Are the best places to live also the best places to visit?

So the top 5 places to live are, according to this article, at least:

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada

I find it interesting that the best places to live, with one exception, are freezing cold in winter. Apparently the people figuring this stuff out have good coats and thick socks.

Vienna, of course, is a huge tourist destination. I’ve never been, but some friends are going to take me swimming in the Danube River when I do get there. And, interestingly, the first job outside the US I ever applied for was in Vienna – I sometimes imagine if I had moved to Vienna instead of Korea back in 2001. One day, I will go.

Zurich. I’ve actually been here. Nice enough place to visit but the restaurant prices are shocking. My guess would be that it’s a better place to live than it is to visit. If we hadn’t lucked out and gotten upgraded to a suite with a kitchen, I’d probably still be cursing Zurich’s food prices.

Never been to Auckland, but I’m sure it’s a great place to visit. Just a long flight past other places I’ve never been.

Munich. I was there for the Christmas market. I’d like to see some other Christmas markets, but Munich was great and definitely one of the top places in the world to visit (check out this cool travel plan or this one). Most probably think of Oktoberfest, but that’s not when I would go. The Christmas Market was amazing but Munich is freezing in December. And so many cool daytrips are possible: Salzburg, Landshut, and Neuschwanstein to name a few.

Vancouver
is another place I’ve never been. I’ve heard it’s nice but I never thought it was in the same league as Vienna or Munich.

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