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Destinations – Our top picks

 

These are just a few of the places that have stood out on our travels.

 
Recommendations can help inform travel plans so please add any of your own memorable destinations to the members’ area.

We’ve referenced lots of other people’s blogs and information here, and of course you can check out our articles at
http://www.loveplaywork.com/blog/

 

Location England
Our top picks Cornwall (Boscastle, Mawgan Porth, Polzeath)
Sussex (Chichester & Brighton)
Gloucestershire (Sodbury, Horton, Forest of Dean)
Dorset (the New Forest, the Purbecks, Christchurch)
Northumberland (Alnmouth)
Article/info General UK destination info:
http://gouk.about.com
Recommendations Pricey but a luxury treat:
http://scarlethotel.co.uk
Quaint village for a village and countryside mini break:
http://www.cardynham.co.uk
Lunches in the New Forest:
The Hobler Inn
The Waterloo Arms


 

Location Scotland
Our top picks The Highlands (Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park)
The Trossachs (Callandar, Killin)
The far north west (Ullapool)
Article/info The stunning Cairngorms region:
http://visitcairngorms.com/blog/
Recommendations A peaceful and picturesque log cabin we stayed in for a short winter break in Strathrye:
http://bit.ly/SjPU7z


 

Location Iceland
Our top picks Reykjavik, Southern Iceland
Article/info An Iceland itinerary:
http://www.whygoiceland.com/itinerary-suggestions-5-days-in-icelan.html
Recommendations Great chances of seeing the Northern Lights at this atmospheric place:
http://www.hotelranga.is/


 

Location Norway
Our top picks Bergen
Article/info Beautiful Bergen and surrounding natural environment:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/bergen-and-the-western-fjords/bergen
Top 17 experiences in Norway
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/bergen-and-the-western-fjords/bergen/travel-tips-and-articles/76684


 

Location France
Our top picks Languedoc, Lacanau, Beynac
Recommendations Ideal camping spot with pool, very historic and picturesque: http://www.campinglecapeyrou.com/


 

Location Greece
Our top picks Aegina, Kefallonia
Article/info Travel info written by ex-pat living and travelling through Greece:
http://www.greektravel.com
Island hopping you can do in 14 days:
http://www.fodors.com/news/story_2980.html


 

Location Spain
Our top picks Andalucía (Mijas, Malaga)
Article/info General info on the area:
http://www.andalucia.com/mijas/home.htm
Lovely walks though limestone and reservoir national parkland:
http://www.andalucia.com/antequera/torcal/home.htm


 

Location Thailand
Our top picks Islands- Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket (Rawai/ Chalong)
Article/info Overview of arguably the most beautiful of the west coast islands
http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/destinations/thailand/koh-phi-phi
Info on travelling on a budget in Thailand and SE Asia
http://travelhappy.info/
Recommendations The islands!
http://www.worldtravelforcouples.com/how-to-choose-a-thai-island/


 

Location Indonesia
Our top picks Bali, Lombok, Gilli islands
Article/info 6 places to stay outside of the main town, Kuta:
http://bit.ly/TBz42Z
Snorkelling to beat anywhere else in the Gili Isles:
http://www.pommietravels.com/2011/05/gili-trawangan-in-the-gili-islands-indonesia/
Things to do with kids in Bali:
http://mylittlenomads.com/5-family-friendly-vacation-spots-in-bali


 

Location Philipphines
Our top picks Boracay, Palawan (El Nido)
Article/info Amazing, cheap seafood on candlelit beach tables can be found in Boracay:
http://bit.ly/VifYAk
Does it live up to the hype?:
http://bit.ly/RO2efX
Recommendations Stay at http://www.asyapremier-boracay.com/
This region is outstanding for island hoping: http://www.elnidopalawan.com/


 

Location Maldives
Article/info Probably not a working whilst travelling destination but worth a mention as a great holiday spot
Recommendations After researching ALL the islands in the Maldives- this is the one which had the best scenery for the best price for a waterfront villa and had several restaurants to choose from on a non all inclusive package http://www.kuramathi.com/


 

Location United Arab Emirates
Our top picks Dubai
Article/info If you fancy a spell living in Dubai this site has the lowdown:
http://casualexpat.com/uae/dubai
Recommendations This hotel will often offer you a free upgrade:
http://www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com/


 

Location Canada
Our top picks British Columbia (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Tofino)
Quebec (Montreal, Quebec City)
Ontario (Ottawa, Toronto, the Great Lakes)
Article/info A wonderful wine growing ‘micro-climate’ area a few hours from Vancouver
http://www.okanaganbritishcolumbia.com/
One of the MANY sites to experience in the outstanding
http://www.travelsavvymom.com/blog/family-travel/making-a-splash-at-lake-louise/Rockies/
5 things to do in a Vancouver afternoon:
http://www.worldtravelforcouples.com/5-things-to-do-in-an-afternoon-in-vancouver/
A blog about Canada;
http://ibackpackcanada.com


 

Location USA
Our top picks Southern California (San Diego, Newport, Laguna Beach, Palm Springs LA), Oregon (Portland, Sunriver)
Article/info A California roadtrip:
http://www.donteverlookback.com/2011/09/a-summary-of-our-california-road-trip/
Fun & free in LA:
http://struxtravel.com/2011/06/26/8-fun-free-things-to-do-in-downtown-los-angeles/

Recommendations Joshua Tree and Yosemite National Parks


 

Location Mexico
Our top picks San Cristobel, Playa del Carmen
Article/info A complete guide to the Riviera Maya:

http://www.rivieramaya.com

Further down the east coast, the wonderful Tulum:

http://www.earthxplorer.com/blog/2011/9/19/a-visual-adventure-through-tulum-mexico-photographs.html
Recommendations These Mayan ruins are less busy than the more well known ones at Chitzin Itza:
http://www.locogringo.com/chiapas/palenque.cfm

These waterfalls aren’t far:

http://www.locogringo.com/chiapas/aguaazul.html


 

Location Australia
Our top picks New South Wales (Sydney, Byron Bay)
Victoria (Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Bright, Mount Kosiesckow)
Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, Caloundra)
Western Australia (Perth, Freemantle, Margaret River)
Article/info Unexpected Alpine scenery is Australia!

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/parkhome.aspx?id=n0018

Byron Bay is a wonderful spot to hang out and enjoy Australia at its best
http://bit.ly/QAJhOT

An introduction to Noosa:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/queensland/noosa
http://bit.ly/RUWfcr


http://landlopers.com/2011/09/11/five-ways-australia-surprised-me/

Recommendations Stay in a hotel or take a camper to this isolated spot in Western Oz where you can feed dolphins and enjoy pristine coast
http://www.monkeymia.com.au/
Great views from these comfortable apartments:
http://www.aspectcaloundra.com.au/

 

Location New Zealand
Our top picks Gems to discover throughout both the north & south islands
Article/info Plenty to do at Franz Josef glacier:
hhttp://bit.ly/OUFPjx
And at this wonderful national park:

http://www.abeltasman.co.nz/

NZ by campervan (one of THE BEST options to see it all):

http://www.worldtravelforcouples.com/the-joys-of-traveling-new-zealand-by-camper-van/
Recommendations An awesome experience, river tubing in glow worm caves:
http://bit.ly/Vsowdv


 

Location Fiji
Our top picks Yasawa islands
Article/info http://bit.ly/RlE0di
Recommendations The Oarsman- maybe our best beach ever and on a budget

http://www.oarsmansbaylodge.com/

 

Location Guatemala
Our top picks Lake Atitlan, Antigua
Article/info
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/antigua


http://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/the-highlands-lago-de-atitlan/panajachel

 

Location Nicaragua
Our top picks San Juan del Sur
Article/info
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/nicaragua

 
For wherever you want to go, whatever you want to see, however you want to experience it- there is a travel blog out there to describe where, what, how and when! Juts browse more broadly among some of the sites we have referenced above and find your favourites.
 


Our future destinations:
Northern Spain
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tuscany, Sicily, Italy
Romania
Hawaii
Croatia
Santorini, Greece
Mid West, USA
Brazil
Pilau, South pacific
 
What are yours?


 
Please do add your recommendations in the forum, we’ll add the most detailed ones into this section.

 
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