I am a creature of habit. The idea behind Dan and I’s lifestyle when we took off to travel the world didn’t really match up with my personality, because I am definitely the kind of person who trusts what I know. In some ways, I think that’s why I describe the whole decision as a ‘leap of faith’ and also why we chose to do this the slow way, by being serial expats.
This appreciation for the familiar is also why I like to visit places I have already visited. Sure, I could use that money/time to explore somewhere new, but once I love a place, I really love it. Obviously we want to explore as many places we can (particularly around Europe at the moment), but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my old favourites from where we’ve been so far. Today, I want to share with you 5 cities I’d love to return to.
I have boldly stated many times that Athens has been my favourite European city so far. There is something very raw about Athens that made me feel like a really connected with it as a city, not to mention that it was one of the first cities I went to after leaving England to travel. I would love to return to Athens for a weekend of exploring the city, enjoying the sun and maybe even hitting up a waterpark!
With one of my best friends from England, Hannah, at the Eiffel Tower.
My confidence was pretty much rock bottom when I hit France. I was the biggest (weight wise) I had ever been and suddenly I was surrounded by gorgeous, thin women and a bunch of delicious bakeries. To say that by the time I left France I had lost 40lbs feels like a huge achieve for me, but I feel like my weight loss goals meant that my priorities were not as I wish they had been during my time in Paris. If I could go back now, I would spend more time tasting delicious foods and I would definitely try more wine!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam will always be very dear to me as it’s the first place we travelled to. We had little to no idea what we were doing, where we would live or how things would work out, which made it all the more exciting. Amsterdam is a city that I know like the back of my hand and it feels a little like a home away from home, so my trips there now are always very comfortable. I have places I love to frequent and most importantly, it reminds me of how far I have come since that first trip there.
We only got to spend 2 (very short) hours in Brussels when passing through earlier on this year, so all it did was give me a taste of possible experiences and things to see/do if we had been there for longer. Not only that, but I only got to visit ONE chocolate shop and try ONE waffle, I mean, isn’t that outrageously unfair? I definitely need to go back to taste more of these delicious treats!
Berlin feels like “my city”. If Dan and I were going to relocate in Germany right now, we would 110% be relocating to Berlin. The city has an atmosphere that I fell in love with as soon as we arrived and we both loved how versatile it is as a city. It’s a big city with plenty of culture (including the German culture that we love) and has a lot of creative design influence, something Dan and I are both huge fans of. I intend to visit Berlin as much as possible over the next year and hope that if we do stay in Germany long term that we may end up there in a few years. Watch this space!
This post is part of a collaboration hosted by Booked.net called Top Destinations to Go There. These guys are giving away a free iPhone 6 to one lucky blogger and all they have to do is share a post like mine, then nominate 5 other bloggers to take part too! I’m nominating Kaelene, Yalanda, Amanda, Sammy and Sara.
Remember guys, it’s not all about the prize, I am dying to know what places you would all revisit and why!