I’ve been all over the world and yet my curiosity and desire to travel even further in to all the nooks and crannies of this planet has not yet subsided. I’ve been infected with the travel bug for as long as I can remember. It’s in my blood and reaches further than is humanly possible. So much so that I often wish I was born a hundred years later so that I could travel through space when that becomes a reality. I must remember to stop telling everyone that I’m going to cryogenically freeze my body and be brought back to life once we’ve discovered alien life though….it really doesn’t go down too well! For now at least, I will have to stick to Earth.
I’ve been to almost every continent except for Australia and obviously Antartica. I’ve lived in three countries including England, Germany and Sweden. I have visited 19 countries that I can remember, but that means there are still 177 left to discover. Now of course I am not going to get round to visiting all 196 countries on this planet. I’m pretty sure there are a few that I would never want to even contemplate visiting, but I still have so many destinations on my bucket list. The question is how to travel the world without it costing the earth?
I’ve come up with a few tips that I think may be useful for those of us who don’t like to compromise on hotel standards. I’m super fussy about where I stay so bargain basement is just not going to work for me.
- Pack light, if you have to pay extra for luggage you can push your luck with hand luggage for free! Allowances range from anything between 10-23 kg.
- Don’t take towels. The hotel almost always provides beach towels yet for some reason people still take their own, its nuts!
- Book at least a year in advance, this is the only way to guarantee that you don’t get caught in the upwards spiral of holiday prices. It takes a lot of planning though.
- Travel at the very end of a season, hotels are trying to get as many customers in as possible then, the last week before school starts in September, is actually quite reasonable.
- Book your flights in the sales, you can easily save a couple of hundred quid. Virgin Atlantic have a great Worldwide Sale on right now if you book by the 21st September.
- Plan ahead when it comes to eating out, that way you won’t get roped in to overpriced restaurants just because your hungry.
- Use public transport, in most places it’s not as confusing as you think and way cheaper than taxis!
So which destinations are on my bucket list I hear you say? Well take a look at my most current list of travel wishes below. The list seems to change slightly and grow massively as time goes on but I’m steadily getting through it and then adding more!
Santorini is still on my list but I can not do this trip with kids and every time I get a no kids travel pass I end up on a tropical Island somewhere. I can’t complain, but it would be nice one summer to just Greek Island hop. Surely that’s got to be the best way to travel the world!
New York, I know I know, I’ve been before but I’m a city girl at heart and there is nothing quite like the ‘Big Apple’. It’s only £398 in the Virgin Atlantic sale too.
Australia hasn’t been on my list for that long as I wasn’t keen on it before. Now I’ve seen some amazing pictures of the sea over there and since going to the Maldives I can really appreciate how beautiful it must be.
LA has been calling out to me for a long time and I know its going to be sometime within the next year that I finally get to go. I feel like I need to rent a villa and stay for a whole summer though! Might not quite work out on the bargain front.
Tokyo is very new to my list, I didn’t want to go at all at one stage but having seen pictures of the neon lights and bustling city atmosphere I’m now down for a trip anytime!
Venice is one of my oldest travel wish list destinations. I have always been in to history and it’s one of the reasons I love Italy, because there is so much of it there. I will definitely go to a venetian ball in Venice and arrive at my hotel by gondola at least once in my life!
So don’t hold back just plan thoroughly and save more then a pennies when you book your next holiday!
Which destination is on your bucket list?