As someone who has been traveling since I was 7, I have definitely had my fair share of seeing the good, the bad and the horrifyingly ugly. I’ve seen it all, from the beautiful sights of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower to seeing caged dogs ready to be eaten behind a truck stop in Vietnam.
Every time I travel, I seem to go back to the same places. I mean, I’ve been to England alone 6 times from Australia and trust me, that is one long haul flight that many people can never even do. But I re-visit these places because I simply cannot avoid them, and If you were ever to go, you will understand why I say this.
People ask me all the time, which place is your favourite and why do you keep going back to London? So those answers are finally being answered, and here in this post, I reveal my favourite places and why they hold a special spot in my heart.
For as long as I can remember, this city has had my heart and welcomed me to it’s tasteful white terraces and steaming hot chocolate on my first solo trip, as well as several family holidays. I know the city just as well as I know my own, Sydney, and I have long dreamed of owning a terrace house in Kensington – a very far away dream. The fact that the city is more expensive than Copenhagen – which is also another super expensive city – doesn’t stop me from living on the outskirts for 5 months… or maybe that’s why I lived on the outskirts and not in the city.
Why I love it? Because the crisp air, the green surroundings of Green and Hyde Park, the palaces and the history draws me back time and time again, and there is still plenty more for me to see of it.
Vespas, gelato and ancient pastel coloured buildings makes Rome. The heart and soul of Italy, the country that introduced us to Italian cuisine and a Roman Holiday. The cobble stoned paths that trace the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, the endless references to Julius Caesar, holds my heart, just as much as my long time love affair with London. People say that Paris is the city of love, but Rome tops the cake as one of the most romantic cities in the world, in my eyes at least. To experience this city with a partner, would be to experience love for the first time.
Why I love it? History, ancient artefacts and because it’s ever so beautiful and romantic.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
I first went to Ho Chi Minh after traveling Cambodia and Thailand for a month, and never had a seen an instant change in scenery than I did here. Clean streets, colour around every corner and luscious green parks and gardens makes up the busy city. A city where there are double the amount of bikes as people, making crossing the street a challenge in itself.
Why I love it? Haggling with tourists is illegal, making for market shopping headache free.
Cairo & Luxor, Egypt
Where do I begin. If you have had a conversation with me, Egypt probably has come up in it. Since I first read about Tutankhamun and saw the Great Pyramids of Giza in a photograph taken by National Geographic when I was eleven years old, I’ve wanted to go. And just last year, I went. It was so far from what I expected, and much more westernised than I thought it was going to be. Yes, even though Cambodia is more westernised than Egypt, it’s come along way for the country itself. So many people underestimate the country and the people in it, it really does take you visiting to see and understand the misunderstood cities. Read more about my experience and take a deeper look into why I love it so much.
Why I love it? History, history and history.
New York City, USA
This concrete jungle clung onto my heart and has me counting down the days untill I can return. 2017 was the first time I visited mainland USA, because I just wasn’t that interested in the country, and there was so many other places I’d rather visit first. The time came that I thought I needed to give the country a chance and so I did. New York City was the city that stood out to me the most, and not only because I’m obsessed with Sex and the City, but because it just seemed so glamorous. And glamorous it was.
Why I love it? It’s New York, plus the city lights.
East Coast, Australia
This isn’t on my list because I’m Australian and from the East Coast, but this part of Australia is the most beautiful place in the world, which is why I’ve kept the best for last. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Twelve Apostles, the East Coast has it all. Before I lived and traveled abroad for seven months last year, I didn’t realise how lucky I was until I returned, and I really am lucky. No where else in the world has beaches like this or water as blue, they don’t have marine life quite so unique or beach side cafes like Australia does. Since my return, I’ve made the most of snorkelling, exploring and just being an Australian.
Why I love it? It’s my home, and the marine life and beaches are the most beautiful in the world.