Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba on a boat in Burma.
You know that cool friend of yours who always knows the best bench for people-watching in every city or the greatest little hole-in-the-wall bar down the alley that you would never find? That’s Jeralyn Gerba, co-founder and editorial director of Fathom — only she knows even more benches and bars than your cool friend. In fact, the entire Fathom travel website is full of insider recommendations, inspiring stories and unexpected itineraries.
Former DailyCandy editors Jeralyn and Pavia Rosati teamed up in July 2011 to create Fathom with an editorial motto to “focus on places we like, writers we trust, and stories that move us.” That genuine approach captured the travel space’s attention, winning the Society of American Travel Writers’ bronze medal for best online travel journalism site in 2013.
We tracked down Jeralyn — while she was in between logging airline miles, relocating her office to Spoleto, Italy, for 2 months, and mapping sushi joints in Japan — to chat about all things travel.
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Designers, models, photographers, bloggers, DJs and the world’s most stylish celebs descend upon New York this week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While everyone’s looking for the next big thing to hit fashion, we’re searching for the most stylish hotels in America’s fashion capital — New York.
In honor of Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up boutiques in the Big Apple that ooze with style.
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Hollywood’s hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France — Hollywood’s’ royal couple owns the enchanting domain. Perhaps Jolie and Pitt knew when they bought the French estate 2 years ago that it would be the perfect location for their wedding — it sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out).
Looking for a table with a view for your next summer night out? OpenTable just released their 2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for Most Scenic Restaurants.
Whether you’re looking for a sun-drenched table on a private Hawaiian beach or a panoramic vista of the New York City skyline, these restaurants serve up delectable cuisine paired with postcard-worthy views. This year’s list of winning restaurants with breathtaking views is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews for more than 19,000 restaurants nationwide.
It’s no surprise that California, with its dramatic coastal views, dominates with 38 winning restaurants; Washington follows with 7 honorees, Hawaii with 5 and Florida with 4. Restaurants don’t need to be oceanfront to wow diners — desert backdrops and majestic mountains put Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming on the list, too.
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Happy Birthday to the future king of England — Prince George! It seems like just yesterday the world was going bananas over the future monarch’s arrival, and now that Prince George turned 1, it’s time to raise your glasses – or crystal juice cups — in celebration again!
In honor of Prince George’s birthday, Visit Britain shared with us family-friendly travel ideas in the UK fit for your little prince or princess. Follow in the Royal Family’s footsteps with your little tikes as you explore all the imaginative places that lie in Great Britain.
Our Type of Traveler, Matt Stabile, meets a monk near Darjeeling.
Founder and editor-in-chief of TheExpeditioner.com, one of the largest independent travel sites in the world, Matt Stabile is Our Type of Traveler. Balancing a full-time career as a lawyer, managing a robust travel website and hosting a travel web series, Matt’s overflowing plate begs the question, “How does he do it all?”
It seems that the same limitless energy and attention to detail that makes a great lawyer also makes a great traveler. When we caught up with the globe-trotting attorney to find out how he juggles both worlds, the New Yorker explained that he funnels his boundless energy into documenting his travels when he’s not working on a case. “I have a disorder that doesn’t allow me to relax, even while on vacation, so naturally, I would turn my travels into as much work as possible,” confesses Matt.
And the travel world seems to be happy Matt can’t sit still — his online web series, featuring his travels around the world, has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.
Find out how Matt “unplugs” from lawyer life, what destinations he recommends for those short on time and money and where he hangs out when he’s home.
Whether you’re headed to the beach or are just lounging in your backyard hammock, summer is the perfect time to escape with a good book. Our summer reading list includes quintessential steamy beach reads and quirky family memoirs, but all of our picks also have us wanting to pack our bags for summer vacations of our own — from sexy Spanish beaches to the wild Amazon rainforest.
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Wide-eyed. A little overwhelmed. And, admittedly, a bit dazzled. That sums up how I felt my first few hours in Las Vegas, on my first ever trip to Vegas. “You haven’t been to Vegas?!” most people exclaimed when I told them this was my first trip. It seems no one could believe that I’d reached my 30s without at least 1 rite-of-passage, wild weekend in Vegas. And maybe that’s why I hadn’t felt a need to check this city off my list before now – I felt I could go without visiting a city full of Hangover-style debauchery laced with cheesy tourist traps. While I did find these things in Vegas, I surprisingly learned that it’s also possible to have a sophisticated and unexpected weekend here, too.
So if you want a mix of class and whimsy and OK, a few adventurous drinks, follow my first-timer’s 48-hour itinerary for Vegas.
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World Cup fever is growing hotter and hotter around the world, and while soccer watching has not always been associated with the US, the 2014 FIFA World Cup seems to be capturing America’s interest. Last night’s nail-biting USA-Portugal match on ESPN scored a 9.6 rating, making it the highest-rated World Cup match ever in the US. While the world’s game is growing in popularity across America, what US city can lay claim to having the most World Cup fans? The nation’s capital: Washington, DC.
It’s official – summer is finally here (well, this Saturday, to be exact)! Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.