A destination long on my bucket list, Hong Kong is incredible country (technically a SAR), which is evidently still hugely influenced by British culture. A colony only up until 1997, Hong Kong is a strange combination of extremes; overwhelming Asian foods, smells, and people who don’t speak a world of English, but also hundreds of western restaurants, expats and extortionately priced Mark's and Spencer's and Tesco. A collection of islands so radically different to China, Hong Kong is a maze of grungy skyscrapers embellished with aircon units, and leafy palms randomly sprouting from any available ground in this densely populated destination.
The infamous capital of the vibrant and culture rich country that is Italy, Rome is a beautiful city and densely populated with museums and galleries brimming with treasure. If Rome isn’t on your bucket list, it definitely needs to be. Home to one of the seven wonders of the world (Colosseum duh), the city is full of amazing art and culture as well as a lushious collection of Italian cuisine. I was pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive and accessible Rome is, we never felt that we couldn’t afford some of the attractions or that we had to budget our meals, instead Rome is an excellent option for a long summer weekend.
Canada's largest city, Toronto is a blending pot of cultures and ethnicities, which makes it home to a vast array of restaurants with everything from Vietnamese to Korean and Jamaican. Although English may be the first language of its citizens, it is at first confusing to see French just as frequently spoken and with most English instructions and signs followed by a French translation. Toronto is truly a multicultural city, with a lively entertainment district and North America's largest underground pedestrian system, host to over 1,000 shops so check out our quick guide to this culturally rich city.
New York is overloaded with history, culture and of course- people, as the city is home to over 8 and a half million people. One of the world's top destination for shopping and dining, New York is also a significant city for American history, immigration and the economy, while it is home to over 100 museums, Wall Street and the infamous Statue of Liberty/Ellis island. Read our quick guide on New York’s essential stats and whether the city that never sleeps is right for you.
Notorious for smokey coffee-shops, neon lights of the red light district and it’s vast maze of canals, Amsterdam is the perfect city break destination if you’re looking for something lively and eye-opening. Although the capital of Holland may have a reputation for seedy alleys and unsavoury activities, the city has a very liberating atmosphere and meandering along the canals makes you notice how clean and picturesque Amsterdam actually is. Host to modern bars, shops and cafes Amsterdam is the perfect destination any time of the year for an uber cool break from the UK.
The capital of the vast country which is Vietnam, Hanoi is a vibrant city packed with history, fragrant cuisine, ridiculous traffic and amazing coffee. A city buzzing with consistent motorbike horns, Hanoi is not for the faint-hearted, but it is teeming with hallmarks of Vietnam's turbulent past. Whether you're really into your Vietnamese history, love asian food or want to try some really wild nightlife Hanoi is the ideal destination for you.
The fashion capital of Italy, and one of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city oozing charisma and glamour with its beautiful architecture, glorious historical buildings and notorious designer flagship stores. The fast-paced, modern cosmopolitan city may be a contrast to other areas of Italy, with its uber efficient metro services, modern dress sense and attitude towards business, but Milan still hosts great Italian food and art. Celebrating the after-work drink ceremony, the Milanese have a stylist attitude to fashion and work, and a city break to Milan allows you to soak up the sights, style and food of this metropolis in Northern Italy.
Barcelona is the perfect city break. A wonderful balance of tourist attractions, glorious architecture and miles of sandy beaches lined with beach bars and tasty tapas spots. Coloured with a passionate fight for its independence, Barcelona is part of Catalonia, a wealthy and productive region of North Spain, and their celebration of their roots is evident throughout the city. And whilst Barcelona is a glittering cosmopolitan city of culture and history, it is not in-fact the capital of Spain (Madrid in case you were wondering), so why visit Barcelona instead?