The idea of travelling internationally has seemed like a fever dream over the past year, but as the world adapts to new methods of travel the Voice team are taking a look back at our favourite travel destinations.
This mountainous region of Southern Tanzania offers breathtaking views, friendly locals and a variety of interesting wildlife. Morogoro is home to two national parks, where visitors can see nature in all its natural glory, and the climate is a dry heat — meaning 40°C is completely breathable and pleasant.
Local cuisine is greatly varied, from Tanzanian staple Chipsi Mayai (a chip omelette) for 20p or so, grilled goat skewers for 40p, and various rice/maize options. Swahili, the local language, is reasonably easy to pick up, and a little will go a long way. Every Tanzanian encountered was incredibly friendly, and a lot are excited to try and practice their English.
One additional charm is its abundance of stars in the night sky. There are more stars than the sky, and it's a beauty that, sadly, no camera could pick up.
(Also never had a mango, until you’ve had a Tanzanian street mango with chilli salt)
Not too far, but severely underappreciated compared to the more popular Amsterdam, Utrecht provides a more authentic trip to the Netherlands, matched with the typical canals you expect of 'Dam (without all the tourists) and more local options. The Netherlands is always a delightful place to visit, but Utrecht is a stunning, welcoming and fun place that I'm always up for visiting.
P.s, Utrecht also does better macarons than the French.
I feel so lucky to have stayed in this small rural town in Italy. At a manageable 3-hour drive from Rome, Bomba has a population of only 800 people and is situated at the foot of Mount Pallano. It boasts original architecture from the 14th century, a nearby lake and is 25km away from the beach. The town feels ancient and unspoiled by hordes of tourists but it still has basic amenities like a cornershop, a bank and a pharmacy. You’ll need a car to make it there as it’s quite remote, but Bomba is so worth the journey.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
I lived in Thailand’s major northern city for two years, and it’s the main place I recommend to travellers who are headed to the country. Chiang Mai strikes the perfect balance between being a city with lots to see and do, but not being as fast-paced as Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. Specific spots I would recommend visiting are Doi Inthanon which is Thailand’s highest peak, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Night Safari. The street food in the city centre is also a must, and if you visit in either April or November you’ll get to experience the national holidays of Songkran and Loy Krathong.
Paris is a beautiful city to visit. From the capital’s most recognisable landmark in the Eiffel Tower, to the scarily bustling but vibrant Arc de Triomphe, there is loads to see and loads to do! You can walk (or take an electric scooter) down the Champs-Élysées on the way to the Musée de l'Orangerie, which houses several of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies murals in addition to works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, among others. A trip to a boulangerie for a baguette or pastry is also a must when visiting Paris! The Louvre is another top place to visit, and has much more than just the Mona Lisa to offer, while the Palace of Versailles is just a short train trip outside of the city. A cultural hotspot with food and shopping opportunities aplenty, Paris is perfect for a getaway!
St Elizabeth, Jamaica
Jamaica is one of the most influential islands that has ever existed – cultivating the best music, athletes and food for the global. This holiday destination has so much to offer and although I can admit I have never been a tourist, knowing more about the rural, less glamorous life, it never falls short of beauty. St Elizabeth is a parish that would be considered the countryside; it consists of red dirt, Lovers Leap and is close to the infamous Negril Beach. If you want something beyond the fast paced Kingston and Montego Bay, find yourself engulfed in both sunshine and culture, understanding what it really means to be an island native in the process, St Elizabeth is the place.
The place to go if you want the American feel without the pretense, Canada is a beautiful country that is friendly, overflowing with history, and dependent on when you travel, caters to every weather need. Vancouver, Toronto and Ontario were the places I experienced whilst finishing a USA road trip to Canada, which was a surreal experience within itself. Canada felt like the more mature sister to the USA and I loved every minute. The food, the tourist attractions, the cleanliness and the weather combined created an amazing holiday destination. Do be aware of the racoons though, they are vicious and our equivalent of a London pigeon – ruthless creatures.
Claire Jenns, Ali Muzaffar, Elle Farrell-Kingsley and De-mornae Clarke contributed to this article