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Bridget Gleeson

I'm a travel writer based in Buenos Aires. I've been all over Argentina (and South America) on assignments for a variety of web and print publications.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Latin America. In South America, I specialize in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil, but also Peru and Ecuador. In Central America, I specialize in Nicaragua. I also love Mexico and have traveled there many times.

I'm also well-traveled in Europe. I lived in both Rome and Prague, so I know those cities well, and I've traveled extensively in Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Also: Morocco, California, Portugal, Cuba."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born into it: my parents are world travelers."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Swimming with penguins, sharks, seahorses, and giant sea turtles in the Galapagos has to go down as one of the most memorable experiences of my life."

The historic town gate of Saint-Tropez
How Many Days Should You Spend in the French Riviera?

With two days to spend in the French Riviera, stick to a couple of key destinations, like Cannes and Nice or Saint-Tropez. You can add some time sailing around islands or hiking in the Alps if you have three to five days, and if you have around a week, detour to Provence. Travelers with ten or more days to spend have lots of options, whether you want to slow down and experience the region at a slower pace or add it on to a wide-ranging trip around France. Read on for advice on how many days to spend on the French Riviera.

The old port of Honfleur in Normandy, France
Best Time of Year to Visit Normandy

Normandy offers beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, a lovely combination. In spring, especially later in the season, expect beautiful flowers, sunny days, and manageable crowds, making it one of the nicest times to visit. The pleasant summer weather brings big crowds, especially paired with the D-Day commemorations in June, while autumn is rainy and winter is quiet. Read on for advice and information on the best times of the year to visit Normandy.

Colorful boats in Port Lympia, Nice, France
Best Time of Year to Visit the French Riviera

The French Riviera is a true pleasure to visit at any time of year. Spring and summer are preferable if you're looking for the classic resort experience: even though you'll encounter festival crowds and vacationers left and right, you'll enjoy beautiful beach weather. Fall is quieter and rainier, though early fall is still. great for swimming in the Mediterranean. And winter is mild in the region, with few crowds, save for the tourist influx around Christmas and Carnaval. Read on for more information about the best time of year to visit the French Riviera.

Tralee Bay in County Kerry, Ireland
14 Days in Ireland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks to spend, you can see as much of Ireland as you'd like—classic highlights and remote wonders alike—plus exploration of Northern Ireland. Take a road trip that includes key attractions, like the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry, or focus your time on one region—for example, you can drive the Wild Atlantic Way, hike the Dingle Peninsula, or bike the windswept coastal landscapes of the north. Learn more with these unique itinerary ideas.

The Rock of Cashel, Ireland
10 Days in Ireland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Ireland is enough to get to know a particular region, like the Dingle Peninsula, or to travel more widely and see the country's highlights. Opt for a road trip around Northern Ireland, go on a western cycling tour of medieval castles and whiskey distilleries, hike the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands on an outdoorsy adventure, or drive yourself around to the country's top attractions, including the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry.

The spectacular Cliffs of Moher
7 Days in Ireland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Have a week to spend in Ireland? In seven days, you can road trip through many of the country's best-loved places, or stick to one region to go beyond the highlights. Pick up a rental car and hit the road to explore Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula, enjoy urban adventures in Limerick, Belfast, and Galway, hike along the Antrim Coast, or cycle the beautiful Ring of Kerry: read on to learn more about your options.