The girls are at an age where they are so intrigued about the world around them and I want to show them as much of it as I can, for them to see new countries and cultures and to explore all that they have to offer. Before having the girls, Oli and I loved to travel together and it would be wonderful for us to take a short trip or two together at some point, there's something so special about shared experience and travel is so good for the soul. Here are just three of the holiday gems on my 'to visit list':
I've holidayed to Greece many times but I am yet to visit Santorini. It looks like such a romantic spot and is famed for it's incredible sunsets - I'm hoping for a little mini break here for Oli and I one day in the not to distant future. The little white buildings nestled in the volcanic cliff tops over looking the Aegean sea have such an allure and there's so much to explore on the island as well as it being the perfect place to just 'be'. I'd love to spend a few hours wondering cobbled streets, visiting historic buildings and caves and learning more about the island's volcanic past.
2. Cape Verde
What's not to love about somewhere where they experience roughly 350 days a year of sunshine? This cluster islands off the coast of Africa have only recently opened their doors to tourism making it relatively unspoilt and there is so much to do here! The landscape is amazingly diverse and as is the culture with African, Portuguese and Brazilian influences. The draw for me is the feeling of escapism with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas as well as all the activities on offer from watersports, to horse riding and fishing but also wonderful experiences such as turtle and whale watching which I know the girls would adore.
I've always thought of Ibiza solely as a party destination but that is only one part of what the island has to offer. There are some great family friendly resorts where you can enjoy the stunning azure seas and explore quaint little villages, markets and Marinas. I'd love to visit Ibiza town which is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ibiza strikes me as a really laid back place where you can just slow down the pace of lift a bit and spend some quality time together as a family.
* This post has been written in collaboration with Holiday Gems where you can book holidays to all three of these destinations and more. All thoughts and opinions are my own*