Since i was little I’ve always gone away for the summer, but would always go to the same place… PORTUGAL. Obviously i loved it, its my home country, my family was there and i looked forward to seeing them and being with them for the 3 weeks, every year we would drive from London to Viseu, which took us 1 day and a half if not longer depending on how often we stopped, i LOVED the trip it was so much fun, the happiness and excitement every time we see Portugal on the highway boards… its just so much fun!!
Moving on to the important part of this article, i have always loved travelling and wanted to see other countries, but there was 2 things stopping me, 1st my family in Portugal, if i travelled else where i would not be able to see them for summer, 2nd i HATED flying, couldn’t get in a plane, the thought of being thousands of meters of the ground and relaying on strangers to keep me safe, was so petrifying that i just couldn’t.
Everything changed 4 years ago, when my Nan passed away, my older sister and her family finally came and live in London too, she was living with my Nan since she was 18 years old and stayed by her side until she left us, was a very difficult period in our family but life carries on… and she lives in our heart and memories. 🙂
So saying this my 1st excuse was cleared, i now had all my close family with me in London and i didn’t have to wait a whole year to see them, which meant i could travel more and start my dream. yup-iii!! The one thing stopping me was the fear of flying, heights and i didn’t know how to control it, so with the help of my two friends Cat and Xana, we went to a Portuguese Island called Azores (Acores), this Island is gorgeous i fell in love with the nature that it has, the mountains, waterfalls, views… i can’t explain how excited and happy i was to be able to be in that Island. We had a chance to go Whale Watching too.. was scary but at the same time AMAZING. Had to take 2 planes to get there but i can say it was worth the panic and anxiety for sure! I also forgot to mention this was NOT my first time in a plane, i had travelled to Rome with my college 10 years ago, but for some reason at that time i wasn’t as scared, (weirdo) yes i know!
This summer 2017 i done another PUSH in my anxiety of flights and heights… I went to AMERICA!! 7 hours in a plane, i thought i was going to have a heart attack, i went to my GP and asked for tranquillisers and explained to her my issue, she kindly gave me 2 tablets to take in an emergency.., Obviously my brain kept telling me to take it, it was like a radio over and over (Ana take it… Ana if you don’t take it your going to have an attack..), BUT i took deep breaths and i went into the plane, sat down and was so glad to see that i had a TV, headphones and a BLANKET, OMG, never been in a plane that had all these things… i was so excited that my anxiety disappeared, i started watching a movie BAYWATCH (with Zac Effron and Dwayne Johnson), i mean can you find anything more interesting to take my mind away from the plane?? i was in heaven! So basically the whole trip was a blur, watched film after film, had food and by the time i realised we was hitting the ground. phew!
Not long ago i visited Paris for the weekend with my friend Thuy, if you have been following me on YouTube, you will see the video i made from that weekend away. 🙂 For this trip we didn’t go on a plane, (Thank God), we took the Euro star from ST Pancreas-Kings Cross. Took us 2 hours and a bit i think to get to Paris. Loved the city, Loved their Metro so easy to go around in, and LOVED LOVED the Eiffel Tower at night, its amazing! Every hour they light it up, with all sparkling lights and it just so beautiful! No wonder they call it the Romantic city!
So these are the places i have visited in the past 4 years or so, and i would love to visit many many more, i have a few on my list that i want to start ticking off, such as :
- Mexico, Cancun, wanted to go there for my 30th birthday, but i chickened out as its so far. 😦
- Indonesia, BALI, also planned to go there too for my 30th, again its far, but i also left it too late for booking the flight and hotel that now its just so expensive, so guess that’s also NOT happening. 😦
- Greece, Kalamata- it’s Europe so i am hoping to be able to tick this one off in 2018.
- Tenerife, Not sure when but i love to go here looks amazing.
As you probably realised or maybe not, all these destinations have something in common …. BEACH, SUN, AND AMAZING VIEWS! I love hot weather, the beach for the sand and the sea, the nature it self makes me relaxed and happy, so for me any destination that can offer me these things is a place that i would LOVE to visit!! I will keep you posted as i go and tick off this list 🙂 NOT sure how long it will take me… BUT i will let you know when i do! heheh!!
Thank you for reading this long post, but though id write something different this week!!
Have a great weekend and see you on my next POST!!
Love you All!! xx