Articles written by: Lillian Africano

Lillian Africano

Lillian is the author (or co-author) of 16 books, including three mass market bestselling novels (pseudonym Jessica March); the owner/editor of SpaReviewMag.com; cruise editor at JAX FAX; senior editor at Elegant Accents magazine. She is a contributor to Gadling.com, Matadornetwork.com and USAToday.com. Past experience: Freelance travel editor for AOL, Lead Blogger for AOL Tripvine, contributor to Smithsonianmagazine.com. Lillian's work does not stop with writing and editing. She is president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) past president of IFWTWA and a member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA). We are proud to have Lillian as “Global Writes” Executive Editor. We will all benefit from her dedication to journalism and IFWTWA.

The entrance to the Del Mar Grand
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

The Grand Del Mar: Best Ever Girlfriend Getaway

When your best friend moves clear across the country, from New York to California, you have to create opportunities to meet and catch up. So Maggie and I try to have a girlfriend getaway once a year, and it’s usually in California, where the weather is (almost) always balmy and […]

Entrance to the La Vieille Prison
Canada / Chronological / Destinations

Get Scared Straight in Canada’s La Vieille Prison

There are some travel experiences that stay with you long after you’ve returned home. My visit to La Vieille Prison (The Old Prison) in the small, sleepy Canadian town of Trois Rivières was such an experience. Many former prisons offer guided tours. In spite of their terrible histories, most of […]

Disney's Grand Floridian is home to several outstanding restaurants.
Chronological / Florida / United States

Walt Disney World à La Carte: Grownup Food and Grownup Fun

I had thought Disney was just for kids – and that the food I would sample at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida would be, well, not terribly interesting to an adult palate. I was wrong, not only about the food, but also about the fun that a grownup could […]

The Warhol Museum houses many of the artist's best-known works.
Chronological / Destinations / Pennsylvania / United States

Ten Excellent Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh

Okay, I’ll admit I didn’t have a list of ten excellent reasons when I signed up for a travel writers’ meeting in Pennsylvania’s second-largest city. I did look forward to visiting the Warhol Museum – and seeing whatever else Pittsburgh had done to earn the title of “Birthplace of Pop […]

Luxury houseboating on Lake Powell.
Arizona / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / United States

Houseboat Luxury in Arizona

Wahweap Marina, Arizona – Who knew that you could use the words “houseboat” and “luxury” in the same sentence? During a trip to northern Arizona, I learned that a getaway on a top-of-the-line houseboat would offer many comforts and yes, even luxury. Lake Powell bills itself as America’s favorite houseboating destination. […]

A Taste of Italy
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

A Taste of Italy

…This trip would be different: five days tasting the food and wine of Florence and Rome. No monuments this time, no tourist attractions, no museums — just five days of sampling local food, from ice cream to cheese to cured meats, and visiting the osteria (restaurants) specializing in Slow Food.

Oasis of the Seas: The Ship is the Destination
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

Oasis of the Seas: The Ship is the Destination

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas was the first of the mega-ships, making her debut last December, accompanied by media buzz worthy of a rock star. When the biggest ship in the world arrived at the $75 million Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 18—built especially to accommodate her giant proportions—Florida residents swarmed the area, on land and in their boats,…

TURKISH DELIGHTS: Historical Treasures, Luxury Hotels and Exotic Cuisine
Asia / Chronological / Destinations / Europe

TURKISH DELIGHTS: Historical Treasures, Luxury Hotels and Exotic Cuisine

Turkey has long been a favorite of international travelers; today, as it strives for membership in the European Union, it is truly a world-class destination. The heart of this culturally rich nation is Istanbul, described by Newsweek as “one of the coolest cities in the world.”

Newport, Rhode Island: Welcome to the Gilded Age
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Rhode Island / United States

Newport, Rhode Island: Welcome to the Gilded Age

I recently had the great good fortune to spend several balmy days in Newport, Rhode Island, once the summer playground of the magnates and robber barons of America’s Gilded Age. The “cottages” were built in an era when no expense was spared, and the nation’s top architects (including Stanford White) and craftsmen from Europe created a heritage that spans some two centuries of architectural and social development.

Travel and Adventure
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Travel and Adventure

On March 17, the whole world is Irish – or so it seems, when parades, fireworks and other celebrations abound all over North America and Europe, in Asia and even in Russia. But it is Dublin that throws the world’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day party, a weeklong celebration featuring carnival-style parades, concerts, visual arts and dance events, outdoor theater, exhibitions, open-air markets, spectacular fireworks and even a treasure hunt.