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Making memories: the one destination on my radar

by LaurettaCWright
Making memories

As someone who loves travel and the opportunity to experience different destinations and their culture, history and traditions, it would be pretty difficult to name just one destination that I’d love to visit.

But that’s just what Mark Warner has asked its 2018 ambassador-wannabees to do. And this year, I’m putting myself forward as one of those wannabees!

However, the world is a huge place and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a huge playground just waiting to be explored and relished.

I love adventure, activities, going off the beaten path, meeting the locals, discovering little-known places and making new friends.

We're not a ‘fly and flop' family; travel offers the opportunity to broaden our horizons, to self-educate and to be respectful of different ways of life.

You only have to look at some of our previous getaways for evidence of our yearning for fun and adventure. One of my favourite memories was a family holiday to South Africa when I snorkelled with sharks.

VIP and I also took the kids to a township on that getaway – to educate them about the world in which others live.

And although it was a very humbling experience, it was also a liberating one; the kids all played together despite the language barrier and I felt a rush of pride as I watched my two kids share their sweets with their new friends. Talk about making memories!

But rules are rules, so before I decide on the one destination I’d love to visit (I’m still weighing up my options as I write this!), let’s have a quick peek at my two favourite destinations of all time – at home and abroad.

Salisbury

A couple of years ago my favourite destination in the UK would probably have been Bath. I love its rustic charm, cobbled streets, quaint little shops and stunning architecture.

But then two years ago, VIP and I decided to take a detour to Wiltshire on our way home (to Kent) – and we ended up discovering Salisbury.

It might have been because the sun was shining, or it might even have been because I was in a positive, happy mood that day, but there and then I decided that I loved Salisbury more than any other place I’d been to in the UK.

It was such a pretty city, but felt more like a town than a city. For me, it was the epitome of what a classic English town should look (and feel) like.

Heck, I even started looking in estate agents’ windows to check out the house prices – that’s how keen I was!

And now, every time I hear someone telling me they’re heading south west, I’ll encourage them to stop off in Salisbury – even if it’s just for a couple of hours.

I know I’d jump at the chance to go back; thinking about it, we’ve got a few bank holidays coming up soon – perhaps I could convince the rest of the Wrights to revisit this year.

Turkey

Turkey will always be special to me. Having a Turkish father meant that pretty much all of the summer school holiday as a child was spent playing on the beaches of the Black Sea.

My brother and I would return to school in September tanned to the max and our friends would assume we were mega rich as we’d been away for the whole summer, when in reality we’d just stayed with our relatives.

Making memories

But in terms of holidaying in Turkey, you won’t find a friendlier and more hospitable nation than the Turks.

Their genuine warmth is something to be experienced and I’m really proud to say I’m half Turkish – even if I still only know a handful of words in the local lingo!

What also really warms me about the Turks is how much time they have for children. When mine were much younger total strangers would fuss over them, and make them feel welcome – even older children in Turkey are clearly brought up knowing family values and respect. It’s lovely to see.

And the other great news about Turkey is that Mark Warner has added it as a new destination for this year – even more reason to celebrate (and make plans to return!)

On the horizon…

So, where to next? Well, we’ve got a trip lined up to the Black Forest in Germany this year.

My son Luis is learning German at secondary school, so we thought if he is choosing it as one of his GCSEs, we’d help boost his confidence and put him in the thick of it – the things we do, eh?!

And it’s no secret that two experiences have remained unchecked on my bucket list for years now – a trip to the Caribbean and a cruise.

Trust me, I’ve attempted to tick one of them off, but having to resort to remortgaging isn’t on the priority list right now. Especially when my leaky bathroom basin is crying out to be fixed!

So…where else is on my (realistic) holiday radar? After careful consideration I’ve decided that the one place I’d really like to visit this year is…..

The land of Fire and Ice! Otherwise known as Iceland. I’ve always fancied the idea of taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon and marveling at the Geysir Hot Springs. Just saying the word Geysir (geezer!) has long amused me, so actually standing next to one of them would be pretty awesome.

But the one thing that I’ve longed to do in Iceland is to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Making memories

To watch the beautiful lights dance across the sky must be so awe-inspiring; I would imagine that I’d probably feel quite insignificant as I stood there taking in the spectacle.

And to witness one of life’s amazing natural phenomena would be a memory that I’d forever cherish – and that’s what happens on amazing holidays isn’t it? Creating wonderful memories.

What destination is on your watch list this year?

*I wrote this post as an entry into Mark Warner’s ambassador scheme. Without sounding like a cliché, I genuinely love their holidays (having experienced one, it ticked all the right boxes for the type of holiday my family would love), plus I’d be overjoyed to achieve my goal this year in becoming a travel brand ambassador – and shining the light on Mark Warner would be the icing on the cake. And we all love cake don’t we? 😉

39 comments

john winson 13th September 2018 - 9:19 am

Wow, looks epic. This post is giving me serious wanderlust. Would definitely go. Thanks for sharing this post.

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LaurettaCWright 15th September 2018 - 6:01 pm

Glad you enjoyed it Joh – thanks!

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Zena's Suitcase 19th March 2018 - 7:57 pm

I’ve got everything crossed for you Lauretta. I think you would make a great ambassador and I love the destinations you have talked about here. You have to visit Iceland, it’s a real adventure
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LaurettaCWright 19th March 2018 - 9:14 pm

Thanks Zena – sadly it’s not meant to be 🙁 Hopefully next time….but thanks so much for your support X

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Michelle 18th March 2018 - 8:55 pm

Black Forest sounds interesting, will have to look that one up. Louis has caught our travel bug and already has his list of future destinations which includes the Grand Canyon (not sure I could fly over that again) and Alaska. We did a taster cruise to the Bahamas with Royal Caribbean whilst in Florida one year and would definitely do another. Keep up the blogs, love reading them.

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LaurettaCWright 18th March 2018 - 11:10 pm

Thanks so much Michelle – means a lot! I know what you mean about the Grand Canyon – especially that helicopter crash there recently…and they’re not uncommon apparently! I’m going to have to take a leaf out of your book and do a cruise – just need to start saving 🙂

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ZARA H 17th March 2018 - 2:31 pm

These places look stunning and this post was super inspiring! Thanks for it! 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 18th March 2018 - 8:21 am

Thanks Zara and you’re very welcome!

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Carolyn 12th March 2018 - 4:11 pm

I agree, it is so hard to choose just one destination for the wish list. My short list is Mexico, Japan and Canada. Sadly they are all too far apart to combine all three and extra important as they are all expensive places and need lots of time to see even just the highlights, I will need to pick just one.

Can you help me choose? Where would you pick?

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2018 - 9:48 pm

Oh gosh – I think you’ll have to do that yourself – my advice would be to do as much research as you can on what each destination offers and go from there. If you still can’t decide, toss a coin!

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Robert Price 10th March 2018 - 1:49 pm

The Black Forest is on my wish list

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LaurettaCWright 11th March 2018 - 11:57 am

I’ll happily report back once I’ve been!

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Fritha 9th March 2018 - 12:49 pm

good luck on the comp, I would love to visit Cuba one day! Top of my list x

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LaurettaCWright 11th March 2018 - 11:59 am

Fabulous destination I’m sure! Good luck in visiting Cuba! 🙂

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Sabina Sher 8th March 2018 - 12:00 pm

I’m feeling very luck right now as I am at the start of my solo trip around SE Asia! I hope you have fun on your holiday this year!

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LaurettaCWright 9th March 2018 - 11:12 am

Wow – that’s amazing! Make the most of it!

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Jen 8th March 2018 - 10:16 am

I have far too many places I would love to go, mostly because I haven’t been away in a long long long long long time. I have seen so much about Iceland of late that I am in awe, and so tempted to put it top of the list for my “if only” list.

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Linda Hobbis 8th March 2018 - 9:49 am

I’d love to go to the Black Forest too. I studied German right up to my second year in Uni (swopped to English) but have still never been. Think I’ll avoid Salisbury at the moment though.

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amy 8th March 2018 - 7:33 am

Ive always wanted to go to Jamaica xx

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LaurettaCWright 9th March 2018 - 11:18 am

Yes, that sounds a wonderful destination to go to!

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Kacie 7th March 2018 - 9:16 pm

The Caribbean is always my dream destination. I’ve been to Jamaica twice and I’m off to Grenada in May.

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Rebecca | AAUBlog 6th March 2018 - 6:52 pm

I would love to see he northern lights too – my kids love exploring on holiday, rather than just sitting on the beach!

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LaurettaCWright 6th March 2018 - 8:27 pm

Same as mine Rebecca – and great to see you are in agreement! 🙂

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Jenny 6th March 2018 - 11:19 am

Good luck to you. I have to admit we don’t travel abroad much although I would love to see the Northern Lights one day.

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LaurettaCWright 6th March 2018 - 8:24 pm

There’s always YouTube to watch them in the meantime (but yes – it’s not the same!) Thanks Jenny 🙂

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Ashleigh-Jayne O'Connell 6th March 2018 - 10:08 am

The Black Forest is on my list too! And Iceland! My travel list keeps getting longer and you have some great ones on yours. I haven’t been to Salisbury but I’m trying to see more of the UK this year so it’s definitely a trip to look out for.

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LaurettaCWright 6th March 2018 - 9:42 pm

Oh you must have a look at Salisbury Ashleigh-Jane if you can – you won’t be disappointed. Might be worth planning it better than we did though – we just rocked on up, but it might be nice to have a couple of things planned while you’re there?

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Katy Stevens 5th March 2018 - 11:56 am

Eek – best of luck to you! I’d LOVE to go on a cruise too – definitely one on my ‘one day’ bucket list!

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LaurettaCWright 5th March 2018 - 2:52 pm

Thanks Katy! Let me know if you make a cruise before I do – I want to hear all about it! 🙂

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Sarah Christie 5th March 2018 - 11:41 am

Oh I loved visiting the Black Forest last year, we are also the type of family that likes to explore a little and see the culture behind a place, best of luck x

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LaurettaCWright 5th March 2018 - 2:54 pm

Fabulous Sarah – you sound like my sort of girl! Just been checking out your stories and videos – I’m getting really excited now!!

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Fashion and Style Police 5th March 2018 - 11:35 am

I love travelling. I have an American trip lined up in a few weeks.

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LaurettaCWright 5th March 2018 - 2:53 pm

Oh amazing! Have fun – we were there a year ago!

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Anonymous 4th March 2018 - 10:21 pm

I love Salisbury too – we’ve went a couple of times before having Izabelle – the shops are great and it’s full of charm. At the moment we’re trying to decide between mainland Spain or Porto Santo (small island off Madeira) – decisions decisions lol…

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LaurettaCWright 7th July 2018 - 9:42 pm

I hope you have a lovely time whatever you get up to!

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Starlight and Stories 4th March 2018 - 4:41 pm

Salisbury is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit after reading a book set there a few years ago. Maybe after reading your recommendation I should finally make the trip x

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LaurettaCWright 4th March 2018 - 4:48 pm

Oh you should. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed if you do!

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Margaret Gallagher 4th March 2018 - 2:20 pm

Iceland and thailand
Wont be this year as i need a new kitchen

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LaurettaCWright 4th March 2018 - 4:21 pm

Ah yes – priorities Margaret! Great to know you’ve got Iceland on your radar too – and I very much encourage you to go to Thailand – I loved it!

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