Got the travel bug? Learning a new language and want to try it out? From Shanghai to Rio, here are 10 of the best cities to add to your wanderlust list.
1. Shanghai: As China’s largest city, Shanghai is a highly sought after city to visit. It’s split in two by the Huangpu River, creating two districts: Pudong and Puxi. Resting on the Yangtze River, this eclectic hub is a critical center of finance, international trade and culture, blending traditional Chinese culture with a modern twist.
2. Rio de Janeiro is the second most populous city in Brazil. Part of the city is designated as a World Heritage Site, so you know there are plenty of historical and cultural attractions to visit while here, from Carnival to Christ the Redeemer.
3. Guayaquil, Ecuador: As the country’s largest city, Guayaquil is emerging as a must-see destination thanks to its re-invigorated riverfront promenade the Malecón 2000. Here you’ll find playgrounds, plenty of green spaces in the form of plazas and gardens, and museums.
4. Jebel Akhdar, Oman: This destination is often forgotten for the opulence of Dubai, but it’s still got a lot to offer the savvy tourist. The capital is Muscat, with the hustle and bustle of marketplaces to visit, or you can enjoy the views of the rocky Al-Hajar Mountains.
5. Oslo, Norway: With an expanded airport and more affordable offerings than ever before, Oslo is the place to be if you love culture, history, and coffee. Yes, coffee! If you’re a java junkie, head to the Grünerløkka area where you’ll find the Supreme Roastworks Coffee House, featuring homegrown coffee from the owner’s plantation in Colombia. Also, don’t miss Vigeland Sculpture Park and Oslo’s Opera house.
6. Perth, Australia: Featuring white, sandy beaches, galleries, art, museums and plenty of local eateries, Perth does not disappoint. Don’t forget to sample the shark, crab tagliatelle and local wines.
7. Honolulu, Hawaii: A favorite destination in the 70s and 80s, Honolulu is making a comeback in terms of popularity. This cultural hot spot has beautiful beaches, to be sure, but the local cuisine can’t be missed, as well as sites like City Hall, the Foster Botanical Garden, and Chinatown, which have recently undergone facelifts you will cherish.
8. Barcelona, Spain: This capital city of Catalonia in Spain is home to 1.6 million people. From the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia to Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala, this city is oozing with cultural charm and significance.
9. Beijing, China: As the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the third most populous city on the planet, Beijing in northern China is home to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
10. Cape Town, South Africa: With a bustling art culture set against a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg.
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