Though originally from the suburbs of New York, I was living in Manhattan for the past 12 years. My fiance is originally from New Delhi, India, but has lived and worked in the United States since 1999. We met in New York three years ago, recently got engaged, and also are taking a year off to travel the world together. In the last 7 months, we have traveled mostly through India and Asia, but are now spending the summer in Europe. In this time, we have seen more hotels than we can count! We have found that staying in a private apartment / flat while we travel through various cities gives a less touristy and more authentic view of the places that we visit. We highly prefer it!