I routinely read Travel & Leisure and get inspired for future trips. While Asia, Africa, and Australia are at the top of my global bucket list (which I fully intend on getting to within my lifetime), Europe is a relatively easy place to get to these days. Flights are not prohibitively expensive, and I find that time over there puts into perspective daily life back home. Every major city I’ve been to, whether its Munich, Paris, London, or Amsterdam, have the same qualities:
- lively cafe culture;
- plenty of green space;
- affordable restaurants; and
- accessible art/museums
I love being in Europe when I can. Nothing beats having a great glass of wine outside at a cafe watching the world go by. So, where to next? I think these locations will be in the near future:
- Spain. In particular, Barcelona and San Sebastian are at the top of my list for cities. The beaches of Barcelona, coupled with a drive through Rioja up to the culinary mecca of San Sebastian sounds pretty awesome. If I can squeeze in more time I wouldn’t want to miss Madrid.
- Croatia. It has a lot to do with my heritage, but have you seen pictures of the Dalmatian coast? Friends rave about Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Split, and the consensus seems to be that Croatians are some of the friendliest people you will find in Europe. Must be all the sunshine, olives, and red-tiled homes nestled on the Adriatic.
- Sweden/Norway. I know Iceland is hot and every millennial wants to go there. However, I’m more about exploring Stockholm, seeing some fishing villages near Bergen, taking in the fjords, and maybe making a quick trip to Faviken.
- Greece. I can see this being a great two week trip. Maybe stay in Athens a few nights then depart to the islands. Mykonos and Santorini look like the perfect place to soak in all the tranquility. But, if I’m that close I can also see myself also visiting Malta and Crete.
- Budapest/Prague/Vienna. Is it cheating if I list of three cities? I guess, but I don’t care. If I learned something going to Germany it is that central Europe is overlooked. I love old-world architecture and artistic traditions. I’m sure the beer and wine will get my attention too.
So, where are some places you want to go?