what's your preference? Big sky or big skyscrapers...

Monday, August 03, 2015

What's your preference when heading away on holiday? A city break that brings with it all the variety of food, people and culture you could ask for (especially in Europe), or somewhere a bit quieter such as the countryside or beach, where there's only relaxing to be done?

Personally I'm torn between the two.

I love to explore new cities - immerse myself in new cultures, visit museums, gape at gothic architecture, participate in walking tours and then bar hop late into the night. I also love to just put my feet up somewhere quiet for a few days with no distractions and enjoy a nice view with with a good book...

A small holiday cottage - Northern Alberta, Canada
When visiting Canada last month hubby and I managed to fit in a good mix of big sky and big skyscrapers, spending time in both the Prairies of Northern Alberta and Vancouver city.

One of the things that really struck me during this trip unsurprisingly was just how much the lifestyles differed between these two areas of Canada. In Alberta there is just SO much space! Massive houses, multiple vehicles, big pastures and mountains, and at times not another soul for miles.

In contrast, Vancouver like many big cities was a jungle of sky scrapers, filled to the brim with inner city apartments.

Yaletown Vancouver, Canada

This was the view from a family members porch in Northern Alberta - nothing but fields, sky, the vege garden and the odd horse every direction I turned. The perfect spot for watching the afternoon fade into dusk with a watered down glass of chilled wine (thanks Kódai)...

Big skies and countryside in Northern Alberta, Canada
And this was the view from our Vancouver apartment a week later, 32 floors high and surrounded by similar skyscrapers as far as the eye could see...

One thing that kinda freaked me out about this apartment was that came with it's own set of pretty powerful binoculars so you could - I dunno - spy on your neighbours? A little intrusive for me.

Apartment style living, Vancouver Canada
Which did I prefer? It's hard to say really. Give me the mix of the two and I'm a happy lady.

How about you?

This post was inspired by the Travel Contrasts #travellinkup hosted by Emma, Kelly & Rebecca. If you'd like to join in to just click through to one of their blogs for more details.

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14 comments

  1. I am with you, I like a mix of the two and I am a happy traveler:)

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    1. Ahh there's a fine balance in travel, isn't there? :) Thanks for stopping by Kiki.

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  2. I'm actually from Vancouver and I think that makes me always want the two. Not sure how far from the city you explored when you were here, but just across the bridge in North Vancouver and West Vancouver there are lots of beautiful, quiet places where you can go for hikes, and even in the city there are beaches that seem like they're far from civilization. However, I am definitely more of a city girl and I prefer going to quieter places for day trips.

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    1. Hi Maria! We spent a few days doing some easy hiking with some friends who are from Vancouver area - I think Lynn Canyon Park and round by Horseshoe Bay area. I would have loved to have seen a whole lot more. Do you have any places you really love I can pencil into my next trip? I'm planning a stop over in Vancouver next winter on my way back to NZ. Thanks!

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  3. I adore both, and hit the trifecta when you find destinations that have both in the same place!

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    1. Yeah, me too. I'm such a greedy traveller ;)

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  4. lovely post! It's so amazing:)

    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/printed-sea-3880191

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  5. I like a healthy mix of both, I think growing up in the countryside with not a lot of do has me pulling towards cities more often though. But a nice holiday in the middle of nowhere is good sometimes.

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    1. I agree. Nothing like putting your feet up for the first few days of a holiday!

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  6. I'm the same, I'm totally torn. I love the city and country in equal measure!

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    1. What's your favourite UK holiday destination Natasha? I'd love some recommendations...

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  7. I like a mix of both as well. Cities often have awesome museums and food, while the country/beach is just so relaxing.

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