Wanderlist: 60 Cities To Visit Before You Die

Wanderlist: 60 Cities To Visit Before You Die

It’s never too late to go on a holiday you’ll never forget. Or 60 holidays! Here’s a list of 60 of the best cities to visit, according to tourists around the globe. It will give you a little glimpse of each location with three suggested attractions or activities that are a must-see (or do!) while you are there. Read on and maybe you’ll be a little inspired to start planning the ultimate holiday.

1. Los Angeles, USA


    Sunny LA with all its energetic buzz of dreamers and go-getters, it can be superficial but also multicultural and complex. Visiting Hollywood, the birthplace of the iconic Mickey Mouse, and taking selfies on the Star Walk of Fame are just a snippet of the LA experience.

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    2. Marrakech, Morocco


      Pulsating with stunning mosques, fascinating crafts and luxury living, Marrakech is a very popular destination amongst travellers. Whether you’d like to circle the Koutoubia mosque or enjoy a culinary high with a side of modern art, it’s all here from the exotic to the hypnotic.

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      3. New York City, USA


        If you’re a first-timer, go ahead and be as touristy as possible. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Met, Central Park … But if you’ve got more time, be sure to delve into the neighborhoods because you’ll surely find quirky shops, delis and hole-in-the-wall bars. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience to go behind the scenes here.

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        4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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          Chiang Mai is laid back, vibrant and reverential. Explore the famous Night Bazaar, the National Museum, and the Botanic Gardens to soak up as much of the culture and exquisite aromas of Thai orchids as possible. Spiritual vibes are also at an all-time high here with the city’s center being home to over 30 temples.

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          5. Budapest, Hungary


            Budapest is a gem of Baroque, neoclassical, eclectic and Secessionist buildings to satisfy the architectural cravings of its eager visitors. Not your thing? Well, Budapest has more to offer, from the poignant scars of war and history, to an abundance of thermal and mineral hot springs, so the options are numerous.

            Things to do:

            • Take a Danube cruise for a stunning panoramic view
            • Take a dip at one of Budapest’s famous baths
            • Walk across Chain Bridge and you’ll understand why it’s often called the ‘Pearl of the Danube’

            6. Krakow, Poland


              Krakow is Poland’s second largest city covering both banks of the Wisla River. To many first-timers it’s easy to feel at home very quickly in its old-world ambiance and charm. Old Town and Kazimierz’s streets are crammed with galleries, cafés, pubs and restaurants, all for your touristic enjoyment.

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              7. Saint Petersburg, Russia


                This is the Russia cultural heart, home to the architectural jewels of the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, with a side of the world-renowned art of the Hermitage. You’ve got everything from art and nightlife to fine dining here.

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                8. Buenos Aires, Argentina


                  This is the seductive and energetic birthplace of the tango, with atmospheric neighbourhoods bursting with romantic restaurants and pumping nightlife. Embellished with European heritage in the architecture, boulevards and parks.

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                  9. Florence, Italy


                    The dream of every art historian, this city is filled with the work of Michelangelo, which grace the walls of the Basilica di Santa Croce. The city appeals to photographers with its stunning views, and Tuscan cuisine is the cherry on top.

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                    10. London, England


                      The ultimate cocktail of history, art, fashion and food in one place, that’s London! There’s a little something for everyone from the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House for the art fanatics, Oxford Street shops for the ones willing to splurge, and Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum for the music and book lovers.

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                      11. Riga, Latvia


                        This city is the largest metropolis in the Baltics and it’s a compelling mix of Latvian traditions and influences from various other countries. Riga is funky and vibrant, trapping travelers long past their departure date. Riga manages to combine its steeples and turrets with an irresistible nightlife and restaurant scene. Old Town, once dubbed the ‘Paris of the East,’ is filled with lavish glass hotels and business centers.

                        Things to do:

                        • Visit the living history of Old City
                        • Take part in a day tour around the city
                        • Go shopping at the Central Market

                        12. Montreal, Canada


                          The Quebecois cosmopolitan center, Montreal is home to an alluring mix of cuisine, festivals and culture with its irresistible pastries, breathtaking heritage such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, and its winter wonderlands of nearby ski resorts and ice hotels. Despite its modest size, it’s packed and you don’t want to miss out on it.


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                          13. Berlin, Germany


                            A sobering and edgy reminder of the postwar atmosphere, from its fashion to its architecture to its history. But Berlin is a combo of museums, galleries, operas, guerrilla clubs and snack shacks that go beyond its dark history, making it almost reminiscent of 1980s New York.

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                            14. Lhasa, Tibet

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                              The heart and soul of Tibet, deep in the Himalayan mountains, Lhasa remains to be a city of ancient wonder despite the modern Chinese influence. Its streets are bustling with people from all around the world and the city has become a cultural hybrid. Being seen as the ‘real Tibet,’ Lhasa deserves a week of exploration to fully capture the vibes it possesses.

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                              15. Cape Town, South Africa


                                Known as the ‘Mother City’ with all of Mother Nature’s beautiful wonders, the proudly multicultural community that coexists in harmony gives Cape Town an exotic and delicious touch. The Table Mountain National Park is the most important attraction and in essence defines the city as a whole, and the gorgeous metropolis is filled with chalets, parks, Afro-chic decor and restaurants for all tastes.

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                                16. Siem Reap, Cambodia


                                  Being one of the largest religious complexes in the world, Siem Reap has become one of the most popular destination for tourists worldwide. The home of the temples of Angkor, Cambodia’s eighth wonder of the world, has reinvented itself into becoming the epicenter of the new Cambodia. With its temples, history, shopping stalls, food vendors, and  world-class spas, you might want to spend a little more than just a couple of days here.

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                                  17. Skopje, Republic of Macedonia


                                    One of Europe’s most riveting and multifaceted cities, with a very historic vibe derived from all that survives from Skopje’s Ottoman and Byzantine-era–from hand-carved ornaments to fortresses. This is accentuated with a very contemporary culture with its bars, clubs and galleries.

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                                    18. Istanbul, Turkey


                                      Istanbul is one of the hottest tourist attractions around nowadays. With its mosques, bazaars, Turkish baths, restaurants, galleries and clubs, it’s been dubbed the ‘World’s Hippest City.’ There’s plenty to keep you busy during the day, from sightseeing to getting the ultimate Turkish treatment at a spa, but at night there’s this joie de vivre sensation throughout when the clubs and restaurants are buzzing with action.

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                                      19. Hanoi, Vietnam

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                                        This exotic city blends medieval and modern as they co-exist in an urban center with Parisian chic and Asian pace. Having survived American bombs and Russian planners, Hanoi re-emerged after economic reforms and is now scattered with huge mansions, grand boulevards, lakes, and parks, not to mention the 600 temples and pagodas. The City of the Soaring Dragon awaits you.

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                                        20. Vilnius, Lithuania

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                                          Curiously charming, eccentric and soulful. Lined with decadent and fragile Orthodox and Catholic churches, there’s more to this capital than meets the eye as the underlying magic is what creates its soul. The true essence of boho spirit lurks around the reminders of loss and pain that only make it more captivating.

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                                          21. Bangkok, Thailand


                                            Bangkok is split into 50 unique districts filled with golden palaces, porcelain inlaid spires, and floating markets and food stalls. The old districts still possess the grit that the city used to have, which makes them a must-see for any first-time visitors. Thai cuisine is one to marvel at too with its diverse sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors.

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                                            22. Barcelona, Spain


                                              Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city, with its avant-garde chefs and its flamboyant street performers. Once home to Picasso, Barcelona has been revolutionary when it comes to art and despite the seeming aura of hedonism, its people are very dynamic and hardworking. The capital of Catalonia could keep you occupied for weeks so make sure you pay it a good visit.

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                                              23. Venice, Italy


                                                This is gondola central, with its canals, restaurants, romantic ambiance, Grand Canal palaces and marble churches. Venetians ignore the aqua alta and marvel in their paintings, wine, music and boho-chic trends. Always flowing with admirers at any time of the year, visitors appreciate its cuisine, art and espressos.

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                                                24. Dubai, UAE


                                                  Home to the tallest building in the world, the only seven-star hotel and the largest artificial islands, Dubai is the multifaceted cosmopolitan center of the future. Constantly full of surprises, Dubai is ever changing with its multiplying shopping malls, extraordinary architecture and delicious gourmet restaurants featuring a taste of places from all around the globe. In addition, you have the desert to explore: just rent a dune buggy and go crazy.


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                                                  25. Miami, USA


                                                    Sun-kissed, sultry and shimmering. By day, it’s a must to hit the beach, walk about Miami’s colorful Art Deco architecture, or dare to hit the envious South Beach celebrity scene. West of the city is the Everglades, the most eccentric ecosystem in North America while to the North you’ve got the infamous Fort Lauderdale with its yachts and martinis. Miami is sweaty but glamorous and the party is always on, you take your pick!

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                                                    26. Amsterdam, The Netherlands


                                                      History with an urban flair, that’s Amsterdam. The gentle canals are a beautiful backdrop for the Jordaan and Rembrandtplein Square, and no one should miss out on the most moving experience of the Anne Frank House. Amsterdam is cosy and surrounded with artistic treasures like the Van Gogh Museum. Although many tourists are only there to see the Red Light District, be sure to explore the rich history in all the houses that date back to the Golden Age.

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                                                      27. Phuket, Thailand


                                                        With its colorful blend of cultures, rubber trees and tin mines, Phuket has attracted entrepreneurs from all around the world. The Old Town has become infused by current art, food and music and attracts a very hip crowd after having its shophouses and homes renovated. This is a surreal vacation that is perfect for the tourist on a budget.

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                                                        28. Agra, India


                                                          The Taj Mahal is the magical destination that draws tourists to Agra like mad, but that’s not the only attraction worth the visit. There are also the fascinating tombs and mausoleums that are scattered around the city, along with the many vibrant and bustling chowks (the marketplaces).

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                                                          29. Varna, Bulgaria


                                                            This maritime capital is by far the most interesting and cosmopolitan town on the Black Sea coast as it is a combination of port city, naval base and seaside resort. How could it get any more interesting? Beautiful enormous parks, historic feel, Roman baths, museums and a buzzing restaurant scene, that’s how!

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                                                            30. Bali, Indonesia


                                                              The saying that the best things come in small packages is very true when it comes to Bali because it is more than just small, it’s an Indonesian paradise. Listening to your body’s needs and pleasuring it with a massage on the beach or a sybaritic spa is first on your travel checklist. Then comes the shopping, the cuisine and the beautiful, lively nightlife, you will never get enough of the frangipani trees or the enchanting temple ceremonies.

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                                                              31. Brussels, Belgium


                                                                For every fan of the unknown, here’s a bizarre but interesting mix of French and Flemish and café culture. Renowned for great shopping, fab restaurants, sublime chocolate shops, and history dusted and polished into the walls of the historic and decaying buildings. Are you seduced yet?

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                                                                32. Bucharest, Romania


                                                                  Most don’t speak too fondly of this capital, but it’s perplexing. That’s its point! It’s medieval and home to many of Romania’s most historic churches. This is the place to leave your comfort zone and just go exploring all the elegant vibes of the 20th century, French-influenced architecture. Stick around for more than a day, and it’ll just make sense.

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                                                                  33. Lima, Peru


                                                                    Lima is for those willing to delve deep into a city to truly understand and unravel the beauty underneath the foggy and chaotic atmosphere. Lima’s beauties are humble, hiding amid the high rises where the pre-Columbian temples and colonial mansions lie. Lima also makes up for the aesthetics with a multitude of experiences, from museums filled with poetry to golf clubs and crowded nightclubs. This is what you’d call a hot mess, don’t miss it.

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                                                                    34. Zürich, Switzerland


                                                                      A major destination for all things shopping and contemporary art. Some say the city’s Protestant modesty is truly what saves it from getting just a little carried away with its vibrant collection of bars, restaurants and clubs with the most buzzing nightlife you’ll see. If it was once seen as dull, it surely isn’t anymore!

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                                                                      35. Shanghai, China

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                                                                        Shanghai is the chance to acquire a taste of the past, present and future in one dynamic cosmopolitan center in the world’s fastest-changing nation. Exhilarating, and obsessed with the latest fads, fashions and technology, this city has got European-style cityscapes and a sci-fi skyline, so don’t miss out on it.

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                                                                        36. Kyoto, Japan


                                                                          Kyoto is the home to masterpieces of religious architecture, beautiful temples, exalted gardens and decorated shrines. There are said to be over 1,000 Buddhist temples along with a varied range of excellent restaurants, ancient specialty shops, and a feel for all the seasons in one.


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                                                                          37. Siena, Italy


                                                                            This Tuscan town will take you back in time with its marvelous marble floors, artwork and heritage from the Middle Ages. The city’s artistic glories are largely Gothic and that is transcendant in its cathedrals and the medieval tradition that involves bareback riders (dangerously) racing on cobblestones. It’s thrilling: a must-see for any avid traveler.

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                                                                            38. Dublin, Ireland


                                                                              Dublin wears everything on its Irish sleeve, from its fascinating history to its brilliant personality and with all Georgian elegance aside, Dublin is not like the other European capitals. It’s amiable and witty and leaves you all at ease with its charismatic and multicultural soul.

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                                                                              39. Hiroshima, Japan


                                                                                Despite its name evoking the memory of 6 August, 1945, Hiroshima has a lot more to offer like the Peace Memorial Park. But Hiroshima with its wide boulevards and laid-back vibes is anything but depressing. Take a couple of nights to check out its thriving community.

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                                                                                40. Cusco, Peru


                                                                                  Visit this cosmopolitan Inca capital with its cathedrals, temples, cobblestone streets, and most importantly the awesome llamas and alpacas. This city of the Inca Empire is the archaeological destination of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest inhabited city.

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                                                                                  41. Glasgow, Scotland


                                                                                    Glasgow is edgy, Victorian and swamped with the best bars to tickle your taste buds. The hedonistic culture will encourage your nocturnal side and get you head banging along to the live music scene. The city is in the midst of a transformational era, and you want to be there for it.

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                                                                                    42. Nadi, Fiji


                                                                                      This tropical paradise is very popular amongst travelers looking for a holiday of beautiful beaches and gorgeous ancient cultural sites around Sigatoka. Nadi is building its identity while incorporating elements of a city, a business hub and a tourist junction, and even if it never makes up its mind, you should still give it a visit!

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                                                                                      43. Oslo, Norway


                                                                                        This Norwegian capital has been here for a thousand years, how have you not gone there yet? It’s a visual delight when it comes to the variety of museums it offers, from Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream,’ to the unforgettable Viking Ship. There’s a rapidly growing café, restaurant, nightlife and opera, jazz and indie rock culture, so Oslo appeals to all the tastes out there!

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                                                                                        44. Panama City, Panama


                                                                                          Home to the natural riches of Panama, with a thriving international banking and trade sector along with a sultry skyline of glistening towers, that is Panama City. The city has architectural, cultural and ethnic diversity, which means there is something for everyone. So with a little touch of salsa beats and adventurous activities from hiking through the rain forests or taking a train along the jungle, you’ve got yourself the ultimate Panamanian experience.

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                                                                                          45. Havana, Cuba


                                                                                            The Caribbean’s largest city with its romantic vibes and contagious energy, 500 years of an exciting history has led to making Havana (or Habana) a culturally unique society. You’ve got mambo, salsa, Che Guevara, rum and the unconventional beauty it’s known for. Its appeal lies in the abstract.

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                                                                                            46. Bruges, Belgium


                                                                                              A picturesque, fairy-tale, medieval town with dreamy, soaring towers and exceptionally photogenic canals, historic churches and whitewashed almshouses. The tourists never leave, but if you can visit midweek or in the gorgeous spring, you should have a little of its flair to yourself.

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                                                                                              47. San José, Costa Rica


                                                                                                San José is often seen as a collection of outdated commercial buildings, but beyond this extremely superficial and uninformed analysis this is is a cosmopolitan city filled with department stores of all sorts, chic cafés, and fast-food restaurants making it the nation’s cultural hub.

                                                                                                48. Ljubljana, Slovenia


                                                                                                  Ljubljana is a delicious cocktail of German, Mediterranean and Slovene influence seasoned with the old town’s Baroque, Art Nouveau and Renaissance buildings. The biggest perk has got to be everything is such a short distance away, just go for a walk or take a bike! The ‘beloved’ city is also a student community, which means the alt-lifestyle gives it a different vibe.

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                                                                                                  49. Copenhagen, Denmark


                                                                                                    What was once a Viking fishing settlement has transformed into the “coolest, most cosmopolitan and most exciting” city in Scandinavia, while holding on to the traces of Norse explorers that keep its culture and history truly rich. Like all the best places, it has a blend of modern and historic, making it not just a great tourist destination but also one of the world’s most livable cities.

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                                                                                                    50. Rome, Italy


                                                                                                      Ravishing, radiant and remarkable, that’s Rome. The city will continue to amaze you every time you see the Colosseum or a breathtaking baroque church. It embraces its historic legacies, fine art and absolutely delicious food. Rome is intriguing and will have you experiencing excitement with all your senses.

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                                                                                                      51. Singapore, Singapore


                                                                                                        One of the most enjoyable, seemingly science fiction comic inspired cities in Southeast Asia from beginning to end. You begin at one of the world’s best airports and take a zippy MRT train line without a single care given for the traffic. Whether you’re up for a stroll through fashion emporiums and antique shops, or you’re more interested in the city parks or the city’s clubs, Singapore has got it all. The city is colorful, soulful and has a thriving creative environment!

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                                                                                                        52. Lisbon, Portugal


                                                                                                          Indulge in fresh pastries, window shopping, espressos and the warmly lit 1930s-era cafés, or take a walk along the seaside. At Bairro Alto you’ve got many restaurants with jazz and reggae vibes filling the air and nightclubs scattered all over the town. Lisbon’s Gothic cathedrals, monasteries and museums all accentuate this lovely city.

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                                                                                                          53. Split, Croatia


                                                                                                            Within the atmospheric walls where Split came to life, you’ve got a balance of tradition and modernity with many many bars, restaurants and shops. Its coastal mountains are the perfect backdrop to the Adriatic, where you can chill and appreciate the cityscape. While people used to cross Split to get where they wanted to go, the city has renovated itself to become exactly where people want to be.

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                                                                                                            54. New Orleans, USA

                                                                                                              Vibrant, old-school and filled with precious architecture. After Hurricane Katrina broke the levee, New Orleans has managed to rebuild itself with echoing sweet jazz and blues beats, spontaneous dancing and mouthwatering aromas from unexpected corners. It’s a great city for late afternoon walks, meant for the ones willing to admire its subtle charm.

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                                                                                                              55. Cairo, Egypt


                                                                                                                This constantly pulsating and hypnotizing metropolis will surprise you with the chaos at your arrival, but soon you’ll get drawn way too deep. As long as you’re not looking for solitude, the City of the Thousand Minarets is the perfect place to explore and experience Egyptian history and culture.

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                                                                                                                56. Sydney, Australia


                                                                                                                  Sydney is attractive at any time of day, so keep your eyes wide open! It’s famous for its National Parks and its super eventful evenings of undercover bar hunting, sporting events to support, underground bands to check out or a super crazy party to crash. The city’s glamorous but oh-so-casual at the same time making it such a relaxed but vibrant environment. Everybody loves to tan at the beautiful golden beaches, enjoy the exciting food scene and explore the very subtle touches of history.

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                                                                                                                  57. Seoul, South Korea


                                                                                                                    Seoul is a very interesting mix of everything from night markets to the infamous K-Pop, but of course it goes beyond what we all vaguely know about it. The city is filled with temples, skyscrapers and majestic palaces everywhere in addition to the 21st century urban edge in design and culture. Ten and a half million people reside in this metropolis and it almost never goes to sleep because the day is for a lovely morning visit to a temple followed by a visit to a teahouse, and the night is for the night markets and the Hongdae or Itaewon party life!

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                                                                                                                    58. Milan, Italy


                                                                                                                      The world’s top fashion capital means glamor, grace and Gucci. Milan is a well-dressed and chic engine room for the country’s economy. Filled with true treasures like da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” showing just how much Milan’s creative ‘streak’ has an impact. Everyone has been here on the runways from Prada to Versace to Dolce & Gabbana, so why not get dressed up and come along?

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                                                                                                                      59. Chicago, USA


                                                                                                                        The Windy City will blow you away, trust me. There’s always something going on here, from high-flying architecture to peanut butter and banana topped waffles for breakfast, could things get any better? Chicago is great festivals and Lollapalooza is a must-see because when everybody’s head banging to the beat, you really don’t want to miss out on the fun. Art museums come in all genres: impressionist, psychedelic or outsider? Take your pick! Chicago will surely keep you busy and entertained.

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                                                                                                                        60. Prague, Czech Republic


                                                                                                                          Super bohemian and fairytale-like for the travelers who want to immerse themselves wholly into another culture. Prague is a European hotspot with art galleries ranging from Gothic pieces to collections of 20th-century surrealists, constructivists and cubists. The city is also quite famous for making some of the world’s best brews so grab a pint and head on an urban exploration of the alluring and rather quirky Prague.

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                                                                                                                          How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                                                                                                          How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                                                                                                          What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                                                                          To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                                                                          All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                                                                          There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                                                                          With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                                                                          What follows is a list of 13 of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these tips are essential:

                                                                                                                          1. Think Big

                                                                                                                            From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                                                                            “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                                                                            There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                                                                            Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                                                                            Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                                                                            Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                                                                            Instead be ambitious.

                                                                                                                            2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                                                                              From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                                                                              “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                                                                              This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                                                                              Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                                                                              If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                                                                              Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                                                                              Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                                                                              Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                                                                              3. Learn How to Balance Life


                                                                                                                                From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                                                                                “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                                                                                All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                                                                                If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                                                                                However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                                                                                If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                                                                                In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                                                                                To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                                                                                4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                                                                                  From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                                                                                  “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                                                                                  There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                                                                                  Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                                                                                  His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                                                                                  He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                                                                                  Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                                                                                  Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                                                                                  If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                                                                                  5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                                                                                    From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                                                                                    “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                                                                                    This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                                                                                    It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.


                                                                                                                                    If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                                                                                    Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                                                                                    6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                                                                                      From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                                                                                      “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                                                                                      Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                                                                                      Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                                                                                      When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                                                                                      You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                                                                                      All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                                                                                      Applying this to you?

                                                                                                                                      Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                                                                                      7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                                                                                        From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                                                                                        The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                                                                                        The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                                                                                        People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                                                                                        This is key to good leadership.

                                                                                                                                        It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                                                                                        But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                                                                                        What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                                                                                        As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                                                                                        8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas


                                                                                                                                          From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                                                                          “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                                                                          It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                                                                          Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                                                                          If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                                                                          9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                                                                            From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                                                                            “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                                                                            Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                                                                            It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                                                                            Keep dreaming!

                                                                                                                                            10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                                                                              From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                                                                              “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                                                                              Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                                                                              Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                                                                              If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                                                                              However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                                                                              11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                                                                                From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                                                                                “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                                                                                It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                                                                                When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.


                                                                                                                                                Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                                                                                If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                                                                                This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                                                                                12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                                                                                  From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                                                                                  “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                                                                                  You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                                                                                  Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                                                                                  True success comes from work.

                                                                                                                                                  You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                                                                                  Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                                                                                  13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                                                                                    From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                                                                                    “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                                                                                    In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                                                                                    If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                                                                                    It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                                                                                    Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                    What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                                                                                    Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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