If you’re in Porto, visit the Grahams Port Lodge. It’s a fairly uphill walk but the views are beautiful. It’s fascinating to learn about the history of port and taste the different vintages.

Claire - Original Traveller

Claire Bodie

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Portugal, France, Mexico, Italy and Greece.

My travels

Sloth

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Go to Costa Rica and volunteer at an animal sanctuary (one which cares for sloths - essential)
  • See the blossom in Kyoto, Japan
  • Visit the Dead Sea in Jordan, it looks beautiful and I've never been able to float in water, so if it's possible anywhere it's here
  • I am a huge animal lover, so I really want to go on a safari in Kenya, and see the animals in their natural habitat.
Cenote, Mexico

Best Moments

  • Snorkelling with turtles and exploring cenotes in Mexico. Even just snorkelling near the coast I saw so much wildlife, including sting ray, squid and lots of enormous colourful fish
  • Eating dinner under the stars in the desert in Dubai, accompanied by some hilariously grumpy camels
  • Horse riding at sunset with friends through vineyards in Tuscany, followed by some wine tasting (naturally)
  • Crossing over a frozen lake in Lapland, in a sledge pulled by reindeer. And yes, I went at Christmas time
Dune bashing, Dubai

Toughest Travel Moment

  • When I went 'dune bashing' in Dubai the 4X4 crashed nose first, and I was sat in the front seat. I'd chosen the cheapest tour operator - the motto is you get what you pay for
Amsterdam

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • There are some pretty eye-opening museums in Amsterdam!

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