4 Fun & Easy Day Hikes in Southwest Florida

4 Fun & Easy Day Hikes in Southwest Florida

Looking for nature trails in southwest Florida? There are several good day hikes from a casual walk on a beachside trail, a boardwalk through mangroves, or trails through cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks that are fun for the whole family. There are many unique eco-niches here and some amazing tracts of public land to explore. Here are just four fun and easy hikes to get you started.

CHECKING IN! Villa Mazzi: The Montepulciano Agriturismo That Feels Like Home

CHECKING IN! Villa Mazzi: The Montepulciano Agriturismo That Feels Like Home

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!

12 Things to Do in Valparaíso, Chile: The Colorful Coastal City

12 Things to Do in Valparaíso, Chile: The Colorful Coastal City

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!

Toes in the Sand: 10 Best Beach Bars in Sanibel, Captiva, Ft. Myers Beach, Naples & Marco Island, Florida

Toes in the Sand: 10 Best Beach Bars in Sanibel, Captiva, Ft. Myers Beach, Naples & Marco Island, Florida

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.

Funk & Fishing: What to Do in Matlacha, Florida

Funk & Fishing: What to Do in Matlacha, Florida

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!

7 Tips You Need to Know For Driving in Tuscany

7 Tips You Need to Know For Driving in Tuscany

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.

A Local's Guide to the 7 Best Beaches in Naples, Florida

A Local's Guide to the 7 Best Beaches in Naples, Florida

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!

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 You Need to Visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands

6 Reasons You Need to Visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands

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.

What to See in the Atacama Desert: 8 Desert Places (and One Sweet Spot) in Chile's Other Wild Side

What to See in the Atacama Desert: 8 Desert Places (and One Sweet Spot) in Chile's Other Wild Side

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

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. 

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 Wildlife: Where to See These 18 Creatures in the Wild

Costa Rica Wildlife: Where to See These 18 Creatures in the Wild

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!  

Creepy Crawling Insects You Just Might Encounter in Central America (and what to do!)

Creepy Crawling Insects You Just Might Encounter in Central America (and what to do!)

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!

Discover the Authentic Tuscany Through These Slow Travel Experiences

Discover the Authentic Tuscany Through These Slow Travel Experiences

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.  

A Dream Lunch Under the Tuscan Sun

A Dream Lunch Under the Tuscan Sun

Our beautiful lunch with good friends, good wine, and lots of delicious food was something straight out of central casting. Check out this amazing lunch with Km Zero Tours, under the Tuscan Sun.