Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania
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Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania

One of the things I love about travel is experiencing life as a local. I have an affinity for grocery shopping where the locals grocery shop and eating dinner where the locals stop for dinner. I’ll stroll through parks and eclectic neighborhoods or even sign up for a group exercise class, just to get my bearings. And while Airbnb has paved the path for this type of travel, having a best friend who lends you her (or his) apartment is even better. Especially if that apartment is located in one of the most quaint, idyllic parts of a city.

Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois

Oh, Chicago. What a lively, captivating, energizing, and humid place you are. Like most metropolitan cities, you’re a melting pot of people and cultures and traditions. You have quirky neighborhoods, outstanding architecture, towering skyscrapers, and unique boat tours. You have an expansive, beach-like lakeshore and beautiful homes.

Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia

My husband was born and raised in Hyvinkää, Finland. That’s approximately 5,000 miles from where I grew up. Like most Finns, he’s kind, inquisitive, and very smart. He’s creative and loves music. He’s impressively sociable, except when it comes to strangers in elevators. True to his roots, he embraces cold weather. The mountains are always calling, and skiing is a daringly effortless activity.