Sundowners at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

9 of our much-loved destinations for you to visit in 2018

In Croatia, France, Mini Breaks, Namibia, Netherlands, Norfolk, Our Journeys, Portugal, Road Trips, Russia, Spain, Trip-Types, World Travelby JanisLeave a Comment

Go discover

Gary and I have been lucky enough to visit some wonderful destinations over the years, and like with most people there are always particular places or experiences that you frequently remember from your travels. Whether it’s a memory of a location, someone you met or a culinary experience, these are the things we reminisce about, and are what continually make us want to discover more about the world.

Tracks in the pan of Deadvlei,  Sossusvlei, Namibia

It was tricky but, we have narrowed down eight of our favourites, some near, some far, a mixture of road trips and mini breaks. We hope you can tick some of these off your bucket list and discover how magnificent they are.
 
I didn’t want to number them, as that may imply I have a favourite and honestly, I don’t….

Croatia

We visited Croatia as a road trip, and in my opinion is a fantastic way to see the country. It gives you the freedom to take in the wonderfully secluded bays at your own pace. Hop across to the different islands, and experience the local hidden konobas. (restaurants/taverns).

Overlooking Dubrovnik, Croatia

We were slightly mad and made this trip in our own car from the UK, but this tour can equally be accomplished by picking up your trusty steed from an airport.

Reflecting by the Sea, Zadar, Croatia

We visited Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Trogir, Dubrovnik, Split & Rovinj. Take a look at our posts and start planning your own road trip.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon was our first taster of Portugal, and just from the few enjoyable days that we spent there, we are now planning a road trip to discover more.

The view from Miradouro da graça, Lisbon, Portugal

The city and its architecture made it a charming place to discover. However, the friendliness of the people, the food and the Fado music were an absolute delight.

Tram 28, Lisbon, Portugal

If you are Eurovision Song Contest fans, Lisbon will be the host in May 2018.

Did you know?

Portugal is one of <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/countries" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lonely Planet’s top ten countries</a> to visit in 2018?

Our favourite travel reads

Netherlands

We had visited Amsterdam previously, however, in 2017 we wanted to discover more of Holland and its meandering canals. So, we chose to make it into a road trip and headed to the Netherlands during their famous Spring blossom season.

A quiet place to walk, Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

Visiting Keukenhof is a must during Spring, but equally, the country is so easy to tour around, taking the pleasant harbour towns of Hoorn, Edam, Volendam and Monnickendam are just a short hop away. And of course, the cheesy towns of Gouda and Alkmaar with their merchant houses should not be missed.

The porters or kaasdragers, Alkmaar, Holland, Netherlands

Take a look at the posts from our Spring road trip.

Namibia

This truly was a trip of a lifetime. We flew there from the UK via South Africa, but no sooner were we off the plane and we had picked up our hire truck (Heidi), for our 3-week self-drive safari adventure.

Tracks up Big Mamma, Sossusvlei, Namibia

We may have slightly cheated and stayed in lodges & B&B’s across Namibia (as we do like a bit of luxury). However, you can pitch a tent on the roof of the truck and spend the nights under the stars.

Janis at her watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Spotted at the watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

If you enjoy the pleasures of seeing wildlife in their own environment and taking your time driving across various terrains, you’ll love this trip.

Don’t take my word for it, go and watch the sun setting across the Namib and Sahara deserts for yourself.

Sundowners at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Here are some posts on the great locations we visited.

Norfolk, England

A UK county rich in history and with so much to discover, from its beautiful sandy beaches and its slapstick seaside resort to its elegant 900-year-old cathedral at Norwich and the Royal retreat on Sandringham Estate.

Norwich Castle, Norwich, Norfolk, England

We had great fun touring this county, and the local delicacies of Cromer crab & fish & chips by the seaside are an experience not to miss.

The beach at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Take a peek at our posts from this mini road trip of Norfolk.

Valencia, Spain

This magnificent city is sometimes over shadowed by its larger sister of Barcelona further up the coastline.

However, in my opinion, Valencia has that little something special, that can still be found through the quiet lanes and intriguing bodegas.

Ham, Cheese & beer at Café Museu, Valencia, Spain

Here is the spiritual home of the paella and after a stroll through Turia gardens to the City of Arts & science you feel that you have earned it.

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain

And talking of spiritual, did you know that Valencia cathedral houses in a chapel, what is believed by many to be the actual Holy Grail?

The chapel of the Holy Grail, Valencia, Spain

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Normandy, France

We truly adore France but felt we hadn’t entirely given Normandy the time it deserves, and this region had centuries of history for us to uncover & its quaint countryside villages.

The covered market, Beuvron-en-Auge, Normandy, France

Spending time along the D-Day landing beaches & the poignant cemeteries was quite moving. We also went to explore the wonderful cities of Caen & Rouen & the elegant Mont Saint-Michel, and I couldn’t visit this region of France without taking a trip to Giverny, the home of one of my favourite artists Claude Monet.

The view of Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Check out our posts from this Normandy tour and start planning your French trip.

St. Petersburg, Russia

This city had been on my ‘Bucket List’ for years and had always had an air of mystery about it to me, that made me want to dig deeper into its history, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia

It has some spectacular architecture that takes your breath away, colourful palaces, imposing places of worship and meandering wide canals, which give the likes of Venice and Amsterdam a run for their money.

Moyka River - St Isaac's - St Petersburg - Russia

How about a little further reading from our visit to St Petersburg?

Seville, Spain

Perhaps I have saved one of the best until last!!

Gary and I have visited Seville on three occasions and we would still go back for more in a flash, who wouldn’t love a warm balmy November night in Spain?

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

We adore the Moorish architecture, the intriguing old lanes of Barrio Santa Cruz, the elegance of Plaza de España and of course the relaxed tapas bars enjoying a glass of Sherry.

The bar of Casa Placido, Seville, Spain

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Did you know?

Seville is one of Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2018?

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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