Have you ever seen a travel review that made you want to close your eyes, click your heels and walk through a picture that very instant? Ever since I discovered the delicious crowd-sourced travel review site called Triptease I have fallen in wander-love. Obviously I’m extra thrilled that this desi girl traveler is also one of their official bloggers :) Now sit back and prepare to go on the journey of your life with the site’s greatest champion – Chris Warren-Gash as your guide.
One of the best parts of my job is reading mouthwatering travel reviews all day long (many of which were penned by the lovely MissMalini). Some are of places I remember fondly, others of spots which have long been on my bucket list, and some of destinations which weren’t previously on my radar. Either way, the result is a permanent state of wanderlust.
In this post I’ll share the top ten with you. Between you and me, I haven’t travelled to all four corners of the globe yet (just the three) – so I’m enlisting the help of some friends.
Triptease’s countdown of the top 10 must-visit places in the world (5 cities, 5 natural wonders):
Under the world’s microscope on account of hosting the upcoming football World Cup and Olympics in short succession. Its waist-swinging samba sexiness remains, but Rio has a brain for business and is fast commercialising. Get in while its still hot. Read more.
The ultimate metropolis. A rundown of the world’s greatest cities is naked without a nod in the direction of the Big Apple. A city unashamedly running at a cardiac arrest pace, it boasts a vibrancy and energy simply unparalleled anywhere else. Neck achingly tall, NYC’s beauty is in its diversity – of people, building size, varying feel from ‘hood to ‘hood. A love letter to New York here.
A city dripping with natural beauty. Many have lost their hearts in progressive Cape Town (and who can blame them?) Find out why and discover the best sites/restaurants to check out here.
The birthing place of Triptease, I couldn’t help but throw our hometown into the mix. Samuel Johnson (a very proud Londoner) once said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. A touch hyperbolical, perhaps, but Sam had a point – it’s a city that keeps giving. A sense of history and heritage permeates the London air, something which is difficult to find anywhere else. Why London inspires and fascinates.
An embarrassment of riches in terms of its night views, Hong Kong is one of those cities that gets a new lease of life after sunset. Swarming with people, a contagious buzz felt almost nowhere else breeds in downtown HK. Where to enjoy some of the world’s best urban views.
The inspiration of many a collection of poetry, Patagonia boasts heart stopping beauty and a serene charm. It’s pièce de résistance is Torres Del Paine national park – named for its tall, thin, tower shaped rocks. The dramatic Glacier Grey is its best feature. Patagonia’s beauty, documented.
As close to paradise as anybody will likely experience, regular Miss Malini readers may recall that Malini has recently returned from a trip of her own to the Indian Ocean’s most famous group of islands. The Maldives’ colour palette plays to a different set of rules – beaches are searing white, waters deep turquoise. With luxury hotels as common as shells on the beautiful beaches, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to your own slice of paradise. A steamy Maldivian love affair.
Going on safari is bucketlist bait. One of the best ways to escape standard daily life, there’s a seductive drama to living amongst the wildlife. Africa is abound with stunning safari, but rough luxury is at its very best in the Masai Mara. How to make the most of your safari getaway.
There’s another world under water. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s best known scuba haven, but unlike so many others it delivers on each gram of hype it receives. Why now is the time to strap on your scuba suit.
A roundup of the world’s top ten unmissable destinations wouldn’t be complete without a considerable shoutout to the Taj Mahal. Its aura is powerful, and ranks as one of those few places which holds down a top ten spot on almost all bucket lists. One tripteaser stands observing in awe.
Simply because I couldn’t help but include one of Malini’s very own tripteases, this is the place to stay when visiting Udaipur in Rajasthan.
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