My Bucket List Top 5 Cities to visit

Although travelling to our Earth’s remotest and undiscovered Magical Places is all well and good, there’s certainly a few equally as magical cities which have inspired my wanderlust, fuelled my desire to explore, and captivated my imagination. But alas, money, time and accessibility have meant I have not yet been able to explore the following cities at the top of my Bucket List. However, sometimes the waiting makes it all the more worth it… right?

1) New York – America 

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Despite being a cliché traveller hotspot, New York is top of my Wish-List! There are several iconic cities within the Western World: such as London and Paris, which every self-proclaimed travel addict has on their list, but none more so than New York!

It’s a city which has fascinated adventures for centuries; an allure of finer things and a new life has drawn countless people through Ellis Island to the Big Apple.

For me (slightly less profoundly) it’s a love affair with Gossip Girl which ignited my desire to visit New York! While it may not be the most accurate portrayal of life in the city since 2010 I’ve fantasised of the day I’ll get to walk the streets of the Upper East Side and Brooklyn or lose myself in central park.

2) Rome – Italy  

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Most ancient cities, such as Machu Picchu, were abandoned centuries ago and have been long lost to modern life. Contrary to this, Ancient Rome is now encapsulated within a booming, cosmopolitan capital city. As such, structures built a millennium ago stand as grand, and as central to life as they once did within the Roman Empire.

As a self-proclaimed history boffin, the city has therefore long captured my imagination!  It’s a city whose ancestors shaped much of Europe and as such, my own heritage. This unique blend of contemporary life and historical importance puts Rome right at the top of my travel bucket list!

3) Venice – Italy 

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Much like Rome, Venice is a destination within Europe that is entrenched with history. The birthplace of many medieval artists and musicians, this labyrinth of bridges and twisting canals is not only historic but also romantic and altogether beautiful.

It is no surprise then that this ‘City of water’ is a hotspot for travellers and tourists alike and its one of Earth’s Magical Places which I hope to be crossing off my own personal list soon…

4) New Orleans – America 

A city you won’t usually find on the top of people’s bucket list is New Orleans. Personally, however,  I’ve always been captivated by this city which houses an epileptic mix of cultures, making it feel closer to Europe than the ‘Land of the Free’… Maybe it’s the resemblance of home that intrigues me?

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Despite some ill conceptions… With the cities infamous Bourbon street experiencing sights more likely seen in Vegas, the city appears to have so much more to offer.

It’s rich in history, has stunning architecture and amazing food. Whats more, its spectacular Jazz seen promises to take you back in time, creating a strange sense of romance within the unique city.

So although not for everyone, I for one can not wait to be immersed in this vibrant city one day!

5) Tokyo – Japan 

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The last city to make the Top 5 of my bucket list is Tokyo. This is for one very simple reason… I’ve heard its incredible.

It appears to be a different world – an explosion of Japanese culture, which is so different from my own that I cannot help but be struck with a travel bug to explore this truly foreign city!

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If you’re interested below are links to several blog posts such have helped fuel my wanderlust for these amazing cities:

DISCLAIMER – I do not own any of the photos in this post! 

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We all should have a travel bucket list of cities we want to visit before we die. But, need inspiration to help imagine dream adventures? Then check out this post which brings together beautiful places and ideas from around the world.

Thanks for reading! What cities are top of your bucket list? I’d love to hear any thoughts in the comments below 🙂

 

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52 Comments

  1. April 10, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Great post! I’ve been to the first three cities, and the last two are also on my bucket list so I have to agree with your choices 🙂

    • April 10, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks!! It was so hard narrowing it down to five cities! There’s just so much to see haha 🙂

      • April 11, 2017 / 12:57 am

        Oh I feel you, I want to visit almost every city! haha

  2. April 10, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    “Manhattan will do that to a girl. You’ll be happy to know, it never wears off.” Would you say Queen B got it, after your NY jaunt? 😉

      • April 10, 2017 / 9:46 pm

        I have re-watched it as many times as possible. And what’s more (whispers) I have made my husband watch it 😉 He won’t admit it in public though.

  3. April 10, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’ve been to New York and Tokyo; both lived up to expectations and were fantastic places to visit, though I preferred the former. Tokyo’s a great fusion of modern skyscrapers and traditional temples – and the other cities I saw in Japan last summer were just as fascinating! I’d love to go to New Zealand one day – mostly for the natural landscapes rather than the towns/ cities – but I’m not sure where I’ll find the time once I end up in a 9-5 job!

    • April 10, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      That’s amazing! I’d love to do a tour of Japan… Were there any other highlights of your trip? New Zealand is also top of my list… Too many places to explore haha!

      • April 11, 2017 / 4:27 am

        I absolutely loved Kamikōchi (which we did as a day trip from Matsumoto) and Shirakawa-go (which we did as a day trip from Kanazawa). The former was an incredibly scenic alpine valley; the latter a UNESCO site with traditional farmhouses. Japan is one of my favourite countries to date! So true – so many places, so little time!

        • April 11, 2017 / 10:34 am

          Sounds so beautiful! I’ll be sure to check both places out when I’m eventually able to go 🙂

  4. April 13, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    So hard to pick just five! Marrakech is currently at the top of mine. Followed by everywhere else I haven’t already been 😉

    • April 14, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Marrakech looks so beautiful! Couldn’t have put it better myself 🙂

    • April 16, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      Hiya, I’d love to explore Japan as a whole and a trip is certainly at the top of my list for next year! Thanks for the nomination I’ll check it out! 🙂

  5. April 16, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Awesome list! I hope you get to see all of them 🙂

  6. April 17, 2017 / 4:36 am

    Hi Rachel,
    Pleased to see you mentioned London and Paris because they are both amazing. We have also been to Rome, Venice and Tokyo and they are worth being on your list. Can’t comment on the two in the US as we haven’t been to either. Others you should consider are Kyoto ( much more traditional Japanese than Tokyo), Barcelona, Prague, Dresden, Cairo and here in Australia you can’t miss Melbourne and Sydney. When we were your age cities were very appealing but now we are older we are much keener on the smaller villages and countryside so I have enjoyed reading about your trip through the national parks in the US.
    Cheers, Mark

    • April 18, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Hi mark! Thanks for such a lovely comment, I’m hoping to do a trip through Japan so I’ll definitely check Kyoto out!
      I love exploring both cities and the countryside, they other such differing beauties and types of adventures, Yosemite was in fact my favourite destination on the road Trip 🙂

  7. April 26, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    These are all cities I would LOVE to visit also! The list just seems to get longer and longer.. (you’d think having visited places it would get shorter lol..). However I’m visiting New York in 6 weeks so definitely can’t wait to tick there off

  8. verticalxhorizons
    April 28, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Hello!! I want to visit New York real bad too! I’ve been to venice, rome and tokyo! but yes absolutely tokyo is awesome and I wanna go back there again! the other two countries that I am truly in love with is Iceland and Greece. I’ve been to both and I’m still dreaming about going back everyday! I think the mountains of Norway are on the top of my list as well + grand canyon and yosemite national park in the usa!! if given a chance, i would love to explore the continent of africa as well! 😀 places on earth are just endless and i wanna go everywhere!

    • April 28, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      The more places I tick off the list, the more I seem to add 🙂

      I’m hoping to visit Iceland soon! And I love Greece aswell – Amazing food, greet people and fabulous scenery, whats not to love?

      The Norwegian mountains look incredible as does Switzerland! – too many place ahh…

      I recently visited both Yosemite (which is now my favourite place) and the Grand Canyon on a road trip across the west coast which I couldn’t recommend enough!

      • verticalxhorizons
        April 29, 2017 / 11:58 am

        yes i totally agree!! the more you tick off, the more you add 😛 hopefully we will clear the entire list one day! aw I’m heading back to greece for a second time coming june and i am so excited!! 🙂 yes, unfortunately i haven’t had the chance to visit switzerland. its pretty expensive isnt it? >< oh!! how come you wouldn't recommend the grand canyon?

        • April 29, 2017 / 12:20 pm

          Yeah I’ve heard Switzerland is expensive! But the scenery looks so pretty!! I would recommend the Grand Canyon as well haha!! (We took a helicopter tour over the west side and it was incredible – I made a post on it and Yosemite so check them out) 😀 x

          • verticalxhorizons
            April 29, 2017 / 3:30 pm

            aw alright! i’ll check them out 🙂

  9. June 7, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Good points all around. Truly apcerpiated.

  10. June 7, 2017 / 12:49 am

    As Charlie Sheen says, this article is “W!NINNGI”

  11. June 7, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    The first three are also on my bucket list.Great post and photos too.

  12. June 16, 2017 / 2:58 am

    This is a great list of some of the world’s most amazing cities 🙂 I feel very lucky to have been able to visit all of them, but I am much older than you 🙂 You’ll get to them, and you’ll have great adventures. I really love looking forward to and researching places on my list. My list just keeps growing – travel is a huge part of my life. The more I do it, the more I want to see. Best wishes to you!

    • June 16, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks for such a lovely comment! You’re so lucky to have visited them all, I’m hoping to tick Rome and Venice off this year 🙂 but totally agree, the more I travel the more I want to see x

  13. June 27, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve been to 3 of these and will be going to Tokyo in August to make it to 4! New York is amazing, everything seems so famous. I spent a couple days in Venice and it is so pretty, but it would be better if there was no crowds. And I always wanted to go to Rome, but behind the amazing architecture and history, it’s the dirtiest place I’ve ever been 🙁 I will be writing reviews about Japan in September! Hehe happy travelling! x

    • June 28, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      You’re very lucky! Yes I’ve heard that a lot about Venice, I plan to head off season later this year in a bid to miss the crowds! I’ll keep an eye out for your Japan posts 🙂

  14. June 29, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Five is too less… but yes on a priority basis would like to visit Greece, Iceland, New York, South Africa and Scotland…

  15. June 29, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Great post! I have only been to Rome on this list, planning New york this year later! I haven’t done Tokyo but I went to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara last year on my Japan trip and it was indeed awesome experience! But Tokyo is still on my wish-list! 😀
    Love reading your post..keep sharing great work! 🙂

    • June 29, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      The list is never ending haha! Can’t wait to read your posts on New York!!! 🙂

  16. September 23, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Thanks for the list. My choice would be different though it would be touhh to choose only 5. Been to New York for 3 weeks but the winter was a bit hard for me, so i didn’t do as much as i had hoped for.

  17. September 23, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I’ve been to the first three. New York was amazing. As soon as I stepped out on the street from the station I could just feel the atmosphere. I almost started crying! Hope you will be able to go!

  18. Momma To Go
    September 23, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    wow Ive been to all of these and LIVED in two of these cities – NYC and Rome! What a great list! I would love to visit Rio de Janiero!

  19. September 23, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I haven’t been in New Orleans and Tokyo, but hey nothing lost here <3

    Carmelatte

  20. September 24, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I love your list! I can tell you that NYC and Rome are definitely worth it. I loved them. I actually want to go to Rome again, since 2 days don’t really qualify as a proper visit. And Venice and New Orleans are also on my wish list. Especially New Orleans – food, festivals and jazz music!

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