Monday, May 29th, 2017

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t […]

The UNESCO Hunt: 1-10

A few months ago, I resolved to visit 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the end of the year. That would require me to visit 50 new sites in about eight months. It soon became clear that this was not going to happen. I failed in several ways. First off, I was traveling solidly for […]

Beautiful Tuscany: The Val d’Orcia

A lot of people I know have felt a strange sense of familiarity when visiting the Tuscan countryside for the first time.  Was it from a movie, perhaps?  A friend’s photos? More often than not, you’re probably recognizing Tuscany from iconic Renaissance paintings. The Medici, who ruled Florence during the Renaissance, were among the greatest […]

Life on an Agriturismo in Southern Tuscany

It’s been a day and a half since I left Tuscany and returned to London.  Since then, I’ve been deeply missing the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the warmth and friendship that radiated from our agriturismo, and more than anything, the glorious food and wine that defined this trip, from beginning to end. This trip […]

Off to Southern Tuscany with G Adventures

In the past two years, I’ve watched the travel industry shift toward a new style of travel — local travel, slow travel, the kind of travel where you experience a single destination deeply rather than several destinations superficially. This travel takes many forms: renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel.  Couchsurfing and meeting […]

40 Tips for Visiting Italy

I’ve spent a lot of time in Italy.  I studied abroad in Florence, traveled up and down the peninsula, and seem to keep returning. In that time, I’ve acquired a lot of knowledge about what to do and not to do in Italy.  Here are my best tips for having a great time in Italy! […]

Travel Advice: Italy Travel Itinerary

I recently received an email from a reader named Charlie who is planning his first trip to Italy and looking for some itinerary advice. Here is an excerpt: Dear Vagabondress, My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy the end of September and early October.  Our mission is 2 fold.  Attend a wedding […]