Wish I was: on South Beach, Miami

Miami Beach, South Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, South Beach, Florida

  This is not just any beach, this is South Beach aka SoBe. Found on the southern tip of the island this display of wonderful Art Deco architecture, mixed with beautiful people from all corners of the world, is one of my favourite places to visit. Natalie O'Neill of the Miami New Times once said in 2009 "Until the 1980s, Miami Beach was a peculiar mix of criminals, Cubans, and little old ladies. Then the beautiful people moved in." And they are still there.  But its the boutique hotels, cool cafes, restaurants and the beach that really bring it together. Tap your heels together....  

Wish I was: on Socotra Island

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It's like a scene from the film Alice in Wonderland, you expect the blue caterpillar smoking a hookah to pop out from behind the tree any minute.

Imagine waking up on Socotra Island - what a feast for the eyes. You'd think you had time-travelled to another era. Well, it's not far off the truth for this island. It has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 million years. And like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with hundreds of rare species that are found nowhere else on earth.