Author Archives | William Travis

About William Travis

William Travis is a passionate urban and beach traveler who lives and breathes travel and music. Thus his favorite places always emanate a strong music vibe. During his extensive travels in the Caribbean, he's heard steel drums, reggae, and marching bands. While visiting cities throughout the U.S., Europe, and U.K., he's dug the sounds of jazz, blues, and rock and roll, in between a frothy pint of bitter or a delicious pinot noir. A longtime editor at both Fodor's and Frommer's, he writes about everything from culture, restaurants, and hotels to beaches, wine, nightlife, and music for such fantastic venues as Viator.com, Frommers.com, Zagat's, The Affluent Page magazine, British Airways, and Jetsetter. When he's not working, you can find him spinning vinyl and CDs both at home and at his regular DJ set in Brooklyn.

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Magens Bay, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

For soul-warming sun, powdery sands and crystalline waters, the Caribbean offers thousands of beaches from which to choose. From secluded mountain-coddled coves and peaceful palm-lined stretches of sand to idyllic resort-fronted stretches and lively people-watching expanses, you’ll discover an abundance of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choosing from which beach to enjoy the […]

Continue reading...

March 7, 2016 by | 4 Comments

New England Fall Foliage: The Best State by State

Newport fall colors

Every fall, New England rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. It’s the perfect time to visit the region. Leaf peepers come to drive the winding country roads, hike lush mountain paths, and stroll town greens to soak in the vibrant vistas of color. If you’re planning a […]

Continue reading...

October 12, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Remembering 9/11: Events, Tributes and Performances

National 9/11 Memorial

This Sunday, September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed. To commemorate this event, cultural centers throughout New York City are hosting exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of other events. Churches, gardens and museums will welcome visitors to pay their […]

Continue reading...

September 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Top 8 Free & Cheap Summer Activities in New York City

dumbo nyc

Summer is one of the best times to visit New York City. Many of the locals leave their urban confines for their summer homes, kids go away to camp, and everyone else seems to leave on the weekends. You almost have the city to yourself. Thus, the city provides a variety of cheap and free […]

Continue reading...

June 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The NYC Rock and Roll Tour: East Village

In New York City in the 1960s and 1970s, East Village was the place to hang if you wanted to hear rock ‘n’ roll and on this cool two-hour New York City Rock ‘n’ Roll walking tour you’ll learn all about the wild side of the East Village. Author, historian, and former music executive Bobby […]

Continue reading...

May 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on The NYC Rock and Roll Tour: East Village

Your Guide to the 10 Best Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Cape Town hop on hop off

One of the best ways to get oriented to a city, especially on a first visit, is by taking a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. These tours enable you to get oriented to the layout of the city, see some of the major sites, and learn interesting facts from the tour guide along the way. They are […]

Continue reading...

April 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on Your Guide to the 10 Best Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Top 10 Foodie Destinations Around the World

Brussels chocolate tour

Whether you’re a foodie or a traveler who just loves to eat, you’ll find much to savor and sample in our top 10 foodie destinations around the world.

Continue reading...

February 28, 2012 by | 10 Comments

Touring Niagara’s Wine Country

Niagara on the Lake, Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Photo courtesy of tamara_smith_ via Flickr.

Making its mark on Canada’s burgeoning wine industry, Niagara runs a close second to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Its sophisticated and varied table wines have become the toast of Canada, consistently winning international awards, especially for its Reislings and its Icewine. The area really exploded in 1970s when vintners began planting many noble grape varietals. […]

Continue reading...

February 21, 2012 by | Comments Off on Touring Niagara’s Wine Country

Top 10 Wine Destinations Around the World

Yarra Valley tour

Wine is a beautiful thing. It’s a perfect complement to a meal, and pleasant way to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Imagine lingering over a glass while looking at the sun dip below rolling hills of vineyards. Now imagine doing it every day for a week or longer. Wine regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy […]

Continue reading...

February 15, 2012 by | 10 Comments

An Insider’s Guide to Mardi Gras 2015 in New Orleans

St-Charles-parade-photo_1344199-raw

Check your bucket list, as it’s time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans – the festival of all festivals. Nothing quite captures the joie de vivre of New Orleans than this lively annual party. Two weeks of exciting street parades lead up to Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 21 this year, when revelers don […]

Continue reading...

January 31, 2012 by | Comments Off on An Insider’s Guide to Mardi Gras 2015 in New Orleans