Why I Moved to New York City

[This post was written in the clouds between IND and LGA.]

Composing somewhere around 30,000 feet, I’m completely immersed in the inevitable pool of realization. After a childhood in rural Indiana, an academic pilgrimage throughout the state, and 50 countries of exploration later, I’m finally settling on my first independent living situation.

I chose out of a sea of laudable contenders a city that for years seemed too self-praising for my tastes. I’ve never encountered anyone who feels as conflicted about New York City’s energy as me, but emerging from the self-made pit of doubt and prejudice, I came to the exciting conclusion that this massive metropolis is where I’m supposed to be. It’s safe to say I no longer roll my eyes at the “cool girl” city in the classroom of America.

As I tend to reiterate, I’ve been living in my parents’ basement since graduation. It hasn’t been worth the money to invest in my own living situation, seeing as I’ve been “at home” only 49% of the time since May 3rd, 2008. That still being the case, and maybe even more so if work continues to expand and develop, I believe I’m missing out on an opportunity to feel a sense of personal ownership and structure.

There’s also no way that being in Indianapolis right now would be conducive, let alone acceptable, for the way work is progressing with We’re seeing projects pile up in front of us – Asian destinations, multi-country itineraries, awards, interviews, and incredible collaborations. It just wasn’t worth the energy to develop that teleportation device anymore.

Though this list may be outdated immediately, here’s my personal list of why New York City now claims me as a resident.

  • Cheap international flights
  • HQ of
  • A market for multimedia and creativity
  • Great food and diversity
  • Casual social events like trivia, book club, etc.
  • Young professionals readily available for befriending
  • Chances for reinvention and daily discovery
  • This is where people are (period)

If you’re in the New York City area, send a message or comment. I’m open to new experiences, new connections, and understanding this city on many levels. As I’ve already discovered prior to moving, this is no place for singular perspectives. This is one complex city with as many faces as a wave has ripples. And now, I’m a part of it.

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  • Terri

    Welcome to NYC! Yes, I know that it can sometimes have a air of self-praise, but there are definitely many things about it that are worth it to live here. As someone who has spent most of my life here (and is a nice person by the way), I know that it can be a hard place to be at times, yet being an immigrant, someone who loves to travel and to eat and as a woman of color who values living a culturally diverse area, I am very happy here. I hope you will be too.

    I have a fledgling travel blog and also applied to work for you all over at Project Explorer (although that was before I got more hosting training), so it’s been fun reading your blog. Definitely let us know how you are settling in. :)

    Take care and welcome again.

  • Meghan Tennyson

    Welcome to NYC Lindsay! I followed up on you and Chris as the STA WTI’s when you spent a couple summer’s back traveling the world. I enjoyed the amazing pictures, videos, and great experiences you both shared for all of us only dreaming to have that opportunity!

    I have been living in NJ for the past 5 years and work in NYC. I came from a small rural town in Louisiana, so I can relate to the big settlement you have chosen here. I wish you the best of luck with the move and new residence. Let me know of any great travel, events, socializing, or great travel spots/food locations I may be missing out around the city!


  • joshywashington

    Amen sister! You are gonna kill it in the big city…hurry up ad settle in, I will need a good tour guide!!

  • Ling

    Hey Lindsay,

    There’s a Santacon in NYC next Sat (Dec 11), you should check it out! One of those little things that make NYC different and special!

    o, and of course, Welcome!

  • Jamie

    Welcome to the East Coast! I’m near the Philadelphia area but pretty close to NYC. What a great city! I’ve been following your blog since you were the World Traveler intern and I must say I am pretty jealous of your experiences. I’ve traveled some so I know I’m lucky but I’d love to experience what you have. Luckily I have been able to live vicariously through your blog and your vlogs for the internship!

    If you ever find yourself in the Philadelphia area, feel free to contact me and I can tell you the good places to go! :)

    Hope your transition into a bit of permanence goes well! I have nomadic tendencies (that I don’t have the means to act on often enough) so I know the feeling of discontent of being in the same place without a new journey. I’m sure you will find plenty of new experiences and journeys here on the East Coast!

  • jd


    the problem for me with moving to somewhere like NYC is well… the idea of settling in general.
    I would get bored with it after awhile, not that I would have done everything there is to do… Just after awhile I need a change of scenery.
    It doesn’t matter if I am in Paris or San Francisco, after a few months… I need a change!

    I’ll have to read up on this projectexplorer, I need to make some more travel contacts in big cities. I just started blogging again and after the economy is back rolling a bit more… I think I can make my nomadic lifestyle work a bit more by planned out moves, sublets, and some good contacts say in SF, LA, Chicago, NYC…