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Jet-Setting to the Mega Cities of the World

View over Tokyo from the Mori Tower (Roppongi Hills)A mega city is defined as a city with a population of over 10 million people. While a vacation to a rural spot can be fun, there is no question that mega cities are truly incredible places to visit museums, historical landmarks and vibrant culture that is unique to the destination.

If you are interested in visiting one of the world’s biggest mega cities, the following are some of the best options on the globe.


With almost 40 million people in the metropolitan area, Tokyo boasts the biggest population of any city on the planet.

Visiting the capital city of Japan is unlike anything else, and you can pack your itinerary with the Imperial Palace, the temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, the bustling local fish markets and the fantastic street markets like Yanaka Ginza.

Enjoy Japanese cuisine, experience life in the busiest city on the planet and even pick up a few souvenirs.


Downtown MumbaiAs the largest city in India and a cosmopolitan destination, Mumbai is a breathtaking mix of cultures that creates a non-stop atmosphere.

No trip would be complete without sampling the local specialties like a veggie burger called Vada Pav and chaat, a kind of tasty fried dough that can be sweet or savory.

Major attractions in the city include the colonial structure of Fort St. George, the Princes of Wales Museum, the beaches of Girgaon Chowpaty, the gorgeous scenery at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Haji Ali Dargah and the countless markets where locals shop, socialize and eat.


Istanbul view from Istanbul Sapphire observation deck Aug 2014If you can’t decide between an adventure in Asia or an excursion to Europe, split the difference and set off on a vacation to Istanbul, which is the only mega city in the world that is located on two continents.

Home to the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul is a worthy destination for those who are fascinated by history, religion or architecture.

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The city is also the perfect place to visit a traditional spa, or haram, and take a romantic cruise on the Bosporus River. End the day with a traditional meal of Balık-Ekmek, a tasty fish sandwich sold by street vendors throughout the city.


SeoulThe capital of South Korea is Seoul, a city that manages to blend its rich heritage with modern technology in a unique and fascinating way.

Visiting Seoul means having the chance to see the world-famous Yeongbok-gung Palace, the beautiful Olympic Park in the middle of the city, the temples and trails on Mount Inwang and Namdaemun, which is one of the largest traditional street markets in all of Asia.


London from a hot air balloonIf you want to experience a mega city without worrying about a language barrier, then London is your answer. It is home to a staggering number of museums and art galleries, many of which offer free admission, and it also boasts charming pubs, opportunities to shop in markets like the Camden Locks and a sophisticated and diverse population.

Of course, you can also visit places like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, iconic landmarks of British culture.

Experiencing the rush and excitement of a mega city can be an amazing way to see the world and enjoy a vacation with friends, family or just as a solo traveler.

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