There are certain places I have been to, that whilst I've had a good time and I love to travel, I would not be devastated if I didn't go back there ever again.
But then there are some that you fall hook, line and sinker in love with and you know you have unfinished business. So when I was nominated by Neil from Backpacks and Bunkbeds (check it ouuuuut) to give my Booked.net - Top Destinations to Go There, it got me thinking.
I share the same apprehension as Neil - you don't want to go back and find things aren't quite the same. Things will have changed, the same people may not be there or you could have poor luck and it will all go tits up. The problem with returning is that it may ruin those lovely, happy memories first time round.
But there's that niggling 'what if' that is constantly on my mind especially when it comes to travel.
What if it's even better? What if I love it even more? And the biggie, what if I want to move there?
And I'm all about the here and now - or at least as much as my bank balance permits - so there is no better time than the present to head back and refresh your memory as to why you loved it so much first time round.
Trying to be an eternal optimist and what not.
Enough of my nattering on (as per) here are those 5 top places that are at the top of my to-go-to list:
It may have something to do with the fact that I have a slight obsession with Scandinavian crime dramas (The Bridge anyone?) but I absolutely loved my time in Copenhagen. It's the least capital city capital city I've ever been to, there was less of the usual passive-agressiveness you find in a city (apart from in the bike lane) and everyone seemed to exude an understated chicness that made me so jealous - it may have been to do with the fact that EVERYONE IS SO PAINFULLY BEAUTIFUL - and to top it all off, they were bloody lovely too. I could go on but one thing I do know is that I'm not finished with Copenhagen yet.
Rio de Janeiro
I think I was a bit too young for Rio last time round, I went there on my gap year, a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and naive 18 year old, and whilst I loved my time there, I think I was intimidated by how big and bright and bold and crazy everything was (I was there during Carnaval, may explain it). This time round, I'm ready. Ding ding round two.
Hanging out with Putin's interpreter
Many a moon ago, I learnt Russian at school and the lucky beggars that we were, we went on a school trip to Moscow and St Petersburg. We saw the sites, may have slightly overindulged on the cheapest vodka we could lay our hands on and casually had PUTIN'S interpreter as a tour guide (true story). Moscow I wasn't overly enamored with but St Petersburg was another story and I would love, love, love to brush up my rusty Russian and head back to St. Petersburg in the summer for the White Nights.
The Fringe Festival is basically my family's annual pilgrimage and with good reason, there is no place like it. The feel-good atmosphere is everywhere, the rain is embraced and everywhere you go, there is passion, inspiration and talent (some places more than others). Even when it's not festival time, Edinburgh is a great day or weekend trip year round and I would love to go to Hogmanay for a good old-fashioned knees-up to see the year in too.
And of course...
Out of all the places in the world, Colombia is the one place that I yearn to go back to and have the most apprehension about returning to in equal measures. I could talk until the cows come home about how much I love Colombia but I will save you the spiel. Colombia is effectively my travel version of 'The One' and the fact that if things aren't quite the same, the break up could be messy. Regardless, it's a risk I am more than willing to take and furiously saving up all my hard-earned pennies to return.
I pass on the baton to...
Alex at Backpacking Brunette
Ed at Rexy Edventures
Rebecca at Creative Nomad
Tom at Journey Tom
Lizzy at Nomad Notebook
Get cracking lads and lasses.
Now the floor is yours, where are your top 5 destinations?