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Covid wants, we’re going to Kyrgyzstan. It’s at the perfect point where the infrastructure supports a great travel experience, but isn’t spoiled by tourists. Bishkek is modern and vibrant and in the stunning rural areas it is possible to stay with nomads who lead the traditional way of life. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with delicious food from the region. Kyrgyz tourism in the municipality turned out to be an affordable way to experience the life of the riding nomads living in yurts, and the money is flowing into the municipality itself.
Wherever the map takes us, Wester Ross
Evening sunlight over Achnahaird Bay, Wester Ross.
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The west coast of Scotland is our wild destination. During 2020’s infinite house rules, we found and rummaged around the Gairloch & Ullapool OS map – a bit of geographic learning for my son who liked the fidgety contour lines and consonant heavy names of the lochs and mountains. We’ll take the main road to Gairloch to see orca and mink (Hebridean Whale Cruises, £ 64 adults, £ 35 children), stay in a wooden wigwam at Campground Sands (from £ 52 per person) and head to the beach which is the Skye hums boat song.
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Island dream, Lundy
The MS Oldenburg lands on Lundy. Photo: Backyard Production / Getty Images
My son, daughter and I have made lists of where we want to go since the first block. We have booked a few days on Lundy for next August in the hope that by then it will be safe to travel again. It only takes a five hour drive to Ilfracombe, Devon, and then a couple of hours on the HMS Oldenburg (which for my three year old boy will be the vacation that will be taken before we even get there). We stay in Castle Cottage, in the keep of a castle built by Henry III in 1250. Was built. There is nothing left but to explore cliffs, beaches and lighthouses and look for the crashed bomber plane in the heather. And there is no internet.
All a-Twitter for York
An 800 year old figure of Christ returned to York last year and was on display at the Yorkshire Museum. Photo: Danny Lawson / PA
I would love to go to York and visit the Yorkshire Museum as their wonderful tweets – mostly about weird or mysterious items in their collection – kept me entertained and made history come alive this year. A pint or two in the city’s old pubs and a foray into characteristic accommodations would round off a cultural visit!
Amazing Whitby, North Yorkshire
Boggle Hole YHA near Robin Hood’s Bay. Photo: Ian Bottle / Alamy
Inexpensive and close to home, a stay with the YHA in Boggle Hole is always a welcome relief. A converted water mill with reception, bar and cozy living room with fireplace and leather sofas is located in a gravel bay with a view of the sea and wooded cliffs on both sides. Go in spring or early fall and prices are as low as £ 29 a night. Walk across the sandy beach to Robin Hoods Bay or across the rugged cliffs to Ravenscar to see the seals.
Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Photo: Black Jake / Getty Images
I long for the vastness of the boulevards of Glasgow: facing west, bathed in the golden glow that falls from sandstone. I long for cobbled streets, armpit bookstores and curiosities full of treasures. and also the dazzling, glassy high street emporiums filled with unaffordable luxury. I long for a view of the university, the Campsie Fells, the tall apartments, the rivers that meander through the area. And the tea rooms, pubs, gastropubs, curry houses, Asian street food hangouts, delis and restaurants high-end and greasy spoons. It’s only two hours away, but impossibly out of reach. I long for a full immersion to be satiated with all of its gritty, incredibly romantic, unabashed grandeur.
Simply sublime, Cotswolds Way
The Cotswold Way in Crickley Hill. Photo: Alamy
In 2021, I want to continue enjoying the benefits of the simple joys of travel that 2020 brought us – like walking and talking. I want to walk the Cotswolds Way from Broadway to Bath, breathe fresh air, marvel at the big skies, scan rolling hills in the distance, and get fitter in the process without going to the gym or swimming in chlorinated pools or using mobile apps. The 120 miles should take about a week and stay en route in village bars. Travel, like life, should be about connecting reality through inspiration with your imagination, which can be in its purest and simplest form.
My dream is to take a trip with a Covid-delayed bucket list to see the ultimate sporting underdog story, and to take my football-mad nine-year-old on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. We will travel to see the Faroe Islands play an international game on their home turf. You will play against Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on October 12th. Fly into the capital Torshavn and you can go to the stadium. Rent a car for the full Faroe Islands experience: it’s the bird watching capital of Europe. Hotel Streym in Torshavn offers Atlantic views and double rooms from £ 90.
A special kind of harvest festival, Ukraine
Harvest time on a farm near Lviv, Ukraine. Photo: Martin Charlesworth
It will take almost a day and a half, but here’s my plan: a few buses, a few trains, and a flight from my home in the Ribble Valley to Ukraine across the Polish border at Przemyśl. I expect Lviv to be “hurt but not broken” as the Ray Davies song puts it, with the culture of coffee, cake and varenyky (dumplings) still largely intact. I plan to go to the Feast of the Savior of the Apple in August, an Eastern Orthodox harvest celebration. The reason for going is not necessarily the destination or the festival, but the sweet joy of a long journey to a foreign country and interacting with strangers.
Completely ore, Mauritania
The iron ore train, Mauritania
For 2021 I want to travel to a remote, sparsely populated place that will give me an adrenaline rush. After a little research, I decided on the iron ore train in Mauritania. The 700 km journey by freight train from the north of the country to the west coast takes around 34 hours. This train is one of the longest and heaviest in the world and is completely free. From time to time I look at the photos and videos of the trip on the Internet and immediately get goosebumps. See for yourself. It’s total madness.
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Silk Road: Samarkand to Baku
The Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photo: Andrey Vishin / Alamy
As we step into 2021 with unbridled hope and optimism for a better year full of boundless freedom and a vaccinated world population, I never wanted to end my journey on the Silk Road that began in 2019. Starting in Xi’an and Kashgar in China, I drove west to Almaty in Kazakhstan before moving to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. My trip left just enough time to reach the dazzling Samarkand in Uzbekistan. My trip ended in the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a breathtaking wonder that I hope to resume my adventure in 2021. My goal is to reach Tehran, from where I will return to Baku, one of my favorite cities for a deserved time, cup of coffee.
Mountain Overload, Georgia
Kazbegi, Georgia. Photo: Franka Hummels
I want to be overwhelmed by Georgia’s Kazbegi region again. I want to be so exhausted from wonderful hikes – during which I won’t meet a soul – that the next day is spent on a balcony with a book that gets little attention because the mountains take my breath away. I will only be leaving this balcony to eat great vegetarian Georgian food with the same view. The balcony I left and want to return to is in the Rooms Hotel, which has double rooms for $ 100 – steep by Georgian standards, but worth it and not as steep as those mountain slopes.