Well here we are again at World Tourism Day. On this day last year I was here at home so brought you all on a walk around my local village of Shankill. Little did I think back then that I’d walk those roads so much in 2020!
I can’t sit here and snivel (much!) about being unable to travel – I’m thankfully NOT one of the 10% of the world’s population that’s employed by the industry. But I can reflect today upon what a privilege my life has been – traipsing around the world freely and safely for so many years – how grateful am I.
I don’t know when our international travels will resume in any meaningful way and I don’t know what shape those travels will take – am I looking at fewer trips but longer periods away? Who knows. For now, all I can do is support our domestic tourism industry as best I can.
At the moment my world is a very small. Dublin is under extra restrictions and we are asked not to leave the county. So to ‘celebrate’ the day, I’ll have to look to the past and to the future:
10 places I’d go back to in a flash…
Desert, sea, stunning landscapes and… Petra.
PS – A big thank you to Barry Brink who shared his Jordan photos with me when he heard I’d deleted everything from my trip in 2010!
Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Ah – temple after temple after temple…..
Desert and amazing wildlife…
A bit of the ‘exotic’ not too far away… great cities, food and landscapes….
To be honest I could have picked anywhere in Italy!!! But I love Ravenna for the mosaics
SW USA (Arizona and Utah)
Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Arches NP, Antelope Canyon……
Ah that food… almost came home a vegetarian!
St John (US Virgin Islands)
A little dot of paradise in the Caribbean
Luang Prebang (Laos)
Monasteries, food, monks and the river…
Another slice of paradise….
10 places I really, really want to visit:
Some of the ‘Stans’
Hermitage (St. Petersburg)
Camino de Santiago
Of course the big question is – what will I be sitting here and writing about on September 27th, 2021!!
‘Happy’ World Tourism Day, y’all.
Stay Safe. XXXMarie