All posts by Laura Motta

Laura Motta had lived in NYC for five years when she quit her life and moved to Paris. While she was in Europe, she cultivated a taste for macarons, got sunburned on many French and Italian beaches, and became obsessed with travelling artfully – and frugally. Before coming to ShermansTravel, where she is currently the Director of Publishing, she worked as an editor at Everyday Health and iVillage. She hails from Massachusetts.
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Hilton Head Vacation Rentals Property

For photos of Hilton Head, and the  Endless Summer villa (pictured, and mentioned below), visit our slideshow. When you ask the locals about things to do in Hilton Head, the South Carolina island community that’s overhung with Spanish moss and filled with quiet gated communities, you’ll get an honest answer:... Read More

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Sure, the locals may roll their eyes at the mention of Midtown Manhattan. The concrete jungle in and around Times Square doesn’t have Greenwich Village’s cozy charm, or the sleek nightclubs of the downtown Meatpacking District. But some new developments in this area, especially north of Times Square near... Read More

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    For the procrastinators among us who leave their Valentine’s Day plans to the very last minute (not that we’ve ever been those people…), we have a solution. It’s a lavish solution, to be sure. But for those of us who feel the V-Day pressure each year, and who want... Read More


    We’ve always had a soft spot for Lanai, the small, sparsely inhabited Hawaiian island that’s a quick ferry ride from the east coast of Maui. Many travelers who visit its red-and-orange-sand shores are daytrippers who hungrily reserve the island’s limited rental cars far in advance. And they leave the... Read More

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    Cable Beach, Bahamas

    Change is coming to New Providence Island, the Bahamas’ most populous and most touristed destination, and fast. Here’s a peek at what’s new in this classic Caribbean destination… ... Read More

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    If you’re looking for an excuse to book a vacation to Spain, we have a good one for you this week: This 6-night trip to Madrid and Barcelona for $1009, including flights from New York City. (Other departure cities are available, too. Check the web site for pricing.) Madrid in... Read More

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    As Boston braces for colder weather – and revels in the World Series success of its beloved Red Sox – this small city with a big cultural pedigree offers plenty to see, and plenty of bargains. While a sunny stroll through the picturesque Public Garden might be out of... Read More

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    Curitiba, Brazil

    Far from the Equator and the humid jungles of northern Brazil lies Parana Province. While many tourists only venture this far south to take in a single, monolithic site – the towering Iguazu Falls – there’s more to see in this hilly, forest-covered province that borders the Atlantic Ocean... Read More

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    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Sao Paulo isn’t for everybody. With a teeming population of 19 million, a sprawling, helter-skelter skyline that takes no regular shape, dozens of neighborhoods, and endless snarls of traffic, it’s easy to understand why tourists – especially first-timers to Brazil – head straight for the beaches of Rio de... Read More

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    Walking on a glacier in Alaska. Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Joining a lobster bake in Maine. Pondering Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence. ... Read More

    Revere Hotel Boston

    For those of us who remember the Radisson that used to occupy the concrete high-rise that’s now Boston’s shiny new Revere Hotel, the change from one property to the other is dramatic, to say the least. The Radisson got the job done for leisure travelers, especially in this centrally... Read More

    From the beautiful Chesapeake Bay to the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley to laid back Virginia Beach, the state of Virginia offers a varied landscape, romantic hotel options, and plenty of ways to save on autumn travel. We’ve chosen our favorite offers from this excellent fall destination, from... Read More

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    Via Rail Canada

    Proof that Canada’s VIA Rail train is so much more than a basic commuter train? When you disembark, you’ll feel sad saying goodbye to the conductors. Two of our favorites, who held court in touring class on VIA Rail’s “Skeena” route across mountainous, snow-capped British Columbia, were Patrick and Gilbert.... Read More

    Grizzly Bear

    On the rugged coast of British Columbia, 40 miles from the Alaska border, there’s a wildlife park without trails or camp sites. There is no potable water and no boating. Fishing and hunting are not permitted, and there are stern warnings against bringing pets. Visitors can only enter with... Read More

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    Orlando at night

    There’s a reason why Florida is one of the country’s top vacation destinations. From gorgeous beaches to vibrant cities to the world’s most popular theme parks, the state offers plenty of options for a great getaway. The best part? Reasonable airfare from most parts of the U.S. makes it... Read More