The Travel Writers' Ultimate Guide to a London Heathrow Layover

The Travel Writers' Ultimate Guide to a London Heathrow Layover

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.

6 Reasons (and 14 Captivating Photos) To Love Sanibel and Captiva Islands

6 Reasons (and 14 Captivating Photos) To Love Sanibel and Captiva Islands

If it feels like I'm describing Small Town America when I'm referring to Sanibel island, I am. This Small Town is at the beach... and one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world at that. Something's different here. It'll take hold of you when you're here, and never let go.  

Chile's Other Wild Side: 8 Desert Places (& 1 Sweet Spot) You Need to Explore in the Atacama

Chile's Other Wild Side: 8 Desert Places (& 1 Sweet Spot) You Need to Explore in the Atacama

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.

CHECKING IN: Hotel Le Renaie: As Warm As The Heart of Tuscany

CHECKING IN: Hotel Le Renaie: As Warm As The Heart of Tuscany

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!

A First Timer's Guide to Bologna: The Very Best of What to See, Eat, & Do

A First Timer's Guide to Bologna: The Very Best of What to See, Eat, & Do

Bologna has a curious nickname to strangers of this medieval Italian city, but for those who've been there and fallen in love, “La Rossa, la Grassa e la Dotta” makes perfect sense, and sums up the very best of one of the most underrated cities in the world. This handy First Timers' Guide highlights the best of what to see, eat, explore, and fall in love with in just a few days or more. 

Authentic Travel: What It Is And How To Find It

Authentic Travel: What It Is And How To Find It

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. 

What to Eat in Bologna, Italy: 10 Quintessential Must-Try Foods

What to Eat in Bologna, Italy: 10 Quintessential Must-Try Foods

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.

Costa Rica's Natural World: 18 Wild Reasons to Visit

Costa Rica's Natural World: 18 Wild Reasons to Visit

Ever wanted to see nature up close but not in a zoo? There are places on Earth you can escape to where you can still hear the sounds of nature loud and clear. Places where you become part of the ecosystem experiencing nature in all its glory. Unaltered. Wild. Untethered. A place like Costa Rica.

Watch Your Toes: My Creepy Crawler Encounters in Central America and What I Did About Them!

Watch Your Toes: My Creepy Crawler Encounters in Central America and What I Did About Them!

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!

Km Zero Tours: Redefining Authentic Tuscany Travel

Km Zero Tours: Redefining Authentic Tuscany Travel

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. 

PhotoTour: A Florence Leather Craftsman Honors a Timeless Tradition, One Bag at a Time

PhotoTour: A Florence Leather Craftsman Honors a Timeless Tradition, One Bag at a Time

In Florence, Italy,  a master leather craftsman holds on defiantly to the traditional ways leather has been crafted there for centuries. His refusal to bend to the demands of pop culture and the temptations of technology create a demand for his custom creations that reinforce the meaning of handcrafted. And his customers carry his story with them wherever they go.