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About Jessica Festa

Jessica Festa is a New-York based freelance travel writer who is always up for an adventure, especially if it means traveling. Some of her experiences include studying in Sydney, teaching English in Thailand, hiking her way through China, working in an Orphanage in Ghana, and backpacking Europe and South America solo. Along with Viator, Jessica often contributes to Gadling and the Matador Travel Network. You can check out her personal travel site at

The World’s Strangest Beaches

New Zealand: Hot Water Beach by Eli Duke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.

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February 18, 2016 by | 2 Comments

12 Great Travel Gifts to Show Mom You Care on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching — it’s May 10th this year — and for those who haven’t yet planned something special, there is still time. Instead of simply getting a gift or taking mom to dinner, think about treating her to a special experience you both can enjoy together. Here are our top picks for […]

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May 8, 2015 by | Comments Off on 12 Great Travel Gifts to Show Mom You Care on Mother’s Day

Copenhagen, the Next Great Green City

By 2025, Copenhagen hopes to the world’s first carbon neutral capital. By 2050, the city’s goal is to be completely independent of fossil fuels. With goals like these, it’s no surprise the capital city in Denmark is filled with interesting sustainable experiences. Here are some top picks:

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August 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Tips for Traveling Tahiti on a Budget

While often thought of as one of the world’s most expensive destinations, Tahiti is a viable option for those who want to have an enjoyable time without spending a fortune. To help you plan an affordable trip in paradise, here are top tips for traveling Tahiti on a budget.

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July 31, 2013 by | Comments Off on Tips for Traveling Tahiti on a Budget

Visiting Jordan: Beyond Petra

Undoubtedly, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra is Jordan’s most iconic and popular attraction. While the impressive site gives an important look into the country’s history, it’s also important to realize Jordan has much more to offer than just Petra. In fact, Jordan has many other worthwhile offerings suitable for all kinds of travelers, […]

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June 5, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The World’s Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens

Central Park

Visiting a local park can be a great way to escape from the noise and chaos of city life and enjoy a more serene atmosphere without needing to go very far. While some parks are simple with a few benches and a green lawn, others are destinations in themselves, with themed gardens, lakes, waterfalls, bridges, […]

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May 29, 2013 by | 3 Comments

10 of the Best Destination Wedding Locations


For those engaged to get married, having a destination wedding is a great way to make your special day even more memorable. Not only can you choose your ideal setting to say your vows, but it allows you to keep costs down by having a more intimate guest list. Where you should hold the ceremony […]

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May 16, 2013 by | Comments Off on 10 of the Best Destination Wedding Locations

12 of the World’s Strangest Foods

Live baby octopus in Korea

One of the most fascinating ways to explore foreign cultures is through the food. Sampling handmade pastas in Italy, fresh seafood in the Caribbean and flavorful asado in Argentina are some of the delicious experiences to be had. That being said, sometimes the local fare might not be so appetizing at first, as you’ll see […]

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April 29, 2013 by | Comments Off on 12 of the World’s Strangest Foods

Best Children’s Museums Around The World

International Spy Museum

To help you plan a fun and educational family vacation, here are our top picks for the best children’s museums around the world.

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April 18, 2013 by | 2 Comments

World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

Burney Falls

For those who love experiencing beautiful landscapes, visiting waterfalls is one of the best ways to add some extra beauty to a day in the outdoors. Not all falls are created equal, however. If you want to view some of the world’s best cascades, here are our suggestions.

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March 15, 2013 by | 5 Comments