Monday, May 01, 2017

My Travel Menu

Another month, another travel link up! I've been loving all the pictures from Traverse (and kicking myself for not getting tickets - 2018 here I come!) and have been doing a tonne of holiday planning for our summer trip over the Bank Holiday weekend so am very much in a travel mood :). The theme of this month's #TravelLinkup is a travel menu.

The question posed to us all was "If travel was a menu, what place is your starter (short haul), main (long haul) & dessert (lasting impression)?" A food style setting out and a travel theme? You know I'm on board!


Starter

Scotland-beach-sunshine

Scotland-beach-sunshine


Scotland-beach-sunshine


Moray, Scotland

For my starter I have to be loyal and name my homeland! I adore Moray (and Scotland as a whole too) and I love that after an hour or so on a plane from London you can be in a place so beautiful, so unspoilt, and so incredibly different to the hustle and bustle of city life. Verdant fields and gorgeous beaches, tiny villages and dramatic moors, charming towns and the mountains a stone's throw away...it's a little slice of heaven.

Matthew and I are heading up there this weekend for a wedding (Scottish weddings are always SUCH fun!), and over the summer I'm hoping to spend a good chunk of time up north...all the better to share about here. I love Moray and think it's such a lovely spot for a break. Perfect short haul starter!

If you're thinking of visiting Moray, or Scotland in general (Moray is quite a small area!), you might find the following guidebooks useful (I have gifted the third one so many times!):

 
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Main

Koa-Kea-Kauai-Hawaii



Kauai, Hawaii

Our honeymoon in 2015 was heaven. We saw so many beautiful and amazing things, but the place we fell hardest for was the beautiful garden island of Kauai. We stayed in the most stunning hotel (the Koa Kea), explored the stunning island by boat, plane and on foot, and had simply the warmest welcome ever from this little jewel in the Pacific.

Originally we had chosen Hawaii as part of our honeymoon thinking it would be a once in a lifetime trip, but we fell for Kauai so hard we know we will return again. When we reach a big anniversary I know exactly where I'll be nominating for a visit!

The book we found super handy when planning our Kauai trip was:




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Dessert


Tuscany-views

Tuscany-views

Tuscany, Italy

Our trip to Italy over Easter break was such fun (so many posts to come, you guys. So many), and we loved visiting so many beautiful places. From Rome, to Florence, to Venice, we were blown away by the country, the art, the history, the architecture, the food...

While we were in Florence we took a little trip out to see Siena and San Gimignano, and to explore the Tuscan countryside, and I just thought it was divine. The hills, the views, the vineyards just blew me away and I feel so grateful to have seen it all. We're off to the US in spring 2018, but during Easter 2019 we are hoping to rent a villa in Tuscany and see more of this beautiful part of the world!

If you're looking to visit Tuscany, we enjoyed these books for planning (and can't wait to use them again!):



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I'm off to link up with everyone else over on Polly's blog. Love a good #TravelLinkup!

10 comments:

  1. I feel the same about Tuscany! And I have to visit Hawaii one day!

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  2. Oh Italy holds my heart!! I love the food and way of life there so much. But I still have not made it to Tuscany. I must go soon!

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  3. I am super tempted by Tuscany for a break ASAP! It looks so beautiful!

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  4. The Tuscan dessert trip souonds ideal x

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    1. In fact, it sounds so bloody marvellous I've forgotten how to spell 😔

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  5. I love how many people have selected Italy as their "dessert"! But your Moray seascapes look pretty special too :)

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  6. ! I love that so many people in the link up have mentioned Tuscany and I'm sold! I dream of a seaside escape. I currently live in Scotland and while I love it, it's no Italy haha

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  7. Oh Tuscany!! I think its now a crime not to feature Italy in a travel menu haha!

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  8. All three courses I want to adventure - especially Tuscany!

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  9. I am SO on board with this holiday - can you imagine how doing all of these would be great!?

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Thank you for your comment - I do read them all but it may take me a little while (a couple of days) to respond during busy times. I love reading what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day!

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