Living in a massive city (New York) full of towering skyscrapers is consistently overwhelming, in a sensory sort of way. So when making travel decisions, we often find ourselves veering towards destinations of decidedly more human scale, like Amsterdam or Cape Town…which also happen to be two of the most good looking places we’ve ever visited.
But beauty, surely, is in the eye of the beholder. And a new survey by Toronto based Flight Network names the 50 most beautiful cities in the world – leaving us genuinely surprised by a few of the choices.
Surveyed were more than a thousand travel writers, bloggers and agencies, so one could hardly claim bias. But New York City and London came in at #2 and #3 respectively, even as both have undertaken horrendous over-development, turning their cityscapes into a blight of cranes and unfinished construction. It’s sometimes just hard to look at, without wishing you could just beam yourself over to Florence or Provence.
We certainly would not disagree, however, with Paris coming in at #1. And Venice, Vancouver and Lisbon at #’s 4, 5 and 6 and surely indisputable. At #26 and #28, Bruges and Havana are also particular favorites of ours. While Jerusalem (#30) and Edinburgh (#31) score points for historical gravitas, while still offering a distinctly cosmopolitan experience.
As for Latin America, we absolutely would have moved Cartagena far up the list from #44 – and would enthusiastically make it our top recommendation for the South American continent in the coming year. But it’s also nice to see underdogs like Ecuador’s Quito (#32) and Peru’s Cusco (#34) make the list.
Of course, wherever your travel plans take you in 2020, do try to make sure a bit of pretty comes with the package.