Jill Sanford

I have an endless passion for trying new experiences and love sharing the thrill of adventure with people new to travel. Born and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, I am an avid hiker and skier. I currently write out of my homebase of Tahoe or from the road while visiting exploring new places.

How did you get involved in travel?

"My experiences in travel stem from a thirst for outdoor recreation. I am constantly on the hunt for new places to explore, but appreciate savoring the culinary and cultural experiences I find on the way to a trailhead. "

Featured trips & expertise

An aerial view of a harbor in the Trapani province of Sicily
Sicily's West Coast in 7 Days: Fishing Villages, Wineries & Archaeology

This tour of Sicily starts in the island's largest city, colorful and vibrant Palermo, before continuing to the country for scenic drives and island hopping. Boat rides, visits to wineries, walks along cobblestone streets and exploration of archaeological sites are just a few of the bucket list items you can tick off on this Sicilian adventure.

Mt. Etna overlooking Taormina
7 Days in Sicily: Mount Etna, the Ionian Coast, and Cefalú

This region of Sicily is perhaps the most popular part of the Mediterranean's most iconic island — and for good reason. Europe's largest volcano, ancient archeological sites, shimmering turquoise waters, and easy to navigate resort towns are all reasons travelers flock to this region of the island in droves each year. Step slightly off the beaten path, however, and it is still possible to catch a glimpse of the Ionian coast's beauty, history, and culture.

The ruins of Taormina at sunset
Road Trip Around the Scenic Sicilian Coast - 15 Days

An island as beautiful and historically rich as Sicily deserves to be experienced at a leisurely pace. This 15-day itinerary features beaches and cathedrals, fishing villages and urban markets, a volcano and ancient archeological sites. Take your time as you circumnavigate this stunning region of Italy.

Temple of Juno, an ancient Greek landmark in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento.
A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries

If you have a week in Sicily, it’s best to focus on one or two regions as opposed to trying to see everything. There's the wine country of the west, the medieval villages of the southeast and the giant Etna volcano in between. The following 7-day itineraries offer some of these attractions, plus incredible food, dramatic coastal views and a history and culture that stretches to time immemorial.