You might think that my ambition to travel across the globe is just a pretext for drinking beer. I guess it’s true that beer is the guiding theme for my blog. But in fact, sometimes it’s the other way around. The journey is the thing, and the beer just adds that special dimension to my experience. I’ve been thinking about some future plans that could help me to combine the excitement of new discoveries with the familiar taste of the amber fluid.
So where do I get my ideas?
I really love the whole idea of setting off into the horizon, never knowing what I am going to find. At the same time, I do like to dream of distant places. This week I have been researching some dramatic locations that are only a few hours away, thanks to the wonders of modern, long-haul transport. I was searching for new destinations and found some awesome images of rugged landscapes and sunny beaches. What I found made me want to know more about eDreams and other fantastic sources of travel inspiration available on the web. You can skim through an amazing range of locations, and it really makes you want to drop everything and get on a plane immediately.
Turning dreams into reality
Drooling over alluring pictures is all very well, but I do realise that some effort will be needed before I can turn these dreams into a real adventure. I am so eager to experience new places, that I find it hard to decide where to aim for next. I guess I will have to draw up a short list, and then do some research to work out the details. But first, I need to make a fundamental choice: beaches, mountains, or a city location?
Beach locations for a relaxing trip
It can be really difficult to choose the perfect spot for your next destination. I have a few criteria, mostly to do with getting there fast and finding affordable accommodation. There must be beer, of course, and so that rules out some of the most remote destinations. There are some stunning beach bars in Tahiti, for example, that are bound to stock the most delicious local beers. I hear that the Hinano beer is a Polynesian speciality with a golden colour and light refreshing taste. It sounds perfect for a lazy week at the beach.
Mountains for the clean air and fabulous views
I have always wanted to try the Japanese beer from Sapporo, too, in its natural environment. It is the oldest beer in Japan, and was first brewed in the mountainous, northern island of Sapporo. The wildlife is stunning up there, and so this has got to be on my list for a future trip. It will be quite an expensive destination, but certainly worth the effort to save up for it. I can’t think of a better way to work up a thirst, than walking in the mountains of Hokkaido. Now, where did I put that Japanese phrase book?
Summer in the city
I am a big fan of city breaks too. Who wouldn’t want to sit in a genuine beer garden in Munich and enjoy the local beverage at first hand? Or what about a famous English pint in a pub right in the heart of London? There is something quite unique and special about the British pub. Each one has its own atmosphere and its own clientele. Some cater for tourists, with a huge range of speciality beers to try, while others have just a few, much-loved beers for their regular customers. I love them all, and I can’t wait to do a legendary pub crawl, sampling the best that London has to offer.