I’m one of those people who, when they find a city they love, wants to visit again and again. It’s often impossible to see absolutely everything or eat in every restaurant you’d planned to visit in one single trip. And, while there’s so much of the world I still want to see (hello, New York, I need to be in you) there are a few cities that I one HUNDRED percent want to go back to sooner rather than later.
Six Cities I Seriously Need To Visit Again
1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I’m including Amsterdam in this list even though I’ve already been twice because it’s the only city on this list that I actually *am* visiting again this year. I fell in love with Amsterdam the first time I visited and my trip there in February 2016 with Icelolly.com when I spent 24 hours in Amsterdam made me realise just how much I adored being in this city.
I don’t know what it is about Amsterdam, but every time I go there I feel like…me. I’ve even looked into moving there, but renting an apartment seems confusing and expensive.
I’ll be visiting Amsterdam again in May this year with two of my internet faves; Sam and Sophie. I’ve only ever been on my own, so I’m actually really looking forward to experiencing it on a little girly weekend away.
2. Gdansk, Poland
I first visited Gdansk in February 2014. I’d moved to London a few months beforehand, after three years living, working, and travelling in Australia and New Zealand, and this was the first trip I went on where I took full advantage of my new, more central, location.
Brenna and I booked cheap flights on a whim after a wine-induced chat revealed we’d both always wanted to go to Poland and a few short weeks later we were landing in Gdansk, a small city on the Baltic coast.
Having done most of my travelling, at this point, on the other side of the world, where my life was all big cities and beaches, Gdansk was like nowhere I’d seen before. I loved the architecture, loved the pastel-coloured buildings, and the food? Well, let’s just say pierogi is definitely worth flying to Poland for.
3. Sydney, Australia
Sydney was the first city I went to when I moved to Australia in 2010, so I feel like it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’d never really spent any length of time abroad (family holidays were always to the south coast of England) and setting up a new life in a new city on the other side of the world felt scary and brave.
What I love most about Sydney was the fact that it combines two of my favourite things: city life and beaches. I’d spend my weekdays working on Pitt Street, drinking in The Rocks, eating in my favourite Thai restaurant, and on the weekends I’d go to Manly or do the Bondi to Coogee beach walk, stopping off at the little coves on the way. I lived in so many places during my time there: Artarmon, Rushcutter’s Bay, Wolli Creek, Surrey Hills, and I hate to be a total cliche, but the time I spent living in Bondi will always be my favourite.
One of the main reasons I’d like to visit Sydney again is because my time there was not spent alone. I moved there with my now-ex-boyfriend and I’d really like to experience the city as a solo traveller.
4. Auckland, New Zealand
Oh, Auckland. I had the worst time when I first arrived and then, honestly, the best time. Auckland is the city where I first became a solo traveller and, because of that, the first few months were, not gonna lie, really hard. BUT there was a huge silver lining to the dark cloud that the breakdown of a relationship can cast over you: I ended up making loads of new friends – friends I probably wouldn’t have gotten so close to had I not been suddenly single – many of whom are still friends, even though we all live so far apart.
We all found flats together in the city and on the weekends when we weren’t working we’d hire a car and drive north to the markets and beaches of Matakana, south to the Waitomo caves; down to the black beaches of Raglan. Or we’d hop on a plane to Wellington or Queenstown.
The main reason I’d like to go back? To see my friends! Many of them still live out there and I haven’t seen some of them in so long.
5. Edinburgh, Scotland
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently visited Edinburgh for the first time and Christ did it steal my heart. I woke up on my first morning there to misty skies and intermittent rain but the beautiful architecture and cobbled streets still had so much charm and, on my second (and last) day there, two friends I’d made in Auckland who now live in Leith took me on a tour of their favourite spots. The sun came out, we got coffees, and it was honestly such a happy little weekend that I’m desperate to go back soon.
6. Basel, Switzerland
I went on a press trip to Basel in December to check out the Christmas markets, but I’ll be totally honest with you here: I’d never actually heard of it until that invitation dropped into my inbox. That came as a kind of blessing in disguise; I had no idea what to expect when I got there, so it was a nice surprise when we arrived and the city was this beautiful mix of traditional and modern architecture, with cute cafes, cool restaurants, art galleries, and (of course) its famous Christmas markets. The city has so much more to offer than festive cheer, though, so I’d love to go back in spring or summer time, especially because in the warmer months you can actually swim in the river Rhine!
Which cities would you like to visit again?