Jessica Spiegel

Contributing Writer, Via

Jessica Spiegel is a writer and obsessive knitter based in Portland. She has more than 16 years of experience as a travel writer. She writes the Italy Explained travel guide, and loves pho, footy, tattoos, and Sazeracs.

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Her work has also been published in Scott's Cheap Flights and the Points Guy.

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Best Days for Holiday Flights

When traveling for the holidays, it’s important to know which days to target and which to avoid.
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How to Keep Your Money and Credit Cards Safe While Traveling

These simple tips can help you manage your credit cards and cash safely when you travel abroad.
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Winter Weekend Trip to Ashland, Oregon

There’s much more to this charming town than theater.
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How to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Save money on bag charges with these 11 tips.
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5 Really Good Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

An expert travel agent can make all the difference.
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Best Time to Book a Cruise

The best time to book a cruise depends on your travel needs.
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Family Fun at Gilroy Gardens

Gilroy sports an all-season family theme park complete with rides and botanical gardens.
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Dreamy Farm Stays That Will Make You Fall in Love with Italy

Want the authentic Italian experience? Stay in an agriturismo—a farm stay—in the countryside.
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How to Have the Family Plan the Family Vacation

When everyone pitches in on trip planning, everyone enjoys the trip.
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Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon

This Pacific Northwest gem is the perfect spot for a romantic, outdoorsy honeymoon.
two men walk a dog on a trail in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon.

City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon

Portland’s charms span from books, bikes, and food trucks to a vegan bar and a bagpiping unicyclist.
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12 Tips to Make Weekend Travel Count

Think a two-day trip is too short to make a weekend getaway count? Think again.
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How Repairing Your Windshield Can Save You Money

Fixing a broken windshield can keep money in your pocket.
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Complete Guide to Mojave National Preserve

In southeastern California, the Lonesome Triangle delivers mountains, canyons, and volcanic relics.
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6 Best Spas in Las Vegas

Relax and refresh at these chic spas in Las Vegas.