Where to travel 2018? There is a whole big wide world to explore! My top 3 new discoveries for 2017 were Morocco, Russia and Jordan. I love them so much, I’m to going back in this year! All 3 are not expensive countries to stay in and travel around. You won’t feel as if you are a walking ATM machine!
- Not Expensive
- Friendly welcoming people
First up is Morocco. Whatever you like be it Desert, beautiful beaches or fabulous old towns it is in Morocco. One of the best things about this country is that it retains its identity. It is still very different from anywhere else and choc full of history.
Friends said to me ‘Oh you won’t like it, its dirty, crowded and you are hassled to buy things all the time”. I stupidly listened and avoided Morocco for years! Well, I was enchanted by Morocco and its people from the minute I stepped off the plane. Marrakesh was a delight. The first trip in February I stayed in Palmeyria about 20 minutes out of town and the second time in the old Madena in a traditional Riad. I would recommend both. More about Marrakesh here: http://luxurytraveldiva.com/magical-marrakesh http://luxurytraveldiva.com/diva-road-trip
My first trip was so good, I went back a few weeks later on a girls road trip. More about that in my blog.
Morocco is perfectly safe with good roads and careful drivers. We hired a car and enjoyed the trip, apart from one speeding ticket all went well. Beware, they are very hot on speeding!
Stopped for lunch and it is a typical beach resort mostly dating from the ’70’s and ’80’s. About 30 minutes north of Agadir we stayed at Paradis Plage on the most beautiful beach, perfect for surfers. Read about it here:
Possibly my favourite place. It can be windy but we we’re very lucky and experienced lovely sunny days without any wind in March. A stay in a Riad in the old town was a great experience. Exploring the souks, restaurants and cafe’s I soon felt like a local.
Wherever you go in Morocco everyone is so kind and friendly, we did not meet one unfriendly person.
PHOTO: Hike in The Atlas Mountains
Then it was off the the mountains! I would like to spend another couple of days hiking in the mountains, our trip was short but perfect. Even if we did manage to get lost finding the excellent Kasbah Bab Ourika Read about it here.
My next country to visit in 2018 is:
Where to travel 2018? An instant love affair with Russia! St Petersburg is an enormous, majestic city with beautiful museums, palaces, restaurants and cafes with very friendly and beautiful people as well. Morocco and Russia have more in common than friendly people, they have both retained their individual identity and you will be in no doubt that you are in Russia. Globalisation has homogenised so many other places in the world.
PHOTO: Church of the Spilt Blood, St Petersburg
Read my blog about it here: luxury travel diva Stay on the main street running through the city, Nevsky Propsect at the Corinthia Hotel, which was a wonderful choice and perfectly located right where you will want to be! I stayed at Corinthia Hotel
PHOTO: The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Explore the museums, galleries, walk around this beautiful city a be captivated. How about a night at the Russian Ballet? A traditional Russian restaurant? There is a lot to do! I liked it so much I am returning to visit Moscow.
PHOTO: River Neva in St Petersburg, Russia
PHOTO: The Dead Sea, Jordan
Where to travel 2018? Last but not least, JORDAN! Again, I had such a great time, I went back in January. Situated in The Middle East sandwiched between Syria, Israel, Egypt Jordan is a surprisingly peaceful country. The question I am asked most frequently : “Is it safe”. I felt perfectly safe at all times, wandered around alone all over the country and loved the friendly and hospitable Jordanian people.
Read my blogs here: Luxury Travel Diva Stay at the wonderful Movenpick Hotels, they are excellent. http://www.movenpick.com.Travel from Amman to The Dead Sea and then float on the healing waters enriched with minerals, 400 metres below sea level at the lowest point on earth.
PHOTO: Sunset over The Dead Sea, Jordan
Then travel to Petra and enjoy The Pink City, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Below is the world famous Treasury built in 200 AD by the Nabatean people, explore the old trading route and walk through time! Stay at The Movenpick Hotel Petra
PHOTO: The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Further south enjoy the Desert of Wadi Rum and then Aqaba, on the Red Sea perfect for diving and relaxing. I will explore these on my next trip!
Let’s hope for a fabulous 2018 full of exciting adventures. Write and tell me if you go to any of my suggestions! Spring 2018 – How about Morocco, Russia and Jordan!