6 incredible places I wish I could visit again 

I was travelling long before I started Little Grey Box and a lot of those trips were taken when I was a total travel amateur. I was broke, staying in dodgy hotels and hostels, using only my phone to take very grainy, horribly framed photos. Not only that, but I was about 15kg heavier than I am now and loathed being in front of the camera, you have no idea how awful those old photos are of ‘plump me’ standing in beautiful places, looking awkward as heck. I was also far too scared to see and do some things because I was such a travel newbie! I thought every solo adventure would end in an abduction.

There are so many really beautiful places I’ve been that I would LOVE to visit again, now I’m more confident and know how to get the best out of a city and how to work a good camera. So, I wanted to share a few of the places I just cannot wait to go back to and visit again! These are places I #TravelFailed the first time I visited and really want to get right the next time I visit. What are yours?

1. Rome

I’ve been to Rome twice now and totally stuffed it up both times. On both trips, I was on a group tour, because I was broke, so it was a real whirlwind and we were staying pretty far out from the city. Still, it’s a beautiful place and I fell in love with it despite the hoards of tourists. It’s when you find yourself in a quiet back street that you can settle into this city, you start to notice the texture of the cobblestone streets, the sounds of locals talking and the feeling in the air all around you. For me, it felt full of energy and excitement, but somehow still laid back. I’d love to go back and stay somewhere central, in Rome, and take my time finding hidden pockets in the city. I’d also like to eat copious amounts of pasta and gelato.

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2. Iceland

We went to Iceland a few years ago now and, again, we were really broke when we did it as we were travelling on an absolute shoestring budget. Iceland is notoriously expensive, so we slept on a friend of a friend’s couch and ate meals at home. For some reason, I was in a foul mood most of the time we were there so I spent a lot of my time not wanting to take as many photos as I should. Big regret. I’d really love to go back now that I’m more travel savvy and have a great camera. I’d love to visit all those mind-blowingly beautiful places and take my time seeing them all while staying at a real hotel and eating at restaurants.

Watch: our ‘Iceland for first-timers’ video

3. Switzerland

Another place I’ve been to twice, on tours, and still not captured it or seen it properly. Both times I’ve been, I’ve been overwhelmed by just how beautiful Switzerland is but I haven’t had the time or ability to photograph it properly and really enjoy it fully. It would be a dream to go back and spend time walking through those gorgeous villages on foot, stopping to photograph absolutely everything and anything I see. I’d love to stay a week somewhere picture-perfect, waking up to a million dollar view each morning and breathing in the fresh, cool, crisp air that fills your lungs with adventure.

4. Canada

Yep, the whole dang country! Not just one city, the whole place! I absolutely love Canada, it’s just a really special place. Matt and I went to Toronto together a few years ago, pre-blog know-how, and I also visited Calgary and Banff many years ago with my dad. Back then I was just a kid and had no idea how incredible what I was seeing was. FAIL. I would love to spend a few months in Canada, slowly working my way across the country meeting the locals, eating their amazing food and filming every moment of beauty I see. I could spend a month in the Rockies easily. Take me, Canada. I’m YOURS.

Canada - Places I can't wait to visit again

Canada

5. New York

We spent a pretty good amount of time in New York, I think it was around a week or slightly more than a week. While we saw and did a lot of things, we also missed out on doing lots of stuff too, because we were doing this epic long trip and were pretty exhausted from moving around. I used my iPhone 3 to take photos. What the heck was I thinking? So many amazing photo opportunities squandered! I could kick myself. It would be wonderful to go back to New York, now that I’ve got my first-time awe out of the way, and properly get down to the nitty-gritty of finding hidden spots and properly capturing those iconic places, like Central Park.

6. Amsterdam

I am hanging out to get back to Amsterdam. Whenever the idea of going up to the Northern Hemisphere comes up, Matt and I immediately start plotting how we can get ourselves back to Am-Dam. It’s just a really fun place to visit and the two times I’ve been, it has been far too fast and I’ve not been able to do anything of real interest there. There are so many amazing galleries to visit, tiny streets to explore and very long nights of fun to be had. I’d love to hire a bike and ride through the city and see it properly, away from the hoards of tourists and the red-light district. I’d also like to get out of the city and see the wide open spaces of the Netherlands.

What are some destinations you’ve visited but #TravelFailed and would love to visit again?


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Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

11 Comments on 6 incredible places I wish I could visit again 

  1. Well, Switzerland is perfectly beautiful and I am happy I could´ve spent some time in the country exploring mountains, castles and towns. You can find a whole bunch of activities there! On the other hand I was so sad we had no time to pull a bit further to visit the town of Bonifacio once we´ve visited the French isle of Corse…

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  2. I second that emotion when you were travelling for the first time xD

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  3. Um! That photo of Canada… It actually made my heart yank itself out of my chest and book a damn flight on it’s own! Wow, I think that photograph alone just pushed Canada up at least 10 spots on my list.

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    • I give myself really bad wanderlust when I write these. Part of me is yelling, “What are you doing? Sell everything you own and get out there, immediately!” Canada is gorgeous, you’d love it x

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  4. I have a similar list of places I wish I had the chance to revisit to make up for the first failed attempt. I think being young and homesick played a big part in my dramas. I’d love to go back to Capri, Paris and Barcelona. Eating would be the first priority- i’d eat myself silly on French cheese and Italian gelato! Great post!

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  5. Beautiful photos. Canada has long been on my bucket list of places to visit. Lucky you! 🙂

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  6. Hey Phoebe,

    What camera do you use for photography and video? I still don’t know how to use the functions on my camera and I’ve had it for over 5 years now (canon 500d)… I would pretty much love to revisit all the places I’ve been to and re capture every photo I have taken. They look they are in focus when I see them on the screen but as soon as I put them on the computer they are out of focus and now i can’t share them in Instagram because of that. Recently I have been taking my camera with me for when I go on hikes etc so I’m getting use to it.
    I sort of feel like I want a new camera because a. my camera is already 5 years old and b. I’m just not motivated to use it when I take it with me on my travels as I don’t like carrying it around.

    Krista 🙂

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    • Hi Krista! I use a Canon 7D for my photography and video, but sometimes when I’m Vlogging I use a GoPro.

      I was the same, it can be really hard to capture things how you see it and want to capture it. I swear I didn’t use my good camera for the first 6 months I had it because it was just too hard. But finally I forced myself to learn how to use it on manual mode and understand how to get clear images, use focal points and stuff. Totally worth it! I used to set up stuff in my house on the kitchen counter and practice photographing it haha.

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  7. very good account of the places you have touched and you seems to be really professional photo shooter and travel loving person

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  8. I’m with you on all your European destinations. That said, I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to Canada. Or even back to New York.

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