Aida's Itineraries

These are the travel itineraries and adventures of our Editor-In-Chief, Aida Mollenkamp, as she crosses the globe.
Finding Franciacorta: The Best Italian Wine Region I'd Never Visited | http://saltandwind.com

Finding Franciacorta: The Best Italian Wine Region I'd Never Visited

Maybe it’s just the way the world works these days, but it seems really hard to find a place that isn't already pinned, tagged, or liked. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised to discover Franciacorta. Okay, truth is, the Milanese have known about this corner of Lombardy for forever and a day and it is a premiere wine growing region, but it's pretty unknown outside of Italy.

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Avignon to Lyon: A Week Along The Rhône River | http://saltandwind.com

Avignon to Lyon: A Week Along The Rhône River

My first experience on a river cruise was from Arles to Lyon along the Rhône River and I couldn't have loved it more.

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Road Trip Los Angeles To Austin: Why You Should Sometimes Definitely Take The Longest Way | http://saltandwind.com

Road Trip Los Angeles To Austin: Why You Should Sometimes Definitely Take The Longest Way

Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? Road trips should be a trip where you spend a lot of time getting from point A to point B and really enjoying it all, you know? To me, road trip perfection was that time I headed out of Los Angeles and took my sweet time to get Austin, as in 6 days amount of time. 

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Untamed Big Island: Escaping The Crowds For Waimea Bay | http://saltandwind.com

Untamed Big Island: Escaping The Crowds For Waimea Bay

The Aloha State and I are becoming good friends as I've spent a fair amount of time there during the last few years. Admittedly, most of that time has been on Oahu, but this latest trip included my first visit to Big Island (aka the island of Hawaii). Big Island is a place I've long wanted to explore because I've heard a lot of about the awesome farms, ranches, and artisans. 

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How To Tapas Crawl In Old Town San Sebastian | http://saltandwind.com

How To Tapas Crawl In Old Town San Sebastian

The culinary scene in Basque Country is totally unique and nowhere is that more evident that in San Sebastian. Here are my must-visit picks for doing a tapas crawl, Basque style.

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That Time I Did 7 Meals In 12 Hours On Saint Martin | http://saltandwind.com

That Time I Did 7 Meals In 12 Hours On Saint Martin

It was like the "Amazing Race," that is, if they did a food-focused episode. We dropped anchor in Saint Martin as the sun rose and were counting the minutes until we could get our first croissant. Saint Martin has a rep as the culinary capital of the Carribbean and we were determined to (taste) test that claim for ourselves. 

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My 15 Favorite Food Finds In Rome's Centro Storico | http://saltandwind.com

My 15 Favorite Food Finds In Rome's Centro Storico

Rome is such an enormous city. It's enormous in population, it's enormous in personality, and it's enormous in scale -- but, then enormous is how the Romans thought. That means it can be easy to get overwhelmed when you visit. Here are a few of my favorite places in the centro storico.

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Photos From The Quaintest Lake Town In Italy: Lake Garda's Sirmione | http://saltandwind.com

Photos From The Quaintest Lake Town In Italy: Lake Garda's Sirmione

Sometimes things are really great surprises like making a flight connection when it seems mathmatically impossible or getting upgraded in your hotel room. Or finding a town that doesn't show up on Google Maps but is totally worth the stop — like Sirmione.

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20 Swoony Photos Of Positano aka My Dreamiest Vacation Ever | http://saltandwind.com

20 Swoony Photos Of Positano aka My Dreamiest Vacation Ever

There’s possibly nowhere that does the beach like Italy. Yes, I’m 100% bias but you can’t visit Italy in the summer without going to the beaches. And,for old-school Italian glam (as in, Mastroianni, Loren, Taylor), it's all about Positano.

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10 Ways To See Even More Of Maui | http://saltandwind.com

10 Ways To See Even More Of Maui

Yes, we too love to go to Maui with no plans beyond Mai Tais and beach time. But try to make some time for exploration because there's so much more to see. Here are 10 ways to get to know Maui better:

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Spring Break: What Spring Skiing At Squaw Valley Taught Me | http://saltandwind.com

Spring Break: What Spring Skiing At Squaw Valley Taught Me

One of the reasons I can always use more Lake Tahoe in my life? It's the perfect mix of active all day and relaxing all night. This El Nino season, it's been hard to have a bad ski day but, I'm partial to Spring skiing, because, as a native Californian, I like to think we do it right.

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When A 3AM Wakeup Call Is Essential: Making The Most of Sunrise at Haleakala National Park | http://saltandwind.com

When A 3AM Wakeup Call Is Essential: Making The Most of Sunrise at Haleakala National Park

We live by a few travel truths—discover lots, support local, eat well—but one we don't talk about as much? Staying active. Talk to anyone about Maui and sooner or later they'll suggest you trek to Haleakala for sunrise. So, to make it easier on you, I'm sharing my 10 tips for making the most of sunrise at Halekala National Park.

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