I recently had the absolute pleasure of traveling to Cartagena, Colombia. I’m not sure why I chose this place. I saw one or two pictures on pinterest and booked the tickets without thinking too much. As the trip loomed closer, anxiety kicked in. All I heard from family (mostly older) was the danger factor, drugs and violence lingering from the '80s. I got conflicting information from colleagues saying it was the best trip ever. I read pros and cons on a million websites and I determined that you either love or hate this place. Now that I’ve been, I don’t see how you can’t love it IF you make smart choices with your time and your location. So, here are my top 10 reasons why it should be next on your travel bucket list. I'm so glad I didn't let fear hold me back, because inside the "Walled City" is pure heaven.