All posts by Jill K. Robinson

From swimming with a 1,500-pound saltwater crocodile in Australia’s Northern Territory to being the first person in winter to kayak in Chile’s Laguna del Inca, Jill K. Robinson tries to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. A 2012 Athleta featured athlete, her travels have taken her to countless countries across the globe. Jill writes about travel, adventure, lifestyle, food, and drink for the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, and more. She is a tequila expert, runs a kayak business, and surfs near Maverick’s big waves.
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beach in chatham, cape cod, ma
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Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by... Read More

Magee Marsh
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Even if you’re not a dedicated birder, it’s easy to get a glimpse of thousands of feathered friends during the spring migration. Some optimal spots to spy seasonal birds are close to urban areas and others a little farther afield, but these areas are what keep the birds going... Read More

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Windstar Cruises Phuket
Windstar Cruises

Don’t want to travel with a floating city? Ditch the hordes of passengers from larger cruise ships with an excursion on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride — a luxury yacht that fits just 200 passengers. There’s no waiting in line for meals, there’s always room on the deck, and your suite... Read More

sunset in kauai, a romantic destination that's great for solo travelers
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Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet... Read More

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Ho Chi Minh City
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Sometimes, when you travel, a magical thing happens. You’ve put your guidebook away and just followed your nose, eyes, or feet through a city. Oftentimes it’s the best way to find the real heart of a place and get an experience that the average tourist would not. (Pro tip for... Read More

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Waikiki View

When you dream of a Hawaiian vacation, is it a quiet, remote location or a bustling city that you see in your mind? Many people may want to get away from the big city, but there are plenty of reasons to plant yourself in Honolulu, despite the crowds. Here’s... Read More

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Squaw Valley - flickr-Rennett Stowe

While skiers and riders embrace the feet upon feet of powder, there’s no arguing that snow sports are expensive. Besides passes, there’s also the gear and the lodging to take into account. Good thing early bird bookings means lodging and ski packages that allow you to save — so... Read More

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when is the best time to visit new orleans

No matter the season, there’s always a good reason to visit New Orleans. The city’s party-hearty spirit knows no seasonal boundaries, despite revving up for major notable events, like Mardi Gras. But what if you want your New Orleans vacation to be leisurely and (a little) quiet? We recommend... Read More

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Finding an affordable place to stay on or near a California beach isn’t easy. When you think you’ve identified the spot, it’s often pricey–or you’ll find Highway 1 noise blaring right behind your room. But don’t give up, because affordable and peaceful beach retreats are out there, whether your... Read More

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The fastest-growing water sport in the world, stand-up paddling (also known as SUP) is an easy sport to learn, despite looking like you need to be a master of balance to even think about it. Sure, balance is an important element, but if you can walk down the street... Read More

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Tahoe Rim Trail - Jeff Moser - 620 - 2

There’s no time like a warm summer to hop on your bike and see how far you can go. When you’re exploring a new city, cycling is also a great way to cover more ground and getting a bit of exercise to boot. Here are seven great trails with... Read More

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Storm King Art Center - 620 - Erik Anestad

It’s always a struggle for culture-enthusiasts in the summer: Go to the park and soak up the sun, or go to the museum for some arts. If that’s an argument you always enter with your travel companion, we have the answer for you. Visiting any of these six sculpture... Read More

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maine lobster festival - rockland - flickr-manray3 - 620

Not just for summer, food festivals provide a year-round way for hungry travelers to sample a mouthwatering variety of dishes — without shelling out for a ton of meals out on the town. We’ve rounded up a few tasty celebrations and events across the U.S., from classic to quirky.... Read More

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oakland - lake merritt - michele ursino - 620

Finally, Oakland is getting the attention it deserves from travelers and media alike as one of the country’s coolest cities, having been skipped over for years for sister city San Francisco. But as Oakland enters the spotlight, it remains an extremely affordable destination for culture, food, and other entertainment.... Read More

san francisco hotels - westin st francis - prayitno photography - 620

Finding an affordable hotel in a big city isn’t always easy. When you do somehow win the lottery and locate one, there are often a number of extra fees tacked on, or the hotel has absolutely no personality. That’s where this handy guide of budget-conscious but tasteful options come... Read More