22 Cities to Visit Before You Die

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23 August 2017

Let’s face it, the travel bug in us will never go away. No matter how hard we try to remove it, we’ll always have that itch to pack our bags and book the next flight out.

Although not all of us have enough saved up or are travel bloggers getting paid to travel (yes, we’re crying inside too), it’s never too late to start saving five bucks a day, until you have enough to walk the grounds of the city of love or the city that never sleeps.

There’s so much of this world yet to explore, but we thought we’d select a few (or 22) cities to get you started on your travel bucket list.

New York

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The Big Apple. One of the most vibrant and lively cities out there. From bagels and pizza to cheesecake and hot dogs, New York City will not disappoint.

San Francisco

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Put yourself in a golden state of mind as you gaze on one of the most iconic bridges in the world: the Golden Gate Bridge. Then take a scenic road trip to the breathtaking Lake Tahoe, just a few hours away.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong – the city with many different personalities. If you’re tired of the bustling metropolis, there’s always its peaceful side where you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of nature.


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Home to one of the seven wonders of the world, visiting the timeless Colosseum is definitely worth the trip before you die. Also, do make a pit stop to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish!

Cebu City

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Cebu is just one of the many beautiful cities in the Philippines. It’s located in a province where you’ll have the chance to be in the presence of Kawasan Falls’ breathtakingly blue water, indulge in the best lechon (roasted pig) and swim with the most gentle of giants – whale sharks.


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This beautiful Japanese city is famous for its classical Buddhist temples, eminent gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.


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England’s capital has got a little bit of everything – from history to art to fashion to food – you’ll never run out of things to do here.

Los Angeles

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Tick off the ever so popular Hollywood sign, take a trip down to the Santa Monica Pier or an afternoon stroll along the Walk of Fame. There’s much to explore in the city of angels.

Chiang Mai

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Located in the mountainous northern side of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the place to be if you’re looking for a scenic, but laid back, vacation.

St Petersburg

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Russia’s cultural centre and home to the architectural jewels of the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral. This city’s also complete with nightlife and fine dining. What more could you ask for?


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The dream of every art lover, this city is filled with countless renaissance art and architectural masterpieces. Other than art, Florence has some of the most stunning views, and, of course, Tuscan cuisine.


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Join a canal cruise as you absorb the city’s beauty on gentle waters. Don’t miss out on the moving experience of the Anne Frank House and appreciate the artistry of the Van Gogh Museum.


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Those who want to experience a bohemian, fairy tale-like city, the city of a hundred spires is just the place for you. Its art galleries range from gothic works of art, to collections of 20th-century surrealists, constructivists and cubists. Prague’s also known for the best brews, so grab a pint and unravel the layers of this quirky city.

Cape Town

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A combination of culture, cuisine and beautiful landscape, the Mother City will forever leave its exotic mark on you. The Table Mountain National Park is also must-see attraction, and will enable you to escape the city’s hustle and bustle.

Siem Reap

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Siem Reap is home to the many temples of Angkor. This city has reinvented itself and become the main attraction of captivating Cambodia. Discover history, go shopping and indulge in local cuisine.


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Dubbed the ‘World’s Hippest City’, Istanbul offers you Turkish baths, mosques, bazaars, restaurants, galleries and clubs. As you walk down its streets, layers of history and culture begin to unfold throughout your journey.


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Food, food, food, and food. Thai cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world. Its diverse flavours range from salty, sweet, spicy and sour. Other than food, its historical districts are full of life and excitement – you’ll never run out of things to see and do.


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Another city packed with culture and colour. Barcelona is home to La Sagrada Familia – under construction for more than 130 years and definitely worth the trip.


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This floating city may or may not be around for much longer. Pack your bags right now and visit the most romantic city on the planet. Ride a canal, eat superb Italian food and sip on quality coffee.


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From the city to the lake to the mountains, Lucerne is one of many beautiful places in Switzerland. It’s conveniently close to Mount Pilatus, where you can witness the surreal sights of the Swiss Alps.


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Channel your inner K-Pop fan and discover what the city of Seoul has to offer. Other than Korean music, the city is filled with ancient temples, captivating palaces and the most amazing Korean barbecue. The night life is great too – make your way down to Hongdae or Itaewon and party the Korean way.


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Copenhagen has actually been ranked the happiest city in the world multiple times. This city is rich in culture and history. Like all great cities, it has a blend of the past and present, making it a great travel destination.

So, where’s your next trip?

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