My top 5 travel destinations for 2014

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Everyone else seems to be making lists of top travel destinations for 2014, so I thought I’d make my own version. I’ve got 5 must-see destinations for this year. Any guesses before I jump in?

I’ll start with number 5.

5. Marrakesh

marrakech

Morocco has been on my list for a number of years now. Everyone raves about the food in Marrakesh, the eccentricity of the city, the bright colours and the mish-mash of streets full of markets, snake charmers and locals.

4. Grenada

Grenada 3

Tacked on to the end of the Caribbean Islands, Grenada is one of the lesser visited, and that’s what makes it so appealing. Apparently life still operates in the slow lane there, there are phenomenal snorkelling spots just off the coast and the locals are extremely welcoming. Sounds like the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

3. Banff National Park

Canadian Rocky Mountains

I’ve been to New York previously to visit my son who lives there, and I love it, but with Canada so close, I’ve always wanted to jump across the border and take a look. Montreal is only a couple of hours away, and is meant to be the country’s cultural and food hub, but what I’d really like to see is the Canadian Rockies. They’re meant to boast some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. If the picture above doesn’t want to make you go there, I don’t know what will. Banff National Park is located near Calgary and is the third oldest national park in the world, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

2. Sydney

Sydney

I’ve been before (my daughter lives there after all), but this year Sydney has been named the world’s most reputable city, and so it has been featured a lot in travel news. So, I’m sure it’ll be pulling out all of the stops to show everyone exactly why. With practically year-round sun, beautiful beaches, great restaurants and a very relaxed character, I’m looking forward to our next visit. The only downside is that is takes a 24-hour flight to get there.

1. Seychelles

Seychelles

Seychelles has to be paradise on Earth. Aside from the beaches that really do have sand the colour of ivory and water clearer than crystal, there’s fantastic wildlife, mountainous landscapes and old colonial buildings to take a look at. It’s still expensive to travel to and flights aren’t direct from the UK. But, the good thing about that is that it has managed to stay relatively quiet and untouched compared to places like the Caribbean of Thailand.