Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With Jackie

I covered eleven countries and countless major cities this year on my adventures and narrowing down the list of my “favorite” places I visited was no easy task. I’m gauging these as my top 6 destinations of 2016 because these cities gave me the biggest itch to return and explore more. These are in no particular order because it was difficult enough compiling the list!

  1. Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

A small island about a 30-minute speedboat ride away from Bali is the secluded island of Nusa Lembongan. I had visited Lembongan on a day trip during my prior trip to Bali in 2013 and I vowed to return to the island to spend more than a few hours there – and this year I did!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThe islanders main source of income comes from seaweed farming in the shallow waters that surround the lush island.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieLembongan couldn’t be a better place to come to unwind.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieIt’s hard not to stare at the crystal blue waters.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieJust swinging over an aptly named, “Dream Beach”.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThe local bars and restaurants are not only extremely affordable (I’m talking, a whole meal and a few beers or a cocktail for around $10 US) they’re also extremely adorable.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieLembongan showed off with one of the most beautiful sunsets I saw in three weeks in Bali.

  1. Verona, Italy

Home to the famed tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a city of love – and I fell hard. The architechture in some parts of the city has strong (and gorgeous) Venetian influences due to its location, about halfway between Milan and Venice. Out of all the cities I got lost in this year, Verona may have been the most beautiful.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThere’s nothing I love more than a pretty #PinkHour – except when it’s over an old city, in Italy.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieVerona is so great that they even serve their strawberries covered in warm, hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieHi, can I move in now?

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI stumbled upon cute alleyway after adorable corner.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI mentioned the strawberries, but did I mention the pastries?

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieWhen I looked up I felt like I was back in Venice!

  1. Menton, France.

A smaller, often overlooked, stop a few after Monaco when coming from Nice on the train along the Cote d’Azur – Menton was a pleasant surprise. The pops of color and architechtue reminded me of the Italian Riviera (I mean, it is after all just a stone’s throw away from Italy). With cuteness around every corner I can’t wait to get back to Menton.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieJust an average humble abode in Menton.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThe fun colors, palm trees and buildings stacked on top of each-other, reminiscint of the Italian Riviera.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThis town was so adorable I had to catch myself from falling.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThere’s nothing I don’t love about old-town Europe alley-ways.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI don’t trust you if you wouldn’t want to dine here. How friggin’ delightful is this?!

  1. Budapest, Hungary

I only had about a day and a half to explore Budapest before departing on a river cruise through Austria and Germany but what I was able to see of the city – has me itching to come back for more. The old town charm with modern pops of culture was unexpected – and highly appreciated!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieWould it be Budapest without a picture of the parliament building?

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieRemember that ‘old town charm’ I mentioned? * insert heart eye emoji *

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieCould the views and hues from Aria Hotel be any more perfect?

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieNEWS FLASH: BUDAPEST HAS DELICIOUS GELATO AND THEY FORM IT IN THE SHAPE OF A ROSE AND CALL IT GEL-ART-O.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieBudapest is also famed for its many thermal baths – a must have experience in the city!

  1. Auckland, New Zealand

I spent a few days in Auckland on my way to Australia (which I know, makes no sense, but the flights were free – so enter in “sense”) and I was blown away by its beauty! Not only were the city and surrounding areas beautiful but the people were super friendly and I can’t wait to get back to visit not only Auckland again but the entire country of New Zealand!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThe city skyline, the blue ocean, even the gloomy clouds are beautiful in New Zealand.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI loved the way the city skyline merged along with the masts of the sailboats in the marina.

I loved the way the city skyline merged along with the masts of the sailboats in the marina.Okay, so not only do they have perfect black sand beaches – they also have strawberry Oreos in New Zealand. Do I have to leave?

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieThey also have tons of succulents growing – quite literally – any and everywhere.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieAuckland was also home to the best burger I ever had in my life and it didn’t hurt that it was half the size of my head, either.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI also attended the most quaint (not-so-little) market where individual butchers and cheese sellers all had their own stalls surrounding what were “grocery basics” (and some pretty flowers). I want every food shopping experience to be like this!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieExploring Piha – north of Auckland – was soooo fun! The black sand beach is home to some of the best surf in the area and I’d venture a guess that the views were some of the best in the area also!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieDeparting Auckland was really upsetting but the organic fresh juice sold at the airport made it a little easier. (Seriously, major points for New Zealand.)

  1. Nuremburg, Germany

I only spent a few hours in Nuremburg as one of the stops on a river cruise but what little I was able to absorb of the city has me yearning to come back for more.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieFirst-of-all, the majority of the architecture in Nuremburg is whimsical half-timbered houses. * swoon *

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieActually, there’s no “second of all” – architecture is everything I loved about this city.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieWho could get enough of these facades?!

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With JackieI had very low expectations for Germany (sorry, Germany!) and the entire country blew me away! But quaint views like this are what has Nuremburg at the top of my favorite Germany city list.

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With Jackie

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With Jackie

Jackie’s Top 6 Destinations of 2016 - Get Lost With Jackie