A lot of the people who contact me through Trave1Blogs ask me about my favourite travel destinations. It’s so hard to narrow down because everywhere I have been has been amazing. There’s always something new to learn and explore, no matter where you are. Still, I’m going to give it a crack and list the top 10 places I think you should visit. Just bear in mind that this list is subject to change at any time!
Prague (Czech Republic)
Prague is an absolutely beautiful city. It has so many amazing churches and the old town is stunning. I recommend taking a leisurely walk along Charles Bridge and exploring the palace. However, I will say that it is best to avoid the city on summer weekends, as it will be full of groups of guys on stag weekends.
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Much like Prague, Amsterdam is a popular stag weekend choice. However, it’s also an amazing city in its own right. There are some amazing sights, including Anne Frank’s house and the Van Gogh museum. The Red Light District has to be experienced once, though I’m not saying you should…partake. It’s just an interesting spectacle in its own right.
There’s something special about Madrid that I can’t quite put my finger on. It may be all of the amazing architecture blended with modernity that really makes the city stand out for me. I recommend visiting the Prada gallery and taking a look at Pablo Picasso’s Guernica.
The Gold Coast (Australia)
Australia is an amazing country and there are so many brilliant places to visit. Sydney has the famous Opera House, but for me, the Gold Coast is the way to go. It was here that I discovered the joys of surfing and scuba diving. The locals are all extremely welcoming too.
London (United Kingdom)
I may be a little biased, being a Brit myself, but London is truly an amazing city. You can spend days walking around and never see the same things twice. Highlights include Nelson’s Column, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Harrods, for all you shoppers out there.
So much of Italy is beautiful. Florence is amazing and you can also take the time to explore the many wineries that dot the landscape. However, for a city break there are few better destinations than Rome. Granted, it will be a little expensive in peak months, but you will be able to experience some amazing art, architecture, food and wine along the way.
This choice may be a little out of the box, but Hanoi is a stunning city. It still maintains a lot of the old charm and traditions that people have come to expect from Vietnam. The Old Quarter, in particular, is an interesting sight.
New York City (USA)
There is no city in the world quite like New York. The towering skyscrapers are absolutely breath-taking in person and the Statue of Liberty is an absolute marvel. I recommend taking a day or two to explore Manhattan, Central Park and the Empire State Building.
Prepare for a major culture shock if you ever make your way over to Japan. The people and their traditions are so different than what you experience in the Western world and I guarantee you will never forget your visit. Make time to visit both the Meiji Shrine and Senso-Ji while you’re there.
For all my travels, it is Paris that will always have my heart. I love everything about the city and if I ever do settle down again it may well be here. For first-time visitors, I recommend taking a boat tour on the River Seine, where you will see Notre Dame and the French Statue of Liberty up close. Ascend the Eiffel Tower too and maybe, if there’s time, head to Disneyland for a little fun.