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Jessica Festa

Travel Blogger, Photographer & Expert | Jessie on a Journey
Professional traveler who made a career of travel blogging and living life to the fullest. Want to know how? Ask me! I also teach ProBlogging on Writers.com.



I'm a professional photographer with formal training who also makes money selling high resolutions prints (mainly travel) to consumers as well as clients.

Adventure activities

I believe in being a "Yes" man/women, saying yes to all experiences presented. Some of my favorite adventures have been skydiving in New Zealand, swimming with hammerheads in the Galapagos Islands, hiking Machu Picchu, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, bungy jumping in the Swiss Alps, white water rafting in Australia and canyoning in Colorado.

Budget travel

When I travel, I seek out the most low-cost yet high-value experiences possible, generally spending less than $50 per day depending on accommodation — usually a lot less.

Solo travel

I've traveled solo through numerous destinations, some of which include Western Europe, South America, French Polynesia, Canada and Australia.

Food & drink

I'm a professional food and drink enthusiast and writer — I've even interviewed Anthony Bourdain and Brad Farmerie — as well as a certified sommelier.

Western Europe

I've backpacked Western Europe three times, and done individual country trips to Germany (Hamburg, Leipzig, Berlin), Copenhagen, London, Italy (Tuscany, Cinque Terre), Greece (Athens, island hopping) and Switzerland (Gimmelwald, Interlachen).

Australia/New Zealand

I lived in Sydney, Australia, for a little less than a year. I've also road tripped from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island, camped on the Sapphire Coast, vacationed in Adelaide and more.


I travel to the Caribbean frequently, including Saint Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands, andThe Exumas (Bahamas).

North America

I'm born and raised in New York, currently living in Brooklyn. Other destinations of expertise include Albuquerque, New Orleans, Southern California, Fort Lauderdale and Portland (Oregon).

South America

I've 2-4 weeks each in the following destinations: Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Galapagos Islands. I've also traveled through Guatemala (Central America).


Featured in AFAR Magazine

Featured on Sherman's Travel

Featured on Fodor's

Featured in the Wall Street Journal for wine expertise

Featured in Discover Science Magazine

Featured on The Huffington Post

Syndicated on The Daily Meal, Business Insider, Details, We Blog the World

Expert Speaker at the New York Travel Festival (April 2014)

Expert Speaker at Meet Plan Go (May 2014)

Co-Author Of "Hostels 101: The Ultimate Hostel Guide"


Author of "Epicure & Culture's Ultimate Guide For The Responsible Traveler"


India Photography Featured On Hostelbookers


Founder of Responsible Tourism Twitter Chat (#RTTC)



This was money well-spent. I asked Jessica both general and area-specific questions, and received very thorough responses quickly. She provided options for the places I asked, personal experiences to give the recommendations flavor, and links to additional resources she thought would be helpful. Definitely proving worthwhile in planning my next trip!

Andy Miller • October 8, 2015