Looking for some travel inspiration? Here Nat gives you insight into her wanderlust dream destinations.
I didn’t go travelling after uni. I chose to concentrate on my career and although I don’t regret this decision I have always had a deep desire to travel the world. This has led me to create a bucket list of wild and wonderful destinations I hope to be lucky enough to visit one day.
Where: Xiongmao Jidi, China
About: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, China and allows visitors to spend time with the majestic Panda. Accompanied by a professional panda keeper, visitors can stroll through the baby and adult panda areas and gain fascinating insight into the behavior, mating habits and physiology of the creatures.
Where: Kiilopääntie, Finland
About: Kakslauttanen offers an unforgettable stay in Finnish Lapland. From glass igloos to luxurious log cabins view the magical Northern Lights from the comfort of your room.
Where: Renaissance Island Aruba
About: Flamingo beach is the perfect escape for adult guests where sun, sand and real flamingos make this postcard scene come to life.
Where: Bali, Indonesia
About: Within a half-hour’s drive of Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud, you can discover the Hanging Gardens, hidden away at the end of a small lane. As its name suggests, it clings precariously to forested slopes above a deep gorge leading down to the Ayung River. Its 44 villas, spa and restaurant are perched up and down this extremely steep valley.
Where: Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam
About: Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included in lists of natural wonders of the world.
Where: Nairobi, Kenya
About: Giraffe Manor is a small hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya which, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes. The Manor was built in 1932 and modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge when Nairobi was still a British colony. Giraffe Manor now serves as a small private hotel where guests can feed the giraffes from their breakfast table, through the front door, and out of their 2nd story bedroom window.
Where: Kitakyushu, Japan
About: The beautiful Japanese gardens are home to about 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink), which are open every Spring season.
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
About: One of the only remaining homes to the rare African penguin, the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony allows visitors to get up close and personal with the strange, prehistoric birds that seem right at home despite their generally Arctic reputation.
Where: Alberta, Canada
About: Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views.
Where: San Francisco, United States
About: The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Where: Chefchaouen, Morocco
About: Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is a city in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s known for the striking, blue-washed buildings of its old town.
Where: Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey
About: Cappadocia has an unreal amazing landscape which makes it one of the world’s Top 3 balloon flight locations. The spectacular surrealistic scenery combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colours and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.
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