I am guilty of being one of those travellers that would revisit a city just because I want to eat a certain food in that place or because I missed it so much from my last visit. So, when Vlad of Eff It, I’m On Holiday nominated me for the Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There challenge, I immediately could picture some cities in my mind.
So here are my top five destinations that I would return any time :
This is the country that I would fly to immediately whenever there is cheap tickets. As some people already know, my sister lives here and it’s always nice to stay in her flat and pretend that I’m a local. I love how amazingly surprising Singapore is. I am always presented with different experiences with each visit, from exploring its heritage cemetery to adventuring in one of its islands. Food is also never disappointing here!
4. Barcelona, Spain
For the two years I was living in Europe, I went to Barcelona each summer. I hated the summer crowd but somehow Barcelona stole my heart anyway. I feel utterly comfortable in Barcelona, perhaps it’s because several of my good friends in the city so I know that I don’t have to fight the tourist crowds and can just relax with them in their flat or favourite spots in town away from the crowd. Barcelona also introduced me to Gaudi, who is just a genius, and visiting his creations is the only time I don’t mind being in a sea of tourists in Barcelona. So when I’m not awing Gaudi’s works, you can find me sunbathing by the beach, eating delicious food in La Paradeta, dancing the night away in Opium night club, watching an open-air movie in Mont-Juic or simply just having a laugh at one of my friend’s flats. There is no rush in Barcelona, there is only chilling and relaxing.
3. Santorini, Greece
Well, who can blame me right? I have so much curiosity for this place. Although this island seems small, but the views are spectacular and each corner always fascinates me. I love its small aisles, forcing it to be free from cars and perfect for walking. It doesn’t even matter if I got lost in Santorini because I know the friendly Greeks would happily help me and what is lost when it’s beautiful everywhere. I only spent 3 days in Santorini, and would go back in a heartbeat to explore more. I just know that I missed a lot of things, but I would definitely repeat doing the same thing, like sunset watching in the village of Oia.
2. Warsaw, Poland
I have a thing for Warsaw. Although usually I am not a fan of big cities, Warsaw is slightly different. The painful history of Warsaw took my interest and I love seeing the different architectures in the city. I could linger for a long time in its colourful old town. Once I took a free walking tour within the old town and listened carefully as my guide explained some superstitious and old stories behind some buildings. Of course one of the reasons why I would go back to Warsaw in an instant is for its pierogi…and perhaps its lemon vodka.
1. Porto, Portugal
I am obsessed with Porto. I have always have a thing or two for unique towns and Porto certainly has that level of uniqueness that sent me heads over heels in love with it. Where can I start? The friendly locals that would help lost travellers to its fresh, delicious food – I almost forget about they city’s hilly streets that made me out of breath. I am not the only person who got badly hypnotized by Porto. Harry Potter’s author, J.K. Rowling took inspirations from Porto as she spent time at the old Majestic café. I would go back to Porto anytime, heck I would MOVE to Porto!
I’m pretty sure there are cities that you would go back in a heartbeat too! And because it’s such a fun challenge, I’d like some of my friends to join as well:
- Pam of Pam Goes Travelling
- Amy of Footprints and Memories
- Timothy of Mixed Up Already
- Cheryl of The Cheryl Keit Project
- Emily of The Cosy Traveller
I look forward to reading your favourite places to revisit!