As if anyone actually needs another reason to visit the magnificent city of Istanbul, both veteran and rookie travelers alike now have just that this summer: yet another reason to visit Istanbul. From May 31 to June 29, music lovers can enjoy the 43rd Annual Istanbul Music Festival. Whether you travel to Istanbul specifically for this festival or if you just find yourself in this grand city during the month of June, it seems a good bet to take advantage of this internationally acclaimed month-long event. The theme…

Certain places on the planet just stand out. They make you walk a little slower, inhale a little deeper, and linger a little longer. Check out our list of destinations you should exchange to at least once in your life, and get ready to live like a local with HomeExchange.com in every single one. 1. Paris photo credit: Fuad Babayev via photopin cc It’s nearly impossible not to get swept up in the City of Light’s romantic atmosphere while strolling the cobblestone streets and getting wonderfully lost. As the…

Be in the know before you go! Our new series, “Unlocked” will help you live like a local at your next destination. This month we’re visiting Turkey with the help of our Turkish representative, Mirey. How to say hello Merhaba How to say goodbye İyi günler How to say thank you Teşekkür ederim Currency used Turkish liras (1 € =3 TL) Favorite national foods All kind of fish and meat dishes, vegetable cooked in olive oil and all sort of mezzez (small dishes served with Rakı, local spirit)….

Traditional restaurants can be wonderful, but when you need a quick, authentic (and sometimes adventurous) bite, nothing beats grab-and-go street food. Check out our picks for the top 10 street food cities worldwide!   1. Istanbul, Turkey Flickr: roboppy / Creative Commons What to try: börek (flaky pastry), simit (sesame bread), kumpir (stuffed baked potatoes), and döner (pita sandwiches filled with shaved meat and toppings).   2. Berlin, Germany Flickr: muckster / Creative Commons What to try: currywurst (fried sausage covered in curry ketchup), fresh pretzels filled with butter. Bonus: in Berlin,…