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.
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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
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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

 Bär Baer/flickr
Bär Baer/flickr

Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More

 Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites
Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites

San Diego is amid a hotel boom. After a long hiatus from construction, the city’s established accommodations are getting fresh faces, and there are more new hotels slated to open in the next two years than have opened in the last eight. Downtown alone will get 10 new properties — including a 400-room InterContinental on the waterfront, Marriott’s millennial-focused Moxy Hotel, and... Read More

 Greenwich, CT/Christina Garofalo
Greenwich, CT/Christina Garofalo

It’s not surprising that many former Manhattanites call Greenwich home. With its walkable downtown, high-end shops, Parisian-style cafes, and trendy farm-to-table eateries — plus a train station that connects to NYC in 40 minutes (and an Amtrak stop the next town over) — Greenwich offers the small-town charm city-dwellers relish with the convenience and... Read More

 The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys

There’s a reason New York City hosted 58.3 million tourists last year alone. From Wall Street to Stonewall, waves of immigration and innovation, and a skyline that’s framed countless films, New York City inspires a certain historical fanfare. In the nearly 400 years since the city was founded, millions of... Read More

 Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo
Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo

Houston claimed eight of the nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards. That’s right — Houston, that other Texan city. The unprecedented number — which includes a record of five chefs elected for the category Best Chef: Southwest, and the winner of the title, Justin Yu — suggests a larger trend... Read More

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 Yeiser Art Center, Paducah
Courtesy Yeiser Art Center, Paducah

America is so vast, it’s easy to fill your bucket list with big-name destinations, like New Orleans and San Francisco, and never tap into smaller cities that pack just as much culture. Whether it’s a burgeoning arts scene or a host of new, award-winning eateries, these six cities —... Read More

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Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world"s largest and newest cruise ship, previews in Southampton. General view to Central Park
Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has received a ton of buzz over its latest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which embarked on its maiden voyage this week. As the largest cruise ship in the world — with 16 decks and 2,747 staterooms — Harmony combines the best features of the Oasis- and... Read More