Hello Beautiful People!
“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”
YES, it has been a long time since my last post (February 2018 to be exact!). So what I have been up to? I decided to put this blog on ‘hold’ and focus on my masters and a career as a counsellor/psychotherapist. The great news is I have completed my masters and I got lots of amazing adventures to share.
To kick start my some awesome travel adventures, these are my top 10 underrated places:
#1. Vilnius, Lithuania
When I did my solo trip around the Baltic’s I did not expect much from Vilnius and I was so wrong! Vilnius is definitely overlooked compared to Tallinn and Riga. What I love about this city is the contrast between the Old Town, Užupio Res Publika, the quirky street art and walk up to the three crosses. For the most part, everything is in walking distance and easy to get around. If you are short on time do the Old Town walking tour and the alternative walking tour. Plus you will be surprised by the information you will learn!
#2. Ghent, Belgium
One of the oldest cities in Belgium it deserves a full day of exploring. Commonly the most asked question is should I visit Brugges or Ghent? My answer is Ghent! Ghent has a mixed of architecture including medieval, Gothic, Art Nouveau, a Baroque and neo-Classical style which is perfect for exploring and taking those instagramable shots. It also has some of the best brunches I had in Europe! Go try Gust Gent and Alice Gent.
#3. Chengdu, China
Beijing and Shanghai are generally on the top of the list when it comes to China. Now let me try and convince you that Chengdu has pandas, the giant Buddha and a gateway to some of the beautiful national parks (Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou National park). Who doesn’t want to see a cute panda and hike around some gorgeous blue lakes?
#4. Cadiz, Spain
My first time exploring Spain was in Cadiz. I initially came to Cadiz to visit a close friend’s hometown and it did not disappoint. Usually, it is overseen compared to Serville and Malaga but Cadiz has its own perks. The coastal town is a great place to chill out. It is also a great place to use as a based a take a road trip down to Tarifa the southern point of Spain. Tarifa is also known as a hot spot for surfing. If you are lucky enough you can see the coast of Morocco on a nice visible day. If you want to do something cool you can also take a boat from Continental Europe to Africa. Spend a day trip to Tangier, Morocco, the boat ride is only 35 minutes!
#5. Antibes, France
Technically not a city but a town based on the Côte D’Azur (French Riviera) between Nice and Cannes. It’s a perfect spot to explore the narrow cobblestone alleyways and Picasso’s trail. You can easily spend an afternoon exploring through the town, looking at art, chilling by the beach or eating some amazing food.
#6. Bohinj, Slovenia
Overlooked by Lake Bled, Bohinj is a double threat. In the winter you can go skiing at Vogel Ski Centre and in the summer Lake Bohinj is filled with water sports activities. You can also explore Savica Waterfall and hike up to Mount Triglav for some amazing.
#7. Kochi, India
Located in the state of Kerala this city is unique in itself with the gorgeous backwaters and houseboat floating. This city was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries which means it’s a great place to buy your spices! As a must explore the backwater on the houseboat, eat plenty of seafood and admire the sunset!
If you love the outdoors Kerala as a state is a spot for you! From floating houseboats on the backwater, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, an elephant sanctuary and tea/coffee plantation.
#8. Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA
This quaint spot on the North Shore of Long Island. You can easily spend an afternoon or even a day by the lake, exploring the cottage-like stores or take a hike up Cold Spring Harbor State Park. It’s a perfect getaway to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
#9. Bergen, Norway
If you love fjords, mountains and colourful houses Bergan is the place for you. If you are coming from Oslo do a combination of train and ferry to get the best of both worlds of mountains and fjords. Make sure you check out the food markets that have some exotic meats you can try and don’t forget to try the fish and chips, it’s one of the best fish and chips I had.
#10. Gunma, Japan
Gunma Prefecture was the first place where I got to witness snow! This underrated city in Japan has so much to offer. The city is filled with mountains and hot springs which is perfect for some outdoor adventures!
What’s the most underrated city you have been to?
Till next time, -M