5 Cities I’d Revisit in a Heartbeat

You know that age old question, “Do you live more in the past, present, or future?” I find it tricky to answer, as I do a mix of all three, until I realize just how ridiculously often my mind plays clips of trips gone by and cities I’ve fallen in love with. Yes, I am living in Australia (and often loving it), but travel results in your head always being in a different place!

Take me back to chillin’ like a villain in Maui as a wee one

Cassandra of Gee, Cassandra has nominated me to list five destinations I’ve visited and would love to return to. I’ll say before I begin that I disqualified Madrid and Sevilla, as, although I cannot wait to go back, because I’ve lived in both, nowhere can compete. Narrowing it down to just five was tricky, but, in no particular order, here we go!

1. Dublin, Ireland

I visited Dublin in 2009, just a month after arriving in Spain to study abroad, and it was fantastic. But I was still a novice to independent travel (i.e. without my family), and I was a bit too young and shy to enjoy it to the fullest. Current me would really love hanging out in pubs, listening to live music, and meeting locals (although I’d still stay away from Guinness).

Dublin, Ireland

I’ve just realized that my photos from the trip are shockingly dull. Taking better ones is obviously a great excuse to go back!

2. Lahaina, Hawaii

Hawaii holds a special soft spot in my heart from going there a handful of times as a child. I was able to stop in Honolulu for a free three-day layover on my way to Sydney last year, reminding me just how much I love the Aloha State. Lahaina, on the island of Maui, was always my favorite spot (and my grandpa’s!), although I haven’t been in over eleven years.

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

In Lahaina with my sister and Maui-loving grandpa (we even called him Tutu, the Hawaiian word for grandpa!)

3. Brașov, Romania

Romania was the penultimate stop on last summer’s epic five-week Balkan trip, and it really surpassed my expectations. Brașov, a beautiful city in Transylvania with a small-town feel, was my favorite, and I’d love to go back and to explore more Transylvanian towns and the Romanian countryside. The food alone is worth going back for!

Brasov, Transylvania, Romania

Can I also go back to having some semblance of a tan?

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

When I was two years old, my family took a cruise around the Baltic region. From pictures, it looked fabulous, but, at age two, I was hardly making lifelong memories. Although I can truthfully say I’ve been to Scandinavia, I really must go again as an adult. To pick just one city, I’d say Copenhagen, but I’d do a whirlwind tour of the entire region.

Making short-lived memories in Copenhagen

If I return to Copenhagen, I obviously will need to go in super cool overalls.

5. Granada, Spain

Perhaps I should have disqualified Granada as well, since it’s so very special to me. It’s the first Spanish city I got to know, when I studied there for a month at age seventeen, and I did get to revisit a few times when I studied in Madrid, but can one ever get enough of Granada? I dream of re-experiencing getting lost in the hills of the Albaicín again, downing free tapas, or listening to flamenco guitar on a hot summer night. Granada will always be one of the great loves of my life, plain and simple.

Alhambra, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

My much anticipated return to Granada in 2009

The rules suggest nominating five travel bloggers to share their five destinations. Perhaps I’m not very creative, as this list is similar to my Liebster Award nominations, but I tag…

  1. Ashley of The Globe Trotter Diaries
  2. Betty of The Pumpkin’s Head
  3. Cat of Sunshine & Siestas
  4. Courtney of Adelante
  5. Jessica of Barcelona Blonde

There’s about a hundred more cities I’d love to revisit and a million more I’d love to see for the first time. Fingers crossed I’ll get there soon!

This post was part of a promotion through Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There, encouraging travel bloggers to share their favorite spots.

26 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Glad to see Dublin at number 1. If you’re ever back hit me up; I’ll show it to you as a local!

  2. Cassandra says:

    Ohh, I wasn’t expecting to see Copenhagen on your list, how cool! Your time in Romania looked awesome, I hope I can go one day. Thanks for playing along!

    • I made no effort to visit Scandinavia while I was in Spain since I had “already been” (hardly counts) and since it’s expensive, but I will have to go back some day. I hope you do get to go to Romania! And thanks again for the tag!

  3. I would also visit Brasov again in a hot second – I loved it!!

  4. Nana says:

    I’ve been to only two of them. Guess I need to get my rear in gear before I am too decrepit to travel anymore. We should meet in Maui and stay at Ka’anapali Ali’i again! I know Valerie and Jim don’t want to keep going back to the same places, but I miss it, especially when I saw the photo of my Don’s smiling face with you two girls there, oh, those many years ago! Thanks for posting it. Maybe your mom and/or Cari would like to join us! . Love you, my Kirstie!

    • Ooh, that would be fantastic! Thanks to my mom for scanning those photos of me — I love that one with Tutu, and I know he’d be there with us in spirit if we took a trip! Love you too!

  5. …Thanks for the nomination, dear–I’ll be sure to get on it, soon!!…

  6. Pedro says:

    wait!…wait! you mention Granada in the fifth place? what is that? hahaha…it should be the first!

    seriously, Granada is beautiful, the most beautiful in Andalucia….lots of family members living there in both the city and the province….i still keep my pictures with short hair when i visited it years ago….cómo pasa el tiempo!

  7. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the tip on Transylvania…it’s on my list now! Maui gets in your blood. Wait! Blood, Transylvania…uh oh.

  8. …Hello, dear–here are my responses!!… http://wp.me/p33whf-1h3

  9. Dublin and Copenhagen are absolutely on my list as well! Also New Orleans and Munich always was… so guess it’s good I moved here. Romania sounds fantastic, will have to put Brasov on my list!

  10. Dorina says:

    You should visit Sibiu, another nice town, not far away from Brasov :).

  11. Cari says:

    My own list would include: Ollantaytambo, London, Edinburgh, and Ketchikan, and Brussels!

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