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Gigi Griffis

Hey there - I'm Gigi - a location independent writer traveling the world with my pint-sized pooch, adorable partner, & freelance business in tow. I've been traveling full-time since May 2012, living my life against a backdrop of charming Parisian neighborhoods, snowy Swiss Alpine towns, and the cobblestone squares of Italy's hill towns. I'm a slow traveler with a deep appreciation for fresh, local food (and its history), fine European wines, and all things outdoorsy. I'm also the author/co-author of 12 guidebooks.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My heart belongs to Europe, so most of my writing has been about that continent. In particular, I've spent large swaths of my life in France, Italy, and Switzerland (the latter of which I lived in for two years). Slovenia is also a new favorite and I keep finding myself drawn back again and again.

I'm a huge foodie and love finding (and sharing) the best of a region's food experiences and I adore the outdoors (cycling, hiking, kayaking, you name it), so I'm also your go-to girl for the best hikes and distance cycle rides. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been traveling since my teen years, when I convinced my non-traveler parents to let me join a volunteer group on a trip to the Australian Outback."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Three years ago, I took a month off from my writing work to cycle all the way across France - from the Swiss border to the Atlantic Ocean. I rode a vintage Swiss military bicycle with a basket on the front for my small world-traveling dog. And over the course of about three weeks, we made our way across the country along quiet canals, through charming, cobbled towns, past countless castles in the Loire Valley, and to the ocean, where we dismounted the bike and romped in the surf in celebration. "

Featured trips & expertise

Ljubljana, Slovenia
Unexpected Luxury: Fabulous Travel Experiences in Slovenia

Afternoon naps in luxury treehouses. Leisurely wine tastings in some of Europe's oldest vineyards. Days spent shopping and dining in Slovenia's well-kept capital city. Get ready to be wowed by the surprisingly luxe experiences in this tiny, mountainous, off-the-beaten-track country.

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge in Bardia National Park
Best Jungle Lodges in Nepal

Nepal is an excellent destination for jungle treks, safari tours, and off-the-beaten-track adventure. If it's wildlife and national parks you're after, there are lodges in the heart of the jungle that rise above the competition to provide sustainable wilderness experiences that also prioritize comfort.

Helicopter flying through the Annapurna region
Best Helicopter Tours in Nepal

Nepal is beautiful from every angle, but there's something special about seeing it from the air. Helicopter tours are a unique way to combine transport with sightseeing among the world's tallest mountains and deepest valleys—and it's the perfect solution if you're short on time. Here are some of the best helicopter excursions to incorporate into your trip.

Coastal road in Cape Corsica
Motorbike Tour of Corsica: 6 Day Itinerary

Perfect for avid motorcyclists and those seeking an off-the-beaten-track adventure, this 6-day tour winds through quiet back roads to charming Corsican villages, beautiful beaches, and some of the best hotels on the island.

Nieluccio, a Corsican vine
Vineyard Hopping in Corsica: 7 Days

Calling all wine-loving travelers: this 7-day Corsican vineyard hop was made with you in mind. Bounce between some of the oldest vineyards in Europe (with stops at stunning beaches and charming towns in between) to experience the history, variety, and especially the flavors of Corsica's wine culture.