The Bucket List: My Top 10 Holiday Destinations

By Kirsty Allen.

Those of you who read my previous post know that I suffer from wanderlust, that feeling of being cooped up and desperate to travel. I trawl Trip Advisor and Secret Escapes to find the next best deal, be it a quick getaway up the road to a fully fledged two week-er abroad, either way I want to book and pack my bags to one of the following holiday destinations.

So in no particular order, it begins!

1. Slovenia


To be perfectly honest, this was a location that I found recently. It was a destination I hadn’t previously given a second thought to until I saw the fairy-tale landscape and luscious remote hotels perched halfway up mountainous terrain. This is definitely one of those holidays where you could really get away from it all and relax, maybe even take a Pilates lesson overlooking the beautiful Lake Bled.

2. Paris


Ah J’adore Paris. There is something about the allure, the romance of the entire city. It’s alive and buzzing, friendly and seductive. Travellers tip: don’t travel to Paris after the sales in August if you want a retail therapy session as the traditionally Parisian shops tend to be closed for their holidays.

Highlight of my trip: seeing the Eiffel tower lit up at night as I enjoyed a bottle of Bordeaux in the gardens.

3. Zante


An aesthetically pleasing and value for money alternative to Ibiza. Definitely a location for a girls on tour type situation. You will drink and you will probably pass out on the beach. This will not be the sort of destination for exploration and culture, best to avoid if you dislike parties. Travellers tip: Bring plenty of sun-cream!

4. Scotland


I had a friend who recently spent a week wild camping in the Scottish highlands, it sounded rough and cold and a little off putting (as I am more a glamping than camping kind of woman) but the photographs looked incredible and if anything, a little bit tempting!

5. Prague


Definitely on my list because of an excellent review I read: “It’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague – there’s wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city-centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.” – Neil Wilson.

6. Finland


Northern Lights. What would you want more than to stay in a hotel with a glass ceiling just to watch as a natural wonder dances in front of your eyes?

7. Marrakech


March cannot come soon enough. Magic and colour awaits me in this wildly different culture trip. Travellers tip: Along with Arabic, they speak French too in Marrakech!

8. Florence


Rich with culture, Florence is one of those dream destinations that has always been on my list, ever since my days selling Italian manufactured sofas for a living. My colleague had been several times and every time she told me another story of her adventures her eyes would gloss over as if travelling back. Like a child being told a bedtime story I would listen, my heart expanding with excitement.

9. Amsterdam


Not only is it the location of the most depressing scene in movie history (Fault in our Stars), Amsterdam offers a culture rich destination full of quirky things to do that would entice any budding hipster, including beer tasting in a windmill.

10. New York


I missed out on a trip to New York during college and have regretted it to this day. New York has always been fascinating, if not a little daunting. The reason this is on my top 10 list? I’m a massive fan of Sex in the City and I’m dying to know if life is really as lively as the show showed it to be. Travellers tip: For retail therapy fans bring cash, lots of cash.


This list is by no means complete, it is purely a cross section of holiday destinations at the tippy-top of my travel iceberg which I hope to add to, every time I cross a location off the list.

What about you? Where would you like to travel? Let us know in the comments below.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sartenada says:

    Nice places selected and Finland among them. Thank You. Finland is much more that Kakslauttanen. I always wonder why people forget these two winter sites:

    In Kemi –awesome place.

    World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

    Near to the town called Rovaniemi. Possibility to meet Santa even in summer.

    Arctic Circle in winter.

    What do You think about participating in:

    Reindeer driving competition.

    I have found best information in photo blogs concerning about travel destinations. Mine is good example with 24000 photos.

    Happy and safe travels!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kirsty Allen says:

    Reindeer driving competition? That sounds incredible!

    If I am honest I am at the beginning of my travels so am more than happy to explore different locations! The more suggestions the merrier.

    Thank you for your comment.



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