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Five Places I Want To Explore Next

June 14, 2016

Last week I was lucky enough to win two Marco Polo travel guides in a competition I entered on Frey de Fleur’s blog and it got me thinking about where I want to explore next.

I haven’t really mentioned it much, partly because it was a secret for a while, but at the end of the year I will be jetting off to Thailand and Australia for a month. Ever since I met my boyfriend three years ago, we’ve always spoken about going to Thailand, however as the years passed by and other priorities took a front seat the trip never seemed to materialise.

On the first day back at work after the Christmas holidays we decided just to go for it. After planning out our route in Thailand, we got a little carried away and started talking about extending our trip to Australia. At the moment between us we have a number of good friends that have all in the last two years migrated over there, so we thought to ourselves if we’re going all the way to Thailand why not do the extra and go all the way to Australia! And before we knew it the holiday was booked!

At the time, booking a holiday nearly a year in advance sounded fine, however for someone who normally goes away a few times a year, it’s been really hard for us not having a holiday yet this year (yes I know, first world problems hey!). So naturally we’ve been talking about where we want to explore next year already. Here are a few places that are on the list…


After Phuket, California was my second choice of travel guide from Marco Polo. I’ve never been to America before and for years it was always New York I wanted to visit first. However after many months of gloomy English weather and watching a little too much OC and Californiacation I’ve decided California has to be the next place we visit. It’ll probably be Southern California we explore as I want to do all the cliché things like rollerskate along Venice Beach, go shopping along Rodeo Drive and walk along Santa Monica pier, just thinking about the place makes me happy.


India was never a place I’d considered visiting but since the Royal visit a few months ago I’ve become totally obsessed. There’s a few typical touristy places I’d want to go such as the Taj Mahal of course but the main places that have caught my eye is Goa and Kerala- their beaches look amazing and I’d love to explore the river on a houseboat. The one thing I’ve fallen in love with about India is it’s colour- it’s such a vibrant place, so I want to explore as much of it as possible. I’d also like to discover some of their jungle as well and meet the elephants.

Abu Dhabi

For a long time now I’ve been drawn to the Middle East and I’m not 100% sure why! I visited Marrakesh a few years ago, which I know is not the Middle East, but I completely fell in love with the magical Arabian culture there. I find everything from the deserts to the lifestyle to the extravagant architecture of the mosques and palaces completely fascinating and with it sitting in such a wealthy country, I’d love to live like a king out there for a week or so!


Over the past year, so many of my friends have been to Iceland. Upon their return, I spend hours scrolling in awe through their holiday photos on Facebook like a creepy stalker but can you blame me? It looks amazing! I’m never normally one for cold holidays but Iceland is so picturesque I’m sure I could survive a few days. From the thermal springs to the northern lights, It’s definitely a place I want to visit soon, I’d love to go there and see it all for myself.


As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, I recently caught up with some family I have who live in Canada. Having always had family over there, ever since we were little we’ve spoken about visiting Canada but sadly it’s never materialised. From talking to my family about their experiences to stalking friends’ holiday photos on Facebook (again!) it’s definitely up there on my must-see-soon list. Although Canada is such a big country, the one place I really really want to explore is the Canadian Rockies and national parks- the lakes are absolutely breathtaking!

Which travel destinations do you want to visit next?

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  • Reply jkbeautytake June 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Great post! I have been to India (Taj Mahal) and it is absolutely beautiful, I went almost 10 years ago and really wish to go back again.

    I went to Canada last year and fell in love with it instantly – You have to go to Niagara falls! 🙂

    I will be going South Africa in a few months and one of the things I will be doing there is a Safari, I am then off to Helsinki (Finland).

    My dream has always been to go New York at Christmas so I want to make that happen and Havana, Cuba is another place I want to see! 🙂

    • Reply Kristy Barber June 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Oh wow that sounds amazing! My family live in Toronto so when I do eventually go over there I want to go there first, stop off at Niagara and then drop down to New York. I’ve always wanted to go to New York at Christmas time, it looks so magical. Safari in South Africa is something I’d love to do and Cuba looks amazing, it’s so colourful! Thanks for reading, I’m glad you enjoyed it xx

  • Reply Emma Spencer (@theemasphere) June 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Oh babe these are all the places I want to visit too!! Especially Iceland and Abu Dhabi, oh and California too, really just every place haha! Fab post babe, you’ve got me wanderlusting now! Xx

    • Reply Kristy Barber June 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Haha I know how you feel! Glad you enjoyed it xx

  • Reply The Writing Shed (@MyWritingShed) June 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Oh my God, Kristy! By looking at your photos… California is just amazing! I’d absolutely love to visit! 🙂
    Have you visited Italy? x

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