Hi, everyone. My name is Tessa, and I'm a compulsive travel planner. Admitting your problem is one of the first steps to overcoming it, correct? Not that there's anything wrong with travelling, but I'm constantly planning my next adventure as soon as I return back home from one. Not the most conducive practice when you'd like to buy a house one day, but I digress. I love researching and planning holidays, and for me, the best part is picking the destination.
Despite having visited many, many different cities and countries, there's still so much out there to explore! I've put together a list of the destinations I want to explore next - what would be on your travel wishlist?
1 / Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, a former Soviet city is a far cry from dull and grey. This city has loads of charm, a mix of modern and medieval with a fairy-tale like Old Town, baroque palaces, and sunny squares.
2 / Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech seems to be popping up on most 'must visit' lists, and it's not hard to see why. It is virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, and its solid, salmon-pink ramparts encircle and protect its mysterious labyrinthine medina, hiding palaces, mansions, and bazaars. Pedestrians struggle to find their balance on the tiny cobbled lanes among an endless run of mopeds, donkey carts, and wheelbarrows selling a mixture of sticky sweets and saucepans.
3 / Kefalonia, Greece
The largest island in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is a very beautiful place. Although it has developed over the last years as a family destination, beaches in Kefalonia island never get crowded due to the large size of the island.
4 / San Francisco, USA
Who cares about a little fog (okay, a lot of fog) when there’s so much to do in San Francisco? By day, explore Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay, ride a cable car, and stroll around the Presidio; by night, have a fabulous dinner (at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a tiny place in Chinatown), then hit some of the best clubs on the West Coast.
5 / Amalfi Coast, Italy
Deemed by Unesco to be an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast is a beguiling combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests.
6 / Milford Sound, New Zealand
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
7 / Ghent, Belgium
Belgium's fourth-largest - and most beautiful - city is home to a quarter of a million people and a flourishing flower export trade. An important port, Ghent's city center is a pedestrian area that is like a museum to early Flemish architecture and a testament to the city's medieval might.
8 / Menorca Island, Spain
Arrive on the sun-bleached shores of Menorca after a spell on Mallorca or Ibiza and notice the drop in volume – here it's more birdsong than Pete Tong. The easternmost Balearic island moves to its own mellow beat. Its twinset of sea-splashed cities, Anglo-Spanish Maó and medina-like Ciutadella, are delightfully low-key, and the white-sand bays that stud its 216km coastline are among the loveliest in the Med. Inland, criss-crossing its fields and rolling hills are an estimated 70,000km of dry-stone walls.
9 / Seoul, South Korea
From modern skyscrapers and neon lights to Buddhist temples, palaces and pagodas, Seoul is a fascinating mix of old and new. A hub of business, culture and finance both within South Korea and internationally, Seoul houses the headquarters for some of the world's largest corporations. It also has one of the world's best subway systems the easiest way to get around in this densely populated area.
10 / Istanbul, Turkey
Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, and throughout this vibrant city, you’ll find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. And I really want to visit a hamman (traditional Turkish bath)—for about $20 your skin will be scrubbed clean - my loofah has nothing on this.