Savi and I have had some amazing experiences in the last 5 years, but we still find it immensely difficult to pick “the best” places in the world. Last week, we asked some of our favourite bloggers where they would like to go on a one-way ticket and vicariously travelled to gorgeous locations around the world. We had so much fun discovering new places that we decided to continue putting our friends and fellow bloggers through the misery. Yet again, we got some adventurous answers 🙂
Here’s presenting Part II of ‘On A One-Way Ticket To…..‘
1) Ana from Mrs. O Around the World chose California
If I could get a one way ticket to somewhere, it would be to California, in the United States. I know it doesn’t sound so exotic as somewhere in Asia, but to be truthful, it is the only place in the world I could see myself living. I can really see myself living in Beverly Hills, or closer to the beach in Santa Monica and Malibu – the scenery is breathtaking, the food is wonderful, and let’s not talk about the parties and the shopping.
I visit California religiously every year – and have done so for the past 10 years. We own a place in Palm Springs and it is one of our happy places indeed. We are fortunate to be able to visit stunning places each year, but this is one that it is non-negotiable for Mr. O and myself. I can just imagine being able to visit the California desert for the weekend as it is just over an hour away from LA, or a cheeky weekend in San Diego or Rancho Valencia every now and then 😉
Read more about Ana’s luxurious escapes over at Mrs. O Around The World
2) Sam from Nomadic Samuel chose Korea
On a one way ticket, I would head back to the Hermit Kingdom (also known as Korea). Prior to living my life as a perpetual nomad, I first cut my teeth teaching English in South Korea. Aside from Canada, Korea is my home away from home. I love the kimchi, rice, and barbecues in tandem with soju infused nights out on the town. If I want my fix of the urban jungle I’ll spend significant time in Seoul. If I’m need of a peace and quiet the many scenic towns and mountains interspersed between larger urban centers provide a welcome relief. Moreover, if this travel blogging gig ever fizzles out I know I can find a job again as an English teacher.
Read more about Sam’s nomadic adventures over at Nomadic Samuel
3) Dave and Deb from Planet D chose Railay, Thailand
Railay in Thailand will always have a special place in our hearts. It was the place we fell in love with in 2000 when we took our first extended trip abroad. We’d love to spend a winter hanging out there and improving our rock climbing. We’ve been saying for years that we’d like to get back in to climbing and this is the place to do it. There are hundreds of routes and it’s paradise! It has great beaches, it’s a beautiful setting and there is a lot to do besides rock climbing. Besides all there is to do in nature, it is close enough to Krabi Town so that we can go to a movie every once in a while too. Thailand is a comfortable destination for us, we could easily see ourselves settling down there one day so if we are given a one way ticket somewhere, with the intent of staying for a while, that would be the place.
Read more about Dave and Deb’s unending adventures over at The Planet D
4) Dave and Vicky from A Couple Travelers chose Japan
Japan was the first country we visited on our trip and one of our favourites. Japanese food is my favourite and I crave sushi while we’re traveling. Since we visited Japan at the beginning of our travels, we were very budget conscious and didn’t indulge as much as we should have!
Also I just recently watched the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and realised that we missed out on sampling sushi from the best sushi chef in the world. At over $300 a plate this would be the most expensive meal of our lives but I’m pretty sure I would dream about it for years to come! Jiro himself is already over 85 so we’ve got to get over there before he retires!
Worried about budgeting your trip to Japan ? Find a great breakdown of costs for a trip to Japan over at Travels In Translation.
5) Agness from E Tramping chose Istanbul
One-way ticket place? That would be definitely Istanbul for me! Why? Here comes a long list of reasons. Firstly, it’s a stunning city of wonder and phenomenal beauty with Muslim lifestyle, deep religion, extremely delicious food (yes, that’s the main reason!) and breathtaking landmarks.
Secondly, one of the things I always wanted to do is stroll down Istanbul’s bazaars. By the way, did you know that Istanbul is one of the most impressive shopping capitals in the world? It is an amazing place to explore local markets where you can find absolutely everything – from the most authentic locally-made traditional handcrafts to rugs, cloth, jewellery, and exotic home-wares. The most interesting spots are Spice Markets where you can look for unique local herbs and spices, sweet flavoured marshmallows and heavenly Turkish delight sweets!
Finally, Istanbul is a budget friendly place so for a tramp like me, travelling the world for less than $25, is just a perfect travel destination! Oh, I forgot about Turkish coffee – no visit to Turkey is complete without it! Finely ground roasted beans, sugar, served unfiltered, Turkish coffee bears earthy aromas, a distinctive full body and frothy texture that would make an espresso green with envy. It’s also immensely flavourful, helping seasoned coffee aficionados appreciate the subtle woody tones of high-quality coffee beans.Real heaven!
Read more about Agness’s adventures over at E Tramping
6) Matthew from Gran Canaria Local chose Guigui, Gran Canaria, Spain
As a travel blogger, you get those grass-is-greener-style moments. If I didn’t have a loving family waiting for me at home, there have been press trips where I’ve felt like ripping up the return ticket. Like when I reluctantly left Portugal’s Alentejo, a place which could even teach their Spanish neighbours things about slow living. But the one-way ticket I really crave’s rather closer to home. You’d think residing on a holiday island would be one long vacation. But just like back in London Town, I have to work for a living. It’s when I visited the isolated beach of Guigui that the urge to leave the rat race really kicked in. Here, the sky really is bluer, the sun shinier, and the outlook brighter. One day, we’ll do up one of these old ruins. And I won’t have to make the painful trudge back to the world of nine to five.
Read more about Matthew’s adventures over at Gran Canaria Local
Where would you go on a one way ticket? Tell us in the comments below 🙂