Sunday, 29th April 2018

Five Places I’d Love To Return To

Destinations Portugal Scotland Wales

Amongst the travel blogging community or to be honest anyone who loves travelling in general, there is a lot of country counting. A desire to tick as many countries off your bucket list as possible. But not often do we stop to appreciate the countries we’ve already visited. Oh, and we definitely do not consider returning to them. Been there, posted a photo of me on Instagram there, got the t-shirt. Because *continues sarcastic tone* once you’ve seen one place in one country that’s enough, right? You’re totally clued up on all the other lil’ intricacies of a place, you avid traveller you.

 

There are so many countries I’ve visited that I’d absolutely love to explore more of, and I would totally prioritise visiting these above new and thus arguably more exciting, places. This is what this post is about! A lil’ trip down memory lane accompanied by some daydreaming for future travels. Let’s jump right in!

 

Wales

 

 

Yep, Wales. That country I spend half of my time in thanks to my Welsh boyfriend and yet I still haven’t scratched the surface of it. Whilst I have covered a lot of Wales (I have many family holidays here as a kid to thank for that), there is still so much more of Wales I want to see. In fact, I want to see every little nook and cranny of this beautiful country. Our little weekend trip to North Wales earlier this month made the travel bug bite me hard.

 

I just want to drive across every inch of this country, blasting music and taking in the beautiful sights. I’d love to road trip along the south coast of Wales to Pembrokeshire, revisiting some of my favourite places I visited as a child. I’m also very keen to visit Anglesey. Mid Wales is the region I’ve visited the least so that is also at the top of my list!

 

Italy

 

 

I love Italy. I love Italy big time. I’ve only visited twice but both times were enough for the country to capture my heart, arguably more so than any other country. When I was 15 I visited the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Naples, that general area of Italy, on a school trip (yeah, I know, slightly crazy). And when I was 17 I visited Rome on my first holiday with my boyfriend/my first time abroad properly alone. Our trip to Rome is still to this day one of my favourite trips we’ve been on. Such a wonderful and romantic city where we made so many amazing memories.

 

There is so much more of Italy I want to see including Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan, Verona, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. I’d absolutely love to interrail through Italy one day, visiting lots of places (and eating far too much pizza and pasta) on my way. Here’s hoping for lots of romantic summer getaways to Italy in my twenties! 

 

Australia

 

 

I visited Australia on a family holiday when I was eleven and I have the best memories from that trip. We spent about a month on the Gold Coast where my family live (helllllo free accommodation!) and then a few days in Melbourne visiting family friends. But, at the end of the day, I was a kid. My experience going back to Australia now as an adult would be completely different and there’s still so much more of this huge country that I’d love to explore. I’d love to visit Sydney (and the Blue Mountains), Cairns, Perth,  Adelaide and Canberra, amongst other places. Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands also look pretty blummin’ beautiful.

 

Portugal

 

 

This long, miserable winter has had me dreaming of sunny destinations and after spending one day in Caernarfon earlier this month whilst the sun was fiiiinally shining, I know the sun would do me (and I’m sure the majority of Brits) a lot of good right now. Unfortunately, I am travelling to New Zealand when it’s their winter time so I won’t be experiencing much of a summer this year. I’ve never visited mainland Portugal, other than when I was a very little kid, but I absolutely loved my time in Madeira, a Portuguese island, last summer. I’d love to road trip around this beautiful country, stopping off in Lisbon, Porto, Sintra and the Algarve, amongst other places. I’d also love to visit the Azores to see more landscapes similar to those in Madeira. 

 

Scotland

 

An instagrammer's guide to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. This guide will show you the best (and most unique) photography spots in Edinburgh including Calton Hill, Victoria Street, Edinburgh Castle, Dean Village, National Museum of Scotland, Circus Lane and the Vennel.

 

For the same reason as Wales, I’d love to return to Scotland. I’ve only visited Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s, Stonehaven and North Berwick, and frankly, that is not enough. Scotland is such a huge and diverse country that I believe warrants more than one visit to just Edinburgh (as much as I adore the city). Again, Scotland is somewhere I’d love to road trip around to truly appreciate every inch of the country, staying in quirky glamping and camping sites along the way. Places I’m yet to visit in Scotland, and absolutely want to, include Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Skye, Loch Ness, Fort William, Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, the Hebrides, Stirling, Portree, Aviemore and Perth.

 

This post was written in collaboration with Exodus but as always all opinions are my own.

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    • Lucy
    • Monday, 7th May 2018
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    I absolutely love Wales! I’ve been there twice and can’t wait to return. The countryside there is so beautiful. I wrote about my favorite places I visited in North Wales on my blog: https://travelsbylucy.com/2018/04/11/the-best-towns-to-visit-in-north-wales/
    I’ve also heard that Portugal is amazing and your post confirms it! 🙂

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