If you're anything like me and have a wanderer's spirit, you probably have a travel bucket list. Mine is long and filled with many places and experiences I hope I'll have a chance to check off at some point. It's so difficult to decide where to go next!
If you also struggle with prioritizing your travels, you've come to the right place! I'm here to share what I think are 5 of the most fascinating, beautiful, and important cities in this wonderful world of ours.
[Disclaimer: I can only evaluate places I've been; my list will surely grow as I explore more and more!]
Let's count them down.
Munich is chock-full of history, culture, food, and, of course, beer. An old-world city living very much in the present, Munich has everything from charming architecture to impressive infrastructure. It's a prime example of a world city that has changed with the times yet stayed true to its roots. For detailed tips on traveling to Munich, click here.
4) New York City.
The City that Never Sleeps in fact does not; it's a buzzing hub of culture and passion that everyone should brave at least once in their lives. New York City can be a bit overwhelming for those who haven't experienced it, so take it slow. Start with a weekend trip if that's feasible, and be prepared to fall into bed each night with aching feet and a pounding headache. The trade-off? World-class shopping, theater, music, and art; history like nowhere else; a foodie's paradise; and, most importantly, the general sense that you're in a place where dreams [can] come true.
Prague has some of the most amazing architecture I've ever encountered. Its history is fascinating, and as an American, not something I was overly familiar with prior to my visit. Clearly, I haven't traveled to some of the world's more unique locales yet, but Prague was more unique than pretty much anywhere I've been. I think part of the reason it was so rewarding is because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I'd recommend some time to walk the city streets and just breathe in its energy. For more tips on Prague, click here.
If you like to eat, drink, and be surrounded by friendly people, Dublin is for you. A totally approachable and walkable city, Dublin is filled with pubs, restaurants, and genuinely kind residents who want to have a pint of Guinness with you. There are neat museums to explore and Jameson factory tours to complete, but when the sun sets, settle in at Temple Bar and get to know the locals. You'll feel like a Dubliner yourself. This is perhaps the most welcoming place I've ever visited; I can't recommend it enough. Get more tips on Dublin here.
London, as far as I'm concerned, is the greatest city in the world. It's both classic and modern, filled with more history than even a history buff could ever explore. (And, thanks to colonialism, it has acquired quite a bit of other nations' histories, too. Don't believe me? Check out the British Museum.) It has theater, music, and art to rival the greatest cultural centers in the world, and its cuisine wants for naught. London is sprawling and diverse; there is quite literally something for everyone, and its population hails from all parts of the globe. I've been to London twice so far, and I hope to return many times more. For detailed advice on traveling to London, check out my travel tips.
And there you have it! Again, I know my views will change as I have the chance to explore other parts of the globe. I can't wait to see it all!
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What are your favorite cities? I'd love to hear about them!