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Nomadic Matt has made long term travel his goal in life and he is eager to share his knowledge and travel tips so that you can finally embark on that trip of your dreams. Doesn’t matter if you want to see the world for one week or for one year, Nomadic Matt will tell you how to travel the cheapest and smartest way possible.
Nomadic Matt’s Favorite Cities.
By Nomadic Matt
After traveling around the world for close to six years, I’ve been to a lot of places. Five continents, 60 countries, and countless cities. I’ve made many friends and had more memorable experiences than my brain can handle. But despite that, some places in the world remain my favorite. There are cities in the world that I love more than others, cities I return to regularly, cities where I could see myself living.
Despite all my travels in the last five years, these cities remain my favorite and stay in my thoughts no matter where I am. If you are planning a trip somewhere, I can’t recommend the following 9 cities enough. They will never disappoint you.
I can’t say exactly how many times I’ve been to Amsterdam, but it’s in the double digits. Before I became a travel writer, I was a semi-professional poker player. (Seriously). In 2006, I stayed in Amsterdam playing poker and fell in love with Amsterdam. The fast-paced life, friendly locals, easy access to the rest of Europe, picturesque canals, and great architecture keep me coming back. In some ways, Amsterdam reminds me of my hometown of Boston, which might be why I love it so much. I never travel around Europe without finding a way to this city.
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Ever since I stepped out on the Champs Elysees, I knew Paris was as magical as they said it would be. I was in love. It had that “je ne sais quoi” that people talked about, and I was unable to ignore its magic. Sure, Paris is large and expensive, and the people can be rude. But what big city isn’t like that? Paris is just too beautiful, vibrant, and filled with great food and history. Being here is like being in a real life romantic comedy, but better. And every time I see a movie like “Midnight in Paris” I can’t help but love Paris a little more.
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Nomadic Matt Loves Paris
I hated Bangkok the first few times I visited the city. It was a dirty, polluted city with no redeeming qualities. And there didn’t seem like many activities to do there. It wasn’t until I moved there that I realized Bangkok gives out its beauty only over time. Bangkok was an easy city to live in – there is a lot to do (just not normal tourist stuff), plenty of social events, great bars, wonderful food (nothing beats Thailand street food), and some of the nicest people on the planet. Bangkok showed me that looks can be deceiving, and that there is more to a city than what is on the surface.
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I’ve been to Stockholm three times, and I love it so much I am moving there in July to live for 6 months while I learn Swedish. I think this city is one of the most beautiful on earth. The reds and greens of the buildings have an old world charm that rivals cities like Prague, and, during the fall, the changing leaves only highlight that beauty. The history, high quality of life, beautiful scenery, and super friendly and welcoming Swedes make this one of my top travel destinations.
New York City
I never really liked New York until after I lived in Bangkok and got used to big city life. Now, whenever it is I decide to move back to the United States, I will move to New York City. I lived there last summer and came back every other week between trips around the U.S. New York City is a place where dreams are made into reality, where there is always something to do, something to see, or a new place to eat. The city is so multi-cultural that when I feel like I need to travel and I can’t, there’s an ethnic area of the city that will make me feel miles away.
After NYC, Chicago is my favorite U.S. city. In the summertime, this lake-side city seems to come to life after it emerges from its long and cold winter. Chicago is a buzz with activity that creates a eclectic atmosphere. Along with its lively atmosphere, the food here is delicious and the architecture is second to none. The Chicago School of Architecture is one of the most famous in the world and the tours showcasing the various styles in the city are fascinating. I never get bored of visiting Chicago.
Chicago is trendy-cool
I think Vancouver must be one of the most livable cities in the world. I’d live in it, which is my benchmark for whether or not I like a place. In Vancouver, you can go from the city into the mountains in minutes. I think that is really the highlight of the city for me – the fact that I don’t have to go far to be with nature. Moreover, there’s a park so big in the middle of the city, I often feel like I am in the center of a forest. Add in a vibrant food and art scene, and Vancouver is definitely a world-class city.
Perched in the stunning south island mountains of New Zealand, Queenstown is a place for adventures. There’s bungy jumping, hiking, rafting, zip lining, boating, and tons more. Travelers come here because they want to be outside. Situated on a lake near the Remarkable mountain range, Queenstown is a high-energy resort town. It’s small, prettier than a postcard, and perfect for people who like the outdoors. I would jump on a plane and head back there right now if I could.
Beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
Perth, Australia is more like a big town than a city, and I think that’s what I like about it. It’s big enough to have a lot to do, but small enough to feel cozy. I love Perth because of that small town, big city feel, the fact that it is on the water and has great nightlife, that it’s a great jumping-off spot to see the western Australian parks and natural sites, and that it is close to hip Freemantle, which is home to my favorite Australian brewery, Little Creatures. I find it much more personal than other Australian towns.
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Want more? Here’s a blog I wrote with 20 more interesting facts about me!