Jessica Festa

About the Author

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and volunteering in Ghana.

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Exploring The Basalt Lined Vineyards And Historic Grapes Of The Azores’ Pico Island

Pico Island, one of nine volcanic Azorean islands located almost 1,000 miles from mainland Portugal, isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a thriving wine culture; however, the destination has been producing wine since the 15th century, starting about 10 […]

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Notes On Nostalgia, Love And Russian Food [Recipes Included]

After my mother passed away when I was 15, my grandparents took over guardianship. The one thing I remember most about grandma Katrina was she could always be found in the kitchen making her famous Russian Piroshki, meat and cabbage-stuffed […]

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Tips For An Interesting Museum Visit

Museums. For some people they lead to a feeling of anticipation while others picture an hour’s worth of yawns. Whichever camp you fall into, there’s no denying museums are treasure troves of interesting information that can give you insight into […]

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Voluntourism: It’s Not All Bad, As Long As You Do It SMARTER

Dear Potential Volunteers, Do you want a great volunteer travel experience and truly want to help? 
But you don’t want to get involved with unethical practices or bad “voluntourism?” 
You want to “volunteer abroad” and that’s different, right? Unfortunately, it’s […]

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Power Shift: More Women Are Riding Motorcycles, And It’s Driving Change

Whether it’s for freedom, adventure, spiritual experience, confidence, independence, or community, women are taking to motorcycles with an increased voracity. Three years ago, Debra Teplitz, 44, decided to silence the voice in her head that said, “Nice Jewish girls from […]

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10 Must-Have Artisanal Experiences In The Azores

While there’s much to explore in the Azores — hiking, bird watching, surfing, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, history — one of the focuses of my recent trip there was local artisan culture. After visiting the islands of São Miguel, São […]