Top 5 Places I Would Revisit Anytime

But for my nomination for the Booked.netTop Destinations to Go challenge I would have never written this post. But who doesn’t want to win a brand-new iPhone 6?

While there is still a huge part of the world that I dream to see, there are five places that really captured my heart and left me wanting to go back for more. It was difficult to narrow down my list to only five, but here are my choices for destinations I would always love to return to …

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Budapest, view of the Parliament Building

1. Budapest, Hungary

My love affair with Budapest started over 10 years ago, on a trip to visit my husband’s relatives in Hungary. It is difficult to explain what made me fall in love with this city, what dazzled me about this place. I often wonder: was it the buildings, the streets, the squares and the sights? Was it the restaurants, the shopping malls, or the art museums? Of course, I think it was all that, but it was more than what the eye could see. It was probably the tumult of the streets, the atmosphere, the friendliness of the people, the energy that the city exults. The charm and hospitality of Budapest never ceases to amaze me. A big metropolis and yet a friendly place, it captivates me, it makes me linger, it makes me feel alive.

View of the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church

The Fishermen’s Bastion

 

2. Venice, Italy

Of all the cities on this planet, Venice is one that doesn’t need an introduction. Is there anybody out there who never heard about  its charm? Its monumental squares and magnificent monuments? Anybody who never dreamed of stealing a kiss in a gondola under Il Ponte dei Sospiri? Or maybe get lost in its labyrinth of cobblestoned streets interconnected by fairytale bridges? There is nothing that was left unsaid about Venice. The lagoon city left its mark on poetry, literature, music and film alike. Its beauty dwells in eternity and in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to have visited it.

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(photo credit: Laszlo Galffy)

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(photo credit: Laszlo Galffy)

 

3. Banff National Park, Alberta

One of the 100 places to see before you die is Banff, Canada’s oldest national park established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. What makes Banff National Park so special is its combination of vast unspoiled wilderness, mountain lakes like Lake Louise, and the lovely little town of Banff.

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Lake Louise, Banff

Everywhere you look is a perfect picture: dazzling glaciers, spectacular rivers, alpine meadows and snow covered peaks . Banff is considered a travelers’ mecca for a good reason. Whether by car, bicycle, foot, skis, or canoe, the place is breathtakingly beautiful year-round.

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Pines Island, Banff

 

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Buenos Aires? Is it tango? Is it Evita? Is it soccer? All these may be embedded into the city’s life and culture, but there is so much more to it than that. Buenos Aires is the second largest city of South America, with more than a million European residents. If you love Paris you’ll adore Buenos Aires. The Paris of South America, as it is often referred to, has an unmistakable appeal that will capture your heart like no other.

Puerto Madera, Puente de la Mujer (Women's Bridge)

Puerto Madera, Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge)

But talking about Buenos Aires’s appeal is like stating the obvious. Its neoclassical architecture, wide avenues and cosmopolitan atmosphere rival its French tween. The first class boutiques, sidewalk cafés and luscious green spaces give the city an European feel that blends with the Latino spirit.

Building Façades in Buenos Aires

 

5. Kauai, Hawaii

Picking Kauai (also nicknamed The Garden Island) over all the other Hawaiian islands was a difficult choice. Each island is uniquely beautiful and very diverse. Kauai is famous for its impressive cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and rainforests. The island is surrounded by 50 miles of sand that create some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, varying from white sand quiet lagoons, to high tide treacherous black sand beaches.

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Kee Beach view from the Na Pali Coast

But besides its beaches, Kauai is home to two of the most scenic landscapes that mother Nature can offer:  the Na Pali Coast – a very dramatic and spectacular place with lush vegetation, rugged cliffs and narrow valleys, and Waimea Canyon, the number one rival of the Great Canyon in Arizona.

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Waimea Canyon, Kauai

I will nominate Lyn from A Hole in My Shoe, Rosemary from Aussie in France and Adelina from Pack Me To to take part in this challenge, but anyone interested can participate. Just go to Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There for details, write your post and put it out there. Thank you, Vlad (Eff it, I’m on Holiday) for nominating me. I wish you good luck for the competition and hope you’ll win!

 

 

 

 

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26 Comments on “Top 5 Places I Would Revisit Anytime

    • Thank you, Lyn. I hope you’ll get to visit all the places on my list and many more. And when you do, please write about them, I like your posts.

  1. Thanks for the nomination Anda! Choosing just 5 places to return to is so tough! I definitely agree with #1. I don’t know what it is about that city either, but it’s always calling.

  2. Thank you for the nomination Anda. Budapest and Venice are certainly among my favourite cities – I don’t know the others (yet).

  3. I remember writing a similar article a while ago. It is pretty difficult to narrow it down to just 5.

    I like your choice of Budapest too, I loved it there.

  4. Hey Andy your blog looks great, I’m happy to connect with anyone else out there full of wanderlust. I actually haven’t been to any of the places you posted above, but I figured I would tell you my top 5 choices. 🙂

    1. Huanchaco, Peru
    Perfect dry hot weather, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, no bugs, small town but only 30 minutes from a major city. Famous for being just down the beach from the longest left hand wave in the world, the wave in Huanchaco is only slightly shorter so you will see surfers riding the longest waves you have ever seen for several minutes across the entire horizon.

    2. Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
    Nuka Hiva is the first major island to port when crossing the Pacific by sea in the southern hemisphere. After the average 20 days without seeing land this island’s cliff sides and rock formations blows your mind even looking through binoculars miles away. The 2,500 people here are likely the most friendly in the world and get by with only 2 police officers for all of them.

    3. Oslo, Norway
    Oslo is the largest city in the world because something like 75% of the city is forest. Almost every train line ends in forest preserve. The people here are so friendly, and the architecture is fantastic. This city is the place to be as long as you can brave the harsh winters.

    4. Dharamsala, India
    Home to the Dali Lama, and a backpacker paradise. Small villages climb up the sides of terraced walking paths beyond the roads, where one can find ultimate peace and tranquility. In the distance the snow peak Triund, a famous hike of the area, towers over all. In the spring time the valley is filled with thousands of butterflies.

    5. Kashmir, India
    Kashmir is the promised land.

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  5. I’ve never been to any of these places – so there’s five more to add to my list of places to go! They all look great – I’d especially like to see Budapest. And I’m very jealous about Hawaii!

  6. Great choices!! I agree with Budapest too. I loved it SO much.. everything from the atmosphere to the food to the friendly people. For me, I’m not in a hurry to return to Buenos Aires because I just didn’t really feel welcomed there for some reason. Maybe a second time will feel different. And I haven’t been to Kauai (only Oahu) but I definitely want to focus on that island next time in in Hawaii!

  7. Those pictures of Banff National Park are amazing! I haven’t been to any of these places, but I’m hoping to make it to Banff next year.

  8. Ahhh I’ve only been to one of these places!! But Venice is incredible! 😉 The rest are most definitely on my bucket list, which has grown ever so large since this Five Places contest campaign has launched lol.

  9. Hi it’s Christa, host of the Sunday Traveler, I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for joining in on the fun! I love your mix of places from history to mountains and sun. What a perfect list. I would love to visit Italy especially after seeing your pictures.

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