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#2 Kyoto, Japan

Japan is one of the countries that managed to impress me the most on all my travels. I arrived with practically no expectations and boy, was I in for a surprise! While the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the neon madness of Osaka, and the stunning natural beauty of Mt Fuji are all worth writing home about, it was one tiny temple elsewhere that really stuck out for me.

Kinkaku-ji (or rather, Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is located in Kyoto, the cultural capital of the country. You can’t enter the actual temple but, honestly speaking, that doesn’t really matter because what makes it so special is its setting. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear day – when the sun makes the gold leaf and pond reflection really pop – it can almost feel like you’re staring at a painting. It’s beyond majestic!

#1 Giza, Egypt

The pyramids were one of my main motivations to visit Egypt and they sure did not disappoint! However, I was shocked to discover just how close they are to Giza – the Cairo suburb where the pyramid complex is located. I mean, I knew the pyramids weren’t located in some idyllic faraway desert but certainly not this close to the city.

As I walked around the dusty streets of Giza I couldn’t help but grin every time I saw one of the pyramids from yet another unusual angle, like this one. It was a lot of fun! Can you imagine having one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in your backyard? Bonkers.