Climb the mountain, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world – David McCullough Jr.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Omio. All views and opinions are my own.
Travel has taken a bit of a backseat for the past few months, hasn’t it? Well, for the majority of us it has. I’ve seen people continue their travels in a safe manner and have lived vicariously through their social media and photographs, their positive attitude and honest opinions about what travel is like during a worldwide pandemic. Personally, I haven’t stepped foot on a plane since January, only returning home up north a few times to bubble with my mum and see friends and family. The travel blues have well and truly sunk in, but one of the things that keeps me going throughout this worldwide pandemic is making plans. If you know me well, you know planning for the future is one of my biggest passions, especially when it comes to travel. I love to create lists, find inspiration on Pinterest, make itineraries, search travel routes, and continuously look at flights, trains and even buses. Now, I can compare all three in one place: Omio – with a handy interactive map that shows me my exact route.
Not only does it have travel comparisons and partners with 800+ companies such as easyJet, for the tough times that the travel industry is facing, Omio has a dedicated page to safe travels. It includes which country has what restrictions, advice if you’ve already booked and a helpful key to highlight whether a country or city is restricted, has a partial opening or is fully open. If you are travelling during these harder times, this is the easiest (and aesthetically pleasing) place to find all your travel information.
Now that I have the safety of each European country and their COVID-19 guidelines at my fingertips, I can continue fuelling my wanderlust with all the places I might be able to go to in the near future. So, where shall we start?
Okay, okay. Emily in Paris has a lot to answer for with this one. I binge-watched it over two days and was shocked to find out that there weren’t any more episodes at a crucial point. The fashion, the skyline, the c’est la vie and the pan au chocolates had me right in the palm of Paris’s hand. The only Paris I’ve seen is Disneyland and whilst it made my childhood dreams come true, I want to experience the sophisticated city of love. Plus, me and mum have made a promise to each other to go with March 2022 being the initial date (I have a lot of other plans for 2021!).
A little closer to home, Bath is about an hour from Oxford. I don’t know why Bath popped into my head over the weekend (after a bottle of wine), but I insisted to Warren that I wanted to go and see where the dukes and duchesses and lords and ladies used to rendezvous back in the day. I’ve heard and read that Bath was the height of social seasons and I want to experience it for myself, not that my social status will be anything to go by. I guess I want to step back in time whilst I’m there and just imagine what it was like whilst exploring another beautiful part of England.
Like everyone else, Corona shattered plenty of my 2020 plans, one of which was my dad’s birthday present from me: the Freddie Mercury Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. I booked the flights and accommodation last year sometime and then it got cancelled. Luckily, I didn’t lose anything. Montreux remains high on my travel bucket list with its beautiful views of Lake Geneva, its stunning castles and everything that relates to Freddie Mercury.
Cornwall is the place on everybody’s lips for a UK getaway during the pandemic. I’ve got to say, I’ve fallen in love with everyone’s posts and long to walk beside that gorgeous blue sea that you can’t imagine actually exists on the shores of England. What also lies in Cornwall is The Eden Project, a place I’ve found out about via work; it’s the largest rainforest “in captivity”. I’d love to go and wander through the Biome architecture and learn a thing or two about the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
Another stunning place that was taken away by the pandemic. I had planned a surprise hen party there for my best friend in July, but that was the height of lockdown. From a quick look at the Omio Service Disruptions page, I can still see clear as day that Hungary is a restricted country so there’s no hope in travelling there any time soon. I can’t wait until we can rebook and experience the culture, the architecture, the baths and the bars. It’s going to be unforgettable.
What are your top five bucket list destinations right now?
Love, Faye xo