1. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo; city of flashing neon lights, super-advanced gadgetry, which makes it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. But it’s got more to offer than batteries, bodies and blinking lights. From the cacophony of sights, sounds and smells that is Tokyo, it is possible to make a short journey and find yourself atop a mountain with nothing other than peace and tranquillity surrounding you.
2. New York, USA
New York, New York; setting for hundreds of sitcoms and films, inspiration of many a song. Five boroughs, 12 avenues and street after street crammed full of museums, shops, fast food outlets and ‘I ♥ NYC’ gift shops – and that’s before you get started on the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square and all the other tourist-tastic stuff that you can get up to.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Say Rio and you think Carnival, thousands of bronzed bikini-clad bodies snaking through the sun-baked streets of Brazil’s capital city in time to a thumping samba beat. But this city has plenty more besides – some of the world’s most stunning beaches, thriving nightlife, a 24/7 party vibe and Sugar Loaf mountain too.
4. London, UK
Home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye, the London Dungeon’s and more musuems than you can shake a cucumber sandwich and a cup of tea at, this city is simply bursting with history and culture. Take a boat trip along the Thames, stroll through Hyde Park, gaze at the Crown Jewels or feed the pigeons at Trafalgar Square.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is often regarded as the World’s most beautiful city. Combining the fast pace of a great urban metropolis with the immense natural beauty synonymous with Africa, it certainly is a city of contrasts.