Five Cities to Add to Your Bucket List!

Among all the places we travel to there are always the ones that stick in our mind the most. Here are just a few of mine. Boy was it difficult to narrow them down but I consider these some of the best cities to visit!This list will tell you why I loved them and an activity or two that I did. If you’re making travel plans and are looking for some inspiration on places you maybe haven’t considered, keep reading!

Apologies for childish video taking skills… I’m still learning to be less timid while filming, alright!

Edinburgh, Scotland

Do not go to the U.K. and miss the chance to visit Edinburgh! I WANT TO LIVE THERE ONE DAY OKAY. Here is a short clip of a great free walking tour I took with the friends I was traveling with. Just listen to that attention-grabbing accent!

If you love seeing, breathing, hearing, and experiencing history everywhere you go but still want the common luxuries of today, Edinburgh’s got you. This place has everything from a 12th-century castle built on an extinct volcano to beautiful meadows for picnics to lively pub crawls and clubs.

IMG_4326

Don’t just take my word for how magical this place is…

J. K. Rowling found it magical enough to write the first couple and last book to her sorta-kinda known Harry Potter series.

That reason alone really got me to buy the train ticket there in the first place. Taking the train from London to Edinburgh legit felt like I was on the Hogwarts Express.

Galway, Ireland

I ended up spending a 4th of July here (the Irish were happy to have us and had many ‘Murica themed bars/pubs/clubs with free drinks upon presentation of an American I.D.).

Sorry, it’s dark in the next video. I’m 5′ 2″ so it was also difficult peeking around the crowd to film as much as I could.

My best friend Kendall and I did a pub crawl that resulted in some amazing memories of dancing and singing the night away. Yes, Ed Sheeran’s music video to “Galway Girl” is an accurate depiction of nights in this water bordering city. Something I won’t forget about this place (pretty much Ireland in general) is their love of music! Everywhere we went there were either people performing in the streets or in restaurants. They were friendly, happy to raise a Guinness and say sláinte (cheers), and always engaged the audience. I can’t wait to go back.

Grenoble, France

Why did I go here instead of Paris? Well, at the time Kendall lived here so a bed (couch) was guaranteed and why turn down a chance to go to the south of France? Zero regrets. The weather! The Alps! The crepes! Oh my!

Following our backpacking trip through Ireland, we went to her home in Grenoble. So, luckily enough, after spending July 4th in Galway, we spent le 14 juillet (14th of July) in Grenoble and witnessed the French celebrate Bastille day!

What I liked most about this city was how effortlessly beautiful it was. Whether it was the architecture, the comforting smells of freshly baked bread and food markets in town, or the French Alps, everywhere I turned felt like all I needed to do was ride a cute bike with a little basket to fit the picturesqueness of it all. I’m sure this is true of Paris and other cities in France, but if you want to get away from the typical tourist travel spots, give Grenoble a try!

Guadalajara, Mexico

I have family that lives nearby and cousins that are attending the University. It has the new and the old, close to the beach, and is a good time. Here is a video of a talented all-female mariachi band performance during a late lunch.

A different day we had lunch on the plaza and the restaurant had a balcony to this perfect view.

In Guadalajara, I had the chance to go to the Herencia tequila factory and behold the science of converting the agave plant to liquor. I couldn’t allow myself to be in the state of Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila, and not pay respects.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

If you wanna see a gorgeous colonial-era city a.k.a the Mexico of fairy tales, this is the place. Oh man, I was all heart-eyes the moment we drove in.

One place we went to satisfy our sweet tooth was Cafe San Agustín. This place is so famous for their delicious churros that the line is always out the door. It’s the price even locals are willing to pay.

Much like Grenoble, every corner, every market, everything is so picturesque. If you could only go to Mexico one time in your life, I would have to recommend San Miguel de Allende. Hands down.


If you want to know more about a city let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to make another post going into detail. I have plenty of pictures and videos I’m willing to compile to illustrate just how amazing these places are.

Thanks for taking the time to look at a few of my favorite cities to visit. Share with me some of yours! I’d love some new ideas for my next travel adventure!

Signature

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.