Contributed by Nehal Khan
San Francisco, USA
The city by the bay is loaded with adventure and attractions, whether it be a ferry ride to Alcatraz, sampling the cuisine of Little Italy, or exploring the hills that surround the city. San Francisco is home to one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States, making it an amazing place to visit. One of the best places to have breakfast is at Mama’s. Do visit Coit Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Chiang Mai & Bangkok Thailand
Chiang Mai is far greener and quieter than other cities in Thailand. The ‘Rose of the North’ township encapsulates much of what is unique and breathtaking about Thailand, including magnificent temples. Bangkok is home to beautiful places like floating market and amazing food.
The former capital of the largest empire on Earth, London is a hot pot of culture, with more than 300 languages spoken within its boundaries. You can find food, art, entertainment from every corner of the world, as well experience the finest English architecture at sites like Kew Gardens and Westminster Abbey.
Lisbon is both Medieval and Moorish in design, sitting on a luxurious beach that’s hard to beat in the summer. The city is overlooked by the huge Caste of St. George. This same traditional architecture is found throughout the city, including in the century old wooden trams.
Barcelona is a city that combines both the old and the new in a magnificent fashion. Much of the city is as it was centuries ago, with narrow streets everywhere you look. On the beachfront, you’ll find the modern luxuries and unparalleled resorts.
Hugging the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west, and Great Plains to the east, Budapest is surrounded by beautiful landscapes on all sides. This city is just as gorgeous, though it still wears scars from World War II and the 1956 Uprising. The city is built on numerous hot springs, making the local bathhouses a must-see.
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg has been called Russia’s window to the West. Unlike Moscow, which features red bricks and domes, St. Petersburg’s canals and neoclassical architecture was designed by Italians, giving the city a European look. It also has a European feel, with modern art galleries and restaurants, which make the city a spectacle at night.
Chicago & New York, USA
Chicago is the stronghold of the American Midwest, the home of the blues and place for jazz music lovers. The picturesque skyline is home to the world’s first skyscrapers, as well as some of the best comedy clubs in the States. New York City is arguably the centre of modern Western culture. Whether you’re taking a leisurely bike ride through Central Park, exploring the endless heights of downtown, or chewing down at historic pizza parlours, the city has something for everyone.
While Sydney is a sprawling city, it remains largely dominated by nature, with national parks carving their way through the ports. The luxurious beaches, amazing weather, and nightlife make Sydney an unforgettable destination.
If you’re less into history, and more into futuristic metropolises, Dubai is the flashiest of them all. The city is home to the tallest building (Burj Khalifa), as well as the Dubai Mall, the largest of its kind in the world. Other features include amazing artificial islands and some of the best beaches around. When you consider that Dubai was a small tribal town until the 1970s, the current spectacle is mind blowing.