10 years ago to the day, our eyes met across a crowded bar and from that second we have almost been inseparable. Yes, 10 years ago to the day Mr ESLT and I met. If you are old enough to remember the dating game a decade ago, you’ll remember internet dating was considered only for ‘weirdos’ and if you wanted to meet someone you actually had to get out of the house and speak to people. And lucky for us, we both decided to go out on the same evening and to the same pub and the rest as they say, is history.
It’s always a good start when you have at least one thing in common with your partner, for us it’s our hatred of olives, being able to watch full boxsets without moving a muscle and of course our love of travel. Over the past 10 years we have travelled to at least 40 countries together, some on numerous occasions. As we hit the decade mark it got me thinking about the places we have loved visiting and whittling them down to a Top 10 – it was a tough job! However, after hours of deliberation and many rewrites, here it is:-
1. Florence, Italy (2007 and 2012)
We first visited Florence three weeks after we first met. We jumped on a plane and fell in love with this fantastic city and of course each other. So much so, we obviously chose it as the destination to celebrate our first wedding anniversary 5 years later.
2. Venice, Italy (2010)
Every year Mr ESLT whisks me off somewhere magical for my birthday and my 27th was no exception. In 2010 we headed to Venice to celebrate not only my birthday but also our engagement as he got down on one knee on our first night in the city.
3. Koh Samui, Thailand (2011)
Deciding on a honeymoon destination is often one of the hardest when it comes to travelling as you want it to be special. Koh Samui in Thailand could not have been more special for us – the food, the people, the beaches and not forgetting the amazing scenery.
4. Las Vegas, USA (2011/2012)
What’s better than a trip to Las Vegas? A trip to Las Vegas for New Year! It is the ONLY place to go wild as we bid farewell to 2011 and said hello to 2012 at Surrender in the Encore. We danced, we drank, we welcomed the new year in with a bang – amazing!
5. Aluthgama, Sri Lanka (2013)
Sri Lanka caught us a bit off guard, we expected beautiful scenery and relaxing times but this place blew us away. We spent 13 fantastic days soaking up the culture, eating the food and exploring what this small, yet perfectly formed island had to offer and believe me there is lots!
6. Cairo/Giza, Egypt (2008)
As both of us had an interest in Egyptian history, there was only one place to go and that was of course Egypt. We spent time in Luxor and Cairo, with Cairo being our favourite. With so much history and mystique surrounding it, we loved seeing and experiencing it for ourselves.
7. Paris, France (2013)
Another birthday trip saw us head to Paris. Having never been before we strapped on our walking shoes and explored until we had blisters on our blisters. The City of Romance certainly found a way into our hearts. Topped off with a day at Disneyland Paris, it was the perfect 30th.
8. The Great Ocean Road, Australia (2014)
Travelling The Great Ocean Road in a 1970s camper van had been at the top of my Bucket List since I could remember and when I found out it was on Mr ESLT’s as well it was something we had to do. It was one of, if not the best experience of my life, especially seeing Kangaroos and Koalas for the first time.
9. Iceland (2016)
Having just got back from Iceland I can categorically state it is AMAZING. Everything great you hear about this island is true. We spent a week exploring the south of the island, which was in no way near enough time. Therefore, we are already planning our return journey in 2018.
10. Riga, Latvia (2008)
An odd one to add you may think? Possibly, but we loved our time in Riga. It is a beautiful city and when it snows, it snows. Walking the streets in a snow storm with flakes as big as my hand truly made me feel like I was in my very own snow globe.
There were so many other places that narrowly missed my Top 10 including: New York, Bali, Mauritius, Berlin, Dublin, Ljubljana etc.
Do you have a Top 10 of places you have been? We’d love to read it.