As far back as I can remember, I've always traveled to various destinations with my family and friends. The first trip I can remember was taking a train to New Orleans with my aunt and grandmother around the age of 5. It's safe to say I've left my heart in many places around the world. But there are certainly some places where I've left more of it than others. Sometimes the love was at first sight while others grew on me over time. In either case, here are my top places around the world where I plan to return one day sooner rather than later.
5. Negril, Jamaica.
Jamaica was my very first international trip. I went in 9th grade during my Spring Break and it secured Jamaica's place in my heart forever. I've been back three times since then to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril. However, I do have a desire to visit with a more mature and informed eye for travel. Instead of only staying near the resort areas, I'd like to do more exploring in towns where locals live.
4. London, England.
As I wrote here, I never had the desire to visit London. I only went because there was a cheap fare on WOW Air and I figured I might as well go. I had no idea I would love it as much as I did. The city was way more vibrant and diverse than I thought it'd be. I'm heading back in September and I can't wait to see more of this amazing city.
3. Rome, Italy.
What can I say about Rome? The food, the people, the culture. It was everything. What amazed me most was the juxtaposition of its rich history with its modern current culture. I remember getting off the metro, looking up and staring directly at the Coliseum. I felt like I stepped right into my 8th grade history book.
2. All of Tanzania.
Tanzania was the very first country I visited in Africa, so it will always be special to me. Bias aside, it's an amazingly beautiful country. There are so many different kinds of landscapes that it's impossible to say I like one city over another. Zanzibar still holds the record for the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Ngorongoro Crater was so lush and green. Dar es Salaam was a bustling city center. I say this a lot, but there is literally something for everyone.
1. Cape Town, South Africa.
What's there not to love about Cape Town? It is my favorite city in the world (to date). There's something about Cape Town that just makes me feel at home. The water, the mountains, the vibrancy and laid back feel. Ahh! It makes me miss it just thinking about it. If ever given the opportunity, this needs to be on your travel wish list.
While I didn't include it in my list, an honorable mention goes to Iceland. Iceland was gorgeous and also had a variety of beautiful landscapes. The food was delicious and the people were surprisingly friendly. With only a 5-hour plane ride from the East Coast, I'd definitely recommend going for those who want a different travel experience.
What I love about this list is that it could change with every new country or city I visit. I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list! So what are your favorite places? Tell me so I can go too!