THE ALBUM

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CD Traveller reader, Joyce Callum, takes us on a tour of her five favourite destinations

French Pyrenees

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I’m not really one for lazing on a beach all day which is why I love The Pyrenees – the French mountains located on the Franco-Spanish frontier, with Andorra sandwiched in between. The Pyrenees offer some of the finest adventure activities in France: aside from ski-ing, there’s great hiking, mountaineering, walking and an abundance of lens friendly wildlife.
And the best bit? Despite being easily accessible for a long weekend, Europe’s second mountain range is often overlooked by other Brits who fly over the Pyrenees enroute to Portugal or Spain.

The Galapagos Islands

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When it comes to nature and wildlife, the Galapagos can’t be beaten: these rough and rocky isles are home to an abundance of animals from sea lions to sharks, whales, pink flamingos, penguins, blue footed boobies. Animal encounters aside, you can hike ancient lava fields and explore beaches of black, red and green sand.
Of course all this costs but as the saying goes: you get what you pay for.

Exmoor

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Exmoor is, according to Liz Jones, cold, smelly and dirty. Since moving there from London, the Daily Mail newspaper columnist has relentlessly run the region downs.
However I have to disagree with Jones – big time! Exmoor is green, great and grand and wherever you go you will be assured of a warm, rural welcome.
One of the highlights is a trip to Exmoor National Park where wild Exmoor ponies graze alongside red deer. But there’s more to Exmoor than this much loved National Park. Literary lovers will know that Exmoor is also home to Lorna Doone – fictional heroine of Victorian author R.D.Blackmore. The village of Malmstead is as good a starting point as any for exploring ‘Doone country’.

Vietnam
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Vietnam is home to an enviable combination of ancient culture and exotic landscapes, from lush tropical rainforest and mighty rivers to rice paddies and tranquil beaches. With Thailand off limits, the country is now embracing tourism. Nonetheless it is still in its infancy when compared to Thailand and Malaysia and a visit to this corner of South East Asia remains a genuine adventure.
The food too is fabulous and can surprise the uninitiated with its depth and piquancy.

Glencoe, Scotland

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What can I say? Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands is a magical place: to me a holiday here is like a holiday in heaven itself. Glencoe is famed for its spectacular scenery – sparkling lochs, rushing rivers, waterfalls – but it also offers history and heritage in spades. In an era of cheap air travel, we all tend to holiday overseas but perhaps in the aftermath of the ash crash, 2010 it’s time to rediscover what’s on our doorstep?

Thanks Joyce! Fancy sharing your top travel experiences with fellow CD Traveller readers?  Email: kholland@justabouttravel.net

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