“Traveling is so much more than just seeing things. It’s about discovering, experiencing new places, sounds, cultures, local cuisines, and libations. Sometimes where you travel to is the reason to visit a place all by itself but more times than not, it is only part of the experience.”

Hi, I am Shelley. I am a professional travel writer, photographer, storyteller, chef, globetrotter, and editor.

I combine my professional skills as a retired Chef/Restaurateur/Wine Educator of over 25 years, with my unquenchable appetite for experiencing new places, cultures, cuisines and libations, both near and far-the kinds of places you want to tell people about and then I weave each experience into stories to share with you.

I believe in a deeper and meaningful travel whether it is a long or short trip. It is important for me to get to know the history, the people, the food and the culture of the place I am visiting. I share these experiences with my readers in order to inspire and excite them to see the world but to also respect it. As a foodie, I follow award-winning chefs, top restaurants, and food festivals. As a wine enthusiast, I enjoy discovering new wines, attending wine tastings, wine festivals, and visiting vineyards. And of course, there are numerous other enchanting libations to fill that glass with so I explore those options too.

This is our collection of places of interest, restaurant reviews, winery tours, food tours, recipes, libations and trip suggestions from around the world. They range from safari tents to five-star hotels, by trains or planes and from street foods to fine cuisine. For me special isn’t about the price, it’s about the character and experience.

Cheers to our next journey,


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