Escape the crowds in Orlando and Miami and head to Martin County – the REAL Florida.
For many, holidays in Florida are focused on two things: theme parks and beaches. With warm weather pretty much guaranteed, the state receives planeloads of tourists every week. But beyond Orlando’s adrenaline rides, Miami’s nightlife and the idyllic beaches of the Keys… what else is there?
Well, around two hours north of Miami is Martin County. With miles of untouched Atlantic beaches, nature, plenty of art and culture, incredible wildlife, top places to eat and fun activities for all the family, it really is a great holiday destination. With Stuart (the heartbeat to the region) being voted America’s Happiest Seaside Town, I couldn’t wait to find out what made it so special.
Beautiful views in Stuart, Martin County, Florida
Hobe Sound murals
Barley Barber Swamp, Martin County, Florida
Beautiful colourful houses in Stuart, Martin County, Florida
Views from The House of Refuge, Martin County, Florida
Stand up paddle boarding in Martin County, Florida
Magical sunset from Hutchinson Island, Florida
From stand up paddle boarding alongside dolphins at sunset and whizzing around on segways, to perfect sunsets and fascinating history… let me introduce you to Martin County!
Check out my video then scroll down to find out all about Martin County…
I’ve already revealed a few of my highlights from 2016, so now it’s time to hand over to some of the top travel bloggers on the planet.
So when you travel for a living, is it harder to impress you? What makes a trip truly special? Is it all about luxury? Or do you want to return home after several adventures with a crazy story or two? Highlights for this bunch of bloggers range from icebergs in Greenland to paradise beaches in the Maldives, and even a few dragons! If you haven’t planned your travels for 2017, this should give you some serious inspiration.
It’s really hard to choose my favourite, but I think it has to be Indonesia! I was there for six weeks and fell head over heels for this incredible country. I loved everything; people, the food, and the stunning landscapes – not to mention the epic animal encounters I had, including swimming with manta rays and getting up close to some wild komodo dragons!
My trip to St Kitts was one of my highlights of 2016. As 2017 is already shaping up to be a great year to visit the island, it’s time to check out some of the amazing events taking place.
As my time as an ambassador for the Caribbean island of St Kitts is almost up, I couldn’t help but look ahead to what’s happening on the island next year. Whether you’re planning a holiday or arriving by cruise ship, there are a few times of year that are extra special on the island. From the annual music and restaurant festivals, to big openings, there are more reasons than ever to take a trip.
Check out the video of my time in St Kitts, then scroll to find out all the awesome things happening on the island in 2017.
Every June the island comes alive as music stars jet in for the St Kitts Music Festival. Staying true to the island’s roots, it features a mix of R&B, reggae, hip-hop, calypso and jazz, with Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie and Jason Derulo performing over the years. In 2016, crowds went wild for 50 Cent, Damian Marley and The O’Jays. No doubt 2017’s line up will be bigger and better!
The Mount Batur sunrise hike in Bali is a rewarding and magical way to start the day.
After a few weeks of beaches, palm trees and swimming in Raja Ampat, Gili T and Northern Bali, it was time to challenge myself. While I wouldn’t say I’m unfit, I’m no gym bunny. I tried yoga once and was in pain for a week! Oh and I’m pretty hazardous on two wheels. I’m not bad at running, but often lack the motivation required to find my trainers, let alone lace them up!
So when I reached Bali, it was time to stop being so lazy and get the blood pumping again. Mount Batur is 1717 metres. Due to high daytime temperatures it’s best climbed early in the morning, when you’ll enjoy the added bonus of catching sunrise from the top. Continue reading Mount Batur Sunrise Hike, Bali→