All posts by Jessica Festa

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture and Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.
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Jessica Festa

Contrary to popular opinion, Punta Cana — one of the hottest destinations in the Dominican Republic — is not just about lounging on the beach and swimming at the resort pool. There’s much to enjoy for all types of travelers. To help you plan a trip that’s right for your tastes... Read More

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California’s Palm Springs is known for its big brand resorts. But for an off-radar retreat that transports you into the next world over, go just outside of the city and check into Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs. ... Read More

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Travelers love California for its amazing wine and golf offerings, but there are even more reasons to visit some of the state’s lesser known cities. About an hour outside of San Diego, Temecula appeals with a laid-back artisan culture and a focus on the natural landscape. A rental car... Read More

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portland, a great vacation on the cheap

Looking to plan your next vacation but don’t want to spend a fortune? For an enriching getaway that doesn’t break the bank, Portland’s utopia of sustainability, cycling, good eats, and natural beauty has you covered. ... Read More

MS Europa 2: Atrium, Reception.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which has been operating in Europe since May of 2013, is bringing their luxury ship Europa 2 to the United States this coming December. Accommodating 500 passengers in 251 spacious veranda suites, the ship is billed as one of the most luxurious cruises in the world. It offers... Read More

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From scenic day trips, to breweries and wineries galore, to cycling and hiking, it would be impossible to experience all that Portland has to offer in a single day — but you can certainly try. Make a mad dash for all of these places, or space them out over... Read More

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You’re bound to pass through Fort Lauderdale at some point. Whether you’re laying over on your way to the Caribbean or South America, or using it as your departure point for a cruise, this sprawling beach town has plenty of its own charms. You could easily spend a full... Read More

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Most travelers in Guatemala head straight to Antigua for the Volcan Pacaya, the area’s most popular attraction. But there’s much more to explore in and around the city. From learning the art of chocolate making to immersing yourself in artisan culture to enjoying free live music shows, Antigua has... Read More

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New Mexico is the only state with an official state question: “Red or green?” The query, of course, refers to what kind of chile you’ll have with your meal. If you’re like the sound of a spicy travel experience, hit up Albuquerque for your next adventure. The city is a... Read More

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Australia in general isn’t known for being cheap, and Melbourne specifically – touted as the world’s most livable city and the capital of the country’s most densely populated state – can be quite expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be, so long as you know the right places to go... Read More