me doing archery at Gorilla's Nest, Rwanda

best bed: Gorilla’s Nest, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Most guests come for the gorilla trekking, but you want to stay for the fun. This is summer camp for grownups…  only with great food and cocktails. And wine. And comfy beds. And great service. Ok, so not like any camp…

Hotel Amigo, Brussels

best bed: Hotel Amigo, Brussels, Belgium

It is hard to imagine a more perfect location. The Hotel Amigo is only steps (like 20) from Brussels’ most famous square, the Grand Place. The site of the hotel has huge history. The home of a wealthy merchant, it…

le Bar American, Monte Carlo

monte carlo…6 things to do

Ah…Monte Carlo…where the Billionaire’s playground is smaller than NYC’s Central Park yet packed with places to channel your inner James Bond. Where residents have the highest life expectancy in the world, citizens are not allowed to gamble, no one pays…

Julie-Anna Vogel, T+L ILTM Rising Star

I’m a Travel + Leisure ILTM Rising Star!

I am so proud to announce I have been chosen as one of Travel + Leisure ILTM’s RISING STAR ADVISORS for 2021. Each year the Travel + Leisure Travel Advisory Board (TAB), a panel of 27 world-class travel advisors, nominates…

The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

best bed: The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna, Italy

Dream location meets amazing history at  the Grand Majestic, Bologna’s only five star property. Local born, Pope-to-be Benedict XIV built this 18th century palazzo as a seminary. It sits atop an old Roman road. In basement, near the loo, you can still…

cashmere goats (photo from mongolia travel guide)

why cashmere when you travel….

I am the queen of carry on. I never check luggage. I easily go 6 weeks with just a rollaboard and a bag. I’m pretty demanding of my travel companions too… NO CHECKED LUGGAGE! So sometimes they need my advice……

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