My Travel Menu: 3 places I’ve been lucky to visit

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I turned 26 last week, whilst I was in Edinburgh, and amidst the celebrations and travel, I took some time out to think. To think about what I loved over the last 26 years and what I’d like to do differently this year.

This got me thinking. I’m a girl who is fully consumed by wanderlust. I’m asked all the time about where I’m going next and yes my list is endless. I’d love to travel the whole world – and that’s no small ambition. This year, I’m going to consciously remember how lucky I am for having been to some of the most wonderful places in the world. I want to take more time out to appreciate the trips I have made, as well as make new discoveries.

Recently, I’ve been joining the monthly Travel Link up, where a group of us travel bloggers write on one topic for one post each month. Last month, I co-hosted the Travel Link up and wrote all about the incredibly inspiring Mexico City. This month’s Travel Link up theme was a bit more abstract! I was asked, “If travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression)?”

I thought hard and toyed with the paradox of choice. So many options! I’ve been to so many incredible places – where do I start? I decided to go with a few of the places I’ve been daydreaming a lot about recently! So, based on the trips I’ve made, here are three that would make up my “travel menu”.

Hint: There’s a “course” choice in here that you may not have expected from me. Read to the end!

Starter – Short Haul

Copenhagen in Denmark is to me, the perfect weekend break from the UK for any foodie. With flights taking less than two hours, and often costing very little (we once flew for £20 from London Ryanair!) Copenhagen is a perfect spot to soak in some culture, fall in love with the art of Danish hygge (think warming candles, fluffy cushions, minimalist interiors, hot mulled wine over winter and other cosy little pleasures).

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I’ve visited twice and even now I’d return happily in an instant. It’s been named the happiest city in the world and I can see why. Not only is it achingly cool but it is laid back, pretty and the people are seriously welcoming.

The fashion scene is, to me, some of the best. I struggle to find pieces I like but both times in Copenhagen I’ve come back with suitcases filled to the brim. You just can’t beat the shopping!

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I love picking which boat I’d have, amongst sherbet coloured Nyhavn, where the canals are. I love walking hand-in-hand with my other half around the maze of cobbled streets. I love catching some sun in the lush, green parks. But most of all, I love the food in Copenhagen!

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The capital of Denmark is truly going through a foodies revolution. Scandi-style influences everything from top-notch street foods at Torvehallane Market, kooky little coffee shops to high-end fine-dining iconic restaurants like Noma.  Nordic cuisine to me has the best bread in the world (the sourdough bread from Mirabelle Bakery has a firm spot on my wish list for my last ever meal on earth!).

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It’s a small enough place that you could see it in a weekend from the UK, but it’s so charming that you won’t be able to resist going back time after time!

Main course – Long Haul

A truly alternative long haul that I loved was visiting Canaima, in South-Eastern Venezuela, along the border between Guyana and Brazil. We were off to see the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, Salto Ángel, more often known as ‘the Angel falls’. These falls are named after Jimmy Angel, an American who was searching for gold and diamonds in 1935, and instead happened upon these falls.

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There is no road access to Salto Ángel, instead masses of lush wilderness which truly adds to the magic. Honestly, the views on the hike through Canaima National Park are just as breath-taking as Salto Ángel itself, through beautiful smaller waterfalls, with exotic wildlife and incredible colours.

Lifestyle Enthusiast Travel Blog - Canaima Venezuela Sitting by FallsThis was one of the places where truly the journey is equal to the final destination, in terms of beauty, and even though flip flops are officially the worst choice of hiking footwear, I loved this hike so much!

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It’s a place unlike any other. Canaima is a wildlife-rich destination that didn’t fail to surprise and impress me. I visited with my best friend, without very much research but with a strong bout of wanderlust and a desire to explore. It’s a spectacular national park and one I have incredibly fond memories of!

Sadly, for most, Venezuela is no longer on the tourist to-do list. Whilst it was once a very rich, powerful country, it’s now deemed unstable and relatively unsafe. It’s a real shame as for me, it’s one of the most interesting and beautiful places I’ve visited.

Despite this, it’s a long-haul destination I won’t ever forget and deserves to be recognised for a place of unrivalled scenery.

Dessert – the spot with a lasting impression

I don’t think I’ll ever forget visiting South America for the first time. I was nineteen years old and went to Argentina and Brazil for 6 weeks on the first independent trip I’d ever made. From this trip, one place stands out to me more than any other, and it is where I escape to in my daydreams on any bad day.

Paraty in Brazil is an easy place to get stuck into and an even easier one in which to linger, amongst the pristine soft flour-like sandy beaches where you can spot turtles and catch a Brazilian tan. Its cobblestoned streets are closed to most cars so pollution is low and there is an easy going vibe. It’s the place I felt safest in all of Brazil, so much so that the hotel owners told us it was fine to hitch hike up the main roads, and we even caught a lift with a man transporting bananas (but that’s a tale for another day!)

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With dozens of picture-perfect, secluded beaches, rum distilleries and a backdrop of the vivid green jungle, it is my paradise and a place which left an impression like no other. One of my happiest travel memories was diving into the turquoise waters with the sound of samba music on the boat.

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It’s hard not to fall for Paraty as the people are kind, the beaches are some of the best in the world and the tropical fruit just can’t be beaten! I’ve vowed to go back one day, and if you get the chance you should too!

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I’ve been lucky to visit these beautiful places. On the next drizzly grey day in London, well, you know where my mind will be!

Which places have you loved? Have you visited Denmark, Venezuela or Brazil? Have you got any of these on your list? Leave me a comment below, I love to hear from you! xx

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At the beginning of each month, I like to take part in the monthly travel link up hosted on the incredible blogs by AngieEmma, Polly and this month’s special co-host, Binny’s Kitchen and Travel Diaries. You can join in too by leaving a comment below, checking out other posts on the link up, or adding your own post to the widget now until May 7th.

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Amazing photos!! I haven’t visited any of those places but I would really love to do some travelling in South America. I have been to Ecuador but that is the only place. Peru is on my bucket list but Im not sure I will ever make it there!

  • Denmark was my first ever abroad destination and I’d love to go back!! I’ve never been to South America so I’m absolutely wanderlusting to go.

  • I want to go to Copenhagen so much! Oh, I can’t wait for my South America trip next week! Though a little worried about the 4 day trek…!

    • Oh Vicky, you should! You’d love it! I’ve visited twice and really recommend September as it’s still bright and not too cold. I’m excited to follow along with your trip too, a 4 day trek will be tough but it’ll be worth it… Break into your hiking shoes if you haven’t already!!

  • I would absolutely love the visit all three of places, maybe when the children are older I can do just that!

  • wow Venezuela:) great post! #travellinkup

  • Jenni Grainger

    Wow you have been to some wonderful places and love the theme for link ups. I have been to India which I adored. I would love to visit Venezuela x

    • It’s a fun link up, you should join us! Where in India did you visit? I was in Jaipur and Delhi in December and loved it, I’ve been pinning away on my Pinterest as there are so many amazing places I’d love to visit in India.

  • Wandermust Family

    Copenhagen was on my menu but it was long haul for me #travellinkup

  • I have been to Copenhagen and absolutely loved my visit there. South America is one I would love to hit up one day

  • Strangely enough I haven’t thought that much about visiting Copenhagen but your post is definitely selling me on it – my main impression in the past has been of the little mermaid statue, but I could definitely handle some Scandi fashion and sour dough bread!

  • Alison Rost

    Lucky you! What wonderful places to get to visit. The row houses in Copenhagen look like picture postcards. Venezuela though .. it’s stunning!

    • It is, I really hadn’t expected it to be that beautiful but it surprised me. It’s sad that it’s not so safe and that there’s political unrest but it truly is a beautiful country!

  • Latoya Andrée Kessie

    Nice article hun… I know it is cheap to get to Copenhagen but are things also cheap out there or is it expensive as some people I know have mentioned that it can get pricey?

    • I wouldn’t say it’s cheap once you’re out there’s but it can be visited in an affordable way for sure. On my second visit we stayed in a really cute Airbnb and used the metro and buses a lot more, and actually because the weather was so great we walked a lot! So if you go for more affordable accommodation and don’t mind walking it can be really reasonable. The Danish open sandwiches are also a pretty affordable (and delicious) option to eat! Of course, price is relative so I’d advice looking up latest costs of living before booking but I’m happy to share details of the Airbnb we stayed at if you like!

  • Wow – you’ve been to some beautiful places – most of which I’ve wanted to go to, including Copenhagen which just looks so pretty. It’s great you have the opportunity to travel – make the most of it!

    • Yes Copenhagen is so pretty, I love all the cobbled stones and Nyhavn is as pretty as the postcards!!

  • That main course looks AMAZING – a part of the world I haven’t been to yet, which I’d love to visit! This post inspired some serious wanderlust, Reena! xx

    • Thanks so much, Jaime! It’s made me very nostalgic, I love that writing can do that; evoking happy memories from the past and inspiring wanderlust for those who have been and those who haven’t yet too! I’m so hoping to go to South America again soon!!

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    So much wanderlust reading this!!!

  • Sarah D

    I loved mexico city it made a real lasting impression on me and I’d love to go back some time again.

  • I am dying to go to Copenhagen. I have friends out their who just rave about the food, lifestyle. Plus it’s the only place to really experience Hygge

    • Right?! I couldn’t agree more! I hope you get to visit soon (I’d advise September time as the weather is just right!)

  • What an INCREDIBLE list Reena!!

  • Oh you’ve got me wanting to go to Copenhagen! And loving this post girl, your Pin is looking good too 😉 xx

  • Great menu! All places that are on my bucket list!x

  • All your photos look beautiful! I’d love to visit Copenhagen one day soon 🙂

  • I really enjoyed the theme of this linkup. How can I join?
    Surprisingly I have not been to a single place that you mentioned. But they all sound amazing and I am left wonderin why I haven’t gone there.
    I have wanted to visit Copenhagen for quite a while now. And south America is next on our list. It is the first time I gave heard of Salto Ángel. But your description and photos have made a must-vist for me now

  • Emily James

    Amazing menu! I chose Copenhagen to be the starter on my travel menu too – it’s such a great city, and I 100% agree about the shopping! Why can’t shops in the UK stock the same things?!

    • Great minds, Emily! 😉 I literally live in my Copenhagen buys! I especially love the winter clothes as they’re so warm and just oozing Scandi style… I need another trip soon!

  • Venezuela must have been incredible Reena! Shame it’s no longer considered as tourist friendly – I hadn’t actually realised that as would have loved to have gone myself one day.

    • It really was. It’s such a shame there’s political unrest at the moment but hopefully it’ll calm down soon. The people are so kind and it’s very sad to see this anywhere in the world! I hope you get to go, one day soon, Shikha!