Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In — The Best of City Travel!


On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on city travel!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Here are the questions for the week:

Q1. What is your favorite thing about city travel? Best memory?

OverYonderlust The architecture! Seeing the buildings in Tokyo.

airtreks The sense of invisibility of a big foreign city. So different than the countryside.

theexplorateur sitting @ restaurant in Madrid & watching a GRAND wedding procession pass by on foot…music & crazy entourage in tow!

I love wandering around different neighborhoods — Buenos Aires’s Palermo Viejo and Soho, Rome’s Trastevere, Paris’s Marais and Montmartre, London’s Kensington.  I love when diverse neighborhoods are packed into the same cities.

In Buenos Aires, you’ll find Chinese and Hasidic Jewish communities.  In Paris, you’ll find Algerian and Yemeni communities.  It’s amazing what you can discover when you go for a stroll.

Q2. Today is earth day! How do you travel green in cities?

MeganSterritt I ask that the hotel not wash my sheets and towels every night. Saves H2O

ZipSetRachel I eat local – and take advantage of markets!

Ximm5 90% of times i take public transport (subway, bus) instead of own car or taxi

Public transit all the way! Subways, mostly.  (Clareappleyard and I are both a bit bus-phobic abroad, we discovered today!)  And doing your laundry in the sink (not fun, but cheap) is a great way to save energy.

Thanks for the tips, everyone — these are really helpful!

Q3. Which city has the best sporting event venue? Favorite team to watch?

WldTrvlBill London to watch the tennis at Wimbledon.

carolinemichaud Boston’s Fenway Park & Red Sox by far!

AppetiteforLife The bullfighting ring in Sevilla!

Um…I live around the corner from Fenway Park.  Do you really think I have a choice? 😉

I was glad to see that Boston was the most popular response!

Q4. What city has the best culture? What do you love about it?

pingudog Istanbul! a crazy/cool mixture of religious and cultural influence, old world and new.

ritapang Beijing, Paris, Budapest, Lisboa or Porto. Culture iin the way street curves, cobblestones, sunset reflected on 3-storey buildings

artistatlarge Definitely a tie between Paris, Florence, and Rome. My three favorites for food, art, quality of life.

Culture? That’s tough. Every city has its own undeniable culture.

But I would single out Paris for its self-assured elegance.  And San Francisco for its laid-back environment.  And most of all, Rome for its fiery, chaotic passion.

Q5. City Festivals – which is the best & what city hosts it?

velvetescape It’s not really a festival but Queens Day in Amsterdam April 30 is always a blast! 1million party-goers in the streets.

StayAdventurous Some must of said. Munich for Oktoberfest. A festival created to drink beer. Loads of it. (is there a tequila one?)

chic_travel Going with NYC again, FLEET WEEK!

For festivals I’ve attended, I have to give props to Boston on the Fourth of July! There’s no better place in America to celebrate Independence Day than on the Esplanade as Keith Lockhart directs the Boston Pops.

I have several festivals on my bucket list: Oktoberfest in Munish, La Tomatina (the tomato-throwing festival) in Bunol, Spain, San Fermines (running of the bulls) in Pamplona, Spain, and one of my most lofty travel goals is to celebrate Carnival or Mardi Gras in all of the major cities: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, New Orleans, Nice, Venice…


I just found this picture that I took in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween this year.  Now, THAT’S a festival!

Q6.  Back to Earth Day. Which city has the best public green space/park?

LuxBeach I’d say one of the best green spaces/parks is in the Tulum Mexico area: the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

velvetescape NYC’s Central, London & Sydney’s Hyde Parks, Amsterdam’s Vondel Park, emmm…missing anything? 🙂

hopandjaunt ha ha I would say the entire country of NZ is like a park!!

Two cities that I think get parks right are London and Washington, DC.  The greenery is fantastic and well-maintained in both cities.

Isn’t that beautiful? St. James Park in London.

Q7. What is one activity you must do, regardless of city?

CareerBreakHQs I like to only drink the local beers

mswoodenshoes I like browsing local bookstores.

20sTravel I also love visiting historic city cemeteries and try to seek those out.

I always try to get to a high point in the city — the top of a church, or a building, or even a hill — and see the city from far above.

Seattle, as seen from the Space Needle.

Q8. Which city has the friendliest people? The least friendly?

bellrm00 Friendliest: London. Least friendly: Riga!

yoginitraveler Friendliest – Siem Reap. Least friendliest – Prague.

ConciergeQ Friendliness: any pub in Dublin, Ireland! But watch out for pub fights-quickly becomes the least friendly!

The nicest people are in Ireland, and you’ll make plenty of friends a few minutes into a Dublin trip!  And the least friendly people are in Paris.  It’s a cliche…but it’s the French culture.  (Another reason why I fit in so well in Paris…)

Q9. Which city has the worst public transportation? Which is the most walkable?

Gadling NYC is def most walkable. Worst public transp= Buffalo … only 1 train that goes in a str8 line downtown, need a car

gomarwrites worse public transport – Los Angeles. most walkable: Amsterdam.

TravelingAnna Rome for both. Subways taking a BREAK? WTH?

Boston is America’s Walking City!  When I worked downtown, I would walk home whenever the weather was nice.  Pure bliss, and very easy to walk from place to place.

As for public transportation, I have to give props to Paris — I’ve never waited longer than five minutes for a train, the network is extensive, and it even goes to the airport!  And the worst?  Los Angeles.  GET A DECENT TRANSIT SYSTEM ALREADY!

Q10. Which city would you pick to live in for a year? Why?

TravelsWithTwo Portland, OR. Proximity to nature, arts/culture & coffee!

sixminutestyle Weighing pros and cons now of Barcelona and Buenos Aires. Why? Why not! Want to experience other culture/country and expose son

CindyRichards Sydney. Hands down. It’s only place I’ve visited and didn’t want to come home.

I’d live in Paris.  Hands down.  But Buenos Aires would actually be realistic.  It’s cheap there and all you have to do is just take a ferry to Uruguay every 90 days.  I won’t say I haven’t thought about it!

What do you think?  What would you say is the best city in the world? Share your thoughts!

Travelers’ Night In takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET.  The discussion is organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo.  All are welcome!  Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

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11 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — The Best of City Travel!”
  1. Kirsten says:

    Truly terrific information you chose to highlight. And I happen to LOVE #TNI. Was bummed to not be able to participate this week due to schedule on my travels in Charlotte.

    Must add Savannah to the great cities with terrific green space. The city was literally planned around its public squares and parks. There are 22 + in the city and they are very well maintained and very beautiful. Savannah, Georgia is a must in the US for green space.

  2. Jenna says:

    Thanks for the recap since I couldn’t join in this week. I would love to stick up for the Czechs and defend Prague as not being the least friendly city. I LOVE the Czechs!! They are not the warmest people on the planet, but they will stick by you as a real friend ’til the end! And I loved all my time in Prague and didn’t find the people to be so unfriendly.

  3. Great synopsis as usual Kate! Thanks for sharing!

    (P.S. Maybe we should look at treating our bus phobia? Whaddaya say?)

  4. Enjoyable recap. (although too much Boston for this NYer)

    And go to Buenos Aires. I lived there for 2 months. I thought I’d see more of Argentina, but I just could not tear myself away from my love affair with that city. One of the world’s best.

    Stay Adventurous,

  5. Thanks for the great recap Kate. And I’m like you, I always like to get to the top of a tall structure or natural prominence to look down on the city. Maybe it’s because it helps to get an idea of the geography, to help in not getting lost, or else to have some subconscious sort of authority over a new city where I don’t immediately feel comfortable.

    Either way, love to explore. I’m definitely a city boy.

    Looking forward to next Thursday! See you then.

  6. Kate says:

    Thanks for reading, everybody! 🙂

  7. Excellent recap, as usual.

    Must do when visiting a city: Walk, and eat the local cuisine.

    Favorite thing about city travel: discovering unique architecture. Best memory: walking Amsterdam on New Years Day. Great walking city with efficient mass transit. I love mass transit, and my bucket list includes a train journey throughout Europe.
    .-= Womens Journeys´s last blog ..WomensJourneys: @adventurouskate Thx for the #TNI recap. It’s the next best thing to being there. =-.

  8. Sai says:

    Nice info. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.


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