Dubai doesn’t really appeal to me in terms of a cultural destination rich in history, but it does appeal in terms of sunshine and shopping! May be going there in Feb with my Mum and Aunties. Grown up girls holiday! I better start saving!
I have been researching my next holiday (with bf) for a few days now and I keep coming up blank! I can picture it in my head but I’m having trouble finding a destination that matches (and doesn’t cost the earth). So that’s where you come in, my little Tumblies! My holiday (vacation) brief is below and any input you might have would be much appreciated.
Just a caveat: I know this list may sound uber snobby and entitled, but a girl can dream! I am, of course, willing to compromise; this list is just my idea of perfection.
It would ideally be at least 7 nights at a beach front destination where I can just relax and soak up the sun and views.
No chaotic children running around ruining my zen (sorry parents, I’d love to have kids one day but they often aren’t a relaxing addition. This point goes for chaotic adults running around too.)
No overly touristy/ tacky/ overdeveloped or overcrowded beaches or hotels in general. I don’t really want people coming up to me trying to sell me things or having to vie for a decent spot at the beach or pool. (Don’t you just hate when people sneak to the pool in the early hours and then go back to bed again just so they can reserve a couple of sunbeds? Not fair, people!)
Peace. Tranquility. Rest. Relaxation. Minimal noise would be nice. So minus loud people, busy roads nightclubs on your doorstep… The sound of the sea, the cicadas, happy guest chatter over dinner or ambient music is all acceptable.
A few daytime activities. I’m not too bothered if there isn’t a great deal to do. I’d be quite happy reading a book by the sea with a few cocktails. It would be nice to have somewhere local to go walking, hiking, exploring etc, but I could do without sight-seeing for once. I do a lot of sightseeing usually (and love it by the way), it’s just not what I’m looking for for my next break). Sea calm enough to swim in would be lovely and a few watersports wouldn’t go amiss.
Also, I’m not sure why, but I have this crazy vision of doing yoga on the beach. Just thought I’d throw that in as well. (I have never done yoga before in my life by the way…)
Local eating and drinking. I am not too keen on massive town-sized resort hotels but I would be quite happy to stick to the hotel for the week and have one or two nights out at a local restaurant. So, the hotel must have a bar and restaurant. A pool or beach bar/ cafe would be fantastic too. I like to eat. A lot!
I’ve not been on many holidays as an earning adult, so I’m not used to spending over £500 on flights and accommodation (per person), but I do realise that my picture perfect holiday is likely to be a lot more than that. For one thing, beautiful beaches may mean long haul flights which have the potential to cost over what I’d usually consider altogether! I’m willing to save up for a bit but would like to keep it under £750 per person (and even that sounds extravagant), but we’ll see, the budget could be negotiable.
So, any ideas?
Hope you’ve enjoyed some from my favourite photos from my trip to Croatia (Cavtat and Dubrovnik) this June. It’s a beautiful place and I would definitely recommend!
On the boat back to Cavtat form Dubrovnik.