My 10-year-old daughter Vivi thinks about Taylor Swift as often as I think about family vacation ideas, and that’s a lot. During a recent school vacation, we worked together on a project that merged our two interests and came up with this list of places where Taylor Swift might like to vacation. Taylor has been working so hard lately that she deserves a nice break. Here’s our list of holiday destinations we think she would love.
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1. Verona, Italy
Why Taylor Swift should go here, according to my 10-year-old: “I played the song ‘Love Story’ for my mother and she said, ‘Oh, the name Juliet comes from Shakespeare,’ and then told me the quite strange plot of Romeo & Juliet. That play takes place in Verona. I haven’t been there, but I have been to other places in Italy and love it there because of the good food and the old buildings and towns.”
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My opinion: Only about an hour’s drive from Venice, Verona really leans into the fame of Romeo and Juliet, with popular tourist spots such as Juliet’s House (and Balcony), Romeo’s House and the Well of Love. Verona also has deep musical connections, with an annual opera festival and beautiful music venues in the city.
Why Taylor Swift should go here according to my 10 year old: “I’ve never been to the Caribbean because it’s quite far from where I live, but I’ve looked at a lot of pictures and it looks really nice, and my mom says the water is warm, so I bet Taylor would like here. It also looks like a relaxing place and a source of inspiration for music.”
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My opinion: Anguilla is just enough off the beaten track to feel like a hidden gem, and it has a dreamy mix of beautiful but not flashy luxury resorts, fine powdered sugar sand and warm azure waters. Vivi isn’t entirely right about never having been there, because I went when I was six months pregnant with her and discovered firsthand that being pregnant in Anguilla basically makes you royalty based on how incredibly nice people were to me .
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3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Why Taylor Swift should go here, according to my 10-year-old: “Machu Picchu is truly inspiring, and I know Taylor is always looking for inspiration. There are also dogs and llamas, and Taylor loves animals, especially cats. I don’t know how she feels about scary bus rides, though. Maybe she can do one of those multi-day hikes, like she envisioned for herself while writing ‘Folklore,’ and just skip the bus part.”
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My opinion: Vivi isn’t kidding about that bus ride. We have a few altitude sensitive people in our family and they all made it, but it took a lot of closed eyes and deep breathing to conquer the steep and winding road. However, there are some great trekking tours to Machu Picchu, including Evolution Treks, which offers all-women tours led by female guides and porters (a big deal since almost all porters at Machu Picchu are men).
4. Alacati, Turkey
Why Taylor Swift should go here, according to my 10-year-old: “I’ve never been here, but when I asked my mother for an idea of a place with a lot of music, she thought of a town called Alacati in Turkey. Since Taylor loves music so much (duh), this would be a good place.
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My opinion: When I visited Alacati last fall, I fell in love with the nightlife, which is essentially nothing more than a maze of pedestrianized streets lined with restaurants with outdoor tables and music everywhere. There’s live music, recorded music, people dancing, and an intriguing Turkish mix of people in modest traditional clothing and other people in little sequined things, so whatever Taylor wants to wear will work here.
Bonus: There are also a lot of very cute cats in Alacati. Before I went to Turkey I had seen the documentary Kedi about cats in Istanbul, and every time I saw a cat in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkiye I felt a little star struck. There is also a nice culture of shared care for the cats (I walked past many children and elderly people refilling food and water bowls that were against buildings on the sidewalk).
5. Tokyo, Japan
Why Taylor Swift should go here, according to my 10-year-old: “My friend went to Tokyo and said there were really nice shops there and good food too. Taylor has good taste in clothes, so she probably likes shopping, and also, who doesn’t like food? Vivi added that her friend thinks Taylor would especially like the “giant malls and cat cafes.”
My opinion: Tokyo feels like many cities in one, and one of the things I love about it is how the city embraces hyper-urban skyscraper districts and neighborhoods that feel like small villages in equal measure. Another great thing about the city is that many of the most beautiful hotels are on the top floors of tall buildings, meaning the rooms and suites offer some of the world’s best views of the city. And as Vivi’s friend can attest, the food and shopping alone are definitely worth a trip.
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