Aggh Summer.... long days, cool drinks and time to dream or head away to explore new destinations! This summer some of us here at NoteMaker headed away locally and enjoyed the heat, while some of us escaped to the cool of the Northern Hemisphere...... the rest of us back in the office were busy dreaming and planning our next adventures! And of course we are always reminiscing about our favourite destinations around the world.....
Read on for the first in a 3 part series on NoteMaker staff picks of our favourite travel destinations. We have also included our Urban Nomad tips and top travel products for your next travel journey near or far.
Where is next on your list to travel to?
Chicago - the big industrial city of Chicago is one we would recommend despite it not always being top of a USA travel itinerary. Chicago is more than hardworking gritty metroplois, it is rather a welcoming urban oasis - those mid-westerners are the friendliest about. Along with some of North America's greatest architecture (many of Frank Lloyd Wrights work are in Chicago), sitting along the beautiful backdrop of Lake Michigan.
Urban Nomad Tip - take the architecture boat tour and experience modernist architecture that was and still is ahead of it's time.
Don't leave home without - Herb Lester Hello Chicago Map and a pair of Urban Ears Plattan Tomato Headphones
Toronto - Canada, home of Niagara falls, the Mounties and ice hockey and Toronto is your gateway to the biggest of the 3 - the amazing Niagara Falls! While visiting Toronto however don't forget that this city is made for exploring - particularly on two wheels. Hire a bike and explore museums, art galleries and the Toronto islands.
Urban Nomad Tip - Take a step in the right direction and head to the Stairs of Wonder at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Don't leave home without - Moleskine City Notebook Toronto
New York - the city that never sleeps will never disappoint and all of us in here at NoteMaker agree - while every experience in NYC is different we have never been let down by the culture, shopping, history and that true New Yorker spirit! With a history that dates back to the days of horse and carriage, to the influx of immigrants and the journey to become the financial capital of the world New York City has a rich tapestry to explore and neighbourhoods as rich as a wall street banker!
Urban Nomad Tip - Stationery lovers don't miss out on a trip to Greenwich Letter Press and Top Hat. Once you have your stationery fix a walk over the Brooklyn bridge is not to be missed - the view back to Manhattan island is amazing at dusk.
Don't leave home without - Herb Lester Where the sidewalk ends New York Map
Brooklyn Bridge at night
Mexico City - sombreros, tequila and tacos Mexico is ready to be enjoyed and not for the faint hearted. The capital city founded by the Aztecs is rich in history, art and culture and the downtown area has been declared by UNESCO as a significant part of Mexico's history and a joy to explore.
Urban Nomad Tip - Mexico City is the birthplace of Frida Kahlo and the museum in her honour and in her childhood home features amazing art, personal objects and touches of her personality.
Don't leave home without - Wallpaper City Guide Mexico City
Stay tuned for Part 2 - Europe next week..... What are your urban nomad travel essentials?