Dream Destinations – Collaboration Part 1

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After sharing a series of our very own Dream Destinations from around the world, we decided to open this up to many of our travel blogging friends to share their opinions on the ultimate dream location. Even though we are all unique and have very different opinions on what we truly classify as a ‘Dream Destination’, its interesting to see such a widespread variety of locations.


We would like to thank each and every traveler for sharing their thoughts with us.

Antarctica – Anna Everywhere

Anna Everywhere

If someones asks me about my dream destination I don’t need to hesitate for a second to answer: it’s Antarctica! A lot of people wouldn’t understand why I want to go there. Some would say that it’s just a pile of ice with no attractions at all, others would claim I want to tick Antarctica on my travel list just to say that I’ve have been to all 7 continents.

Why do I want to go there then? My honest answer is because I’m in love with penguins. Ever since I saw those awesome creatures for the first time I knew I wanted to visit their natural environment and observe the behavior of all 17 types of penguins out there. Moreover, while researching Antarctica I came across plenty of gorgeous photos of different ice formations, such as frozen tsunami and ice ‘bridge’.

I know I need to wait for at least few more years to finally get to see Antarctica, because the cruise costs are high, but I’m confident that one day my dream will come true.

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Canadian Rockies & Barbados – Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times

As we write our family blog together and are mother and daughter, we have more than one dream destination!

Mine (Sarah’s) is the Canadian Rockies, which I have always wanted to travel to, particularly on a train through the mountains. I love mountains and spectacular views and don’t think I would be disappointed. I am holding onto this as something to be done when the children leave home, which probably means another decade before we actually get to do it. However, I am sure it will still be absolutely beautiful.

Jessica’s dream destination is to travel to Barbados, because the weather would be hot and, in her words (remember she’s 12!) it would be “cool and exotic.” Of course a nearly teenager needs to relax, and as she points out, as a family we never go to places like this….

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Finland – Latitude 34

Latitude 34

Scandinavia had always been a black hole for us on the map, an entire region we had yet to discover, but our luck changed when we planned the trip of a lifetime to Finland this last March. While most tourists head straight for Helsinki, we made our first stop the far northern Lapland region, above the Arctic Circle, to a small town called Salla. We have never been somewhere as magical as Finland in the winter months, it was truly stunning.

Of course seeing pictures of a dream destination is nothing compared to actually being there and we were constantly faced with more and more beautiful landscapes and terrains. We rode reindeer, hiked with snowshoes, camped in the deep, dark woods and even tried our hand at ice swimming.

We then took the overnight train almost 1,000km south to Helsinki and spent an amazing few days exploring one of the cleanest, unique and special cities in all of Europe.

Being able to see the world is gift enough, but being able to explore a country or region that has been a complete mystery to us for years is absolutely incredible. Finland was a true dream destination for us and will be for years to come. The cities, food, scenery and lifestyle were all amazing and not to mention the amazingly warm and kind Finnish people, among the most welcoming we have ever met. While we only left Finland a few weeks ago we are already eager to plan our next trip back.

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France – MyTanFeet


My dream destination is France. I’d love to visit as many places as possible in France like Paris and the Eiffel Tower but one city I definitely don’t want to miss is Marseille. I’ve always been in love with the French language which I studied for four years and France was the country I had planned on going to when I studied abroad in college which unfortunately didn’t happen. I’ve always been fascinated by their culture and history and it looks like such an amazing place to visit with something for everyone.

I want to go to Marseille especially because it is port so it’s on the water which I love and they have the Opera of Marseille, an opera house that I’d love to visit and watch an opera there one day. They also have a huge music festival, the Fête de la Musique which I want to attend, it’s also free! Another reason is I want to try the famous bouillabaisse (fish stew) being a huge seafood fan. France just seems like it has this magical aura about it and I can’t wait to visit one day.

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Greenland – Have Blog Will Travel

Have Blog Will Travel

Most people’s ideal travel destinations include white sand beaches and drinks with little paper umbrellas. However for us the term “dream destination” immediately conjures thoughts of dramatic landscapes, jagged terrain, and haunting bodies of waters – specifically those found in Greenland.

Kayaking among monstrous icebergs, Polar Bear watching, and snuggling under a blanket to take in the Northern Lights sound like the perfect travel experience, and a quick image search online has us ready to book a flight and charge the camera battery. Greenland’s landscape looks stunning and we would love to explore the island, photographing as much of its natural beauty as our camera’s memory card will allow. Even the sections of Greenland touched by man are beautiful – a colourful array of wooden buildings painted in bright primary hues.

This is our perfect dream destination.

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Machu Picchu, Peru – eTramping

Agness Walewinder

I have been travelling full-time for more than 3 years now, discovering places I have always wanted to explore and doing things I’ve always dreamed about. My travel bucket list is way too long already, but it does not stop me from adding new stuff to it.

What’s my next bigger travel dream? Since I was a little girl, I have been dreaming of visiting Machu Picchu – the mysterious ruins in Peru. I was blown away to read that they are located 7,000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop which makes the panorama from above so breath-taking. I would love to hike the mountains with my best friends and take some snapshots of the stunning scenery. I’ve heard that being on top is a magical experience.

Let’s hope I can make it to this seamless and elegant green paradise soon!

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Republic of the Philippines – Chasing the Donkey

 Chasing the Donkey

I am dreaming about Southeast Asia, and not one of the usual places that is typically at the top of peoples lists. I have the Republic of the Philippines in my sights.

Having friends who are from the Philippines, and with a husband who has been there many times for work, I need to see it for myself. Taste the food and experience the craziness of the streets of Manilla, which I am told is complete and utter chaos.

More than anything I want to see our friends fish farms, which are set in a crater lake, and see how they make their livelihoods.

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What an amazing collection of Dream Destinations from our travel blogging friends. And the fun doesn’t stop here, as we have several more to bring you very soon!

Would you like to feature in a Dream Destinations post? If so, send us an e-mail to admin@abritandasoutherner and we would be delighted to feature you among a variety of other great travelers!

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Chris Boothmanhttps://abritandasoutherner.com
Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


  1. Thanks so much for letting us participate in your Dream Destinations collaboration Chris! This is a great list of countries, very few of which we’ve been able to explore and some great bloggers that are worth following 🙂 Looking forward to future parts of this series it’s such a great idea!

  2. Such a great idea. Everyone travels for a different reason and I find it inspiring to read what motivates people to visit different places. Often times it’s something that has never crossed you mind. Keep them coming!

  3. Really interesting to see the various ideas and reasons! I think I would find it hard to pick just one…. But my husband has already been set with the dream 40th for me and he’s got 7 years to plan it… I wonder where!,,

  4. Machu Picchu is the number one destination on my bucket list as well! I was so close to taking a trip there in 2011 but it just didn’t work out. Now I want to go more than ever!

  5. Fantastic post. I definitely share the desire to go to Antarctica, Greenland and the Philippines. I have a dream destination of my own… would you like to know what it is? Sending an email your way!

  6. Great that the Antarctic is first in the blog. That has been my #1 since I was a very young lad. Not just to travel there, obviously a bonus, but actually doing a full-on cross-continent trek/expedition to the South Pole. I know this might be a while coming but hey, my #3 (expedition solo through West Africa) was only realised in 2011 – time is but an experience builder!

    Cheers for some great blogging from you guys.

  7. A wonderful collection of inspirational places! Having recently visited the Arctic I can certainly see the attraction there and I’m eager to go back there in summer and of course I’d love to visit the Antarctic as well. India is a place I’d dearly love to go back to and I really would like to see more of Asia too. There are so many places I’d love to visit I don’t how I could ever whittle it down to just one dream destination!

    • Awesome! Feel free to send one over to [email protected] whenever you decide on your ultimate dream destination. Reading these types of posts probably doesn’t help though because it just makes you think about many more awesome locations around the world 🙂

  8. Those all look like amazing destinations, love to visit them all and a few that I have never been to – love the bloggers excerpts.

    • Cheers Noel, we can’t wait to visit many of these destinations! It’s so nice to find out from others what their personal preferences are when it comes to dream destinations, whether it be a beautiful beach destination or a historic location that allows folks to experience true heritage! So many varying opinions but a plethora of gorgeous destinations.

    • We are excited too Angela to see just where folks want to explore around the world. We felt that this collaborative idea was a great way to get more folks involved and really create a great networking opportunity in addition to finding some exotic spots in all corners of the globe!

  9. What a great list of destinations. I have to second Greenland – such a fantastic country to visit. So untouched and with stunning landscapes.

    I’m also impressed to see Antarctica in the list and had never realised that tulips flourish so well there… hehe 😉

    • I have always considered Greenland along with all the Scandinavian countries to be ones worth visiting and exploring. The natural landscapes there are just beautiful, not sure if it is the Arctic tundra type landscape or something else but it just looks really intriguing. And of course if you visit these types of countries at the right time of the year you will spot the beautiful wild flora that you mentioned!!

    • So many great destinations here Gabor that kudos to you for even being able to choose a favorite one or two! Let us know if you would like to feature in a future post in this series!

    • Cheers Erin! There really are some great destinations here and just reading this ourselves gives us more inspiration to start planning future trips. We initially planned to visit New Zealand at the end of this year but instead have opted for traveling around Europe to knock some more countries of our bucket list.

    • It really does look like a cool destination and hopefully you will get to go there sometime in the near future so you can tell us all about your experience!

  10. Very true Chris that is a wonderful and very diverse set of locations.

    I must admit my choice is the same as Anna’s and for the same reasons. I want to see the penguins and tick off that 7th continent!

    • It’s a never ending bucket list of dream destinations right 🙂 All you can do is just try and visit as many of them as you can and have no regrets!

  11. Great idea! I wouldn’t turn down any of those destinations, they all sound bliss! Today, my ideal destination would probably be the Maldives – a little bit of luxury certainly wouldn’t go amiss right now 🙂

    • Emily, I think we could all do with a little luxurious bliss right now and either the Maldives or Bora Bora sound like a perfect getaway spot to achieve that.

    • Thanks so much Wesley! Definitely agree that we have a great collaboration here with so many great places to choose from. Endless possibilities for sure 🙂

  12. What a great idea for a post. I am with those who have shared some of the above destinations. I would add Tromso in Norway, Bal and Maui. I have always wanted to go to the Canadian Rockies Lucy

    • Norway is certainly a spot I would love to visit also Lucy! In fact, anywhere in Scandinavia really appeals and we are fortunate that we are heading to Denmark in September for a few days!

  13. Hi guys, i’ve been following you on Facebook for some time now but for some reason only really discovered your blog today. This was a very interesting selection, made me laugh how France made the list: i’m from France and for me this is the least exotic country ever. Funny how we always think the grass is greener on the other side of the world. I may be too late but if you’re running this series again i would love to participate. Thanks

    • Jameela, it is definitely true that you don’t really appreciate your home country until you are no longer there! I definitely feel that way about England now that I am living the other side of the pond.

      We would be delighted to feature you in a future series. If you can get something over to us in the next day or two, we are releasing the next part of this series on Monday but either way would feature you in a future post! Please send your contribution over to [email protected]

    • Thanks so much, hopefully we will have the opportunity to visit Peru in the near future! We will be sure to reach out to you if and when we do.


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