Writing about travel and being on adventures so often we always get the same question:
"What's your favorite place?"
A simple question with no easy answer for anyone who loves to travel.
So far, I have a handful of destinations that really stick out. Countries with wonderful people, great climates, awe-inspiring nature and Old World architecture.
Here are seven top spots we have been to (simply ranked alphabetically). This list is by no means exhaustive and leaves out many cool places we have been, but these have stood out for the especially outstanding times we have had during our trips. Of course, I'm partial to warm Caribbean destinations because I especially enjoy water and tropical adventures.
Antigua -- This Caribbean island in the West Indies is a gem. Located just north of the equator, the island gets temps in the mid-70s during winter and mid-80s for summer. The waters are warm and blue and fun to explore by snorkeling. The people also are very friendly. We enjoyed inexpensive delicious food and tasty beers during our lazy afternoons after a morning boating and swimming (below). It's also a treat to wander the markets for crafts such as handmade wooden dolls and clothes made with fabrics bursting with colors -- bright reds and tropical flowers. The laid-back feel and low cost make us consider this as a retirement destination some day.
Costa Rica -- The Central American country is so small yet so ecologically diverse, with wonderful water activities, mountains, jungle, all sorts of wild animals to discover, fresh foods (I sample coconut water below) and friendly people. The country's motto is "Pura Vida," or the pure life and the people are proud to have the oldest and most durable democracy in Central America. The nation abolished its army in 1949 and owns a top-notch reputation for its conservation efforts, creating large areas of protected lands to nurture its wonderful biodiversity and sustain a vital tourism industry.
Turkey -- One far-too-brief stop in the country to visit Kusadasi and the tiny village of Sirince (below) has us yearning to return to further explore a nation chock full of history. We made a port stop to see the amazingly preserved ancient Roman ruins at Ephesus, then went to Sirince for lunch. A resident invited us into her home and prepared a meal. After all the wonderful people we met that day and the things we learned about Turkey, we know that we must return.
I told you this was an impossible question to answer.
Let me know some of your favorite destinations!
Thanks for reading, and always travel happy!