Once you hit both your twenties and chronic full-time job fatigue, you’re officially bit by the travel bug. The options to travel to seem pretty endless (seven continents, hundreds of countries, and thousands of cities), so how do you know which cities you need to travel to ASAP? Best start saving now, ladies – we’ve made our list of must-visit cities and it’s going to take some serious dough.
Cairns in Queensland, Australia
A city in the northeast of Australia, it’s the best place to visit if you want to see the urban side of Australia as well as the natural one. Cairns has several shopping centers and is near the Great Barrier Reef, and on a sunny day you can take a boat ride off the coast and go snorkeling with the fish.
Tokyo in Japan
Forget visiting for sushi, spending time in Tokyo is all about absorbing the culture. Tokyo is huge, so you can visit multiple times and have a completely different experience each visit. The Ogasawara National Parks are a must-see, and the Tokyo National Museum is a national landmark. If you can, try to time your visit with the blooming of cherry blossoms!
Cork in Munster, Ireland
Spanning both banks of the River Lee, Cork was selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2005. There’s a lot of history here – it’s referred to as “the rebel city” as well as “the real capital” due to its political ties during Irish historical conflicts – but there are a lot of suburbs and town in the Cork metropolitan area. If you’ve ever considered living abroad, Cork has the perfect amount of charm and excitement to draw you in.
Quito in Pichincha, Ecuador
The capital city of Ecuador is the highest capital city in the world (at an elevation of 9.350 feet above sea level). Its historical center is world-renowned as one of the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved spaces across the globe – and thanks to its high elevation you can get a great view of nearby volcanoes. (Be careful, though – many of the volcanoes are actually active and threaten the city.)
Boston in Massachusetts, United States of America
If you can only visit one city in America, make it Boston. Why? Boston is small enough to walk around, but also has enough culture and history to entertain a tourist for weeks on end. You can walk the Freedom Trail, visit the New England Aquarium and partake in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It’s a big enough city so you’ll understand what America is like, but has a local feel all its own.