I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity from a young age to see a bit of the world. It has made me appreciate not only what is beyond my own front yard, but has also made me recognise that you don’t need to cross oceans to find beauty in a place. It amazes me how often people are so keen to travel overseas when some of the most celebrated destinations are just around the corner from their own home. Such is life, it seems, that we always want what we don’t have. I have included below four of my favourite photos, from places I have been that have taken my breath away.
The first, in the motherland, also known as England and the place of my birth, was taken from the bathroom window of my Aunt and Uncle’s early one morning just after Christmas. Everything – the ground, the trees, the sky – was white, and it was absolutely breathtaking.
The second looks over the water at St. Helens, Tasmania. Tasmania is grossly underrated for its beaches, which are some of the most beautiful I have seen in Australia. The weather may be cooler than say in the Whitsundays, but the pristine crystal clear waters, definitely give Whitehaven Beach a run for its money. Considering Tasmania is so often recognised as ‘the island’, it’s beyond me why people are surprised by the amount of beaches it has to offer.
Moving on to Venice. I love that place so much I’ve been there three times. It really is the most unique tourist attraction in the world. There is no one monument, place or exhibition that draws you there, it is just the city itself. Simply walk down any street that doesn’t head directly for the Piazza San Marco and you won’t be surprised to find yourself lost and alone…which frankly, is the best way to explore Venice.
And, finally, a place very close to my heart is Amalfi, along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. It has to be my favourite place in Italy, quite possibly in the world. Although, be warned, I may be slightly biased. See my travel story Belonging in the Published Stories section to find out why.