Hello! With 2017 now behind us, here’s the last chapter of my travel highs.
Working for a luxury travel and food magazine takes me to some very cool places – where I usually end up either getting into a spot of bother or a bewildering adventure.
There have been so many extraordinary days, especially recently, so it’s hard to choose. But here are my final seven of 17 highlights…
Enjoying a gourmet ski safari in Alta Badia
I love skiing. I love eating. Combining the two and skiing from hut to hut in Alta Badia, Italy, was a total dream. 2017 was the first year I was able to ski properly, and oh wow, was it amazing.
Trying yoga in Central Park
Not only is Central Park in New York full of dogs, I now know that it’s also full of amazing yoga spots. I spent a morning stretching my limbs around the landmarks for a magazine feature out later this year. SO much fun.
Watching a turtle give birth in the Caribbean
Midnight, starry skies, a group of new friends and a rocky beach. What do you find? A turtle, nestled in the bushes, giving birth. To see such a rare experience was amazing, although I’d hate to have ten people around me all filming and taking photos during my own childbirth!
Despite having Scottish blood, I’ve never explored much of the country other than Aberdeen. Which I hate and want to change – it’s a beautiful place.
Last summer, I was lucky enough to stay at the iconic Balmoral hotel and indulge with a Harry Potter-esque getaway. There’s only one word to describe this experience – magical.
Flying hawks in Ireland
What’s better than staying in a five star castle hotel? Staying in such swish surroundings and flying hawks, that’s what. I spent a morning with the fierce bird of prey on my arm, walking through a forest and flying the amazingly powerful creature. My hawk had its own naughty personality, which I loved. Sass is something we definitely shared!
Seeing Dubai via seaplane
To see Dubai from the windows of a soaring seaplane was extraordinary. Buildings became blocks, landmarks became little. I felt like we were doing acrobatics in the city sky. I’d do it over and over again if I could.
Eating everything on offer in Lebanon
Beirut. It’s a city that signifies a lot of different things for a lot of different people. To me, I think of amazing food, exciting people and lavish surroundings. I spent a few days there in November, and all I can is – wow. When it came to food, generosity was mind blowing.
There would be tables with 50 plates awaiting us, lunches with eight courses and afternoon tea two hours later. It was an eating marathon, and if you know my past, you’ll know why I’m so proud of enjoying every mouthful of my Middle Eastern adventure.
Here’s to a 2018 filled with even more wanderlust!