They say you never forget your first anything that makes a real impression on you. But I'll happily forget Hurricane Irma, my first hurricane encounter, and one of the biggest in history. Here's my personal experience as a newbie, and the valuable lessons I learned.
Chilean cuisine offers so many unique options from traditional dishes to haute cuisine. From the atacama desert to Patagonia, whatever you do, don't be shy when it comes to trying Chilean food.
Looking for nature trails in southwest Florida? There are unique eco-niches and public land to explore. Here are just four fun and easy hikes to get you started.
Wondering where to stay in Tuscany, Italy? A farmstay - or agriturismo - is a popular option. If you plan on exploring the picturesque southern Val d'Orcia and want to find an authentic Tuscan agriturismo, Montepulciano has many to choose from - and Villa Mazzi is truly home away from home!
Valparaiso was a complete surprise! With so many epic landscapes to see in Chile, we never expected to love this port city as much as we did. There are so many things to do in Valparaiso in the colorful and vibrant neighborhoods. But bring comfy shoes!
We searched southwest Florida for just the right kind of beach bars - fun places with good food and cold drinks that are actually ON the beach - so you don't have to waste any time finding just the right vibe to match your tropical vacation! So here they are - the very best beach bars in Sanibel & Captiva down the coast all the way to Marco Island.
Have you been to Matlacha? Can you even say Mat-la-SHAY? There's a cool, funky vibe in this colorful southwest Florida town -- funky shops and artist galleries perfectly at home with some of the world's best fishing. Here's what to do when you visit!
Planning to visit Tuscany? Before you think of sightseeing, consider this before you try getting around Italy on your own. With a little know-how and common sense, these 7 tips will make renting a car in Italy the best decision you make about your trip and have you navigating the back country roads of Tuscany with ease.
Looking for the best beaches in Naples, Florida? Trust a local who lives there to share the 7 best beaches in town, whether you're looking for a quick trip for a sunset view or an all-day hike through natural dunes. Naples has a beach for everyone in the family!
We asked 17 travel writers around the world how best to spend a long layover in London. Their advice? Keep calm and ditch the carry on! Here's an Ultimate Guide on what to see and do in one of the grooviest and most historic cities in the world.
Florida's gulf coast is home to scores of barrier islands that offer some of the best family vacations around, but none more than Sanibel and Captiva islands. Close to the Ft. Myers mainland, one narrow causeway makes all the difference in keeping the feel of this island refreshingly small town. So gather the kids and grandkids. Here's a list of things to do in Sanibel and Captiva and all the reasons you'll fall in love.
Ever want to explore the moon? Well, here's your chance to visit that surreal landscape in your lifetime right here on Planet Earth! The Atacama desert in northern Chile is some of the most breathtaking landscapes you'll ever see. Here are the top 8 places you need to see and explore and 1 sweet spot you shouldn't do without.
The Atacama desert in South America truly has some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world, and it may seem daunting to navigate this lunar landscape in your very own rental car. These 7 key tips will have you exploring the desert safely and on your own.
I was thankful to be here after an interesting white-knuckle ride from Florence on the dark winding roads through Tuscany. My first impression upon arrival at Hotel Le Renaie felt like a warm enveloping hug, and set the tone for our stay in San Gimignano!
To first time Bologna visitors, there's a curious nickname to this medieval Italian city. “La Rossa, la Grassa e la Dotta” sums up the very best of one of the most underrated cities in the world. This handy First Timers' Guide to Bologna highlights the best of what to see, eat, explore, and fall in love with in just a few days or more.
Travelers these days are looking for authentic travel experiences - the more engaging, the better, and as close to 'the real deal' as they can get. But what exactly IS authentic travel, anyway? I offer up some working definitions, and ways you can make those meaningful connections that bring a greater authenticity to your travels.
Food is so much a part of Italy's culture, and regional Italian foods are worthy of their own special place on any foodie's bucket list when eaten at the source - whether it's pizza in Naples, pesto in Liguria, or seafood in Sicily. And then there's Bologna and Emilia Romagna.
Ever wanted to see nature up close but not in a zoo? Costa Rica is an amazing place to explore, where you're part of the natural ecosystem. If you're wondering what to see in Costa Rica and where to go to see it, here's what's in store for you, and the best places to stay to see them all!
If you love traipsing around the jungles and rainforests of Central America as much as I do, be sure and prepare yourself for the crawly visitors you also might encounter. Once you know what to do if and when you meet, your trip will be so much better!
Travelers today are looking for a deeper, more local, connection to the places they visit - to really experience a place. Companies like Km Zero Tours in Tuscany are redefining what it means to see Italy. They're introducing visitors to the local community and the producers who make it all come alive.