Back to basics: Why I love cities

As I carry on building up the content on this site with tales of city travel and the amazing experiences I’ve had there, I feel like I need to take a step back and remind myself why I always choose cities over beach destinations and little market towns. After selling my city-soul out with a two-week beach break in the Caribbean and finally learning what it is to just do nothing on holiday, I think I firmly established my love of exploring. So here they are, the reasons why I love city travel.

Feeling like a tiny speck in a great, wide world

When everything else is huge and roaring loud, you feel about two inches tall and begin to realise exactly how small you are in the great scheme of things. I might be the only person who likes to feel tiny, but I also like to feel that rush of appreciation that the world is such an expanse of places, full of friends you don’t know yet.

There’s always something to do

As I’ve said before, I have trouble not doing anything on holiday. Evenings after work and weekends with lay-ins are ‘do nothing’ times for me, never holidays. Since I work full-time, time abroad is precious for me so I like to full almost every waking hour with something to do. Whether it’s history, shopping, culture or nature, city travel makes this so much easier. I guess it’s largely due to the amount of historical buildings and museums, but also because there’s no shortage of recommendations from guidebooks and websites. I often end up having to cut a huge list of things to do, simply because we’re not staying long enough.

City travel makes me more creative

Being creative is what I do for a living and there’s something about silence and rolling hills that just doesn’t ignite any fire in me. I need random snippets of conversation, lots of faces with a wealth of expressions to interpret, buildings that are so tall they block out the sun yet with one more footstep can stream a direct beam of light right into the back of your corneas. I need the tiniest patch of grass in the middle of pollution that somehow manages to survive, the sheer heat of summer when you’re surrounded by glass reflection, and the rush everyone seems to be in.

What makes you love cities so much? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. 28th August 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Lovely little post as usual xx

    • blondeinthecity
      29th August 2012 / 9:29 am

      Thanks lovely :) xxx