A to Z of Traveling – Favorite Destinations

We have already determined my extreme love for Travel. I am constantly planning & researching new destinations to visit and I truly enjoy reading, writing and talking endlessly about travel whenever I get a chance. 🤷🏻‍♀️

A & I have traveled to 20+ countries & countless cities together and we always reminisce about the incredible places we have been to. The beautiful memories we have made and the amazing experiences we have had during our travels has led us to share a list of our favorite destinations with you… from A – Z of course! 😀

Coming up with names of our favorite destinations from every single alphabet was quite a challenge, yet an incredibly fun activity. (P.S: I still can’t believe we have visited places from every alphabet! 😳)

Read about our favorite destinations below and tell us yours!

A

Amsterdam – This beautiful city of canals will forever be amongst my favorite cities in the world. From exploring gorgeous museums to cruising around the canals, from visiting Anne Frank’s house to seeing original Van Gogh paintings… Amsterdam was an absolute dream come true.

Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Athens – Visiting the historic capital of Greece is an absolute must for history buffs. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around this ancient citadel and learnt so much about greek history and culture while devouring the best food. 😋

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

B

Brussels – We explored the capital city of Belgium completely by foot and went where our hearts and feet took us. We devoured the best chocolates, frittes, hot chocolate and waffles and visited so many beautiful museums, cathedrals and palaces. Brussels was an absolute pleasure to explore. Not having a plan is sometimes the best plan!

Grand Place, Brussels

Budapest – From the stunningly beautiful Hungarian parliament to the iconic Széchenyi chain bridge, from fisherman’s bastion to the beautiful Danube river, Budapest was gorgeous! We stayed in a hotel that overlooked the Hungarian parliament, Chain bridge and the Danube river, so we fell asleep and woke up looking at the gorgeous view from our bed… It was an unforgettable experience. ❤️

Széchenyi chain bridge

C

Copenhagen – Copenhagen is a vibrant Danish city with a laidback vibe, stunning architecture, history and culture. We spent a lot of time in Nyhavn, went on a canal cruise, ate amazing danish food and saw the little mermaid statue. A visit to the gorgeous Rosenberg castle and Christiansborg palace is also a must.

Canal Cruising in Copenhagen, Denmark

Cinque Terre – Cinque Terre will forever be etched in our hearts and mind. Picture us, sitting by the sea in moonlight devouring a plate of freshly made ravioli, waves crashing against the rocks below us and a cool breeze hitting our face. 😌 Sounds blissful, isn’t it? We sat by the sea till after midnight, took tons of photos of the seaside village and just experienced that simple moment to the fullest extent.

Manarola, Cinque Terre

California – California is the most gorgeous and my most favorite state in the United States. From beautiful bustling cities to quaint coastal towns, from idyllic beaches to snowcapped mountains, there is just so much to see and do here. The beauty and excitement is not limited to the cities and that’s what I love about this state. We visit California every couple of years and explore new spots every single time.

San Francisco, California

D

Delft, Netherlands – Another beautiful city of canals situated in western Netherlands. We got a chance to see how Delft’s famous pottery is made, famously known as Delftware. They are hand-painted blue and white pottery which are expensive but extremely beautiful. We also explored the city center, ate great food and visited lots of gorgeous cathedrals.

Delft, Netherlands

E

Engelberg – Engelberg is a small alpine village in central Switzerland. Mt Titlis is it’s main attraction. You can take a cable car from Engelberg to reach the top of Mt Titlis. While going up the mountain, you will be surrounded by breathtaking panoramas, beautiful glacier lakes and the sound of cowbells jangling in the distance. It is an incredible place and experience.

Mt Titlis

Epcot – We had the best time in Epcot. You can literally travel the world and taste different cuisines from different parts of the world in one place. You can visit areas dedicated to countries like France, Italy, Germany, UK, China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Morocco and so many more. You can even buy authentic souvenirs imported directly from these countries right in Epcot. I would have loved Epcot even more if they had showcased India amongst these countries too.

Replica of St Mark’s Campanile in Italy section of Epcot

F

Florence – Florence / Firenzè is one of my favorite Italian cities. It is home to so many Renaissance masterpieces and is filled to the brim with so much history, culture and architecture. From visiting the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to seeing Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio and so many more gorgeous places, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring this stunning city.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

G

Germany – Even though we visited a small part of Germany, we still had the best time. I mean, who doesn’t want to eat authentic black forest cake in Black Forest, Germany? 😀 We visited the Black Forest national park and spent a lot of time in Lake Titisee. We also visited the town where the cuckoo clocks were invented. It was a beautiful place and I will always remember it.

Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

H

Holland – The amount of cheese we tasted and brought back from Holland is ridiculous. We visited so many beautiful towns and villages here and had the best time. A cheese tasting tour in Holland is a must and don’t forget to try some authentic stroop waffles when you are there!

Maarken, Netherlands

I

Italy – Italy is my favorite country in the world. There is just so much to see, explore and eat here! 😉 It is filled to the brim with incredible history, culture, art, architecture and beauty that one visit is never enough. I’m definitely going back to Italy post pandemic.

Lake Como, Italy

Iceland – Another totally different but equally gorgeous country. Iceland is called the land of fire and ice for a reason. The Icelandic landscape is unique & incredibly dramatic with an ‘out of the world‘ feel to it. You will understand what I mean when you see it. You can explore glacier caves, walk around lava fields, swim in hot water springs, and get drenched under spectacular waterfalls all in the same day!

Skogafoss, Iceland

J

Jammu & Kashmir – J&K is probably my favorite state in India. Even though I have seen a small part of this state, I loved exploring every bit of this beautiful state. The landscape in Jammu & Kashmir is incredibly stunning & dramatic and I would love to visit Srinagar and the greater Kashmir valley someday.

K

Kuala Lumpur – I really loved the capital city of Malaysia. From the beautiful Petronas twin towers, to Menara KL tower, Aquaria, and KLCC.. Kuala Lumpur has so many incredible places to explore. We also went on a day trip to Genting highlands and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

L

Liechtenstein – I still cannot believe we visited Liechtenstein! 🤭 It is a 25km long principality between Austria & Switzerland. We visited the capital city of Vaduz and explored some museums and cathedrals. We also saw the beautiful Vaduz castle perched on the hill, where the royal family still lives. It is a gorgeous country and we absolutely loved exploring it.

Lucerne – Lucerne is one of the most gorgeous places I have been to. This city is situated on the banks of the river Reuss and Lake Lucerne and is known for its medieval architecture and breathtaking panoramas. We absolutely loved exploring the old town, lion monument, spreuer bridge and of course, the iconic Chapel bridge (Kapellbrücke).

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Las Vegas – My initial assumption of Las Vegas was that it was a city filled with casinos & bars & had no other interesting sights around. But Vegas really surprised me! The strip is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and there are so many incredible places to explore in and around the city. We explored the surrounding canyons, went on various hikes, visited so many cool places & basically had a blast. ☺️ I would love to come back here another time.

M

Mykonos – Mykonos is a tiny island located in the Cyclades part of Greece. It has the most beautiful beaches with gorgeous panoramas all around. We especially loved exploring Little Venice. It is a great spot to have dinner and watch the sunset while admiring the view of the windmills and the sea in the background.

Mykonos, Greece

Milan – Apart from being the fashion capital of the world, Milan is also a bustling metropolis filled with incredible history and culture. We visited the Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Scala theater, Sforzesco castle, Sempione park and so many more stunning places. It was also a dream come true to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

N

New York City – We have visited New York 7 times in the past 6 years.. that must definitely tell you how much we love the city. Both A and I love NYC and keep revisiting it whenever we are in the mood. From the iconic Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and so many more gorgeous places, NYC will keep you on your toes with endless destinations to visit. New York is also a food lover’s paradise with some iconic restaurants and cafes. Read more about my love for New York City here.

View of Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo, Brooklyn

O

Orlando – Florida is our neighbor and we love going on impromptu vacations to the sunshine state every now and then. Orlando is one of the closest cities from ATL and we usually have a stopover here for a day or two, visit a couple of theme parks before moving on to beach destinations. My favorite theme park in Orlando is Universal studios, Disney parks are next with Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. The only main park we haven’t visited yet is Hollywood Studios, which I’m really looking forward to visit post pandemic.

P

Paris – We spent 5 glorious days in Paris and enjoyed exploring this beautiful city from end to end. We saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visited the Sacre Coeur, explored the streets of Montmartre, went on a seine river cruise, saw the beautiful Parisian cityscape from the Montparnasse tower amongst a million more things. Paris was a dream and will forever be amongst our favorite cities in the world.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Prague – The capital city of Czech Republic is incredibly beautiful with its colorful baroque buildings, medieval architecture and gothic churches. Prague sits on the Vltava river and is nicknamed as ‘the city of a hundred spires’. When in Prague, a visit to the Prague castle, Charles Bridge, Dancing house, Old town square and Lennon wall is a must.

Prague, Czech Republic

Q

Quintana Roo – We visited Quintana Roo during our vacation to Mexico in early 2020. This state is incredibly beautiful with Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. The main cities in Quintana Roo are Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. From Mayan ruins to gorgeous white sandy beaches, undersea caverns and coral reefs, Quintana Roo is incredibly beautiful.

R

Rome – Ahh, Roma.. the greatest city of the ancient world. A city filled with treasures that span millennia. The Colosseum, Vatican City, St Peters basilica, The Sistine Chapel, Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman forum, Palatine hill and Pantheon are just a few of those treasures. A visit to Rome is an absolute must for any travel and history buff.

Colosseum, Rome

S

Santorini – Santorini is a true paradise on earth. It is best known for its dramatic views, gorgeous sunsets, white washed villages, volcanic sand beaches and inky waters. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and it absolutely lives up to the hype.

Santorini, Greece

San Francisco – Apart from being the tech hub of the world, San Francisco is also one of the most beautiful & scenic cities in the US. From the stunning Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic Lombard street, from Painted ladies to Alcatraz island, there is just so much to see and do here. I have visited San Francisco thrice and spent a total of 3 weeks during my visits and I still find new and exciting places to explore every single time. SFO is a gorgeous city and we love going back as often as we can.

T

Thailand – Thailand was quite an experience. It was one of the first countries I ever visited and loved. We stayed in Bangkok and really loved the vibe of this bustling city. From gorgeous temples like Wat Arun, Wat Pho to the stunning Grand Palace, from shopping in Khaosan road & Chatuchak weekend market, to floating on the Chao Phraya river, Bangkok is a fascinating city and I absolutely loved exploring it.

U

Universal studios – Universal Studios is honestly my favorite theme park. I have been to Universal studios in Orlando & Los Angeles and I love Universal, Hollywood a bit more. It is the best theme park for adults. Disney is great too but I love universal a bit more. Plus, it has the Wizarding world of Harry Potter in it, what’s not to love! 😀 It’s an absolute treat to experience the world of Harry Potter and other areas like the Simpson’s, Jurassic park, Transformers, etc. My favorite was going on the studio tour where movies and tv shows were being filmed (Only in Universal studios, LA).

Universal Studios, Orlando

Ujjain – Ujjain is a historical city situated on the banks of Kshipra river in Madhya Pradesh, India. As per a 4th century astronomical treatise, Ujjain is geographically situated at the precise spot where the zero meridian of longitude & the Tropic of Cancer intersect. This is why it was considered the navel of the earth, and is called the “Greenwich of India”. If you ever visit Ujjain, don’t forget to visit the gorgeous temples, visit the Kumbh mela (organized every 12 yrs), explore Triveni museum, take a boat ride at Ram Ghat, shop at local markets and sample some amazing street food.

V

Venice – Venice was an absolute dream. Yes, it is overcrowded and overpriced, but I still loved the vibe of this beautiful city. Dreamy gondola rides with gondoliers serenading you while cruising down the canals is an experience you’ll never forget. Venice has the most gorgeous history and architecture & visiting it at least once in your lifetime is a must.

Venice, Italy

Vienna – Austria’s gorgeous capital was such a pleasure to explore. Situated on the Danube river, Vienna’s artistic & intellectual legacy has been shaped by its famous residents like Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. It is also known for its imperial palaces like Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofburg and Belvedere, beautiful museums, cathedrals, opera house and local markets. Don’t forget to try Apple Strudel when you visit Vienna.

Vienna, Austria

W

Washington DC – The capital city of the United States is not just the political epicenter of the country, it is also home to some of the most famous landmarks in the US, including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument and of course the White House. It is also one of the top cherry blossom destinations in the country, first being Macon, GA of course! 😀 My favorite amongst everything was definitely the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Washington Monument, Washington DC

X

Xcalacoop, Mexico – Unless I visit China in the recent future, this is as close I’ll come to visiting a place that has a name starting from X as ever. 😄 Mexico surprisingly has a lot of small towns and cities that have names from X. We visited the Chichén Itzá and a couple of beautiful cenotes located in Xcalacoop. It was a beautiful place with incredible history and culture.

Y

Yucatán Peninsula – We have always wanted to visit the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. This region is made up of 4 states – Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche and Tabasco and we visited the first 2 states out of 4. From having the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, you will find the most gorgeous turquoise beaches, cenotes and Mayan ruins in this region.

Z

Zürich – Zürich is perched on the banks of Lake Zürich and is surrounded by gorgeous vistas and stunning snowcapped mountains. We explored the old town, tried some delightful swiss chocolates, visited beautiful cathedrals and just sat by the beautiful Lake Zürich.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zaanse Schans – Zaanse Schans is located in the neighborhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk, Netherlands. It is a beautiful village with gorgeous windmills and well preserved dutch buildings. You can see the inner workings of a windmill, try on a pair of clogs, go cheese tasting, and just explore the gorgeous dutch countryside here.

Zaanse Schans

So, there you have it… These are some of our most favorite destinations in the world. Please share some of your favorites in the comments section below. ❤️

Thanks for coming in to read my post. Until next time..

See you in the skies! ✈️


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