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Which Places Have I Visited Around The World? - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about the places I have visited around the world and which countries I have been to. Not many people know this about me, but I’ve actually been to quite a few countries around the world and am definitely an international traveller. In fact, I have travelled to so many places around the world that I actually used to have six to eight passports stapled together when I had to go to the airport. However, I soon began a teenager and I begged my parents to allow me to just have one passport since I was so embarrassed by having so many. In the end, they gave in and allowed me to only travel with my Indian passport. Lately, due to lots of summers dedicated to camps and SAT preparation for college, my family and I haven’t been able to travel to many different places. However, in this blog post, I’ll be going continent by continent and talking about which countries and cities I’ve visited and which ones I’ve enjoyed the most and hope to visit again. I hope you enjoy and if you do then please subscribe to my website! Without further ado, let’s get started!

Europe:

Starting with Europe, you guys already know that I live in Geneva, Switzerland, so it’s not a surprise that I’ve visited many different European cities. When I was twelve years old, I took a road trip with my family and we visited Prague in Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Whilst I don’t remember a lot from that trip, I do remember that there were many historical sites and monuments that we had to visit which I wasn’t particularly interested in. However, when we visited Hungary, our hotel was really close to the mall and that’s why I remember enjoying Hungary the most since that’s where I did most of my shopping. I have also visited the United Kingdom several times, but I’ve only ever been to London. I’ve been to London twice with my school, but I also went with my parents when they came to the UK with me to drop me off at University of Oxford, where I was doing a summer camp in July of 2018. I like London a lot because it’s a very big city with many people. There are also great sites and there’s great food. I also visited Belgium with my school, but we spent the majority of the time visiting historical sites rather than going downtown and exploring the city of Brussels so I’m not sure what I think of the city yet but maybe I’ll go back and visit it someday. I also used to live in Paris, France and so I’ve been back there a few times and it still feels like home to me. The crowded streets of Paris are always amazing to be able to visit, and I would love to go back there. I was also born in Marseille, France, but I’ve only been back there once. Nevertheless, I remember going to the beach a lot when I lived there and it’s definitely a nice place to visit. Last Christmas holiday, I also visited Milan, Italy for my 18th birthday because Milan is the fashion capital of the world and I wanted to do some luxury shopping. I also frequently visit Madrid, Spain as this is where my family resides. This May, I am going to Portugal and I’m really excited! In the future, I would also love to visit Greece and Monaco because I’ve heard wonderful things about these countries and am sure that I would have a great time. To sum it up, when it comes to Europe, I have visited Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Portugal. (12 out of 44 countries in Europe).

Asia:

I’m originally from New Delhi, India, so it’s not a surprise that my family and I have travelled to countries in Asia. Whilst I love seeing my grandparents and my family back in India, I do enjoy exploring other countries and cities in Asia because I think Asia is a beautiful continent. When I was seven or eight years old, I visited Bangkok, Thailand with my cousins and I remember having an amazing time. We went to some cultural restaurants and ate really good Thai food, and we would spend most of our days on the beach paragliding and sunbathing. When I was twelve or thirteen years old, my father moved to Dubai for his business and so I spent quite a lot of time visiting Dubai. I absolutely loved it there because it’s so modern and there are so many upscale shopping malls and restaurants. Whilst it is extremely warm, everything is air conditioned and so I found that when I visited Dubai, the temperature did not bother me as much. I also see that there are many rumors or rules based on what women are allowed to wear in Dubai, and that apparently you’re not allowed to wear short dresses and skirts. However, I didn’t think that this was really an issue. When I went downtown, there were many women dressing the way that they wanted to and nobody said anything or gave them any looks. Overall, Dubai is a wonderful place to be if you’re looking for a lavish vacation and a place to shop till you drop! When I was fourteen years old, I visited The Maldives and Sri Lanka. I visited the Maldives for a week and it was absolutely breathtaking. I would do anything to go back. I remember I would wake up around 9:00am and would immediately go for a swim, either in the pool that was outside our villa, or the beach. There were so many activities that we could do such as snorkeling and taking a boat around the beach. Unfortunately for me, I get sea sick quite easily so when I went on a boat to see the sunset, I didn’t feel too well and could not enjoy it. However, the food at the Maldives was amazing and I had such a great time exploring the island and constantly swimming. After the Maldives, I went to Sri Lanka and had the pleasure of visiting Kandy. To be honest, I preferred the Maldives over Sri Lanka only because our trip to Sri Lanka was much more cultural and historical (a lot of visiting temples and statues) and I’m not really interested in that kind of stuff. The Maldives, on the other hand, was much more of just relaxing on the beach and taking a vacation which is why I preferred it more. So yeah, in Asia, i’ve visited India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Dubai, and the Maldives. My favorite place out of these countries is The Maldives because I would do literally anything to be on a beach right now, feeding stingrays and eating great food. Nevertheless, I absolutely love Dubai as well and would love to go back and spend a week or so shopping in any of their luxurious malls. In the future, I would really love to visit Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Israel. Singapore, I’ve heard, is very similar to Dubai and so I’m sure that I would really like it, and then Indonesia has one of the most beautiful resorts and beaches and so it would be incredible to take a vacation there as well. To sum it up, in Asia I have visited India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and United Arab Emirates. (5 out of 48).

Africa:

I’ve only ever been to Morocco in Africa, and I actually went because of a school trip. During the IB. I did Higher Level Geography and the course was focused on both Physical Geography and Human Geography, so our Geography teachers took us to Morocco to look at the different shapes of the sand dunes (barchan, star, and linear) and also to look at what opportunities people living in Morocco have and the different challenges they face, since Morocco is of course an extreme environment and even with the disadvantages to living there, such as weather and discomfort, there are definitely some advantages as well such as expanding a tourism industry, for example since many people have the opportunity to camp under the stars and to watch the sunset/sunrise from the Sahara Desert. I absolutely loved Morocco. It was such an amazing experience for me and because I went with all of my friends it was a really nice bonding experience for all of us and I definitely have a lot of memories and inside jokes from that trip. It was a bit long of a trip because it was a whole week long and by the last day I was ready to come back home, not just because I was missing home but also because I had so many assignments to finish off and I was getting stressed out that I wouldn’t be able to complete them on time, but it was still such a great trip and I would really love to go back to Marrakech one day just as a tourist to look at the local market and go shopping. To sum it up, I’ve only ever visited 1 African country (Morocco) out of a possible 54.

North America:

Regarding North America, I have only ever been to the US and have never visited Mexico or Canada, so this is going to be focused on my experience wth the US. I have been to California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington. I want to point out that some of these states I only visited due to the fact that my parents were taking my brother and I on college visits. Therefore, I will first be speaking about the actual vacations I took and then I’ll be speaking about college visits that I took. For a very long time, I have visited New York City every now and then. I’m not sure why, but my parents have always really liked the city (I mean, who doesn’t?) and so we have spent many holidays, especially in my early childhood, visiting New York City and going to the same places we usually do. I love Times Square and just how lively the city is. When we do go to New York, it is usually during my birthday as this is the closest time to New Years and it is absolutely incredible to be in New York City for the start of the New Year. There is so much celebration and liveliness that it truly feels like the start of something new. From New York City, I remember visiting Las Vegas, Nevada. I remember my parents gambling in the casinos whilst my brother and I stayed upstairs in our hotel room watching a movie. Las Vegas was very nice and was also filled with many shopping malls and wonderful restaurants. When I was ten years old, my family and I took a vacation to Orlando, Florida for my birthday because we really wanted to go to Universal Studios since obviously they have some of the most incredible roller coasters there. Therefore, we started off with going to Universal Studios and doing many fun rides there and eating lots of delicious food, and then we headed to Miami, Florida because we knew that it would be warm there and that we wanted to be able to enjoy the beach and the palm trees. So for my actual birthday, I was in Miami shopping and having fun. I want to point out that in order for me to get back to Florida, we actually ended up taking a very nice luxurious cruise. It went from Key West, Florida back to Miami, Florida. It was the first cruise I had ever been on and that’s when I realized how sea sick I easily get. I didn’t realize until around the last day because that’s when the waves were getting rocky and we were heading back to shore. Other than that, I enjoyed the shows and the different shops on the cruise. When I was eleven or twelve years old, my family and I took a holiday to Los Angeles, California, and Hawaii again for my birthday. They took me there because they knew that I really wanted to go to LA (this obsession with LA started from an early childhood as you can see) and I remember having the most amazing time. We visited many iconic sites in LA such as the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica, lots of shopping malls, and because I was eleven years old, we also visited the iCarly and Victorious television studio since these were my two favorite television shows at the time. We also visited many more iconic places and it was just such an incredible birthday. We then went to Hawaii and visited Honolulu and stayed in a very nice resort. The sunshine and the beaches were astonishing and it was such a nice place to be in with your family. In terms of college visits, my family has visited California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington. I didn’t, unfortunately, get to see a lot of the actual state itself since we were constantly taking trains and bus rides to visit different colleges. Therefore, I can’t comment much on these places themselves. However, I will say that Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts were extremely lively and friendly. There were many people and I remember there were many international food spots for us to try out. Therefore, in terms of college visits and excluding California and New York, I liked Boston and Washington a lot. To sum it up, in the US, I’ve visited California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Maryland, Conneticut, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. (13 out of 50 US states). Overall, that’s it for the places that I have visited in the US and around the world. Whilst I’ve never been to Canada before, I’m moving to Toronto very soon and I look forward to getting a taste of Canada as well! I have never been to South America or Australia but I would absolutely love to visit those places as well, especially Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

Shreya Sachdev