Wednesday isn’t just for wanderlust, it’s also for weird confessions, so here’s mine: I love airports.
Like, freakishly adore them and look forward to arriving at one. It’s exceptionally weird given that security has become such a hassle, transportation is never easy, and it’s certainly not a cheap thrill anymore. But my airport obsession isn’t about those details- it’s in the idea of an airport. It’s that hauling luggage into an airport and waiting in those obnoxious lines is because you’re about to fly hundreds, maybe thousands, of miles just to adventure, explore and lose yourself in a beautiful place. It’s the anticipation I feel waiting at an airport for new food, people, sites, smells and culture.
I think I’ve been Pinterest-ing too much lately, but if you’re someone who has also convinced themselves that #WanderlustWednesdays should beat out #WCW, this one’s for you! Here’s some stunning and utterly unique cities that are as beautiful as they are underrated:
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Durbovnik is a stunning mesh of neutral colors juxtaposed next to the bluest-blue of the sea. Aside from incredible food, views and sea excursions, Durbovnik offers a drool-worthy bus tour that takes you along the coast to Budva, Montenegro. If the pictures are any indication, I think I’d be willing to give up my first-born child to experience this someday.
2. Big Sur, California
Big Sur might be the most cliché city I included in this list, but with views like that, who could blame me?
3. Moab, Utah
A friend actually recommended this city to me as the perfect escape, complete with views that are guaranteed to make your jaw drop. It’s also a hiking mecca for anyone whose not afraid of heights and always scouring for their next adventure.
4. Lake Como, Italy
What was previously reserved for Italy’s most elite, has recently transitioned into the traveler’s dream. Offering dock-side dining, unparalleled views, and windsurfing, rock-climbing, hiking, fishing and swimming for all my fellow outdoor enthusiasts, this Italian spot has more than earned a mention on this travel list.
5. Patagonia, Argentina
It is impossible to run out of things to do in this stunning place- whether hiking, climbing glaciers, or conquering mountains, the only thing to rival all the activities will be the desire to sit down and lost yourself in the breathe-taking sights.
6. Portland, Maine
Portland is a quaint city that offers the views of a coastal location, with the energy of a city. And, fun fact: Only San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than Portland.
7. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is a mesmerizing city on the Northwest coast of Belgium. Situated quaintly against a stream of canals, Bruges is a city of quiet magic filled with history, unreal food and a culture all its own. Bonus: they have waffles that will make your heart stop (really, they might clog your arteries) and your taste buds sing.
8. Colmar, France
Colmar is also a city built on canals, but (listen up, winos!) this one is situated on Northern France’s Alsatian Wine Route.
9. Lofoten, Norway
The Lofoten islands are located inside the Arctic Circle and, while these islands certainly aren’t of the tropical variety, their climate is famously mild for their northerly location.
10. Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan was one of the first cities in Alaska, and is now a popular touring destination for cruise boats. With a backdrop of the mountains, shopping and plenty of outdoor activities, Ketchikan worked its way on this list with its loud beauty and subtle charm.