I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty exciting and far flung places so far in my lifetime like Australia and Russia, but there are some serious travel oversights that will surprise you. There’s some places that I definitely should have visited, but haven’t…yet!

Paris

Despite living in Scotland, and being so wonderfully close to continental Europe, you’ll be surprised to hear I haven’t made it to Paris yet. People are always shocked when I tell them that, after all, it is less than a 2 hour flight from Glasgow airport and as Audrey Hepburn famously said, Paris is always a good idea. 

I always think of couples strolling hand in hand being all lovey dovey when I think of Paris and that’s definitely not me. I’m so not a fan of PDAs and this is a big part of why I haven’t visited France’s capital yet. I’m the girl who would be more likely to buy Disneyland Paris tickets, which can be purchased from AttractionTix, or eat my body weight in delicious French food than put a love lock on a bridge over the Seine.

Eiffel Tower Paris

I’ll be sure to check this out while I’m in Paris!

This is set to change in 2013 however as I’ll be visiting Paris on a whirlwind 3 day trip to go to a Bruce Springsteen gig! I’ll be exploring Paris from the view of an anti-romantic and looking for cool things to do in the city that don’t involve clichéd Parisian scenes. If you have any tips or recommendations I’d love to hear them!

Ireland

That’s right, I’ve never set foot on the island of Guinness and dramatic scenery. I have even less of an excuse for not visiting Ireland since it’s only an hour away from home in Scotland so why have I not been before now? In all honesty, I’m not really sure. It’s just tempting to jump on a plane to somewhere with pretty much guaranteed good weather when it always seems to be raining in Scotland.

Ha'penny Bridge Dublin

Ha’penny Bridge Dublin

Again, this is all set to change in 2013 (yay!) with a trip to Ireland on the cards for travel blogger conference TBEX which is being held in Dublin in October. Bring it on!

The Highlands of Scotland

That’s right, I’m the worst Scottish person ever for not having visited the Highlands before! It’s like I said with Ireland, it’s too easy to get on a plane to the sunshine and raise my vitamin levels than chill (literally) in Scotland. I am however totally excited to be heading to The Highlands in a few weeks as part of my trip over Hogmanay with some great travel bloggers from around the world. After welcoming in 2013 in Edinburgh, we’ll be visiting the beautiful island of Skye and going hunting for Nessie at Loch Ness and I couldn’t be happier.

Neist Point, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Looking forward to scenes like this in Skye!

It’s going to be cold and most probably raining, but I’m packing waterproofs and lots of layers and I’m planning on having the time of my life!

What surprising places have you not visited yet? Have you been to Paris, Ireland and The Highlands of Scotland?