They say all roads lead to Rome, and they should – this beautiful city has ancient roots unlike any other. “It’s been around for almost 3,000 years, so it might be doing something right,” says Gary of Everything Everywhere. Grab a gelato and meander around this walkable city. You can’t help but run right into the Colosseum, where you can marvel at this structure, which has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD. Stop by the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin in over your shoulder, which ensures you’ll visit again someday. And don’t miss the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica, as the breathtaking Renaissance-style architecture is known the world over. Everywhere you look, you’re sure to see ornate marble statues and fountains; go ahead and take a sip, as the water is fresh, safe and free.
As a country smaller than most major cities around the globe, Singapore could easily be overlooked. Don’t make that mistake. You don’t have to look far to find the beauty of this city-state – just look down. Singapore is known for having some of the cleanest streets in the world, thanks to strict laws on littering, vandalism, spitting and public urination. Plus, chewing gum is illegal in this country – and no, we’re not kidding. The iconic Merlion statue, which is a half-fish and half-lion creature, resides at the Merlion Park waterfront. Hop on a restored bumboat river cruise to see other famous attractions along the Singapore River, including the Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
Portugal’s capital city has often been called one of the 15 best places to retire around the world due to its low crime rates and high quality of life. Its Mediterranean climate is beautiful year-round, and the seafood is second to none. Don’t miss the São Jorge Castle, located at the top of a hill in the city centre, for one of the most picturesque views Lisbon has to offer. Lisbon’s Pink Street (formerly its red-light district, which completed a makeover in 2013) is where the crowds gravitate in the evenings for bar-hopping and clubbing. Just follow the pink-painted pavement located in the neighbourhood Cais do Sodré.