Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Five: 5 Favorite Cities I Have Visited


I wanted to take a moment to share some of my favorite cities that I have visited. I love to travel, hence the name Fit Wanderlust Runner.  This list is geared more towards my international travels. To be honest and fair I have pretty much loved every international city I have visited. I am open to any type of adventure and look forward to the many more cities I will see in the future.

MACHU PICCHU, PERU: This city is nestled in a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley in Peru. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is also often recognized as the "Lost City of the Incas." This place is beyond magical. I can't even describe how amazing it felt to be surrounded by such beautiful architecture and history. It is at a higher elevation so people usually acclimate in Cusco, another beautiful city, before making the trek to Machu Picchu. Due to the increase in tourism, the country has now limited the amount of visitors to 2,500 people a day and it still closes during their heavy rainy seasons. If you happen to be in Peru, you have to make a trip to this lost city. I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed.



SÁMARA, COSTA RICA: A few years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica to do turtle conservation work. I spend 10 glorious days by the beaches of Samara and had the most relaxing time. After doing my turtle conservation work I would surf with the locals. Well I would learn to surf from the locals. If I wanted to take yoga classes, they taught them right on the beach. The town in itself is pretty tiny but the beaches are what attracts tourists and locals. There are good restaurants and bars too so you can enjoy a nice cocktail while you lay out in the sandy beaches. 




MINDO, ECUADOR: While I was visiting Ecuador I traveled to Mindo. A few of our friends had talked about how much fun it was but I can honestly say that it was the most adventurous weekend I have ever had to date. As soon as we arrived we went zip-lining, did a tarzan swing, toured a chocolate factory, went tubing, and partied it up at local bars. The next day we went on a beautiful hike to a waterfall and continued to explore the city. This city has so many activities to offer that will constantly keep you entertained.








TULUM/CHICHEN ITZA: Who doesn't love white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue water? That's exactly what I experienced when I went to Tulum. Not only did I see such a great part of my culture and history but I got to experience yet another one of the New Seven Wonders of the World when I went to Chichen Itza. 







SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE: This has been by far the most eco-friendly city I have ever visited. High rise buildings actually have large trees and greenery in between floors.  It is incredibly humid and rains a lot throughout the year and the city has actually engineered ways in which to re-use the majority of the water. The engineering and architecture is amazing throughout the entire city.  This city/country is also incredibly rich. They are know for their importing/exporting and medical tourism. Never in my life have I seen so many Lamborghinis and other exotic cars. Oh and don't even think about chewing gum or spitting in this city. They actually banned the importation of any gum coming into the entire country. This is by far the cleanest city I have ever visited.




SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: Last but certainly not least, I want to give a shout out to my hometown...San Diego. I know it is not an international city I've visited but in all honesty it has everything I want and need in a city. This city is beautiful and full of activities to keep you occupied. You can hike up Cowles Mountain, go to the many beaches along the coast, eat at 5 star restaurants, attend a baseball game in downtown, visit the World Famous San Diego Zoo, run at the various trails and parks, attend a NFL football game, shop at the many boutique and high end stores. Honestly the list can go on and on! Best part about my city is that the weather is perfect 365 days out of the year...no complaints.



There are still so many places I want to see and explore.  Going through all of my past traveling pictures is sure giving me the travel bug. I can't wait until my next adventure!


What are your favorite cities?


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16 comments:

  1. All of your favorites look fabulous. I love to just go anywhere and do anything. My husband does too, but likes to stay a little closer to home. We recently visited St. John USVI during their off season and snorkeled for a week. That was pretty amazing.

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    1. That sounds like a great time! I tried snorkeling when I was in Cabo San Lucas. Unfortunately I got sick. I am hoping to try it again soon.

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  2. I've only been to San Diego, but I'd sure like to check out some of these other spots. You must speak Spanish, right? Have you run in any of these places?

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    1. I do speak Spanish which has made it great for traveling in South America. I did run in Ecuador and a little bit while in Costa Rica but not actual races.

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  3. I love that you included Tulum. That is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Peru looks incredible and is absolutely on my bucket list!!

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    1. Tulum was beautiful! We actually got married in Cancun and traveled around the area. I was in awe of how beautiful that area is.

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  4. Beautiful photos! Makes me want to go to the beach. Too bad I live in the mountains. :)

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    1. The mountains are great too! I love going to Yosemite because of the beautiful scenery all around.

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  5. wow, you have traveled to some beautiful places. Amazing photos! San Diego is one of my favorites along with San Francisco and Carmel.

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    1. I have been blessed to see some amazing places. My husband I love going to the City and to Carmel with our dogs. It is the friendliest dog place I have ever been.

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  6. Two of my favorite places are the island of Santorini in Greece and Paris. I lived in Paris for a year teaching English to French speakers. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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    1. Santorini is on my bucket list for sure! How exciting to have lived in Paris.

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  7. Beautiful photos!! Glad to connect with another global trotter! I would love to visit all the cities you mentioned - I've only been to SD. My favorite cities include Auckland and Igasu/Igauzu for the falls.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! SD is a great city. Never been to Auckland or Igasu Falls. They both sound great though.

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  8. gorgeous! you've been to so many fabulous places - i love you included san diego on the list, it's a great city!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I am pretty lucky to have been able to see such amazing cities.

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