One visit to Burlington was enough to convince freelance journalist Lindsay Westley to trade Philadelphia’s skyscrapers and traffic for the mountains and lakes that typify Vermont’s largest city. Here are a few of Lindsay’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.
Sevcan Celik fulfilled a lifelong dream when she moved to Istanbul. Raised on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey, Sevcan relocated to the famously transcontinental city in 2009 and couldn’t be happier about the decision. “When I feel depressed, crossing the bridge is enough. When I want to celebrate, I can find an event that suits my mood easily,” she says. “Why would I leave?” Here are a few of Sevcan’s favorite things about the rich cultural crossroads she’s proud to call home.
Award-winning journalist and frequent ‘Traveler’ contributor Daisann McLane began her love affair with Hong Kong back in 2001. She returned to the city again and again over the ensuing years, eventually settling there full-time in 2010. Soon thereafter, McLane launched the Little Adventures in Hong Kong tour company “to help other people do what it had taken me years of experience as a travel writer to learn: Figure out the city. Understand its culture. Discover real Hong Kong food.” Here she shares a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call her second home.
Kristin and Allen may have grown up in different states (she hails from the Chicago suburbs and he’s a native of Cincinnati, Ohio), but they adopted the same city as young adults: Denver. That’s where they met and had their first date (at iconic Denver diner Steuben’s). Now newlyweds who have been married for just over a year, the couple shares their unique he-said, she-said take on what to see and do in the Colorado capital they call home.
Social entrepreneur and photographer Kelli Trontel isn’t afraid to pack her bags and follow her dreams. After spending time in Arizona and Tennessee, the born-and-bred Californian and her husband, Reed, decided to relocate to the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, and open up the Red Caboose, a downtown shop selling coffee and frozen yogurt. Once resistant to the idea of moving to Montana, Kelli is now happily entrenched in Big Sky country. Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she calls home.
Lars Linderoth, who moved to Stockholm in 2000, credits his natural curiosity with helping him to uncover the Swedish capital’s local secrets. “[I] never stop exploring—not on the road, not when I’m in my hometown,” he says. “There is always something to see.” Now a full-blown local, but no less thrilled with his home base, Lars shares his love for Stockholm by blogging about his favorite finds on Spotted by Locals. Here are some of the highlights.
Virginia Beach native Peggy Sijswerda can remember when her hometown was a sleepy little city covered in cornfields. Today, acting as editor and publisher of two regional magazines keeps Peggy more than busy, but she still makes time to enjoy all this coastal gem has to offer—”amazing history, beaches, boating, swimming, and seriously tasty seafood” chief among them. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.
Madrid “feels like the Spanish best friend you never had—one that welcomes you with open arms, tasty tapas and drinks, and good times,” says local Erin Ridley. “Really, it’s hard not to feel like you belong here.” Here are a few of Erin’s favorite things about the city she’s proudly called home for seven years.
The first official day of summer is fast approaching (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick the season off right with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 summer must-dos recommended by “I Heart” contributors in 20 cities around the world.
More than two years ago, Christina Tkacik spent her days viewing footage from the far-flung exploits of National Geographic explorers as a film librarian for the Society. “At some point, I knew it was time to have some adventures of my own,” she says. “So I did what anyone would do—I moved to Beirut!” Here are a few of Christina’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.
Originally from the island of Sardinia, freelance travel writer Angela Corrias has traveled the globe, living as an expat and racking up nomad cred. Two years ago, she decided to stop roving and put down roots in Rome. The Eternal City continues to earn its moniker with its “never-fading allure,” she says. “Few places make whirling back in time so easy.” Here are a few of her favorite things about Rome.
“Even if it’s not really your cup of tea, Thessaloniki won’t bore you—not for a single second—because it never ever sleeps,” says local Martina Papaiaioannou. Here’s a look at Greece’s second largest city through her unique lens.