When my grandmother was younger, she traveled from Iran to Bombay, where she resided with her sisters and her father. She speaks incredibly fondly of Bombay — the rich aroma of spices that lingered in the air, climbing trees with her siblings and looking out over the city. My grandmother remained in Bombay until she married my grandfather at the age of 22, and moved back to Iran. Her love for the destination has always made me want to visit myself one day. It lead me to wonder: if I were to ask my grandmother what the one place I need to travel to in my 20s is, what would she say?
My attitude towards travel is kind of contradictory: I love adventure and crave discovering new spots to claim as my own. I am the definition of a tourist in my own city — I regularly consume art, culture, and landscape in New York, as if every day is my last. But while I am passionate about the allure of a new experience, I also find myself dependent on routine. Whenever I travel for several weekends in a row, my body feels out of whack and I begin to long for normalcy. But as I constantly remind myself, If I am ever to travel on a whim, it would be now: right smack in the middle of my 20s, before I have any real obligations to anybody but myself.
If these tidbits of advice below from grandmothers on must-see travel destinations doesn't inspire you to pack up and go wherever the wind takes you, I don't know what will.