Don’t get me wrong, there’s something enticing about traveling to a new place that you have never been to. But sometimes, there are those destinations that you continue to feel drawn to long after you have left. There’s something pulling you back there and you hope that one day you’ll have the chance to return.
When I heard about Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There, I was thrilled to write this post. Highlighting 5 of my favorite destinations I want to return to… how would I choose?! After careful debate, I finally made the decision.
Drum roll please…
This one came with no hesitation. I fell in love with Edinburgh the moment I stepped off the bus in front of my hostel. It’s a beautiful city, with Edinburgh Castle situated right in the middle of everything. Take a hike up Arthur’s Seat and overlook the entirety of Edinburgh… now we’re really talking. Just when I thought Edinburgh couldn’t get any better! Plus, the people are great! Bunches of friendly people all around definitely make for a great place to return to.
This was a teaser for me. I visited Zurich for one day during a layover… and I have wanted to return ever since. It’s a city with it’s own special charm. Located on the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich, it’s the perfect place to explore a large city while being able to enjoy the beauty of the scenery overlooking the lake. And, of course, there’s the chocolate! My single day in Zurich went by so quickly, but it has made me long to return back ever since.
Oh, the history! Boston drew me in at first sight. The old cobblestone streets, the glorious food in just about every restaurant in the North End, and the deep history that has shaped Boston into the city it is today. This is a place I could return to over and over again. Boston has so much to offer, and did I mention the food? I challenge you to find bad food in the North End. Cannot wait until I get to return here in the spring!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Maybe this one doesn’t count (I’ve already been to NOLA twice..), but I do still want to go back here. The lively streets with jazz music wherever you go, the mouthwatering Cajun food, and the voodoo vibe and history that is ingrained into the culture. Oh yeah, how could I forget? The hurricanes are a big perk too 🙂 New Orleans is a great place to visit, and I always find new parts of the city to explore every time I return. It is a unique place, with a charm and mystery that draws me in every time.
San Diego, California
Sunny days, costal living, and variety are a few perks that come to mind when thinking about San Diego. A place with fantastic weather is always a great place to visit. Located right on the coast, a view overlooking the water is the place to be. Plus, there is so much to do in San Diego, and it is such close proximity to many other main cities and activities, such as Los Angeles and Tijuana. The Gaslamp Quarter offers a great place to walk around and also has some tasty eats. Plenty to do on any day of the year, it’s a great place to revisit!
So you’ve heard mine. Now it’s your turn. I’m dying to know- where are the top 5 places you just cannot wait to return to? I nominate Spicy Road, Travelling Penster, Snow in Tromso, Emily Luxton Travel Blog, and Valerie & Valise to join in on Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There, and share the pieces of the world that drew you in.
Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)September 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm
What a great list of places. I haven’t been to Scotland yet, it’s on my bucket list. Thanks for linking up to #WeekendWanderlust.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm
Cannot wait until I have a chance to get back to Scotland. It is certainly a great place to have on a bucket list! Thanks for stopping by Carmen!
LaurenSeptember 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm
I love your choices! I haven’t visited any of them and would love to someday! Thank you so much for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!
Marissa SuteraSeptember 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Thanks for reading Lauren! All great places to add on to your travel list 🙂
Sammi Wanderlustin'September 25, 2014 at 2:45 am
Oh wow, I have literally been to none of those places 🙂 awesome to learn about your favourites.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Now you have some great destinations to add to the ever growing travel list! Thanks for stopping by Sammi!
ChristaSeptember 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm
Hi it’s Christa, host of the Sunday Traveler, I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for joining in on the fun! For me there is just something about vikings, history and castles that gets my nerd mojo going. All the places on your list are second visit worthy though. What a fun read.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm
Hi Christa! I feel your nerd mojo, I get the same thing 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
BrianSeptember 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Five? Paris and Paris and Paris and so forth? 🙂
Prague, Paris, Kenya, Florence… and… New York!
Marissa SuteraSeptember 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Great choices, I haven’t been to any of those yet but they’re all on my list! I take it I should go to Paris first? 🙂
Amy Lynne HayesSeptember 23, 2014 at 5:39 am
The only two I haven’t been to on this list are Zurich and San Diego, but I wholeheartedly agree with the other three! It’s so difficult to choose just five for this list, isn’t it? lol
Marissa SuteraSeptember 23, 2014 at 7:06 am
Yes it sure was a tough choice! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Mandie @ RamblingMandieSeptember 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm
Omg, every single one of these is on my list of places I want to live someday. Except Zurich, but that’s only because I haven’t been there yet. Haha.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm
Haha they are fantastic places to have on your list! I’m sure you will be adding Zurich to that before long 🙂
Laia (colibrist)September 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Nice post! I don’t know any of them, but they seem nice destinations to go… specially Zurich and its chocolates 🙂
Marissa SuteraSeptember 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Yes, chocolate is always a perk! It’s for sure worth it to check out these destinations if you ever get the chance!
EstherSeptember 22, 2014 at 12:25 am
Love your top 5! Mine is: Sevilla, Rome, New York, Sydney and Cape Town. Hope you like my choices. I hopped on over from #TheWeeklyPostcard
Marissa SuteraSeptember 22, 2014 at 11:18 am
Great choices Esther! I’ve only been to Rome out of those, but hope to make it to the others soon enough! Thanks for reading 🙂
JessSeptember 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm
I’ve lived in both Boston and New Orleans, and I keep going back to both of them – New Orleans especially I can never seem to get tired of.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Both great places to live! I haven’t been able to get enough of either of them 🙂
Lyn - A Hole in my ShoeSeptember 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm
I love when I read lists like yours that don’t include anywhere I have ever been. Gives me a great insight on places to add to my every growing list.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm
I know the feeling! But I can definitely vouch for these 5.. Worth adding to your list!
ShaunSeptember 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm
I hate to backtrack but would totally revisit all of these places as well!
Great list and thanks for sharing
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm
I’m the same, I’m all about the new places but these are just too good to not return to! Thanks for reading Shaun!
AndaSeptember 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Great list, Marissa. Boston and Zurich I visited only for a day, but I’d like to return. As for New Orleans, I keep going back for Mardi Gras every few years. We are sold on it and on San Diego too. Edinburgh I haven’t seen yet.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Haven’t been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras but hopefully I will be able to check it out during another return visit 🙂 Thanks for reading Anda!
Amy @ Amy and the Great WorldSeptember 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Great list! Edinburgh is at the top of my list, too. I love it!
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Such an amazing city 🙂 Thanks for reading Amy!
Maria from Nerd NomadsSeptember 21, 2014 at 10:07 am
Nice list Marissa! I totally agree with Edinburgh, Zurich and San Diego! I really love those places! The beach and surfing in San Diego is great, and Zurich has such a nice atmosphere and lots of cozy cafes and restaurants! I have only been to Edinburgh once, and it was only for a few days for work so I did not get the chance to fully explore the city. Really want to go back to these places too one day! 🙂
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 10:14 am
Thanks Maria! I was really feeling the nostalgia writing this post 🙂 Zurich was my short trip and Im dying to spend more time there. Sometimes it’s nice to go back to a familiar place once in a while rather than someplace new!
Molly SSeptember 21, 2014 at 2:40 am
Love these picks! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities, although I don’t get there nearly as often as i’d like / as i should, considering I actually live quite close! I’d love to go to Boston and New Orleans – the history of both places seems fascinating.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 21, 2014 at 8:11 am
Thanks Molly! If you get to Edinburgh any time soon maybe I can live vicariously through you 🙂 you’ll definitely have to add Boston and New Orleans to your list, they really are great and interesting places!
LisaSeptember 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm
I agree with most of your list although I’ve never been to Scotland or Zurich. I would include Paris on my list (along with Boston & New Orleans). And add San Francisco too. Love that city.
Marissa SuteraSeptember 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm
Haven’t made it to San Francisco yet, but it’s definitely up there on places I need to visit! Thanks for reading Lisa 🙂
Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)September 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm
I am DYING to get to Edinburgh. Well, all of Scotland, really. Fun list!
Marissa SuteraSeptember 20, 2014 at 6:33 am
Such an amazing place! I’d go back in a heartbeat!