Easter Island, Ahu Tongariki

Top 5 Places to Visit in the World

Top 5 Places to Visit in the World

Recommended by Steven at English for Less

The world is full of wonderful places that are filled with unusual destinations to discover. I was lucky enough to travel around the world in the past few years. Here is my personal recommendation for the top 5 places to visit.

1. Moscow, Russia

Moscow is something else. It is huge, exiting and tiring at the same time. If you really want to get the whole picture, you need to get out there and meet people. The people of Moscow are really friendly and if you are lucky enough, you get to know some of the good old drinking games too.

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

 

2. Seoul, South Korea

One word: exciting. My trip to Seoul was short and sweet. It started off a little shaky (an overpriced taxi ride) but ended with a real blast. Don’t forget to visit Dongdaemun Market while you are there. This is not an everyday shopping experience…

Myeong Dong, Seoul

Myeong Dong, Seoul

 

3. Rapa Nui (Isla de Pascua) aka Easter Island, Chile

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

 

THE REAL DEAL! I was truly amazed on this little island in the middle of nowhere. The most amazing place I have ever seen. The island is located about six hours away by plane from Santiago de Chile but it’s worth the hustle. I learnt about Easter Island when I was in primary school and it was so exciting to be there. This is a real lifetime memory.

6. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Chile again. The driest desert in the world. I rented a car in Calama and drove all the way to Argentina back in 2013. Breathtaking scenery (Licancabur, Valle de la Lune, Geysers el Tatio and all the lagunas). Stargazing in the desert or just a little walk in San Pedro de Atacama – they have it all. I stayed at Rancho Quitapenas. Amazing little place in the middle of the desert. Pitch black at night – excellent for stargazing but you need a car to get there. Don’t forget to take plenty of water with you wherever you go.

Valle de la Luna, Chile

Valle de la Luna, Chile

 

5. Hangzhou, China

A very different city close to Shanghai. Green, peaceful (in Chinese terms) but vibrant. I only stayed there for a couple of nights but I had a great time. Visit the West Lake at night as well while you are in Hangzhou. Really pretty when the lotus flowers are out.

West Lake, Hangzhou

West Lake, Hangzhou

 

My last advice is to travel cheap. Stay at hostels, travel like the locals (bus, bus, bus) and you will meet others on the way. I met some amazing people during my travels. I may never see them again but we shared unforgettable memories together which will stay with us for life. This is my top 5 places to visit – what is yours?

 

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