10 PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT (I THINK) YOU HAVE TO SEE
I've done a lot of traveling. I've seen a lot of the world. These are my favorite places so far. Here's to seeing the rest of them.
- •Berchtesgaden, GermanyWe'll start with Berchtesgaden. It's a rarely heard of town in the Alps of southern Germany that makes it onto this list primarily because of the ridiculous amount of beauty you'll find here. It's the home of Hitler's Eagles Nest and some of the best local beer you'll ever drink.
- •Seattle, Washington, USAIt seriously is a damn shame that I only got to spend one day in the Emerald City, but I am SO looking forward to whenever I get to go back. After living in Los Angeles, the clean, crisp air in Seattle is a nice break. On top of that, the fish markets, the music scene, the coffee, plus year round sports between the Seahawks and Mariners, and a friendly population makes Macklemore's hometown a winner.
- •Santorini, GreeceI feel like Santorini makes frequent appearances on lists like this. Rightfully so. If you go, rent quads for your stay. It's the best way to get around the island. It has beautiful beaches, the picturesque town of Oia (the one you see in every picture of Santorini), and Gyros for dayz. Seriously. Greek food 👌🏻
- •Budapest, HungaryEastern Europe gets shit on a lot, but seriously, you won't find too many more enjoyable cities than Budapest, at least from what I've seen. The Hungarian Capitol has everything from insane nightlife to some of the most impressive architecture you'll ever see (that Parliament building though). Definitely very highly recommended.
- •Dublin, IrelandDublin is fantastic. All around. It really is. I was lucky enough to be there the weekend before St Patrick's in 2011 and had such a fun time. Obviously a big attraction is the Guinness brewery. It's not at all overrated. The Temple Bar is one that you absolutely cannot skip. Plus, the coolest locals.
- •Sognefjord, NorwayThis is the most beautiful place I've ever been to. I had the opportunity to spend a week and a half in Balestrand last year for my best friend's wedding, and while there isn't a whole lot to do as far as nightlife or anything like that, the scenery alone puts this in my top 5.
- •Cape Town, South AfricaWhatever you're looking for, Cape Town has it. Go hiking on Table Mountain and Lions Head. Take a boat out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. See a soccer or rugby game at the beautiful stadium built for the 2010 World Cup. Go out for the nightlife in downtown C Town. On top of all that, the climate in South Africa is as close to Southern California as you'll get. If you're a wine lover, you definitely won't hate Cape Town.
- •Jerusalem, IsraelWhat I really mean is the entire country of Israel. If you can go at a time when it's safe enough to travel, I promise you will not be disappointed. I've never been anywhere with such a rich history as Israel has. Simply walking around the city is such a powerful experience. Outside of Jerusalem, make your way to the Dead Sea, Masada, Gallilee, and Capernaum.
- •Heidelberg, GermanyMaybe I'm biased with my top 2, as they are both places that I've had the opportunity to live for an extended period of time. I spent a year of college in Heidelberg, and there are so many things about it that make it my 2nd home. It's just a fun, centrally located town with great nightlife, excellent hiking, and an incredible history. Plus, you'll likely run into several groups of American students around town who obviously know how to have a good time.
- •Los Angeles, CA, USAThere isn't one picture that can accurately do justice to how amazing LA is. And yes, again I may be biased, but to be real, my home city has everything. From the beaches of Santa Monica, to the lights and sounds of Hollywood, to LA Live in Downtown, featuring the Staples Center where you can catch my Kings and Lakers playing, and the Nokia theater where some of the biggest musical acts in the world perform. I love this city so much.... except the traffic. That kinda sucks.