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Matera: Southern Italy’s City of Stone

An ancient city of stone and caves, Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, quite literally dug out of the rock. All along the edges of the ravine are caverns and grottoes in the limestone layers, which have provided habitation for humans since the Paleolithic era. Located in the region of Basilicata, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Illuminated nighttime view of Sassi on edge of rock ravine, Matera, Italy.
Matera at night: The illuminated nighttime view of the Sassi on the edge of the rock ravine, Matera.
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Palm Springs: The Best Year-Round Destination in California

The desert city of Palm Springs is nostalgic and truly timeless. It serves as an iconic example of mid-century California living in the form of 1960s architecture, vintage cars, and palm-tree-lined streets. I have been vacationing in Palm Springs since I was a young girl, and it’s easy to see why it’s a popular, family-friendly holiday destination.

Palm Springs Desert
Palm Springs Desert © Elizabeth Orient

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A Weekend Stay at the Hotel Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico

Hotel Sagrado is Bohemian luxury at its finest, and guests are guaranteed to fall in love at first sight. Whether it is the giant 90-pound Brazilian citrine quartz that hangs above the lobby and shines on you from the moment you walk in, the beautiful black-billed magpies that fill the air, or their amazing restaurants, spa, salt-water pool, and indoor rainforest.

Balcony view from Hotel Sagrado
Hotel Sagrado balcony view © Christina Kantzavelos

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Albuquerque: Where the Creatives Roam and the Artists Play

New Mexico firmly stands by its state slogan as being the Land of Enchantment. Many people have mixed opinions about Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, but it has certainly grown on me. Each time that I visit, a new experience awaits my arrival. The city’s expressive personality keeps its culture “New Mexico True.”

Yellow, orange, pink, purple, gray sunset over Albuquerque Albuquerque Sunset © Elizabeth Orient

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Living Life Like a Local in Hungary

Living life like a local means having your favorite pizza shop or sandwich shop or place to get good Asian food; it’s knowing where you can find a clean bathroom in Budapest. Living life like a local is being able to tell tourists where they can find the Metro stop to the Szechenyi Thermal Baths or how to find a great wine shop.

KEFO is the college where Diane Dobry taught. Kecskeméti Főiskola.

KEFO is the college where Diane Dobry taught in Kecskeméti Főiskola © Diane Dobry

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Dealing With Covid-19 Through Santa Fe and Colorado Springs

Recently, in June 2020, my wife and I ventured on our first real trip in months. Our June trip to Paris had been cancelled, so we decided to take a road trip from The Woodlands, Texas to visit our son in Colorado Springs.

Historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USAThe historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USA 
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The Mysteries of the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Three mysteries surround the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe: who built it, the engineering behind its construction, and the materials used.

Stained Glass Windows  Stained Glass Windows and Crosses in the Loretto Chapel © Janie Pace

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Traveling Through the Eye of the COVID-19 Storm

The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 has changed our lives this year, and all indicators show that we are not clear of the dangers yet. My tale is a personal one as we were very close to Ground Zero when it hit the airwaves at the beginning of the year. What started as a few cases in Wuhan, China quickly spread to other parts of Asia. The media picked up on it, and the rumors started flying.

02-03-2020 Airline billboard showing cancelled and no status due to pandemicCambodia flights cancelled © Norm Bour

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5 Things I Can't Travel Without

We are pleased to share member byline content created by our food, wine and travel writers. To publish in our magazine or this blog category, we require original content that meets IFWTWA goals and professional standards. The following article, by member Liz Orient, originally appeared on The Traveling Editor — All Rights Reserved. 


Open suitcase with camera, notebook, hat & other essentials

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Travel Writer Insiders on Big Blend Radio

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Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for this episode of Big Blend Radio’s Success Express Business & Career Show broadcasting live from the historic Homestead Inn in Twentynine Palms, California, gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.

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A Stellar Introduction to New Mexico Wines

Deirdre Michalski, Travel WriterOk, I admit it right out of the gate—I am a Southern California gal with a penchant for wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. I have been up North at least 80 times in my adult life. The highest elevation vineyards I've visited during was during a cooking class at Chappellet Winery above the dreamy Hennessy Lake in Napa. So when I tried to wrap my head around grapes being lovingly grown at 4,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, I was utterly perplexed. Who does that? Well, in New Mexico, that is EXACTLY what they do honoring a long tradition, which is always comforting—and the wines are amazing. VIVA VINO! 


Many empty Viva Vino labeled goblets ready for wineViva Vino New Mexico glasses ready for wine tasting © 2019 Pam Baker

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Pack Light, Shoot Well! Travel and Blogging Camera Strategies

Elaine Masters, author & freelance writer and IFWTWA member shares her valuable knowledge and insights during the #IFWTWA2019 Conference Workshop: Making and Editing Videos: Demystifying Video Storytelling - Shortcuts for Travel Writers. 

Elaine Masters taking pictures with gimble and cell phone in Petra, JordanPetra, Jordan ~ Image by Elaine Masters 

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5 Reasons to visit the U.S. destination of Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, is both a gateway to the Rockies and a vibrant arts, food and culture destination, as New Zealander Jacqui Gibson finds out on a visit to the United States. In this article Jacqui shares her top five reasons to visit Denver, Colorado, USA.

Denver Art Museum - modern angular silver buildingDenver Art Museum - Credit: Stevie Crecelius

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The Feel is in the Destination, Baros Maldives

Opening in 1973, the Baros Maldives was only the third island destination resort in the Maldives. It’s gorgeous beauty and proximity to Male were among the primary reasons for it’s opening. Even though such history is fairly recent – things were significantly different back then. 

Couple jumping high off sand on Baros Island in MaldivesTravel Writer David Thompson on Baros Island, Maldives

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The World of Travel Writing – No Writer is an Island

It’s human nature to want to feel a part of something. That’s one of the main reasons people join clubs and organizations. When I made the transition from full-time nursing to full-time freelance travel writing, I realized that as exciting as my new life was, I wasn’t part of a team like I had been at the hospital. 

Message in a bottle washed up on the ocean shore

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Culinary Traveler's Dream Come True: Dining at the James Beard House, New York City by M'Liss Hinshaw

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House.

James Beard House entranceEntering the Jame Beard House © M'Liss Hinshaw

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Mother’s Day Wine Pick: Wente Chardonnay

This year, pour Mom what she really wants for Mother’s Day—a knockout Chardonnay from a winemaking family who knows their way around tasteful California wines. Honestly, I haven’t found many Chardonnays that I could rave about. That has all changed… and just in time for Mother’s Day!

Wente Winery Chardonnay wine bottle, wine glass & violet plant on wooden tableWente Vineyards Riva Ranch Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay © Linda Kissam

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Exec Chef Chat… on Oceania Cruise Line’s Impressive Marina Ship

Have you been on a cruise and ever wondered how all of that fine cuisine and afternoon teas are orchestrated? Join Deirdre on just that exploration with an Executive Chef aboard Oceania’s Marina Ship. She will give you a peek behind the kitchen door, and how Chef Alban’s love of cooking was born. She also explores all the 10+ dining venues, specialty restaurants, wine dinner programming and more! 

Grinning waiters giving thumbs up behind a luscious blue martiniMartini Bar Cocktail Tasting aboard Oceania's Marina Ship

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The Magic of Chateauneuf-du-Pape

The wine world has its share of eponymous regions; so famous, that just the mere murmur of their name evokes a sense of wonder.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of those regions. The rich, bold and sensuous red wines that are created from this parcel of land in the south of France have been renowned for hundreds of years. 

 

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Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with Mint Julep Tours

"For whiskey enthusiasts, a visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a premier trip to make. For bourbon fans, it’s Mecca. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky where the limestone encrusted spring-fed waters contribute to the flavors of these delicious whiskeys."  ...Nancy Zaffaro

Lux Row Distillers Rick House photo by Nancy Zaffaro Lux Row Distillers Rick House © Nancy Zaffaro 

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