On the bus from the airport to the city centre, I was talking to a Melbourne local – originally from Pakistan. He told me: «Sydney is like America, Melbourne is like Europe.» I asked him if he ever had been to Europe and America, he said no. Though, the rumors seem to be true. I’ve been to Sydney before and it’s somewhat like a hybrid between New York, Florida and California. Now, after 2 days in Melbourne, I can agree on that it’s somewhat like Europe – but perhaps even a little nicer. Like a mix of Europe of Australia, sounds like the best of two worlds.
In 2016, for the 6th year in a row, Melbourne won the title «the world’s most livable city» in the annual «Global Livability Ranking» which is a survey done by the Economist: read more about it here. That’s pretty impressing! This measures quality of life in terms such as stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Spending two days here, with perfect weather, it’s a little hard for me to have any thoughts on this – but I must say I really liked the city and it was beautiful, clean, had decent beaches and parks and over-all I got a good vibe. I really enjoyed it and especially coming from Auckland in New Zealand which in the annual Johan Travels the World survey over the biggest asshole-cities on planet earth, won by far in 2016 – with La Paz in Bolivia as number two.
When it comes to all these surveys (except mine just mentioned) it’s a little important to diverse from being a resident there and visit as a traveller. As a traveller you might want things like really good beaches, cosy streets to wander, good climate and lots of the thins you crave when booking a holiday. These things are of course also of great pleasure for the residents living there, but they probably appreciate things like healthcare, education and infrastructure a lot more since that’s part of their everyday life. So I recommend all my readers to keep that in mind. Melbourne was indeed nice, but there are nicer cities to visit. For me that would be for example Cape Town, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, San Diego, Barcelona and Sydney.
For me, it’s always nice to visit the big fancy cities for a couple of days – but that’s enough. Those big +5 million cities are usually a little too big for a simple boy from the country side. It sure is nice to wander the cities and enjoy the architecture, beaches, weather and vibe but after a couple of days I really crave some adventure, nature and smaller places. So, being said that I very much enjoyed my stay in Melbourne I also really look forward to the next litte adventure: to roadtrip the Great Ocean Road.