While the current global climate continues to put all of our travel plans, both international and domestic, on hold, we’ve decided to have a look back at the holidays that helped inspire us. While we have a few stand out holiday moments, narrowing down all of our wonderful experiences to just five proved harder than we thought. So, without further ado, here are the top five holidays that have inspired us.
This one had to make the list. London was the first international city we ever travelled to and we were lucky enough to experience that moment together. We boarded a plane in Sydney in January, 2013 and flew 23 hours to London. It was a pretty extreme way to experience travelling internationally for the first time, granted. And the cold we felt in London was a huge shock to the system, especially considering we left Sydney on a 40 degree celsius day! Surrounded by the history and culture of England (we don’t have castles in Australia, so of course it was going to be exciting!), it didn’t take us long to realise we were going to enjoy travelling. A lot! From London, we travelled around a wintery Europe for a whole month. Our trip to England inspired us to continue travelling and learning about history and cultures around the world.
In September, 2016 we experienced a land like no other in Iceland. From boiling hot geysers to iceberg lagoons, this little country was at the top of our bucketlist following our 2014/15 trip to Scandinavia. We spent two weeks travelling around the entire country, starting in Reykjavik and travelling anti-clockwise around the ring road. We saw the northern lights, snorkelled between two tectonic plates, relaxed in the Blue Lagoon and snowmobiled on one of the largest glaciers in Europe, among many other things. It was a jam-packed holiday and remains the most adventurous we’ve ever experienced. We have to give a shout out to the Scandinavian countries (especially Finland and Norway) for inspiring us to return to the region and visit Iceland. Our trip to Iceland inspired us to step outside of our comfort zone and never leave a stone unturned.
We hadn’t travelled much of Asia at all before visiting Japan in 2017 and we weren’t really sure what we were in for. But we fell in love with Japan the moment we stepped off the plane in Osaka. We were lucky enough to be there during Cherry Blossom season which made everything even more beautiful. We absolutely feel in love with the food, the culture, the people and the history of Japan. Our two-week holiday to Japan inspired us to add the rest of Asia to our ever-growing bucketlist.
4. Hawaii, USA
Our trip to Hawaii in 2019 taught us that even though a destination is popular with tourists who boast about how much they love it, doesn’t mean we can’t also love it. We had always loved to travel off the beaten track – preferring our time in the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia to the popular streets of Paris or Barcelona. But Hawaii showed us that it’s not always the case. Although most of the beaches we visited (especially on the island of O’ahu) were far more crowded than the beaches we live down the road from here in Australia, it was an amazing holiday filled with snorkelling with sea turtles and hiking to the top of moutains and volcanoes. Hawaii inspired us to not turn a blind eye to destinations just because they were popular with, well, everyone.
And finally, it wouldn’t be a top five without one of the most diverse countries in the world – our home country of Australia. We’re so incredibly lucky to live in a country that offers everything from snow capped alps to vast sweeping plains of desert. While we’ve only travelled to the states and territories on the eastern side of Australia (Qld, NSW, Vic, ACT and Tas), we don’t have any plans to stop. With Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing in Australia, we’re hoping to have the opportunity to explore our home country a little more. Travelling in our own backyard helps us appreciate home. Plus, Sprocket can join us which is always a bonus!
What holidays have inspired you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Ash and Dave