Where to visit around the world

Hey, loves! Here’s another addition to my kind of travel series and a continuation of my suggestions for travel destinations.  I already did where to visit in the US , so here’s where to visit around the world. Granted, there are plenty of places I haven’t been too, but of the one’s I have seen, these are my suggestions.

Italy

All right, so eventually if you get to know me a little better, you’ll learn that I’m in love/obsessed with Italy. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice. The first time, we were in Tuscany, and the second, the Amalfi Coast. I always half joke that one day I’m going to drop off the face of the earth and move to the Amalfi coast. But this is actually a real possibility for me.

Italy is just so full of culture and history. Every single cobblestone street is full of stories and incredible architecture. You’ll also drink the best coffee of your life there too. My love with espresso and coffee began in Italy actually. Additionally, there is amazing food to be had whether that’s a Margherita pizza, a seafood pasta dish, or gelato. I could honestly go on and on for ages about my love for Italy, but let me just give you a short list of my must sees/dos.

  1. Spello, Italy. It’s this tiny little town in Tuscany, and it will steal your heart in an instant.
  2. Anywhere on the Amalfi Coast. Look out for cafes with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and fresh seafood.
  3. Rome, Italy. Okay, so this seems like no-brainer but it still deserves a mention. I was lucky enough to go to Easter Mass at the Vatican, and even though I’m not religious, it was the most surreal experience.
  4. Pompeii. Another obvious choice, but it really is a breathtaking sight. My only suggestion is to go earlier in the morning when it first opens before it becomes overrun with tourists.

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Spain

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I’ll readily admit that I do not love Spain as much as I love Italy. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t think you shouldn’t visit Spain if given the chance. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to Barcelona, but I hope to go back and see more of the country. I’ll also admit I’m not the biggest fan of tapas. Don’t get me wrong, I like them, but I prefer big, fuller meals (aka Italian pasta). However, when in Spain, churros and chocolate are a must. You can thank me later. If you visit, I think you should definitely see:

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  1. Sevilla, Spain. This is a city south of Madrid with some amazing history. You should specifically walk around the mosque and the Alcazar de los Reyes (which has an amazing garden)
  2. Nerja, Spain. This is a small little seaside town that is very popular among British tourists. The beaches are all made up of these perfectly smooth white pebbles. When there or anywhere on the coast, definitely try Paella, a seafood rice dish that’s made with saffron. It is heavenly.
  3. Madrid. Another “duh” suggestion, but I specifically suggest seeing the Palace and walking through Retiro Park.

Vietnam

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This may seem kind of weird and out there, but for those who don’t know, I’m half-vietnamese. My mom came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War, and we finally went back and visited about a year ago with all of my maternal-side of the family. While I don’t recommend going in the summer like we did (I don’t think I ever stopped sweating), I do highly recommend visiting because it’s so vastly different from the western world. Vietnam is a developing and communist country. The standard of living is much lower than that in the US, and while it’s heartbreaking to see the conditions millions of people live in, it’s similarly amazing to see how kind and generous everyone is.

We went all over the country when we were there, and thankfully, I was with people who spoke the language which made travelling so much a lot easier. It’s definitely possible to visit without knowing much or any Vietnamese. A lot of people do speak a little English. I can really only order my coffee and food and say the names of cities, and even when I wasn’t with my mom or someone, I managed alright. If you’re heading there, you should:

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  1. Visit Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is in the North, and honestly looks like something out of a fantasy world. (See above picture) We rented a junk boat, so we spent the night on the bay, visited a floating village, and kayaked among thousands of jellyfish.
  2. Eat a lot of really amazing food. No matter what city you’re in, there’ll be great food. For sure try pho and bun bo hue.
  3. Visit Hoi An. Hoi An is a small, more touristy town, but they are well-known for their tailors and ancient town. You’ll immediately fall in love.

Mexico

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Last but certainly not least, we have Mexico. We’ve been to Mexico several times, so I do have a few things you can do while you’re there. For reference, I’ve been to Mazatlan, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta.

  1. Obviously spend some time on the beach and enjoy your vacation
  2. Eat tacos al pastor. This is where they shave the meat off of the spit, and it just tastes delicious.
  3. Go zip-lining. You can do this essentially anywhere but we zip-lined through an a agave farm, and it was really fun
  4. Eat mangos on the beach. Because Mexico is so touristy, there are a ton of vendors walking up and down the beaches selling everything from ceramics to food. You have to try mango on a stick with lime and Chile.
  5. Snorkel. Like every beach-y place, there’s a lot to see in the water too. Even though I haven’t personally been there, I’ve heard Akumal is the place to go for snorkeling.

Anyway, there you have it. That’s all of where to visit around the world. I know it’s a short list, and hopefully as I’m able to travel more, I can do some updated editions. Let me know if you’d like a more in-depth post on any of these locations or the trips I’ve been in and leave your travel suggestions below!

Love,

Emma xx

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