Yep… it’s official. 2015 is almost over. And just when I was getting used to writing 2015 instead of 2014! Is it just me or did this year whiz by faster than the Formula Rossa?
So for my very last post of this year, I figured I may as well hop on the reminiscing bandwagon and share my top 5 destinations of all time. It was no easy feat to narrow it down to just 5. Not to mention I still have soooo many more places to tick off my bucket list. But let’s get started, shall we?
“I left a piece of my heart in Greece.”
Greece is, by far, my all time favorite spot on the planet. Given the opportunity I would gleefully abandon husband and home to settle in Greece. No offense, hubby darling. You know I love you. Just not as much as Greece apparently.
But seriously. Somebody offer me a job in Greece. Like right now. You will have my eternal, undying gratitude.
I have yet to visit a place that I feel is more ‘vibrant’. There just isn’t a better word to describe good ol’ Espana.
There is an underlying current of energy that seems to pulse through this country and its inhabitants.
The buildings, the people, the clothes, even the food! – everything is bursting with color and dimension. Spain made me feel like I was seeing in 3D for the very first time. Then again, that MIGHT just be all the Sangria talking!
If you are a traveler who is open to off the beaten path experiences, Vietnam is your nirvana.
No human beings have ever touched our hearts and made us feel more safe and welcome than the people of Vietnam. Time and again we were blown away on that trip by one eye opening lesson after another. Vietnam was a study in humility and in counting life’s blessings.
Not to mention Vietnamese cuisine is one of the best I have ever tasted. PERIOD. I would willingly fly back there just for a sip of their creamy, sweetened coffee and to gobble up some lemongrass skewer barbecue. Crazy much?
Seychelles. Where the oceans had enough shades of blue to rival any multicolored rainbow. Where the waters were so crystal clear we could see a crisp outline of our shadow on the seabed.
Where we sampled the local cuisine at everything from multiple starred restaurants to roadside food stalls. Where every turn on a hiking trail had us gasping in pleasure at the panoramic views spread out at our feet.
Where the locals are so warm and inviting they think nothing of regaling you with their life story for 30 minutes when you stop to ask for directions or of hopping into your car for a lift. Where precipitous cliff roads wind so close to the ocean that waves splash onto your windshield. Thank you Seychelles for memories to last a lifetime!
I am going to cheat on this one and round off my top 5 with India. As an Indian, I am ashamed to admit that I have not given due credit to my own country when picking travel destinations. Grass is always greener on the other side and all that jazz.
But a lifetime spent exploring this country would barely scratch the surface. A land of mist draped mountains; meandering lagoons, emerald valleys and sapphire lakes. And this is just in Kerala, a tiny state of southern India. Don’t even get me started on the pristine snow-clad peaks of the North, the national parks of the East and the bustling metropolises of the west.
A rich and fascinating history, warm people who will adopt you as a family member at first sight and never forget – the FOOD! (That seems to be a recurring theme, doesn’t it?).
So there you have it. My top 5 in an ever changing list. Lots and lots of warm, fuzzy memories.
Here’s wishing you and your families a blessed and joy-filled 2016. May love, laughter and light follow you wherever you go.
Until next year…