5 places every traveler should visit
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Traveling has always been a way for me to shift my perspective of the outside world. Every time I visit a country I hope to learn something new that challenges my perception of what everyday life looks like; and helps me become a better, more mindful human being. Lazing around at a hotel pool is fun but I also want my travels to teach me, inspire me, and enhance me as a person.
5 places that every traveler should visit are the places that: challenge your comfort zones, delight your tastebuds, enhance your perception of art, feature the beauty of nature, and teaches you about new traditions and cultures.
For me those places have been: Clonakilty, Ireland; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Lake Thun, Switzerland and St. Gallen Switzerland and Kyoto, Japan.
On Challenging Comfort Zones
The bravest thing a person can do is the thing that they have never done. Spending most of my adult life in the bustling metropolis of New York City, I knew nothing about farming. Working on a dairy farm in Clonakilty, Ireland gave me a new perspective on someone else’s life. Feeling the cool breeze that is so uniquely Irish and rounding up 100 cows from the pasture to be milked, made me so appreciative of a new way of life. Nothing compares to Irish morning dew, an Irish breakfast composed of bacon rashers, black pudding (from Clonakilty Black Pudding of course) and baked beans, and most importantly nothing compares to the hospitality of the Irish people. I particularly enjoyed the nights with storytelling and music at the local pub and day trips to Bantry.
On Delighting your Tastebuds
The Amalfi Coast will forever hold a special place in my heart. Not only does Italy have some of the most beautiful coastal towns I’ve ever seen but also some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten. Everyday was a tasty adventure composed of wine, fresh grilled ocean denizen, cocktails, and tasty sweets. Some of my favorite places are the Marisa Cuomo Vineyard in Furore that offers a tour of the vineyard and tasting menu to accompany their wines at the Bacco Furore restaurant across the street, the amazing cocktails at Franco’s Bar in Positano, the grilled fish at Trattoria Toledo in Naples, and the Aperol Spritzes and sweets at Marina Chiaiolella.
On Exposing Yourself to Art
Barcelona, Spain is a serious art Mecca. No matter where I went I could see the works of Antoni Guadí or travel a little bit out of the city and be whisked away and explore the curiosities of Salvador Dalí. Every cobblestone, every building, every public space in Barcelona seemed to be influenced by the colorful works of one artist or another. Some of my most notable places were the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueres, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Casa Vicens, and Parc del Laberint d’Horta.
On Embracing the Beauty of Nature
I will never forget the beauty of Switzerland. Just riding the train across the country is an aesthetic masterpiece in itself. You could tour Switzerland and be exposed to multiple seasons in one day. I particularly enjoyed the serene nature of Lake Thun. The bluest lake I’ve ever seen at the foot of Mt. Niederhorn will forever be stored in my memory bank. A short cable car ride to to the top of the mountain has some of the most amazing views of the Emmental Alps. St. Gallen Switzerland has some of the most breathtaking mountain views as well. The Abbey Cathedral is also not to be missed.
On Learning about New Tradition and Cultures
Kyoto Japan gave me a deep respect for the beliefs of other cultures and taught me so much about how different cultures interpret the world and their place in it. Shinto shrines are prevalent all over Japan and each have a specific purpose in Japanese beliefs. Some of my favorite things to do in Kyoto were visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, learn about feudal-era Japan in the Higashiyama District, and explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.
There are so many places in the world I have yet to explore. These are just a few I hold dear to my heart that I want to share with the world. I hope these 5 philosophies of travel will inspire you to create new memories!
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By Regina Farrell (SheMayGo sur IG)
About the author
Digital creator and Travel Writer SheMayGo, born Regina Farrell in Brooklyn, New York, is an adventurous soul that enjoys immersing herself in the peculiarities of the world through travel. So far, her adventures have taken her to 15 countries and counting.
As the owner of the WhereSheMayGo blog she is an advocate of encouraging the black community to see the world and solo traveling women to go everywhere unhindered.
Regina has milked cows in Ireland, made compotes in Italy, taught English in Germany and is currently teaching in Japan. Her lifelong dream is to visit as many countries as possible eating, learning, and understanding all of the unique things, while creating content that can inspire and teach others about the different cultures of the world.