Travel Wish List For 2018

As a person who is a total Winter-phobe at the best of times, I find myself spending a lot of January and February Summer dreaming. Once Christmas is done and a distant memory (even through it’s not even been a week since we went back to work and school) I find that my mind turns to brighter and warmer days, that my heart is no longer trying to keep warm as I work on the sofa, but is, instead, lying on a beach somewhere, dreaming of a meal of fresh shrimps and a Mojito. I’m guessing I’m not the only one guilty of doing this.

Destination2.co.uk have been asking people which destinations are on their bucket or wish list for 2018. These can be long haul, dream destinations – money is no object holidays. But they can also be places you would just love to visit with your partner or your family. I have been thinking about where I would love to visit in 2018 and have come up with three destinations that I think would be perfect.

Penang

I last visited Malaysia in 1999, which I was shocked to realise is now almost 20 years ago. One of the places I visited, albeit briefly, was Penang, and it is safe to say it made a really great and lasting impression on me. It was a taste of the authentic Malaysia, full of intoxicating scents and smells, rides in rickshaws to take in all the views. We went to see an enormous reclining Buddha, which was just the most incredible sight, and were taken to feed monkeys (which was probably a bit irresponsible, but was still something I will never forget.) Penang was a stunning experience and I didn’t spend nearly enough time there. If I could visit again, possibly as part of a two centre stay with Kuala Lumpar, I would love to get to know it better.

Kuala Lumpar

Kuala Lumpar is another Malaysian city, this time the capital, that I visited in 1999 and would love to go back to. It is very different from Penang in that it is almost futuristic in it’s style and architecture, with the towering Petronas Towers and the KL towers literally towering above the city. I loved the shopping experience which ranged from fabulous designer pieces to equally fabulous locally produced products like batik prints and handmade suits and dresses.

The one thing I clearly remember about Kuala Lumpar is that you had to be very careful when trying to cross the road, there were carefully built subways in the sky that you needed to use rather than actually crossing. KL is fantastic and fabulous, and I really would love to go back there.

Majorca

Majorca is another favourite destination, somewhere I have visited on numerous occasions, but I have never taken Joe there. We were looking through old photographs of previous holidays to Majorca, and Joe was really taken with it and said he would love to visit, and I suddenly thought – why not? A short UK flight, hot sunny days, and everything from water parks and perfect sandy beaches, to lots of culture and shopping, particularly in the capital Palma, Majorca is looking like a place I need to revisit.

Where are you planning to go in 2018?

Travel Focus – Wonderful Singapore

Continuing with my travel series of wonderful places to visit I am turning my attention to Singapore, the jewel in Malaysia’s crown. Singapore is one of the best places I have visited, with gleaming pavements, a ban on chewing gum, and old colonial style buildings carefully meshing into an ultra modern city. Whether you want to enjoy the vibrant culture of Chinatown, hark back to the empire at the Raffles Hotel, or even just shop until you drop on Orchid Road, Singapore is an amazing place that you will want to visit again and again.

The Raffles Hotel

Yes, it is a cheesy tourist trap, but having a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel is a must. The beautiful hotel with it’s white, colonial style frontage, has been a favourite haunt of the likes of Rudyard Kipling for over 100 years. Today, tourists enjoy the Singapore sling and the famous monkey nuts, which you must eat by discarding the shells onto the floor. At the end of your experience, you can purchase your Sling cocktail glass to relive the experience at home.

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Eating out in Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a brilliant destination when it comes to eating out in Singapore. There are a vast range of great restaurants, many of which also double up as nightclubs as the night progresses. This is the place that my husband first tried Red Snapper, at Red House Seafood restaurant, where the food is fresh and delicious. Clarke Quay has plenty of variety in food available, with steak, Vietnamese, Japanese and traditional Malaysian all catered for. You can find out more about what and where to eat in Singapore in this great blog from Cheapflights.

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Shopping on Orchid Road

Orchid Road is a must visit if you love to shop. It is 2.2kilometres of shops and department stores, including the now iconic Tang Plaza. You can find everything you are looking for on Orchid Row, from designer wear to high street fashion, gifts, food and electrical goods, which are a good bargain in Singapore.

Whilst on Orchid Row, you can visit ION Sky, which gives you the best views of Singapore, from a viewing platform with 360 degree views from 56 storeys up. It’s free too, so definitely worth a visit.

Have you been to Singapore?