September: Rome is a walking City with so much to see. It’s still warm enough to enjoy a gelato – there are a few gelaterias near the Trevi Fountain which are delicious. Visit the Spanish Steps having had a fabulous Italian latte macchiato or espresso in the Caffe Greco on the Via Condotti. Then there’s Piazza Navona, the Coliseum and the Vatican Museum. After which you’ll want to enjoy a delicious, but inexpensive, bowl of pasta or pizza washed down with a lovely light Frascati wine on the Piazza della Rotonda gazing upon the impossibly ancient Pantheon. www.turismoroma.it/?lang=en
July: Our Twelve Months Travel – Part Two begins in Northern Tanzania (fewer tourists up in this corner) to catch the wildebeest and zebra migration as they move through the spectacular Serengeti, before the majority cross the Mara River into Kenya. The greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, with some two million animals on the move between January and September. They are, of course, dozens of predators on their tails, taking advantage of the vast number of animals on the move. Dramatic and amazing – a site you’ll never forget. Follow it up with a few days relaxing on the coast – Zanzibar or one of the luxurious nearby islands. The perfect combo for a mid-year break. www.tanzaniatouristboard.com and www.zanzibartourism.net
August: It’s full on school holidays and Webster wants somewhere a little less crowded. The Seychelles beckons, as it’s further away and relatively small, fewer people are there. It is the perfect place to kick back, relax and do nothing. If that doesn’t appeal, then take a boat trip, go fishing or snorkelling. Be sure to see the giant tortoises – they are enormous and how can they be that old, just fascinating! Or closer to home, there’s always Bonnie Scotland. It’s festival ago go in August, there’s the Edinburgh Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe – so something for everyone! There are some great boutique hotels, and a vibrant restaurant scene. If you’ve had enough culture, the countryside around is lovely, take in a whiskey distillery, or visit the Royal Yacht Britannia to see how Royalty travel.www.seychelles.travel www.visitscotland.com/maps/edinburgh-lothians www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
October: The nights are drawing in again and there’s a definite Autumnal chill in the air. We’re thinking the Galapagos Islands for a few weeks. Combine it with a visit to Ecuador. For the wildlife lover, this is a definite on the bucket list. One of the world’s most pristine wildlife destinations. You can get up close and personal with a number of rare species of seals, birds and tortoises, and swim with turtles and see how they effortlessly glide through the water. Head to Ecuador’s
capital, Quito for some Latin American history and culture, especially in the beautiful old town. Wander through the bustling narrow streets and take in the beautiful colonial architecture, or escape the hustle of the town and take a tour to the Amazonian Rainforest, and learn about all a very different way of life from the locals. www.galapagos.org/travel/planning-a trip/#time www.ecuador.travel
November: Off again, long haul. Tokyo is an amazing city to visit at any time of year – there’s always something to see. Unless you’re fluent in Japanese – which counts out most of us! – then get a local guide. It makes life easier and you get to see a different side of Tokyo. At this time of year, all the maple leaves turn the most extraordinary colours. They are some amazing examples around Kyoto – a Bullet Train ride from Tokyo – but beware you only have two minutes to board the train, so you need to move fast. Visit the Eikando Temple to see some beautiful examples of the leaves. There are plenty of other things to do, with some fantastic sushi restaurants – Sushi Iwa is a favourite and has a great wine selection too!
December: The Big Apple in December is one big glitter-fest in the run-up to Christmas and there’s the added bonus of Hanukkah in early December. So celebrations all round. To be honest, New York is pretty fabulous almost all year round, although it can get horribly sticky and hot in July and August, when all the locals try and leave town! The stores look fabulous, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Centre, the iceskating rinks all over town – the Rockefeller, the Wollman Rink in Central Park, Bryant Park etc. You need to wrap up warm, but there’s plenty of warm cider and gluwein/mulled wine available at the Christmas Markets. www.nycgo.com