Vintage Voyages – Retro Vacation Destinations

I love travel and I love vintage, so put them together and you have a head spinningly happy girl!! I’m lucky enough to be on my long term (round some of the globe) travels but sometimes not having a home, living out of a rucksack and not buying things (as I have nowhere to put them!) makes me feel a little glum after many years of collecting weird and wonderful collectibles (as well as lots of lovable tat). I am of course spoilt to have this ‘problem’ but if on my travels I come across anything vintage or retro, I literally swoon with joy at the chance of indulging my years-gone-by yearnings.

I recently went to Hanoi which had an exotic, nostalgic ambience which happily enabled me to get that retro fix I’d been missing out on. It got me thinking about other places I’d been that have that kind of vibe. So, here is my list of destinations which I think have great vintage appeal.
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Everyone, EVERYWHERE, smiles in the same language

8 months ago now, my partner Mark and I left the UK, our jobs, families and friends to go travel the world for a year, maybe 2. Me, at 36 and Mark at 41, had never backpacked before and had always had relatively ‘normal’ holidays. We did independent travel usually but we’d never not had basic home comforts. And we were leaving our very cosy home and good life. It was nerve wracking to say the least. So, we started things a bit easy with Fiji and then onto New Zealand and Australia, where language would be little problem. We have since moved on to what could be perceived as more challenging travel in Asia – to Bali, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam so far. Nowhere has been tough or scary, as I may have thought, because even if people can’t understand each other, a smile and a friendly approach will always get you a long way.

A smile says please, it says thank you, it says ‘I know how you feel’, I guess ultimately it says I respect you enough to make the effort to smile and be friendly and THAT says a heck of a lot for any international relations. Read more…