Most wanted, Scuba Diving

Most Wanted: My top 5 wish-list destinations

As you may have gathered, I spend a lot of time reading travel magazines and books. When I’m not doing this, planning lessons or marking homework, I can often by found trawling TripAdvisor and Pinterest for ideas for our next adventure. The number of destinations on the wish-list is ever expanding and as soon as a place has been visited a new entry quickly fills the gap ensuring that the list grows longer and longer. My latest addition to the travel porn collection isn’t helping either…

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2015 is already shaping up to be a good year for getting to some of these bucket list destinations. I had always wanted to visit Las Vegas and very fortunately for me, the Hubby surprised me with an American Road Trip from Vegas to Los Angeles for my 30th Birthday earlier this year (post will up soon!) so they got happily ticked off. We’ve got a short city break to Milan planned for May and after that we are heading to Marrakech to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary and then carrying on into the school summer holidays with a dream trip to Tanzania on Safari and then to Zanzibar for white sands and lots of scuba diving.

So that just leaves the rest of the wish list. So that I don’t bore everyone too much I will keep it to my current top 5 and why I want to go there. I keep changing my mind on my top 5 so expect some changes to this list in the future.

1. Costa Rica

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Visiting Costa Rica whilst being a teacher may be a slight problem as the rainy season coincides with our British summer holiday so I would have to try and visit during the Christmas break when the least amount of rain falls. As the eco and adventure tourism pioneers of Central America there are so many different options for all types of traveller. I would definitely want to scuba dive so would be heading to the coastal areas of Tamarindo or Drake Bay to experience all that the Pacific and Caribbean seas have to offer. I would also want to head inland to trek the rainforest, swim in the many waterfalls and see the majestic Arenal volcano.

2. Dubai

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Do I want to see and stand on top (or near the top) of the worlds tallest building? YES Do I want to scuba dive in the worlds largest aquarium? YES Do I want to skydive over islands shaped like a palm tree? Ermmmmm maybe not, but if you want to do something a little bit un-usual then the feeling is that in Dubai you can probably make it happen. Of course the beaches, restaurants, bars and shops are all there for the taking too. I think I could do a good 4-5 day break in Dubai and leave feeling like I had captured the essence of the luxury capital of the world; I would of course want to stay at the Burj Al Arab to top off the whole experience. It’s supposedly the only 7 star hotel resort in the world so it would be rude not to drop the £1.5k a night to stay there!

3. Iceland

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 I have wanted to go to Iceland for a long time mainly in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights and a visit to the Blue Lagoon, however after doing some research for potential trip there with the Hubby next year I have found that there is so much more to do and see than I had expected. A must do for us as divers would be the Silfra frissure, it’s the only place in the world where you can scuba dive in the crack between 2 continental plates, the visibility is 100m and the light and colours created by the extreme water temperature and porous underground lava all make for an insanely memorable dive. The dream would be to hire a car and do our own self-drive tour via the Rte 1 ring road that loops the island and take some detours off to see some of the breath-taking scenery. I think I need to move Iceland to the top of the list! Our school runs a trip to Iceland every year maybe if I beg the Geography department I will be on the list of staff for the next one!

4. Cuba

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 Another place that I have wanted to go to for a ridiculously long time. I feel Cuba is the perfect combination of culture rich cities and towns such as Havana and Trinidad and postcard perfect beach escapes where I would probably end up checking into an all-inclusive and be completely fine with doing nothing except lounging about all day. Other draws for me are simply the mojitos and music,  I would love to dance the night away to a rumba with Mojito in hand and then spend the next day walking the streets of old Havana and get pictures of the many different versions of Che Guevara inspired artwork that are all over Cuba.

5. Borneo

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Encompassing three countries on one island and home to some of the best scuba diving on the planet Borneo is an easy choice for my top 5. With the islands of Sipadan located just off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo this would be the first spot I would head to in order to dive with manta rays, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. I’d then stay in Sabah but head inland to the Danum Valley Conservation Area for a stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge with the hope of spotting orangutangs in the wild. After all the marine and wildlife I’d then head to South Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo to visit the genuine floating food market of Lok Baintan. Would then need to get back to exploring the diversity of the island by visiting the Tanjung Puting National Park for some more time amongst the wildlife and peace of the jungle. I have done so much research on Borneo with the hope of being able to take a school expedition out there in the future but maybe I will just have to go on a recce run first!

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