Six Cities To Add To Your Travel Bucket List.

Iconic cities carry weight as we dream of destinations around the world that we’d one day like to visit. Each with their own distinct qualities and characteristics. Yet these six rather lesser-known cities are the favourites I recommend you consider for your 2019 travels.

We all have a travel bucket list. That collection of the special things we would really love to do, or own during our lifetime. For some of us, our bucket list includes travels to exotic destinations or a road trip to see more of our beautiful country. For others, the priorities may be to buy a new gadget or piece of furniture, run a marathon, learn to surf, go on a yoga retreat, complete a degree or even get a wild and wonderful tattoo.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Offering a startling portrayal of the capital under siege and the tragedy of war, it is Sarajevo’s resilient people with their dark sense of humour and determination to embrace normal — despite it all, that will move you whilst here. Tales of barbers cutting hair on the streets, sheltered courtyards turned into food gardens, the local brewery supplying residents with water — and the Sarajevan women maintaining their style and fashion in proud defiance.

If you want to discover somewhere remarkable, then I’d say make your way to Sarajevo.

Casablanca, Morocco, a mythical place of movie stars and mosques

Casablanca, or Kaza as it is locally known, is located in the central-western part of Morocco bordering the Atlantic Ocean and is the largest city in Morocco. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically. As Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centres on the continent, it is home to at least 3.35 million in the urban area and over 6.8 million in the Casablanca-Settat region.

Rishikesh, Northern India, the birthplace of yoga

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centres for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, Rishikesh is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and ‘Yoga Capital of the World’.

Lisbon, Portugal — cobbled roads and tram rides

A place of allure with its unique beauty, symmetrically laid Portuguese pavement, brightly painted buildings and viewpoints that reveal layer upon layer of terracotta roofs and white church steeples, you can lose your heart to this European city that effortlessly mixes traditional heritage with modern design and progressive thinking.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, passion-fused tangos and painted streets

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a heaving metropolis

The first thing to strike you about Ho Chi Minh City is how the streets teem with family laden scooters, bicycles, cars and carts that weave their way between pedestrians in conical hats and covered faces, as all go about their business with colourful determination. Yet beyond this frenetic welcome, is a city brimming with a wealth of history, art and culture, one that is home to a distinct blend of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.

** Top photo of me in Sarajevo taken by the super talented Hein van Tonder of Heinstirred.

** This post is published in partnership with Nedbank and their #NedbankBucketList campaign.

Writer. Earth Advocate. A Conscious Traveller. Consultant in Sustainable Travel Practices. Determined to save a species 🌱