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where would you go?

polaroid photograph of a street in shinjuku, tokyo, japan. copyright leonie wise. all rights reserved
shinjuku street


along with 17 other new zealand travel bloggers, i was invited to contribute my top picks for travel for 2015 – 1 local, 1 international.

international was easy: tokyo. 

All the big city excitement of London, Paris or New York with a total cultural difference thrown in for good measure. It’s an extremely safe city and easy to get around on foot, by bicycle or via their incredible transit system.

It’s crowded but in a polite kind of way, the food is world class with everything from cheap eats to michelin starred dining and there’s a great mix of the traditional old Japan and new high-tech metropolis. History, culture, food, shopping – it’s all here.

and national? that was harder.

so many beautiful places i want to go back to now that i wield a camera slightly more creatively. but i finally decided upon taking a self-drive through the catlins.

Attractive for it’s remoteness, worlds away from life in the city, yet only an hour from the nearest airports. Wild coastlines, glorious forests and wildlife in abundance. The kind of place where you can breathe slower and deeper and have your fill of exploring, yet still leave wanting to go back again and again.

» visit the cheapflights website to check out the rest of the suggestions

and tell me – where would you go?