My dream destinations: Award-winning author Rebecca Lim

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL …

Koh Samui, Thailand. I haven't been for a while, but it's luxe mixed with beautiful, welcoming locals, unbelievable food and natural beauty. We went during a soccer World Cup, and it felt so easy during the day, but then so boisterous and "international" at night (if that's what you felt like). The airport has no walls and there were complimentary bananas for disembarking passengers. Enough said.

I first went 20 years ago, pre-rug rats. I remember going to an open-air restaurant well away from the main drag and having the most incredible bowl of noodles with my now-husband which turned into this gluttonous smorgasbord of additional orders. The female owner couldn't believe how much we could put away.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING ...

Tokyo. I first went during high school, and I'm hoping to take my technology-savvy, Manga-loving, super-wired gamer children to see this electronic wonderland with its stupendous crossings, giant apples, hot coffee-vending machines and pockets of "ancient" around every corner. What am I most looking forward to there? The food. The humanity. The lights.

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS …

Seoul, South Korea because a dear Korean friend of mine lives there with her German husband and one of my huge regrets is never making it over for her wedding, years ago. Plus: the food, the humanity, the lights.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS …

If money was no object: Jiigurru (Lizard Island) on the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland. In 2021, children are welcome, too, so maybe we can use all our COVID-19 lockdown savings to get the whole mob up there to commune with locals, nature and the sea.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN ...

Uluru before sunrise with my husband and children, exploring the Field of Light then drinking hot chocolate out of Styrofoam cups as the sun came up. Being there made our hearts feel full and our souls relax.

Rebecca Lim is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 books. Her latest novel, Tiger Daughter (Allen & Unwin, $16.99) explores themes of cultural inclusiveness and is aimed at 11-14-year-olds. See allenandunwin.com

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