Travel bloggers can be your best source to learn about different destinations around the world. It’s like getting ideas, tips and honest reviews all in a one stop shopping. This weekly article is going to give us the insight of “my favorite destinations” from some of the best and experienced travel bloggers. Every Thursday you will be able to experience through a guest travel bloggers writing amazing and exciting destinations! So make sure to check in each Thursday for Thursday Travel Blogger: My Favorite Destination and maybe you will be destined to find your favorite destination!
march 21, 2019
Live Travel Teach – My Favorite Destination:
Bardia National Park
Bardia National Park in Nepal is my favorite place in the world and will quickly become yours too if you love remote villages, jungle life and wild animals. The bus ride to Thakudwara, a village on the edge of the national park, takes a full day from Kathmandu or you could fly into Nepalgunj airport and spend a few hours in a jeep getting to this pristine destination. I recommend checking out Wild Trak Adventure and heading on a trek with Jungle John since you won’t find much shopping or traditional tours here. Stay at his jungle lodge at night and venture into the jungle looking for wild tigers, elephants, rhinos by day!
Nighttime in Bardia brings a whole symphony of jungle life but even more amazingly, fireflies come out and illuminate every tree in the jungle!
Wildlife sightings are rare everywhere in the world but Bardia National Park is arguably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and the only place you can see them while trekking on foot. If you aren’t up for a jungle trek then you can easily take a jeep ride through the undergrowth and will have a chance to see even more of the park, just remember that wildlife tends to shy away from noisy vehicles. However you choose to explore Bardia you should be patient and expect to wait at different viewpoints that the locals know animals like to frequent.
Contributed by Mike at Live Travel Teach
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Spoiler Alert: Next Thursday Travel Blogger: My Favorite Destination will be from Sara at Travel Continuum
A few readers have asked me what my favorite destination so far has been. That is such a tough, tough question! Of course Italy is one my all time favorites, for its history, food and ancestry. Loved the Greek people and serenity. But I have to tell you, Scotland blew us away with its nature! No wonder it is voted to be one of the most, if not the most, beautiful country in the world!
march 14, 2019
Wanderlust Storytellers – My Favorite Destination:
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Imagine yourself on a traditional Vietnamese Junk Boat, sipping on a delicious cocktail whilst looking out from the top deck onto the magnificent bay surrounded by thousands of towering limestone islands topped with rainforests and peeking out of the emerald waters. Yes, you are in Halong Bay!
The best way to see the bay is, of course, by going on a Halong Bay cruise. Make sure to spend at least 3-night on your cruise here. This way you can enjoy two full days of exploration and really get to appreciate the surroundings to the fullest.
Checking out the amazing Halong Bay is an adventure that you will never forget. From peaceful cruising in the bay, to kayaking in the caves. From checking out fishing villages and pearl farms to cocktail sipping with beautiful sunsets.
On top of that you will also have a chance to check out the Amazing Cave (Sung Sot Cave). This is a truly amazing sight to see. As you are guided down the beaten track, deep into the rocky mountain, you will enter sensational grottos illuminated in different colours for a more dramatic spectacle.
Cruising Halong Bay was an unforgettable escape for us and we will definitely be back one day for another go. We loved it and I know that you will love it too!
Contributed by Jolene and Andreaj at Wanderlust Storytellers
march 7, 2019
Travel Crusade – My Favorite Destination:
Shimla is the summer capital of India situated in the princely state of Himachal Pradesh in India.The city is connected to the capital via buses,toy rides and railways and takes about 8-10 hours to reach.The city has the magic and enthrallment to attract tourists and like minded travellers across the globe.The summer capital boasts about high alpine mountains,the joy of toy rides through the mountain railways,the city mall and few churches in the heart of the city.Tourism is the primary mode of business operating in the region and there are hotels and well desgined resorts in and around the city.
The state is currently governed the CM,Mr Vir Bhadra Singh who takes all important decisions along with the governor.The state has gained importance and recognition lately due to the tourism sector introducing their base in the capital and spreading to other parts of Himachal Pradesh.The city mostly full packed and crowded by travellers throughout the year and people normally travel to escape the summer heat that hits the country in a hard way.It is my favourite location and I often travel to free my mind and escape the routine life surroundings.I would urge other like minded travellers to scout this corner of the region atleast once in their lifetime to enjoy the jaunt and the beauty prevailing in the Northern Himalayas
Contributed by Somnath at Travel Crusade
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Life on the Mediterranean – My Favorite Destination:
My favorite location is Nice, France. In fact, I love it so much I’ve made it my home. When I was transferred to London, UK from the US 15 years ago, I started to miss the sun and the sea. I decided to buy a flat in Nice to escape on weekends where I could learn French and practice my Italian language. I’m only 40 minutes from Italy and I’m often popping over to shop at the local markets or enjoy a delicious, authentic Italian meal. This area is still a mix of France and Italy where the local dialect has hints of Italian, and the cuisine uses many of the same ingredients. I love the ‘old-world-European’ feel and living in a building from the 1700’s.
Nice boasts more than 300 days a year of sunshine so it’s great for being outdoors. You can enjoy the beaches, the national parks and the ski resorts – all in the same month. There are lots of hiking trails around Nice, Eze and in the Mercantour Park area to enjoy, and the ski resorts are 1.5hrs away.
There’s something going on all the time whether you want to attend an impromptu art exhibit in a local restaurant, a well-known festival, like the Nice Jazz Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Formula 1 races in Monaco, or even the Citrus Festival in Menton.
There are numerous marathons throughout the year, and you can ride for miles along the Mediterranean on paved bike paths. What a great way to take in the sites and smells than to have the Mediterranean breeze in your face. You can even rent a boat and go out on the Sea for the day, even if you’ve never driven a boat before! Something for everyone!
Contributed by Maureen at Life On the Mediterranean
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
AdventureDawgs- My Favorite Destination:
I travel everywhere with my dogs. When you name your blog AdventureDawgs, well there better be dogs and adventure. We usually avoid spending as much time as possible in cities because they typically aren’t as dog-friendly as the great outdoors. Having said that, Charleston is one of the few cities that I have absolutely fallen in love with.
Even though I could not take my dogs into many of the attractions, we were still able to enjoy the historic houses and churches from the sidewalk, especially a stroll along Rainbow Row. There are ample tour groups that offer historic and ghost tours through downtown Charleston and for the history fan, Fort Sumter is a short ferry ride away.
Many of the patios will allow well-behaved dogs so I was able to enjoy more substantial meals than what I could take out. I have also been to Charleston without the dogs and have been on dessert tours and culinary tours with Bulldog Tours. The food in Charleston is of such high quality that you will not be disappointed no matter where you go.
There is one place that I cannot leave Charleston without visiting and that is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The gardens are always a riot of colour and there are lots of opportunities for viewing wildlife with a tremendous population of birds and even alligators; quite a novelty for a Canadian like me. Needless to say, the dogs weren’t allowed to swim at the plantation but I made it up to them by taking them to swim in the ocean at a dog-friendly beach instead.
Charleston is one of the few cities that I recommend everyone visit. It truly is a very special place.
Contributed by Kristal at AdventureDawgs
FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Lets Get Tripsy- My Favorite Destination:
Iceland, a scarcely populated Nordic island nation, is on a lot of people’s bucket lists these days and tourism is booming – it is actually their number one industry and for good reason! From the rugged black sand coast line to the rolling green mountains up into the giant glaciers which take up 11% of this magnificent country!
Prior to watching a television show about Iceland, we hadn’t given it much thought but after seeing its rugged beauty and being Game of Thrones fans, we knew we had to visit. We had heard it is expensive so we set to saving and planning and we were so lucky to be able to make it a reality.
We rented a car (ensure you get insurance) and headed out onto the Ring Road seeing the Golden Circle, the DC Plane Crash, glacier lagoons, Northeast Iceland which is home to Puffin Island, Dettifoss (along with 100s of other waterfalls), Akureyri, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Kirkjufell Mountain, 100’s of sheep and then back to Reykjavik for a few nights before heading home to Canada.
In total we spent 12 days in Iceland and it was in fact expensive like we had heard but we wouldn’t change a thing! The people were friendly, the scenery was at times other-worldly and always beautiful, the Blue Lagoon while some deem a tourist trap was a fun experience and one we are glad we did but there are lots of other “hot pot” options! There is so much to discover and every turn is “Instagram” worthy.
We have travelled and seen a bit of our amazing planet with lots more to go but so far, Iceland is unmatched and a trip we will cherish the rest of our lives!
Contributed by Meggan and Peter at Lets Get Tripsy
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
I Heart Slovakia- My Favorite Destination:
Spišský hrad (Spiš Castle) in Eastern Slovakia is one of the biggest castle ruins in Central Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1993). It is the country’s top destination, drawing visitors from across the country and the region. It’s also my favorite castle in Slovakia the mere sight of it brings back fond memories of school and family trips, in the 1980s and 1990s.
Spiš Castle sprawls on 10 acres atop a travertine hill, where it was first built in the 12th century as a border fortress. The castle was expanded several times, particularly in the 14th century, becoming the power center of the Spiš region for many centuries. A massive fire destroyed Spiš Castle in 1780, and it fell into disrepair and ruin until the 1970s, when an extensive conservation effort began.
The museum located at the showcases the castle’s history, historic weaponry, and feudal justice practices. Night tours have become popular in recent years, and various reenactments and historical performances draw crowds in the summer.
Another reason I enjoy Spiš Castle is because I can always make a day trip out of visiting it. After the castle tour, I like to hike to the nearby Dreveník travertine preserve. Leaving, I make stops at the Sivá Brada (Gray Beard) mineral spring below the castle and the “Slovak Vatican” Spišská Kapitula, before completing the trip in my father’s town of Spišská Nová Ves.
Contributed by Peter at I Heart Slovakia
January 31, 2019
My Adventures Across the World- My Favorite Destination:
Kaieteur Falls quite easily qualifies as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Located in the rainforest of Guyana, one of the smallest countries in South America, this waterfall is famous for being the widest, single drop waterfall in the world.
World records aside, visiting is just a unique experience.
As it is completely isolated, unless ready to embark on a strenuous 5 days hike through the jungle of Guyana, the only other way to visit Kaieteur Falls is on a day trip from either Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, or from a handful of other places in the country.
The day trip implies catching a charter flight, on a plane that carries up to 12 passengers. Flying over the waterfalls affords spectacular views, that get only better once on the site. The plane lands on a small airstrip, where a guide meets the visitors (the numbers allowed per day is kept down by the fact that virtually only those who fly can get there and only one plane is allowed on the airstrip at one time) and takes them on a 2 hours tour that goes to the most beautiful viewpoints and through the jungle, where it is possible to admire some unique animal species such as the cock of the rock.
It’s a once in a life experience that is worth every penny invested in the tour!
Contributed by Claudia at My Adventures Across the World
January 24, 2019
Fitz 5 On The Go- My Favorite Destination:
Morocco is a wonderful place travel to experience different cultures and atmospheres. We chose Marrakech for our 5 day stay in January. For the most immersive experience I recommend staying near the medina. The riads are beautiful and can be an experience in itself. We stayed in a self-catering riad from Airbnb. You would also have a wonderful time staying in a larger bread and breakfast or hotel type riad. For your first trip exploring, I recommend getting a guide. The souks and surrounding areas are wonderful, but it can be really easy to get lost. Guides can also help you navigate the merchants and give more history about the area. The souks and medina are overrun with colors, smells and sounds that are unique to this part of Africa.
Our favorite part of the trip was our guided tour in to the Atlas mountains. We rode camels, stopped by local markets, explored an Argon cooperative (the kids even got to help), and then made our way up the mountain for the most beautiful location for lunch. The day we went had a large snowfall, so the trip was a little nerve racking but the views at that top were just spectacular. The traditional berber lunch was pretty amazing to. The tour was our favorite day out of our travel year.
If you’re looking for a unique experience or something a little more exotic, then put Morocco on your list. It’s an easy jump from Europe and a perfect place to make memories that you will always remember.
Contributed by Lori at Fitz 5 On The Go
For more exciting things to do while in Morocco check out this tour of Blue Town of Chefchaouenc
January 17, 2019
Out Chasing Stars- My Favorite Destination:
Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
Fatu Hiva holds a special place in any sailor’s heart once they’ve crossed the Pacific Ocean – Fatu Hiva is the first island in the most remote island group in the world – the Marquesas. After 19 days at sea, my sailboat dropped anchor in the Bay of Virgins, which continues to be one of our most favorite places in the world, even two and a half years of island hopping later. Not only is Fatu Hiva usually the first landfall after a long voyage, but the island is positively Jurrasic with large, craggy, volcanic mountains and lush native jungles.
A small village gives a taste of the indigenous culture, but the best way to occupy your time is to hike out to the waterfall. It takes about an hour to walk out to the waterfall, passing a hydroelectric damn and being guided by moss-covered cairns the entire way. The trail is well defined and hibiscus cobble the path. Thankfully, after working up a sweat in the hot Marquesan weather, the pool below the waterfall offers a very refreshing dip while the mist from the 200-feet tall waterfall provides an invigorating breeze.
Fatu Hiva is hard to get to, but it’s worth the trip. The only option is to come by boat. If you aren’t up for buying a boat and crossing the Pacific yourself, you can charter a private ride from the nearby Hiva Oa, or join the small ship cruise ship that makes port in Fatu Hiva every so often. A few small pensions, or guest houses, are available for rent in the town of Omoa.
Contributed by Amy at Out Chasing Stars
January 10, 2019
Jack and Jill Travel- My Favorite Destination:
Contributed by Caroline at Jack and Jill Travel
January 3, 2019
Be Marie Korea- My Favorite Destination:
It is easy to spend days or even months in Seoul without seeing everything. There are new restaurants, museums, attractions opening constantly. On top of that the coffee scene in Korea is huge. Streets are filled with coffee shops, each with a different theme and style.
The best areas to discover when in Seoul for the first time are Myeongdong, Itaewon, Insadong, Gwanghwamun, Jongno, Dongdaemun and Gangnam. When looking for food, visit Itaewon, Insadong, Gwangjang or Myeongdong, the best restaurants are located in these areas.
Contributed by Marie at Be Marie Korea
DECEMBER 27, 2018
Laska Baby Travel- My Favorite Destination:
Gold Coast Australia
Whether it’s surfing, shopping, swimming or sunbaking you are after, coming to the Golden Coast of Australia fulfils your every desire. Stretched over 57kms of a pure coastline with pristine waters, it’s a family friendly paradise.
The best way to get here is to fly into Coolangatta airport located in the heart of the holidaying heaven. You can certainly book your stay around this spectacular area as it offers a relaxing quite atmosphere with plentiful of cafes and shops, and the ocean views you can’t beat. Although the budget accommodation prices attract a lot of backpackers in this side of town, the benefits speak for themselves.
The Gold Coast’s Currumbin wildlife sanctuary is a short 15 mins drive from the airport and is an excellent place to meet the local wildlife.
If you more of a luxury style traveller, Surfers Paradise is the heart of the city, therefore accommodation ranges from a all inclusive 5- star Marriott exquisite suites to a cute little rental shack a stone throw away from the ocean.
Vastly known as an entertainment city, Gold Coast has three Amusement parks: Dream World, Movie World and Sea World. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest. Finally, it’s a real foodie town boasting with multitude of healthy cuisine catering for all specialities.
Lived and worked on Gold Coast for a few years, I still call it home as it has my heart.
Check out Alex’s web site at Laska Baby Travel
DECEMBER 20, 2018
Horizon Unknown- My Favorite Destination:
Pai in Northern Thailand
Pai is a small, backpacking orientated town in northern Thailand. looking back on the many amazing experiences I had in the beautiful town of Pai, it is my favourite destination I’ve visited.
Within the town limits are so many great attractions. For major waterfalls, bamboo forest treks, a large canyon and splits in the ground and a short day trip to some amazing caves in the area.
I love to hike to more remote places when I travel, and through the bamboo forest to Mae Yen Waterfall ticked all my boxes. It surprised me that such a small town can be home to a canyon, but Pai Canyon is an incredibly popular attraction, especially at sunset. However, there is enough room for everyone to take in the stunning vista told purple and pink as the sunsets.
One of my all-time favourite day trips, Tham Lod Cave is around 90mins away by rented motorbike. The cave is by tour guide only as it is so easy to get lost, but the gas lit lantern dimly lighting the ancient walls of this natural wonder was eerily beautiful. Even the road TO Tham Lod Cave is amazing, Pang Mapha lookout gives another great view over the wonderful town of Pai and the valley it sits in.
Visiting Pai was on my list of places for quite some time a softer I heard about it travelling through Thailand a year before, and I am so glad I ventured 3 hours north along the winding road from Chiang Rai. It became my favourite destination not only Thailand but all of Asia.
Check out Ben’s web site at Horizon Unknown
DECEMBER 12, 2018
A Girl and Her Dog on the Road- My Favorite Destination:
The Scottish Highlands
The West Highland Way: 96 miles of bliss and blisters in the Scottish Hills
Last year my best friend and I completed the West Highland Way, a 96 mile (154 km) trek in the Scottish Highlands.
Usually completed in anything from 4 to 10 days, we opted for the middle ground of 7 days. To read more about our full itinerary click here.
The route runs along the edge of stunning Loch Lomond, across the bleak but atmospheric Rannoch Moor, before heading into the mountainous and dramatic Glen Coe Valley.
This is a popular route, so if you are looking for solitude this may not be the trek for you. If you are looking for a sense of camaraderie and stunning views you will get this in abundance. It certainly renewed my passion for long distance walking.
My West Highland Way Top Tips
Don’t be a hero and struggle with your heavy rucksack: If your not a seasoned hiker, book the baggage transfer service. You then just carry a day sack and your gear is dropped off and picked up at your daily accommodation. Carrying a heavy rucksack if you aren’t used to it is a killer. A lot of fellow walkers came unstuck on this one. We agreed this was money well spent.
Come prepared for the famous Scottish Midge: These swarm in their thousands on the west coast of Scotland during the Summer and they can be horrendous. Come armed with a good insect repellant, cover up at dawn and dusk and consider using a midge net. They may look stupid but they can be a blessed relief.
Minimize the chance of blisters: Blisters ended some of our fellow walkers’ journeys. Make sure you have broken in your boots, wear good walking socks, slather your feet in vaseline and stock up on Compeed plasters.
Check out Gemma’s at A Girl and Her Dog on the Road Facebook
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Bacon Is Magic- My Favorite Destination:
My first trip to Havana was only four days and while I’ve been to almost every country in Latin America, Cuba is so different. Before I left I vowed to return in a month to research Cuban food and now I’ve been based in Havana for nine months.
Everything in Cuba has such political, social and economic significance. Something as simple as Cuban coffee has so many cultural nuances. As soon as someone drops in unannounced to my apartment, and that happens daily, I absolutely must offer them coffee if I want to appear as a good host. In some cases, a Cuban may only have one cup of coffee left and they would always first offer it to a guest. Cubans may not have a lot but they do have a strong sense of hospitality and generosity.
The best places to eat are never in hotels or historic districts. They are always little spots where you can buy a full plate of lunch for $3-5. If you’re lucky you’ll get a choice of plain white rice or moros y cristianos, which is beans and rice. But don’t just dig in right away, Cubans often dress their rice with oil, salt and vinegar, just as you would dress a salad. It’s knowing little things like this that make eating in Cuba so much more interesting.
Check out Ayngelina’s at Bacon is Magic Instagram