You only have a few weeks’ vacation each year and you want to make the most of them right? You want to tick off incredible travel destinations from your bucket list and come back with gorgeous photos. You want to vacation in the most picturesque places on earth! Well here are my top tips that should be high on your priority travel list:
1. Italy’s Amalfi Coast
It is difficult to choose from among Italy’s many picturesque regions but the Amalfi Coast is definitely one of my favourites. I’ve visited several times and this series of colourful towns clinging to the steep cliffs is so beautiful. Start from Sorrento and also visit Amalfi itself and charming Positano, with a stop for panoramic views at Ravello on the way.
2. New Zealand’s Fiordland
New Zealand’s natural beauty has become legendary and in the far south-western corner there is a national park that will leave you breathless at its beauty. Mountains and water meet in Fiordland to form a place of mysterious loveliness. This is an ideal place to take panoramic pictures, capturing every bit of nature in sight. The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is very pretty with many stops along the way for views. Take a cruise on Milford Sound out to the sea and you’ll find plenty of pictures of Mitre Peak on your phone when you get home. If you are fit the famous Milford Track hiking trip is one of the world’s best hikes.
3. England’s Lake District
The English Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in Britain and perfect for an English vacation whether you like hiking or pottering about chocolate box villages. The glorious Langdale Valley is perfect for day walks. Make sure you visit the poet William Wordsworth’s cottage in Grasmere and don’t miss out on the gingerbread from Sarah Nelson’s shop.
4. South Africa’s Stellenbosh
In the Stellenbosch wine region of South Africa delicious wines combine with beautiful landscapes and three centuries of architecture and cultivation to make a fabulous travel destination. There are lots of options for tours around the wineries of Stellenbosch and nearby Franschoek. My favourites are Die Bergkelder, the Muratie Estate, and Uitkyk on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain with views as far as Table Mountain in Cape Town.
5. India’s Udaipur
Romantic Udaipur, the white city, is without doubt the most picturesque place I have visited in India. Here the spectacle of the history, pride and extravagance of Rajasthan comes to life in a dreamy lakeside setting. Take a boat cruise to the island on lake, have dinner at a restaurant with a private balcony and watch the sun go down from the hilltop Sunset Palace.
6. Slovenia’s Lake Bled
Is this one of the most exquisite views in all of Europe? Lake Bled is certainly the jewel in Slovenia’s crown. Crystal clear waters, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Julian Alps and of course Bled Island with its 17th century pilgrimage church is incredibly photogenic. Hire bikes from the charming resort town and spend a vacation day cycle right around the lake taking in the views from every possible angle.
7. Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay
Soaring limestone karst mountains, pink gold sunsets, little floating fishing villages, and boat people selling colourful tropical fruit. Ha Long Bay has long been a big drawcard for tourists and is the most picturesque place in Vietnam. Try to find a small boat cruise that will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery without the crowds, ideally staying out among the islands overnight so that you can take it all in and have a swim!
8. Namibia’s Sesriem
The sea of mighty red dunes at Sesriem has become one of Namibia’s most popular natural attractions. Get up (very) early to climb up Dune 45 for sunrise and watch the first rays turn the grey dunes pink and then gloriously red. Catch a ride to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan in the midst of the red dunes, where a collection of dead trees will ensure you that will wow your friends.
All these are amazing travel destinations and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll go crazy taking photos. Just thank your lucky stars that you live in the age of digital photography!