In 2013 I made it a resolution to travel more throughout the year and I’m happy to say that I kept that resolution, having made it to 4 continents and 10 countries. Living life as a slow traveller and nomad sure has its virtues, one of them being you meet other travelers who have been to awesome places you haven’t. Lonely Planet released its best cities in 2014 guide and I’m inspired to visit some of the places and to release my own list of 3 cities to visit in 2014. These cities are picked based on the cost of living there (affordable), availability of good food, friendly people and cool things to do and see while there:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is often overlooked as a place to visit when it comes to Southeast Asia, probably because when it comes to being ‘truly Asian’ Northern Southeast Asian Countries like Thailand and Vietnam take the cake and if you’re looking for a more Western influence, Singapore fits the bill. However, Kuala Lumpur is a gem of a city, with eastern and western influences nicely balanced to give you the best of both worlds. KL has a bustling nightlife and if you happen to fall in with it’s friendly, growing hipster crowd (and you will, they’re friendly people), the fun will double. And let’s not forget it’s food – an amazing array of Chinese, Malay, and Indian food all at unbelievably affordable prices.
Perhaps there is no better time to visit Berlin than now, since prices are slowly rising in this once cheap city. Berlin has always been famous for being a melting pot for artistic endeavors, but now it is also attracting the attention of startups giving it a slight San Francisco vibe with the grime and rawness of New York City. Couple that with trendy food markets popping up all over, their flea markets and Berlin’s legendary party scene, this city will rock your socks off – and won’t bankrupt you in the process.
San Sebastian, Spain (Top Image)
Don’t bother coming if you’re not a foodie, because the only thing to do here is eat! With the highest concentration of michelin stars in one city (16 in total, I believe), you are sure to have a gastronomical party… in… your… mouth. You can find the best Pintxos (tapas) in this small Basque city and the standard of food is so amazing that once you leave, life with normal food will never be the same again.
If you have any time for travel in 2014, then be sure to check out the places above and let me know how it goes! Have a great time!