If spending the year 2015 living in the rainforest of Costa Rica has taught me one thing about myself, it’s that I am a city girl at heart. (Though I can assure you the complete list of lessons I’ve learned in this jungle runs far and wide).
Yes, my daily walks in the mountains under the dense cover of canopy through rushing streams and soft dirt trails have also taught me the power and importance of nature, but still this truth remains — I love cities.
There’s something about being in a city that really lights me up inside. Maybe its the transfer of energy from all the people that mill about or the easy access to culture, museums and historical sights. Or maybe I’m just lazy and prefer to be able to walk to get a slice of pizza or iced coffee instead of having to drive or wait for a bus. Seriously, living around the corner from some of the city’s best restaurants and bars in Madrid ruined me for life as did the fast and efficient tram system in Melbourne. I’ll never be the same. But whatever it is that makes me so drawn to cities, there’s no denying my passion for city living.
This year I’ve managed to escape the jungle and explore a few proper cities including Panama City, Los Angeles, New York, Guatemala City and most recently Havana. These city trips, along with a few of my other great passion – road trips -have filled my soul and helped keep me centered in my now rural and car-free life.
Top 5 Most Walkable Cities
Is there any better way to explore a city than by walking? Not only is it a great work out, walking through a city can also help you get a better feel for the destination. By walking you get the chance to see how real people live, not just hang around tourists, as you make your way from place to place.
You can find the details for a city-walking related giveaway at the bottom of this post, but since the year is coming to an end, I also wanted to take some time to reflect on the places that made me fall in love with city travel. Here’s a look at my picks for the top five most walkable cities. (more…)