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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Give Your 2015 Bucket List A Responsible Makeover With These Essential Tips

January is the perfect time to revamp your 2015 bucket list. According to ResponsibleTravel.com, however, some of the biggest bucket list travel experiences are in fact big travel faux pas. Epicure & Culture caught up with the tour company to […]

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Responsible Travel: A Unique Approach To Sustainable Marine Tourism

This is a guest post by Sarah Martin and Mark J. Spaulding of The Ocean Foundation Sustainable tourism goes beyond reusing towels and sheets, hotels with LED lighting and some locally sourced food. In our work looking at coastal sustainable […]

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Conscious Travel: 10 Myths About Responsible Tourism

There are many myths floating around about responsible tourism and what travelers should or shouldn’t be doing when they hit the road. To set the record straight, Epicure & Culture caught up with Olivia Ruggles Brise, Director of Policy and […]

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Epicure’s Guide To Phoenix, Arizona [And How To Burn Off The Calories Locally]

From bruschetta bars to dog-friendly breweries to chili burgers made by cowboys, we’ve got you covered with the best Phoenix restaurants. Without further adieu, here is the epicure’s guide to this delicious desert city: Postino 3939 E Campbell Avenue + […]

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Sustainable Tourism: Tips For The Savvy Traveler

Relaxing retreats. Exotic adventures. Romantic getaways. When planning your summer vacations, do you consider the impact of your travels on the environment and communities you are visiting? Some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations are now being managed sustainably, which […]

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Ethical Intentions: Why Giving Isn’t Always Good

For many people, the words “giving” and “good” are almost synonymous. Giving is a selfless act. It helps others. It makes both parties feel, well, good. Even when your intentions are in the right place, there are times when the […]

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Drinking Culture: A Sip Of Corfu, Greece

While many people know Greece for its wine — especially Santorini with its assyritiko — there’s another island offering a completely different drink experience. Actually, it offers two. On the beautiful Corfu, home to attractions like Sisi’s Palace, Mount Pantokrator […]