All posts by Christina Garofalo

Christina Garofalo is an editor at ShermansTravel. Her essays and reporting have appeared in RUBY, Paste, First We Feast, and Robb Report. Christina also runs the blog Adventures in Frugal and writes short fiction and poetry, which has been featured by HotStreet.org and the On and Off Reading Series in Brooklyn, New York.
Florence/flickr/Alejandro
Florence/flickr/Alejandro

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. In the 15th century, Florence was the center for European trade and finance and the birthplace of the Renaissance — a legacy which lives on through its frescoed basilicas, grand palazzos, and... Read More

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Nelson Green Brier Distillery/Christina Garofalo
Nelson Green Brier Distillery/Christina Garofalo

In the last five years, Tennessee’s capital has exploded. Tourists and business travelers from across the country are invading Music City in masses, turning a town that once revolved around country music into a cultural hub that even jaded New Yorkers are hooked on. This influx in visitors (13.5 million... Read More

Temple Bar/flickr/René Silvio H.
Temple Bar/flickr/René Silvio H.

Ireland’s capital city has many claims to fame. Dublin was the Vikings’ largest and most important port, it is the home of Guinness, and one of few UNESCO cities of literature, home to Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw, and the setting of James Joyce’s Ulysses... Read More

Iberostar Cancun
Iberostar Cancun

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. Since 1974, when developers first targeted Cancún as a tourist destination, the northeast tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has transformed from a scarcely inhabited strip to the country’s top resort destination. In addition... Read More

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Maya Bay, Koh Phi-Phi Leh/flickr/Nicolas Vollmer

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. It’s no surprise that Thailand is one of the world’s top beach destinations. The serpent-like southern half of the country is lined by pristine coastline and a spray of tiny tropical islands... Read More

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Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann
Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. The ancient Romans believed that no matter how many empires rose and fell, Rome would live forever. And they were right: La Città Eterna remains one of the world’s most visited capitals... Read More

Byodo Temple, Kyoto
Byodo Temple, Japan/Christina Garofalo

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. Tokyo is Japan’s frenetic, futuristic capital, but Kyoto is its intellectual center. It’s also one of the best places to experience formal Japanese traditions, including kaiseki dining, tea ceremonies, geishas, and prewar... Read More

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The Capitol in Havana, Cuba
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Ever since former President Obama eased sanctions against Cuba last fall, Americans have flocked to the island. U.S. visitors, however, must still meet the conditions of one of these 12 permitted reasons for travel. For most people, educational or “people-to-people” programs, in which you agree to have a full... Read More

Amber Presidential Suite/Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
Amber Presidential Suite/Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Earth Lodge is one of four exclusive, individually designed luxury lodges in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. Situated in the southwest corner of Kruger National Park — one of Africa’s largest and most dense game reserves — the resort comprises thirteen spacious villas, a gym, a bar, a... Read More

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge South Africa/Christina Garofalo
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge South Africa/Christina Garofalo

For many people, an African safari is the trip of a lifetime — in part because of the steep price tag. While a luxury lodge or a tented camp can cost upwards of $3,000 per person, per night, there are budget-friendly options out there, and they don’t require that... Read More

South Africa Safari/Christina Garofalo
South Africa Safari/Christina Garofalo

If there’s a safari on your travel bucket list and you’re ready to check it off, this is where to start. Here are some things to think about as you’re booking your once-in-a-lifetime South Africa getaway. 1. Splurging on a higher-end lodge won’t guarantee a higher-quality experience. Safari lodges are similar... Read More

Panorama Route-flickr-South Africa Tourism
Panorama Route/flickr/South Africa Tourism

For a country that’s twice the size of Texas, South Africa is incredibly diverse. From bush plains and exotic wildlife to craggy cliffs and lush ravines, the continent’s southernmost tip is rife with awe-inspiring views. Here are ten places where you’re sure to steal an epic shot. The Blyde River... Read More

 Courtesy Poppie's
Courtesy Poppie’s

These days, London is enjoying its newfound status as a culinary capital on par with New York, Paris, or Tokyo. Here, you’ll find every kind of restaurant, and varied culinary influences from around the world. Plus, England is now re-discovering, and modernizing the best of its culinary history. We met up with Eating London for... Read More

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 Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales
Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales

For centuries, writers have used literature to transport people to places far and wide — their words a vehicle into the larger world. While cities like Paris and New York have inspired and played host to countless writers, there are many less-trodden landscapes where you can retrace the lives and work of famous poets, playwrights, and novelists. Here are... Read More

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 Asbury Park Boardwalk/Facebook
Carousel/Asbury Park Boardwalk/Facebook

Asbury Park rose to national prominence thanks to Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., but the seaside town — having endured its fair share of ups and downs since then — has newly re-blossomed, following a decade-long revitalization. Situated along New Jersey’s central coast, the town flourished from the late 1800s through the... Read More