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Rose’s Cincinnati

<b>Rose Davidson</b> was an intern for National Geographic Travel Books this past summer. She studied anthropology and journalism in college, where she developed a passion for culture and the arts, and has traveled extensively around the world, but this Ohio girl will always call Cincinnati home. Here are …

Ariel’s Portland (Oregon)

<b>Ariel Bloomer</b> was born and raised in Portland but took a hiatus from Stumptown to go college and teach English in Bulgaria. “The travel bug comes as a bit of a curse,” she says. “I’m privileged and doomed to travel around the world knowing the best place I can imagine lies in my wake.” There are …

Elie’s Lima

<b>Elie Gardner</b>, a freelance photographer who contributes to <i>Traveler</i> magazine and has led trips for National Geographic Student Expeditions, grew up in a tiny town in North Dakota. Work brought her to Peru’s capital city in late 2010, and she’s been there ever since. Elie loves speaking Spanish, …

I Heart My City: Kieran’s Breckenridge

<b>Kieran Cain</b> once hailed from Denver, Colorado, but made the choice to relocate “up the hill”–about an hour and a half’s drive west–to Breckenridge. The “Breck” tranplant makes his living in the ski industry as the marketing director for Breckenridge Ski Resort and couldn’t be happier. Here are a …

I Heart My City: Caroline’s Atlanta

<b>Caroline Eubanks</b> has lived everywhere from Charleston to Sydney, but continually finds herself drawn back to her place of origin: Atlanta, Georgia. She shares her hometown pride on her blogs Caroline in the City and This Is My South and now she’s sharing some of her hard-won insider secrets with …

I Heart My City: Ute’s Hamburg

After a decade of “intercontinental hopping,” German national <b>Ute Kreitz</b> returned to the “fatherland” in 2007, settling on Hamburg as her new home base. Having heard many people over the years call Hamburg Germany’s most beautiful city, she was skeptical, but when she moved there she agreed …

Boban’s Skopje

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>An engineer by day, Skopje native <b>Boban Talevski</b>, a professed “foodie who never sleeps,” shares his insider insights on <b>Spotted By Locals</b> in his spare time. He loves that the Macedonian capital has “the buzz of some big metropolis, but in essence is still a very small city.” …

Beth’s Hong Kong

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Native Chicagoan <b>Beth Williams</b> caught the travel bug after spending half a year in Japan during college. After graduation, she missed Asia so much she just had to go back. A gig teaching English brought her to <b>Hong Kong</b>, where she’s lived for the past two years. Armed with …

Elena’s St. Petersburg

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Elena Kozlova</b> relocated to St. Petersburg from another city in Russia in 2006 to pursue higher education, but her love for the city made her stick around after she claimed her degree. These days she holds a corporate job and shares her insider intel with the Spotted By …

Caroline’s New Orleans

New Orleans native <b>Caroline Gerdes</b> may have recently moved to Washington, D.C., but she loves her hometown. So much so that she recently spent a year–with the help of a Young Explorers grant from the National Geographic Society–of her life working on an oral history project about the Ninth Ward, …

Clive’s Valletta (Malta)

Clive Cortis has spent the past 40 years in Malta and doesn’t “regret one single year.” He spends his days as a certified tour guide, showing off the things he loves about the island’s capital city of Valletta. From sandy beaches to exceptional nightlife, here are some of Clive’s favorite things …

Jill’s San Francisco

<b>Jill Schneider</b>‘s career as a photojournalist takes her all around the world, but her hometown of San Francisco always calls her back. A high school photography teacher and leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions, Jill is also a frequent Intelligent Travel contributor. Here are some of …

Marina’s Bratislava

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Marina Popjakova</b> might not be a native of Bratislava, but she certainly feels like one after having lived there for so long. This self-proclaimed “economist wannabe” and movie enthusiast thinks Bratislava deserves more attention than it gets–and shares her enthusiasm for …

Emma’s Philadelphia

<b>Emma Fried-Cassorla</b> can probably get away with saying she’s from the City of Brotherly Love after spending most of her life there. In addition to working a day job in communications at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, this hometown enthusiast shares her insider intel on Philly Love Notes, …

Oliver’s Frankfurt

<b>Oliver Weiss</b> is a born and bred Frankfurter. And though he’s a fervent traveler, he’s always happy to return to his home base–which he describes as a village with a “touch of city.” In fact, Oliver has so much love for his hometown that he’s willing to share his insider intel with the world for …

Paul’s Johannesburg

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Travel journalist <b>Paul Steyn</b> hails from Jozi, or <b>Johannesburg</b>–South Africa’s largest city. After serving as a guide throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine in Africa. Right now he’s a freelance writer and photographer focused on …

Pamela’s Quebec City

Quebec City resident <b>Pamela MacNaughtan</b> left her career behind to pursue her dream of long-term travel in 2010, and hasn’t looked back. This self-proclaimed “bacon addict” isn’t only led by her taste buds; she’s also attracted to the unusual and adventurous side of travel. She’s toured working …