I like to pick favorites. Favorite food, favorite movie, favorite song, favorite person – if there could be a favorite, I will have one. This is why I should probably never have more than one dog or child…because I will pick my favorite and feelings will get hurt. And I could never do that to my dog.
Over the years, I’ve been able to travel to Europe and across the United States. I’ve been to places I absolutely love and I’ve seen places I would never, under any circumstance, go back to. These are my favorites.
Immediately when I stepped foot into York, I knew this was a place I was going to love. I was traveling abroad for the first time and I hadn’t felt that much comfort since landing at Heathrow Airport. This city is so quaint and picturesque I never wanted to leave. While there we stayed at a little hostel, went to all of the little shops, went to York Minster Cathedral, and enjoyed the beginning of my golden birthday – so maybe that’s why it holds a special place in my heart.
This was stop number one on my most recent trip to Europe and I fell in love immediately. Not only was the food everything I loved and more, but this is where I met some of the most incredible people I know. Here we walked around the city, looked at so many shops, watching a man blow a glass vase, and took a gondola ride through the canals. Everything about Venice pulled at my heart strings and I can’t wait to go back one day.
Let me start by saying, I was not a fan of German cuisine – mainly meat – so Munich almost didn’t make my list because I was so hangry majority of the day. However, the people really made everything about Munich special. This city is filled with beautiful architecture, beautiful bier gardens, and truly some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I was able to go to Hofbräuhaus and drink a liter of beer, eat a pretzel the size of my head, and even take a day trip over to Dachau (even though all of the locals would say, “don’t go there! It’s so depressing!”).
Some may argue that Dublin isn’t the best city in Ireland, and maybe you’re right, but I’ve only ever been to Dublin and I was so taken by the city, I’ve thought about it every day since. It was my last stop before heading back to the United States and while I was exhausted, every second of Dublin was an adventure. We were full tourists in Dublin by going on the Hop On Hop Off buses, which some may make fun of, but we got to see all the hits. Jameson, Guinness, the Dublin Zoo, and the Wellington Monument. We were the true winners.
San Diego, California, USA
Now I had to thrown in one of my favorite cities in the United States. San Diego has been one of my favorite vacations to date. With the beach, the beautiful views, the incredible weather, and an abundance of fun things to do – this easily made my top five. We were able to go to Balboa Park, hit up Little Italy, find our way over to Coronado Island, and we got to eat some delicious food. Not only was I with some of my favorite friends, but I felt so relaxed the entire time.
Travel is such a major part of my life and I feel so lucky I’ve been able to see so much of the world already. I know I’m going to get to see more in the future and I constantly have the itch, but part of me still wants to go back to some of these spots.
What are your top five favorite places you’ve ever traveled? Where should I go next (aka 2020 because I have zero free weekends this year).
P.S. How’s this for a throwback Thursday?