Although I travel fairly frequently, and have been lucky enough to travel to some far-flung, jaw droppingly beautiful destinations, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t still places that I would give my right arm to visit – and that aren’t going to happen any time soon.
I keep a piece of paper stuck to my wall with all my potential trips that I could do on a year – city breaks in Spain, a beach holiday in Turkey, a heritage visit to a cute town in the UK. All manageable if I work hard and save my pennies. But there are a few places that never make that list – that stay firmly in my brain, ready to pop up during day dreams (or YouTube visits!).
I’ve thought long and hard about where my ultimate dream destination would be if I won the lottery by playing with Lottoland. I considered Fiji, or a 6 month trip around New Zealand or maybe even a USA roadtrip. But there is only one place that keeps my travel dreams alive, and it hasn’t changed for many years…
I want to go and visit the swimming pigs in the Bahamas.
Yep, you heard that right. There is a place in the world where pigs swim in the sea – a phenomenon that doesn’t occur anywhere else, and it just so happens to be in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
I’ll be honest and say that I was never particularly drawn to the Bahamas as a holiday destination. Don’t get me wrong, it really looks like paradise but I’m not a sunbathe on the beach type of girl, and when I have been to a more usual summer holiday destination (like Mexico or Cuba), it’s always been combined with cultural and city-based activities. But one day I fell into a YouTube black hole of funny animal videos and came across the most awesome (and lets face, weird) film about the swimming pigs in the Bahamas.
And that is where my obsession started.
The swimming pigs live on the Exumas, one of the Islands of the Bahamas and I’ve already planned my dream lottery-winning trip at least five times over. I’d travel to the Bahamas and stay in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas on the New Providence Island. From Nassau it is an easy day trip to hang out with the swimming pigs, and if it were possible I’d totally do that twice!
But, what was surprising is that for all those years I’d dismissed The Bahamas as a dream destination, I’d missed all the other great things about travelling there (besides magic pigs!).
As well as being close to the incomparable Paradise Island, there is so much to see like bustling local markets, Fort Fincastle, colonial streets and pastel hued buildings and Arawak Cay, known for its street food culture. Throw in a couple of beach days with a good book too and I’ve got my dream holiday all planned out.
And this holiday really is a dream – its a little out of my price range for a normal travel experience so for now, it’s firmly on my someday list. Or on my lottery-winning holiday list!
I’d love to know about your dream destination in the comments below!
**In collaboration with Lottoland