There are many ways to ask this question, and even more ways to answer it. So many beautiful places dot this planet and for so many different reasons can they be considered beautiful. Also, the word favorite is only relative to the person being asked and is completely subjective. Just because one place is my favorite, does not mean it is another persons favorite, or in fact it may be there least favorite.
For the sake of this blog, however, I will simply be displaying three places that if you were to ask me in this moment, where I would buy my next plane ticket to, these might be top of the list. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in these places and would not mind at all a second visit, just to take even more in and relive the beautiful moments I had.
Every traveller has things that make a place interesting to them. For me, I love the mix of nature and civilization. I love places that are naturally so beautiful, and the people that settled there had good taste in how to aesthetically settle. They made decisions based on their surroundings on how to best respect the surrounding nature. They complemented their surroundings instead of disrupting them. Therefore, the mix that is created compounds awe and wonder upon itself. That is why I name these three places my favorite:
- Queenstown, New Zealand
In the middle of the Southern Island of New Zealand sits the adventure capital of the World. The small town of Queenstown boasts over 300 adrenaline pumping activities. There is snowboarding in the mountains, jet boating in the lake, hang gliding off the mountains, and of course bungee jumping. Queenstown is the birthplace of Bungee Jumping and offers a few different jumping locations. Much of the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in this region with many vast mountain backdrops offered. The Remarkable Mountain range in the background has been highlighted in many feature films for its perfect, jagged form. The peninsulas in the lake below just complete Queenstown’s unique, iconic landscape dotted with unique hostels, cafes, and bars. Allow at least a week when visiting the adventure capital of the world!
- Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor sits right at the base of the mountains and right on the edge of this inlet from the Adriatic Sea. Below sits the remains of an ancient civilization, one that used coins with the face of Caesar on them. In the winding cobblestone backstreets, you will hear harps, see antique shops, and find gelato shops galore. There is a castle wall, reminiscent of the Great Wall of China, that winds up the steep mountain side. Although it may look intimidating at first, it is well worth the 3 euros and 30 minute hike. You will look down from this viewpoint seeing the castle wall you just climbed, a few church steeples, ships coming in and out of the harbor, and the bright orange rooftops contrasting the bright blue of the water and black of the stone mountains.
- Santorini, Greece
Santorini is what remains of an ancient sea volcano. The eruption blasted off most of the top of the mountain, leaving only this crescent shaped rim in the Mediterranean Sea. The remaining rim has since been developed into one of the most picturesque islands on the planet! The hotels and restaurants scale the sides of the cliffs, giving every single building a beautiful vantage point of the rest of the crescent island. The buildings are all painted bright white and blue to match the tones of the water and the sky. The little alleyways between the buildings have no rhyme or reason and could get you lost for hours as you climb up and down the stairs of this seaside community. But no matter how lost you get, you will never want to leave this most enchanting island!
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