going since I was a kid and it never stops taking my breath away to see those Falls.

    August 16, 2014
    • You’re so lucky being so close to New York! I’ve not been to Washington yet, or Niagara Falls, but would like to see both one day. Sydney’s one I would like to do-over too – I spent three months there on a working holiday in Australia but had my leg leg in plaster for most of it after breaking my ankle, so would be good to actually be able to explore it!

      August 17, 2014
    • Yes, you must do Sydney again without a cast!

      August 17, 2014
  29. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) #

    I am so with you on NYC – so infatuated with and it was the first country I went to after finishing uni and having an actual salary- always have fond memories! Italy as a whole, I agree, definitely makes you want to return! And looks like I’ll need to get in the car & drive to Dorset , where embarrassingly enough, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been!

    August 16, 2014
    • Writing this has made me want to go back to New York even more – I might have to keep my eye out for cheap flights! Closer to home Dorset is gorgeous, definitely worth a trip.

      August 17, 2014
  30. You’ve been to some fantastic places Lucy and the pictures are lovely. In fact, they’re all wonderful and no surprise that you go back every time!

    I’ve travelled quite a bit and I have places that I want to visit like New Zealand, Russia and New York. Having said that, there are places that I go back to time and time again. And why? Because I love them!

    My top 5 are: Tuscany in Italy, Prague in the Czech Republic, anywhere in Scotland, Paris, and Hong Kong! I go to all of them pretty much every two or three years, but I’ve only been able to go to Hong Kong once!

    August 18, 2014
    • Thank you! Paris was so nearly one of my choices too, and I have only made very brief trips into both Tuscany and Scotland so would love to see more of both someday.

      August 18, 2014
  31. I can scarcely believe Paris didn’t make the cut, Lucy 🙂 🙂 Where on the Amalfi are you staying this time? October could be cool/dampish? (I hope not!) Sorrento was a great base.
    Lulworth Cove was a surprise but it does look extremely beautiful. I’m at the wrong end of the country for it though, and that’s one of the reasons we haven’t visited France too.

    August 18, 2014
    • Paris was a close one! We are staying in an apartment in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast (tempted to go back to Sorrento but thought it would be a better base to see the other villages and south down the coast) – mid October can be a bit iffy with weather but I’ll be keeping my fingers firmly crossed!

      August 19, 2014
  32. karolinapatrykcom #

    Amazing post Lucy! It maked us wonder which place would we come back?
    It would be definatelly Koh Phanghan island in Thailand, Niagara Falls in Canada, Venice in Italy, Cracow in Poland and London in Uk 🙂

    August 19, 2014
    • Thanks – I’ve got a real soft spot for Koh Phanghan too, I did a great girls holiday there about 15 years ago! Venice is lovely too, I was there very briefly this summer but it’s another place that there’s so much more to explore.

      August 27, 2014
  33. I still have quite a few of these places to visit but New York I’d go back again and again. I’ve been twice so far and there’s just so much to do and see. I love the energy in this city. I always come back feeling inspired. xx

    August 25, 2014
    • I know exactly what you mean about the energy and inspiration from New York, it’s such a vibrant city!

      August 27, 2014
  34. ninnysworld #

    Really enjoyed reading this! You’re right it’s so hard to balance discovering new places versus revisiting somewhere you love. Have just been browsing through your blog and really like it, so just wanted to say hello and keep up the good work 🙂

    August 27, 2014
    • Thanks so much! There’s so much of the world to see, I do feel like I should be seeing new places – though my trick is to combine a new place with an old one I want to go back to in the same trip!

      August 27, 2014
  35. All the right places, it seems…though I haven’t visited any of the places on your list. May be I should look into it when I have the time and the means. Great stories around them and you and thanks for sharing them. Enjoyed reading.

    August 27, 2014
    • Thanks – hope you do get to visit some of them one day!

      August 28, 2014
  36. I never really understand the obsession with Santorini. It is picturesque I grant you, but it is noisy, crowded, busy and rude. There are better Greek islands in the Cyclades and beyond!

    August 28, 2014
    • For me it was the setting that really made it – the steep hillsides around the caldera are very different from any other Greek island I’ve seen. Certainly agree that it can be noisy and crowded in parts, though even within a 10-minute walk of the centre of Fira we had no trouble finding quiet patches with almost no one around, and that’s before getting out into the rest of the island.

      August 28, 2014
    • I always recommend Milos or Amorgos as alternatives to Santorini. No airport, no noisy resorts, just as stunning and picturesque, not as many people and a whole lot cheaper! Santorini has done a good job of promoting itself but I would urge people to look elsewhere for a more genuine Greek island experience away from the cruise ships and the tourist shop tat.

      August 28, 2014
  37. kaaist5 #

    Wow, I didn’t know England was so beautiful! Lulworth Cove, Dorset looks like a little piece of paradise.

    August 28, 2014
    • Lulworth Cove is gorgeous – there are lots of areas along the British coastline that are really spectacular too (though the weather doesn’t always show them off to their best!).

      August 29, 2014
  38. Hi lucy.. If you happen to go back to bali one day.. I would recommend you to spend some time in “labuan bajo” and “padar island” nearby.. Feel free to search it and i hope you’ll liked it. ^^

    August 30, 2014
    • Thanks for the tips – I really enjoyed my time in Bali and would love to go back to that part of the world some day, so will keep them in mind!

      September 2, 2014
  39. Santorini is at the top of my list for the places I’d like to return to!

    September 3, 2014
    • I can definitely see why, it’s such a gorgeous place!

      September 15, 2014
  40. elatlboy #

    Great choices! The top of the list for me would be San Francisco and New Zealand. I would never run out of coffee shops and neighborhoods to explore, no matter how many times I visited SF. It doesn’t matter where, returning to anywhere in New Zealand would be unreal. There would always be something beautiful to (re)explore!

    September 3, 2014
    • I loved San Francisco and have family there so will have to get back there sometime. New Zealand is fantastic too, I missed out on the far north when I was there so would like to see that one day.

      September 15, 2014
  41. Great post! I have just moved to France for the year from San Francisco. My husband and I want to explore the French Alps now to do a bit of hiking (though we will certainly return in the winter as well.) Would you recommend MM in September? We were considering Lake Annecy as well. Any suggestions?!

    September 4, 2014
    • Méribel-Mottaret should be lovely in the autumn too – I was in the Alps this summer and it was beautiful and plenty of hiking routes to do.

      September 15, 2014
  42. You’ve picked some lovely spots Lucy! I totally agree with you about New York – I think London is quite similar, somewhere Iived my whole life but I’m still coming across new things all the time. Santorini is high up on my list of places to go to. I’d love to go next year for a relaxing holiday – it looks picture perfect 🙂

    September 15, 2014
    • Santorini was stunning – I knew it would be but had heard so much about it being busy and touristy that I thought it might spoil it, but as long as you weren’t expecting it to be deserted it really didn’t. Hope to get back there next year too – it’s been way too long since I had a lazy beachy holiday in the sun!

      September 15, 2014

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