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View from The Nest at Thompson Seattle in downtown Seattle. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

5 travel writers explain why Seattle is the best place to live

For travel writers, every week or month brings a new place: the biggest, best, and most beautiful in the world. While their job requires being on the road much of the time, they still have to live somewhere and a surprisingly high number choose Seattle. The people, the surroundings, the direct flights to Europe: these make Seattle a gathering place for travelers.

It feels good to know that the experts, the people who spend all year exploring the globe, agree: Seattle's the best place to live. Whether born here or lured here by the natural beauty, drawn here for a job or set down their bags because of the perfect summer sunshine, these travelers chose Seattle. But we wanted to know exactly why, no matter where their adventures took them, all roads lead back to our fine city:

"The scent of saltwater and cedar signals 'home' more powerfully than any channel buoy. Seattle's big backyard - our woods, water and mountains - erodes stress for me as do its people: smart, liberal and just a little bit snarky (underneath all that politeness that gets confused with passive-aggression). The mix feels comfortable like a favorite old fleece."

Amanda Castleman, travel writer and photographer

"I do most of my travel to Europe. It's great that you can get long haul flight to the Continent now, but I don't know that I think of Seattle the best possible hub for my particular destinations. That said, I'm always so delighted to return here when I've been away, there's something about the air, the trees, the way our city smells like ocean and earth that makes coming home a truly welcoming experience."

Pam Mandel, travel writer and blogger at Nerd's Eye View

"I've been thinking a lot about why Seattle is my home. Is it convenience? Is it because there's a major airport here that offers non-stop flights to Europe and Asia? Is it because it's the most beautiful city in the world? That the food scene here is so absurdly good that it has ruined the dining experience in most other cities for me? Or does it just seem that way because it's my hometown? It's hard for me to say. I can't see this place objectively anymore - too much of my life has happened here. There, to the South, is Mount Rainier, and to the west is the water. There are the Cascades, there are the Olympics, there is the restaurant where my husband and I had our first date and there is the rundown apartment building in which he proposed. I fell in love with this city and in it. I can't tell which came first anymore. The only thing I can definitively say is that no place else on earth is so tied to my heart.

Geraldine DeRuiter, travel blogger at The Everywhereist

"I love Seattle for not only our gorgeous parks, lakes, green spaces and views but because the people, in general, are very open to traveling the world. It's one of very few places in the U.S. where traveling as a lifestyle and business are whole-heartedly accepted and embraced. Nowhere have I been able to find a larger concentration of adventure seekers and travelers. This concentration of travelers then attracts more of the same. It's the one place where I can say I truly feel at home and with my people."

Beth Whitman, Chief Wanderer at Wanderlust and Lipstick (also regularly leads tours to off-the-beaten path destinations through her company, WanderTours)

"No matter where I wander in the world, I always smile the second wheels touch-down at Sea-Tac. I never tire of Seattle's snow-capped mountain views, abundance of water, and yes, frequent gray skies, which I consider perfect writing weather."

Charyn Pfeuffer, writer and editor