Which 5 places would you like to visit again? Lists like this are always tricky, because they invariably mean eliminating many worthy candidates which don’t make the cut. However I was nominated to write this list by my Twitter followers, so who would I be not to heed the call? In compiling this list, I have tried to be fairly eclectic, and there were five ‘honourable mentions’ which I bumped down the line. Here, in ascending order, is the list of the five places I would love to visit again!

 

5. Kolkata, India

BBD Bagh area of Kolkata; a photographer's dream

BBD Bagh area of Kolkata; a photographer’s dream

I only spent a day in this photographer’s paradise. At once traditional and edgy and eccentric, frozen in time yet progressive and exciting. Bohemian, friendly, fun and with a unique culture and cuisine, Usha Uthup’s song gets it right when it screams “Kolkata, you sexy!”

 

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok, Singapore and Dubai all rolled into one!

Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok, Singapore and Dubai all rolled into one!

I love this place – it’s like Singapore and Bangkok had a child, and we’re all invited to its coming out party in Dubai. Malaysian food is om nom nom, the weather is amazing (if you like the heat), the shopping is spectacular and the culture interesting. I would go back just to stroll through the Islamic History Museum one more time!

 

3. Northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia

The Knoll_Lookout, Gold Coast Hinterland (Image: Shiftchange, Wikimedia Commons)

The Knoll_Lookout, Gold Coast Hinterland (Image: Shiftchange, Wikimedia Commons)

This place reminds me of family holidays as a child. Twisting roads, verdant rainforests punctuated by waterfalls, sweeping vistas across the hinterland to the populated coastal strip, quaint roadside fruit stalls run on an honesty system, alternative lifestyles, mountain retreats, and all a stone’s throw from civilisation; as an adult, this place could be a romantic’s paradise.

 

2. Tuscany, Italy

The view from one of the Garden view rooms at Palazzo Ravizza, Siena

The view from one of the Garden view rooms at Palazzo Ravizza, Siena

Ahh Tuscany. The food, the views, the people, the culture. Seriously, apart from how cold it was when I visited there last year, there is nothing about this place that I wouldn’t go back for. On our last night in Siena, we followed a religious procession through the city, clapping and chanting with the locals. Simply beautiful.

 

1. Passu, Pakistan

The Cathedral Range near Passu

The Cathedral Range near Passu

Heaven on Earth. No words can describe the sheer beauty of this place, and I haven’t been anywhere which compares. The mountains of northern Pakistan are just that little bit closer to heaven, and you can feel it; fruit orchards line glaciers, friendly villages cling to mountainsides, natural springs glisten in the alpine sunlight, all below a canopy of jagged, snowcapped peaks.

 

Honourable mentions;

Bhutan, because 3 days simply isn’t enough for this little patch of paradise.

Maldives, because I’d love to spend some time truly understanding its unique Indian Ocean culture.

Oman, because like a memorable calm before the storm, I last visited there just weeks before some major changes in my life.

France, because I would love to live in Aix en Provence for a while and catch the très cool vibe; and of course, back to the magical memories of Paris.

Comments (6)

  • Agness Reply

    For me it would be definitely Bali (Indonesia), Lhasa (Tibet), Beijing (China), Sri Lanka and Siem Reap (Cambodia). Your list is so impressive though. I hope to make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia soon! Keep your fingers crossed for that!

    April 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      I’d love to go to Lhasa and Beijing (and anywhere, actually!) And ok, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for KL for you, but I hope it’s not too touristy for you – I know you said that Bangkok had become a bit too touristy for your liking!

      April 20, 2014 at 2:19 am
  • Bennett - The Further Adventures of Bennett Reply

    I’d love to go back to KL too, you’ve made me rethink my list, Tim! That photo from Pakistan is stunning.
    Great list 🙂

    April 21, 2014 at 3:45 am
  • Bianca @itsallbee Reply

    Out of the places you have mentioned I have only been to Tuscany and would happily go back. I would love to visit the other places on your list but if I were to chose from my own it would have to include Hong Kong, China, Spain, USA and UAE.

    http://www.itsallbee.com

    April 21, 2014 at 8:03 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Thanks for reading! China was a candidate for my list too, but didn’t quite make the cut! I’ve never been to the USA, but I’ve heard it keeps drawing people back! 😀

      April 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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