Travel Wishes

We all have travel wishes; places we’d love to go to with the click of our fingers.  Places we’ve looked at endless photographs of.  And places that fill our travel dreams.  Inspired by Camila’s post on her bucket list of places, I have created my own.  The top four places I dream of, in no particular order.

Some are very specific places while others are the country in general.  Some have been dreamt of for years and others are newer additions.  This was a really fun post to write and one that has made me get itchy feet.  Luckily, I’m off on a trip in three weeks time.  Phew 😉

1. The mountains of TibetSplendid-Tanggula-Mountains

Source: TibetTravel

This is definitely a combination of my love for Nepal and Chile.  I started dreaming of Tibet around four years ago.  Firstly, the mountains!  My love for mountains was developed in Nepal and Chile and I just love them so much.  The vastness and beauty of them is breathtaking.  Secondly, the spirituality of Tibet.  The Buddhist pagodas, the colourful prayer flags and the mediation that is all associated with the place.  This was something that captured me in Nepal and then later in Cambodia; an air of peacefulness and tranquility.

2. Fernando de Noronha, Brasil

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Source: fernandodenoronha.org

When I first purchased a South America guidebook, 5 years ago, this place sprung out at me.  Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands off the coast of Brasil.  What makes this place really special is that it is a UNESCO word heritage site.  It boasts beautiful white sand, unbelievably clear water and lots of ecosystems.  I guess it is a kind of paradise, and one I would love to go to!

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Source: The Wayfarer’s Path.  Check out the amazing photographs of Seb on Seb and Tess’ website and Facebook page.  I am in love with these shots!

This one is another Nepal inspired place, can you tell I love Nepal?!  (Which makes me realise I haven’t written a post about Nepal… coming soon!).  The beautiful, bright green rice fields is what springs to mind when I think of Vietnam.  These look stunning at all times; after a monsoon shower when they look shimmering; as the sunset reflects on the water of the rice fields and when you spot the rice farmers in the far distance with their wide hats.  I’d love to go!

4. Cartagena, Colombia299472_10151056408086976_1837953407_n

Source:  Clem’s photo collection. (Thanks Clem!)

I find that travel dreams start either when you become inspired by a similar place or a friend tells you about the place.  Cartagena is a more recent addition to my wishes and it began when Clem was living in Colombia.  Clem told me all about the city and showed me the colours and characters that it had.  Then I was captured by it.  Anywhere this colourful is jaw dropping.

What are your travel dreams?  Have you been to any of these four places?  If so, please link me your photos to fuel my dreams even more!  Have a great rest of the week 🙂

Marcella xx

This post is part of Travel Tuesday and is linked with BonnieKaelene, Sammy and Van 🙂

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A world of beaches

My favourite beach experiences from around the world.

Otres Beach, Cambodia.

A short tuk tuk ride from the busy Serendipity and Ochheuteal beaches you will find the very peaceful beaches of Otres one and Otres two.  Stay in a beach hut and eat fruit for breakfast.

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Mljet, Croatia

Jump on a ferry from Dubrovnik to arrive to the unspoilt island of Mljet.  We were the only ones sat on the beach that day.  Visit the stunning National park too and eat the freshest fish you can find!

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Maitencillo, Chile

Stay in a cabin on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset while eating a seafood empanada.

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Mumbai, India

Visit during the festival of Ganesh when you’ll see people carrying statues, of all sizes, into the water.

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San Diego, USA

Try to capture the surfers on the huge waves, or have a go yourself!

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Watch the world go by on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.  Look out for Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background.

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Brighton, England

Visit the arcades, wander around The Lanes and tuck into some fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

The only way to get to this hippie beach is on a very bumpy military vehicle that drives along the sand dunes and beach – hold on tight!

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Lagoinha do Leste, Brazil

Take a hike from Florianópolis to arrive to this deserted beach.  Take a local to show you the way. You’ll be one of the only ones on the beach which means there is even more room for you in the lagoon!

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Marcella xo

My favourite travel photos

I’ve picked out my top 10 travel photos that i’ve taken.  Not just for the image itself but also for the memories attached to them… Let me take you on a journey. Enjoy 🙂

(1) The Chitwan District, Nepal

Sunset over rice fields in Nepal.  You can see The Himalayas peeking out in the background. This photo was taken during monsoon season when the rice fields were soaked with monsoon rain.

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(2) Bodh Gaya, India

Colourful prayer flags on top of a hill.  Bogh Gaya was a very spiritual place.  This image reminds me of the most adventurous 3 days we had in India.

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(3) Taj Mahal, India

A side view of the stunning wonder.  I love the beautiful colours of the women’s saris in the foreground.

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(4) Florianópolis, Brazil

Finding paradise – discovering a deserted beach after walking along a trail for 2hrs.  Pure bliss!

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(5) Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Stunning – the 30km long glacier.

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(6) San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The driest desert in the world.  Landscape like i’ve never seen before.  So unspoilt.  These men were enjoying an afternoon of horse riding.

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(7) Altiplano Andino, Bolivia.

Just beautiful.  Part of a journey from Chile to Bolivia.  You may not believe it from the photo but it was freezing!

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(8) The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Drifting through The Amazon and playing panpipes.

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(9) Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Finding this beauty after being on buses for many days to get to Venezuela.

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(10) Pichilemu, Chile

Camping at the end of a special trip in middle Chile.  The bright lights of the town from the camping site.

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Marcella xo