The first bite is a tease. It touches your lips, stays only fleetingly, and is gone before you realize just how good it really was. The outcome: an irresistible desire urging you to take a second bite, and maybe a third.
I’m not talking about cake here (although it certainly applies, cupcakes especially). I’m talking about the pull of a destination, the call of that little voice in your head that says one visit just wasn’t enough. You must go back. The only thing left in doubt it when.
So here it goes, my list of top 5 destinations absolutely worth a second look.
This little island off the southern coast of Australia is deceiving. In spite of its geographical small size, it’s filled to the brim with gorgeousness. Rugged coastlines, rainforest waterfalls, charming towns dotting the uncrowded highways… it has it all. I spent two days here in March 2013, flying into Hobart and driving north to Launceston. We soaked in the views of Wine Glass Bay, stopped at a small cheese farm for afternoon tea, and attempted to visit the famous Bay of Fires (it was foggy – couldn’t see a thing). All in all, I discovered plenty of reasons to go back. (photo credit: Luke Zeme)
One word: French. Second word: wine. Reason enough for me. I visited Bordeaux briefly in the summer of 2013 to visit friends. They had just moved to a nearby suburb, and were yet to get to know the city. We did plenty of exploring of the region, having an adventure at the Dune du Pilat and wandering the crooked, narrow streets of Saint-Émilion. We only had one evening free to head into the city itself. Though I hardly scratched the surface, I fell in love immediately. It’s like a smaller, less hectic though equally beautiful Paris. I simply must get to know it better. (photo credit: Michael Maynard)
Another place I barely passed through… sinful really. I stopped in Santorini briefly at the beginning and end of my Greek island sailing adventure. One night before we set out, and a meager few hours after we returned. No where near the sufficient amount of time this beautiful island deserves. I didn’t see any sights, or have a single meal. All I can say really is that I stepped foot on the island. If that’s not a reason to have to go back, I don’t know what is. (photo credit: Pedro Szekely)
I seem to have a habit of passing through major destinations far too quickly. Singapore is another example. I spent a swift 15 hours in Singapore once during a long layover, although that adventure didn’t exactly go as planned. I would love to see the city by night – all the lights lit up over Marina Bay. Or have a swim in that famous rooftop pool. But the first thing on my Singapore bucket list: have a Singapore Sling at its founding location, the Raffles Hotel. (photo credit: Leonid Yaitsky)
I tried to stay away from “major” cities in this list, but no list is complete without the inclusion of Paris… my favorite city in the whole world. Even after having lived there for 3 years, I never get sick of it. It’s one place that I try to get back to as often as I can. I love staying in my old arrondissement (the 11th was my stomping grounds) and revisiting all of my regular haunts. It never gets old, and I doubt it ever will. If you’re curious about any of stories of Parisian adventure, or misadventure, visit the Paris archives. (photo credit: Rob Potvin)
Where would you go back if given the chance?