Prior to last year I was the sort of person who would never dream of visiting the same place twice. I was obsessed with cramming in as many new countries and cities as I could, returning to a place I’d already explored was a wasted opportunity to see more of the world. That was until the travel fatigue kicked in.
I realised that there was no fun in whizzing round the world trying to tick off new countries as quickly as possible if I wasn’t taking the time to truly appreciate all these new places. After four months of non-stop travelling I’d fallen into a routine that was just as suffocating as a full-time office job. So I decided to slow it down a little bit and not be afraid to return to the cities that I fell in love with.
Inspired by Beverley’s post here are four cities that I’d go back to in a heartbeat.
I visited Lisbon in the midst of a major travel burnout and for that reason it was perfect. The only reason we went was to see Radiohead but we ended up loving the city so much more than the gig. We were there for a week and we spent the entire time basking in the sun, exploring the beautiful cobbled streets, drinking coffee and trying to get a good photo of the trams. Next time I’d like to explore a little further afield and go back to postcard-perfect Sintra.
One day I’ll stop banging on about why Ecuador is my favourite country, but for now you’ll just have to put up with me gushing about how great it is. I think Quito is an amazing city for expats to and I could happily see myself living there. It’s considerably more Western than most places in South America so I do think it lends itself better to being a place you’d live in rather than the highlight of your travels, but there are some really interesting things to do in Quito and its location is ideal for exploring some of Ecuador’s highlights such as Cotopaxi National Park and the beautiful Quilotoa Loop.Or if you’re feeling really flush it’s just a short (albeit expensive) plane ride to the Galapagos Islands.
When we booked a weekend in Hamburg for my birthday we didn’t have any expectations. I’ve lived in Germany before but didn’t see a great deal of the country. I definitely didn’t venture as far north as Hamburg. I think it’s overtaken Berlin as my favourite cities in Germany though and I had the best time feeling very uncool in Sternschanze, people watching in the Red Light District and eating some amazing vegan food. I liked it so much that I look at flights to go back on an almost daily basis.
Until Edinburgh I’d never been to Scotland and it’s safe to say it began something of a love affair with Scotland. Since then I’ve visited Glasgow more times than I can count and we’ve even booked a book shop holiday in Wigtown for 2019! I found Edinburgh to be a really peaceful city full of gorgeous independent book shops, quirky cafes and some really stunning architecture.
Do you visit places more than once or is once enough for you? Let me know your favourite cities in the comments!