My dream destinations: Sofie Laguna, author

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL …

Dublin, Ireland, for its history, the good humour of its residents, and its respect for literature. Then there's the juxtaposition of the modern with the medieval. Live music at every pub, beautiful old churches like St Audoen's in the city centre. I stayed near Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland, where the 9th century illuminated Book of Kells is kept and where Oscar Wilde was once a student.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER, I'M DREAMING OF VISITING …

Austin, Texas, for the live music, the desert state, the honky tonks and dance halls, Tex Mex cuisine, tattoo artists and second-hand cowboy boots. I'll want to dance the two-step at The Broken Spoke and drink Southern Star at The Little Longhorn Saloon. And finally, I'll want to stay at The Austin Hotel where the motto in neon lights, is "So Close, Yet So Far Out".

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS …

Fiji. It's been a challenging year – home-schooling young children at the same time as completing a novel, worrying for the world as the pandemic spread. I can't imagine anything more needed than a holiday in Fiji. It helps me to sleep just to dream of it. Swimming in crystal clear water, diving deeper to explore the candy-coloured reefs, watch the fish. I'd like the boys to see the Meke dances and the Fire Walkers cross the burning coals in a fire walking ceremony.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS …

Broome. I want to walk the whole 22 kilometres of Cable Beach, my eyes resting on the ocean. I want to see the dinosaur tracks in the red rocks when the tide is low. And I want to visit Aboriginal art galleries – see the works of artists like Fiona Omeenyo, Lily Karadada and Daisy Andrews. I want to be close to those incredible paintings. Allow myself to gaze. What a luxury that would be. But I had better take the kids on a camel ride, or a crocodile tour in return.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN ...

Perth, to body surf in those wild western beaches, Cottesloe and Trigg where the dolphins swim. And to visit Fremantle Prison. I like to listen to the stories that seem to echo from the walls of that building. My Perth highlight is the Perth Writers Festival where I can immerse myself in a world of ideas, inspiration and books.

Miles Franklin Award winner Sofie Laguna's latest novel is Infinite Splendours (Allen & Unwin, $32.99). See allenandunwin.com

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