With it being winter time in many parts of the world, and with holidays just around the corner, we thought we’d share this article to warm you up! We’ve talked about our epic adventures that are on our travel bucket list, but even though we love intrepid trips, we also love relaxing on pristine beaches! Our favourite stretches of sand so far have been in Mozambique, Cambodia, Grenada, and the Grenadines, but there are many more that we still have our eyes on. There’s just something magical about being in the tropics.
Although this list of beach destinations may not be the most affordable places to visit, we can dream, right?
This island is located in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. When we think of Bora Bora, visions of bungalows set on stilts over a glass-calm lagoon come to mind. I doubt that we’d do much more than relax and enjoy the views of the crystal clear waters from our little hut…but isn’t that the point? Nick would probably head out on a couple of scuba dives and I may do some snorkelling. This atoll is surrounded by a barrier reef, with sharks and manta rays frequenting the waters. In all of his years of diving, Nick has never seen a Manta Ray! It would be amazing if he could see one here.
Hawaii is located smack dab in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean and has long been on our list of places to see in the world. I think the reason we haven’t been there yet is largely due to the cost – it’s not exactly budget friendly. However, all money aside, it’s somewhere we’d love to visit. The topography comprising this string of 8 islands is incredible and there is an endless list of things to do. Surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking, swimming and visiting waterfalls & volcanoes are just some of the many things we’d like to do there! On top of the activities and beautiful landscapes, we’d love to experience a traditional Luau and sample the authentic food.
Ever since a friend of mine won a free trip to Fiji from a grocery store in Calgary, Canada (I know, can you imagine?), I’ve been dying to go to this tropical island in the South Pacific. More recently, we’ve been following Ryan from Blogging From Paradise, who was living in Fiji, house-sitting with his girlfriend. From reading his articles and hearing him talk about his passion for that little country, we became hooked. There are over 333 islands to choose from, but we’ve heard that the city of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu and Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are must-sees.
This little nation is composed of 26 islands and it has been on our list for quite some time. When we were in India and Sri Lanka in 2009, we considered taking the quick flight over to the Maldives, but didn’t for some reason and now are regretting it! With a ground elevation of only 1.5 meters, this is the lowest country on the planet, and the smallest nation in Asia. Regardless of its size, it’s beautiful and has a lot to offer the vacationer. We’d love to visit the Islamic sites, Nick would love to scuba dive there and I’d love to go snorkelling…as well as just lounge in my hammock sipping on cocktails!
Photo By: ClubMed
Located in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar, this is another idyllic string of islands. Actually, there are over 500 of them! Once occupied by the British during colonial times and by the Japanese during WWII, this is an island nation that is not only beautiful, but full of history and sites. We’d plan to see the Victorian English ruins, the Indian navy museum and the former British prison. Of course, we’d also want to hike to waterfalls, walk through the jungle, laze on beaches and enjoy the wildlife.We’re not sure how or when we’ll get to these ultimate vacation destinations, but we’re hoping it’s one day soon. Perhaps we’ll be offered a house sitting job, or will be invited out by the tourism board to promote their countries? Who knows…we’re open to anything and everything, these are the luxurious destinations we’ve always read about in magazines, and we’re definitely interested in going!