Travelling is one of the best ways to get away from the daily hustle-bustle. It gives me time and space to enjoy my passions and lets me spend some time with my family as well. Here are a few places in the world, that are simply my favourite places for holiday. However, I do enjoy travelling to new places, meeting new people and trying new cuisines.
London for me is the best place to enjoy vacations whether you are traveling alone, with friends, family or kids. Right from the very start as it has one of the busiest and beautiful airports in the world.
It is a place for all kinds of people and people of all ages, very cosmopolitan. It has something for everyone right from fashion to food. You can find all sorts of cuisines there from Nigerian, Indian, Mexican to continental. It has that vibe of happiness and welcoming smiles from people making you feel like a part of their city.
I also respect the fact that it has managed to keep its rich culture and heritage intact along with its tremendous growth as a powerful city. London is certainly the hub for retail, fashion, technology, films, and theatre, finance et all.
I have been to South Africa many a times, it is one of my favourite places to be. Its blessed with an incredibly diverse geography, from the Kalahari Desert in the north to the cool vineyards of the southwest.
The life of Cape Town is very lively, its vivacious spirit is almost contagious. Throughout the year there are fantastic festivals being celebrated everything from wine-tasting to kite-flying to whale-watching. By the way the Cape Winelands, is where you can taste some of the world’s best wines.
Despite being a busy country, it has family-friendly coves to long stretches of empty sand; untouched areas of wilderness and its Big Five game reserves; spectacular beaches.
Singapore of course is a personal favourite for my kids and wife. It is a shopping paradise. But, for me it goes beyond that much of Singapore’s fascination springs from its multicultural population. I am in awe of the cultural diversity the mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian. When we cover a small part within the country it feels like a hop from one country to another, and the mouthwatering cuisines are a major highlight of my visit.
Kids of course love The Universal Studios at Sentosa. Ofcourse, the experience is thrilling, the cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on their favourite blockbuster films and television series. I also respect it for the architectural master pieces. The cuisine is different as it has an intriguing hybrid of Chinese ingredients with Malaysian and Indonesian spices and techniques.
I have been there once and would like to visit it again. The only reason for Japan not being fact very easy to go on holiday because of the comparatively low level of English of most native Japanese folks. Japan is highly rich in both traditional culture and technical innovation.
As a photographer, I would love to capture the spectacular views of the pristine blue waters of Lake Ashi, the volcanic fumes rising from the valley of Owakudani and the grandeur of Mount Fuji in the distance. And Tokyo has the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train and the Limited Express Hida Wide View train (one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan.)
Hopefully, I will visit the country again, I am looking forward to Olympics in 2020 which are being hosted by Tokyo. I am sure there is a lot more to explore.
Vietnam is an exciting mix of cultures, serious food lovers and a very hardworking hectic urban space. What I absolutely love about the place is the morning cup of caphe, which soon became a local habit. Vietnamese coffee has a style of its own and you will either love it or hate it.
For me, the dragon-shaped mountains and blue-green water of Halong Bay and Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake are the most unforgettable sights of Vietnam.
A coffee lover should definitely visit Trieu Viet Vuong, also known as ‘Coffee Street’ for the best experience and try all sorts of coffees. You will find more cafes in this stretch of Hanoi’s historic Hai Ba Trung District than anywhere else in Vietnam. Coffee here is very unique with variations that make use of yoghurt, eggs and even fruit.