Freelance food & travel journalist

SATW award-winning travel & food writer whose work has appeared in the WSJ magazine, Afar, Travel+Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Dallas Morning News, Slate.com, RoadsandKingdoms.com & more

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5 Ways to Embrace Weird, Weird Iquitos, Peru

Sleep in Mick Jagger's bed, feed a manatee and more

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Ecuador, Where Zorro is Real

Every year, a small city in Northern Ecuador puts on an epic equestrian event that turns traditional fox hunting on its head

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Pack Your Hobby for a Deeper Travel Experience

Interest-based trips help you have more uniquely “you” experiences around the world

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Alternative Ways to See the Best of Costa Rica

Skip the crowds and head to these hand-picked alternatives instead

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Epic Travel Fails of Veteran Travelers

Even the pros get it spectacularly wrong sometimes...

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5 Amazing Hacienda Hotels in Ecuador

No matter what your travel type, we've got a historic hacienda hotel for you

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Verana in Yelapa, Mexico

The bliss of one of Mexico's most bohemian hideaways

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Stylish Appraisals of the World’s Great Travelers

We’re in love with The Bumbys, a cheeky masked duo whose performance art pieces combine psychological and sartorial insights. Hiding behind sunglasses and bandannas (as well as a red ski cap for one and a red wig for the other), the Bumbys give a quick assessment of their subjects in the form...

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For Bookworms: The 2015 AFAR Gift Guide

We’re strong believers that books always make a great gift and we’ve got every type of reader on your list covered here: literary novels that will make you want to book a flight, gorgeous coloring books filled with international sites, and a coffeetabler full of French miscellany that will lure...

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Is This Cuba’s Biggest Cultural Surprise?

Movies are big in Cuba. They’re also government-endorsed—in 1959, Castro passed a law that identified film as “the most powerful and provocative form of artistic expression” And founded a national institute to nurture budding talent. Since then, local filmmakers have made a variety of internatio......

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Exploring the Rioja Region with Pablo Villegas

Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas has rare bragging rights: He has performed for the Dalai Lama, played Carnegie Hall, and recorded a concerto for a platinum-selling album. (His latest, Americano, is out now.) Villegas’s sound is inspired by the music of Spain’s La Rioja region, where the Manha......

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Where to Eat and Drink in Mexico, according to a Chef

This past September, Charleston chef Robert Berry and his team traveled to Central Mexico, making stops in Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Jalisco. They brought back a wealth of knowledge about the country's food culture and plan to incorporate what they learned into their forthcoming Charleston restaur......

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8 Surprising Things That are Actually Offensive in Europe

Mixing with the locals is the fastest way to the heart of a place—and it’s easier than ever, thanks to Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Eatwith and the like. There’s only one catch—you think Paris’ transit system is tricky? Try navigating the wildly varying cultural norms across Europe. There’s nothing quit......

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10 of the Most Extravagant Hotel Lobbies in the World

You know that thing they say about first impressions: They’re important. And what’s the first thing you see upon entering a hotel? The lobby. So, while it’s also important that the bed is comfy and the bathroom sparkly, it’s the lobby that can make or break a hotel’s reputation. That’s...

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The 13 Best Hipster Hotels in America

We’re living in the golden age of hotels that have craft cocktails, Instagram-ready design, and in-room turntables. These, ranging from West Texan motels to loft-like boutiques in the middle of city noise, are our absolute favorites of the breed. 13. Thunderbird, Marfa, Texas If you take the cl......