Travel Planner

Travel Planner

Carol Stewart

Travel Planner

I grew up in Corsica, so I was introduced to the pleasures of travel from a young age. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, I see now that Corsica presented a near-perfect image of a holiday with its Caribbean-style beaches, fantastic food and wine, plus opportunities for hiking in its rural heartland.

When I came to London in my early twenties, I loved the busyness of city life and during a long stint working for Eurostar I gradually explored the world from America to Nepal, Thailand to Peru, each place adding to my global experience. These days, travelling with my daughter is different again, but seeing it all through her eyes makes you realise the true benefit of travel.

Carol's Special Places

I’m lucky that I’m very well-travelled but the more I see – the more I want to experience! Here are some of my favourites – so far….

  • Icecream, Italy

    Italy

    Italy embodies everything about the good life - I’m a fully signed up member of La Dolce Vita. Beautiful old basilicas, people-watching, gelato and delicious Italian food and wine means I’m always happy on holiday here.

    Out of all the cities in Italy I was most struck by Venice. It’s such a magical place and great for strolling around the villages all linked together. But of course, a gondola boat trip is part of the fun too and a wonderful way to experience the waterways of Venice.

  • Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

    California

    Coming to the land of sunshine was a dream for me. California was full of adventure and we experienced by car and train which I would recommend to get a better feel for the country. We started in Los Angeles and visited San Diego and San Francisco amongst others.

    San Francisco is an amazing city to visit and I felt like I was living in a movie. Driving over the Golden Gate bridge was an ambition of mine and it definitely lived up to the hype. Watching trams trundle through the centre and eating some classic American food ticked a lot of boxes for me.

  • Beach, Maldives

    Maldives

    I visited the Maldives for my ten-year wedding anniversary, and I was blown away by its sheer beauty. I could spend all day gazing at the endless blues from whiter-than-white beaches. Absolute heaven.

    We took our daughter with us and a memory that has stay with me is a snorkelling trip. The water was astonishingly clear and when we swam around turtles she was thrilled – I can still picture her eyes widening in her snorkel mask!

Travel Experiences - Japan

It’s hard to choose one standout travel experience but for me, travelling to Japan was very enlightening. I was astounded how the two cities of Kyoto and Tokyo could be so culturally different, really embodying a feeling of old heritage and new modernity. I highly recommend travelling by bullet train. Coming from London I was very impressed by its efficiency. It’s also a very easy and fast way to get around Japan. You can sit back and watch the countryside whizz past – I loved seeing Mount Fuji from my window.

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