In no particular order, these are some of my favourite destinations, where I didn’t know what to expect before I arrived… and I kinda ended up falling in love. Have you fallen in love with any particular travel destinations?
I had no idea what to expect of Ljubljana, but since we were only stopping here for a night I didn’t have high expectations and expected a run down old city. Instead, I found this wonderful, colourful city with a lovely river running through it, and many inviting bars and restaurants to relax and sit alfresco. I loved the vibrant buildings, hippy street art and relaxed vibe.
From what I had heard, I expected Athens to be a poverty stricken hole in an economic state of crisis. Although it was not as modern and developed as other places I had been in Europe, I loved the cobblestoned streets, which were filled with authentic Greek restaurants and cute little market type stores selling jewellery and souvenirs. The view from the top of the Acropolis was also quite breathtaking and I wished I could have spent a bit longer exploring.
I really loved this relaxed, hippy city as it just had such a cool vibe to it. Everywhere you turned there was something unexpected to see, from street art to food trucks. I especially loved the famous Voodoo Donuts (which are amazingggg) and Powell’s bookstore. Exploring the store was like a book lover’s maze, and I could have bought stacks of books, but unfortunately I didn’t have room in my suitcase to bring any of them home.
I think I knew I was going to love Seattle before I even got there. I think it’s just the Pacific Northwest in general that I fell in love with. I had the most perfect weekend (apart from a hangover on Sunday), where we spent the days wandering the big city, visiting Pike Place market and taking a ferry to Alki beach, which felt like we were a world away from the city. Our night consisted of dinner and drinks at the space needle while watching a beautiful sunset, followed by more drinks at Some Random Bar (yes, that’s what it’s called), followed by more drinks and dancing the night away at Trinity nightclub. I think.
Jackson Hole, USA
This cute little town in the state of Wyoming feels like you are a world away from being in the United States. The drive to get there from Rexburg, Idaho was beautiful, as we drove down the mountains, which was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. It was winter while I visited, so everything was covered in a blanket of glistening white snow, which only added to the experience. The town itself felt like an old western sort of ghost town, as it was pretty quiet when I was there. Even the Starbucks there felt different- more warm and inviting than any of the other chain stores.
I loved the big, grand city of Chicago, which has a river flowing through it, and what seems like hundred bridges of bridges to cross. The magnificent mile had some great shops, and an awesome observation deck with 360 degree views of the city. What I couldn’t resist was the amazing Cloud gate (also known as ‘the bean,’ a must see at day and night) and deep-dish pizza, which is legit the best thing I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Koh Phi Phi island, Thailand
Party by night, chill out and be hungover by day. There were tons of cool bars lining the cobblestone streets of Phi Phi, where you could buy a bucket to drink with friends (or alone) before moving to the beach bars for one massive party! The beaches and islands nearby are so pristine with inviting aqua coloured waters that they look like they could be from a movie… probably because several movies were filmed there including The Beach and James Bond. Also, Thailand is super cheap by Western standards, which means more bang for your buck!
Okay, I kinda already knew I would like Croatia, but I didn’t know I would love it. Dubrovnik has an out of this world old-town charm, with beautiful swimming spots, cool bars and fresh seafood. The drive along the Croatian coastline is also amazing, with crystal clear waters and quiet, sandy beaches that I just wanted to stop and swim at forever. Croatia, I’ll be back!