I wish I have the time and money now to do a long-term travel (at least a year) - traveling slowly and staying longer in off the beaten places. Having said that, my favorite countries that I keep going back to and have traveled most extensively (outside of USA) are Spain, Italy and France in that order. The people. The food. The culture. And for a lot more reasons. Not so much about the sights and attractions but if that is what your thing, they have ton of that as well.
My Favorite Places out of the 2 Islands in the Canaries I Have Visited:
Playa de las Canteras, San Cristobal de la Laguna, La Orotava ...
Favorite / Most Memorable Moments:
The spectacularly thrilling and incredibly scenic bus rides / trips around Tenerife; the unforgettable 3 Kings Parade at Gran Canaria ...
Malaga and Lisbon unexpectedly blew me away. I was a little concern before going to Lisbon. Like what I feel about going solo to Brazil. Anyway, yes, so many unforgettable and beautiful stories to tell ... they are about the people, the food and the culture.
Trips into/out of CI:
-Flew aboard a Low Cost Carrier via Malaga airport into Gran Canaria (LPA).
- Took the Fred Olsen Express Ferries at Agaete to hop onto the north Tenerife island in Santa Cruz.
- Flew LCC via South Tenerife airport (TFS) into Lisbon - yep, there is also an airport (TNF) in the north side.
Well, I never been and really wanted to go to Malaga and Lisbon - that is why I ended up going there before and after my trips to the Canaries. And the LCC airfares were cheap flying in and out there.
I am so excited already for the next one because I finally able to squeeze San Sebastián (me being a food lover) and Sevilla (for the culture & people ) in my itinerary. I will be flying out of Paris into Sevilla for the festivities around the 3 Kings Day etc. And of course, visits to Christmas markets in all the places I will be (re)visiting including the epic ones in Germany and Austria. Birthday in Rome with my best friend & co., Christmas in Vienna with some friends, NYE in London, New Year's Day in Paris and start of another great year in Spain & more. TL;DR-sorry.