Amy Alipio is an associate editor–and in-house #TripLit guru–at National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Here are a few fun facts about this erudite explorer:
Home Base: I’m one of only two Traveler staffers actually born here in D.C. In a city with a large transient population, we native Washingtonians are a rare and proud breed.
Who Knew?: The most surprising place I’ve been to recently is Bucharest. The Romanian capital’s wide, tree-lined boulevards reminded me of Paris.
And it’s unusually kid-friendly: big parks with cool playsets, a manageably sized natural history museum, and a restaurant in the old town where someone actually entertains your kids with craft projects before the food arrives.
Animal Kingdom: My dream travel experience in 2014 would be a safari pretty much anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa, where I’ve never been.
Best Read: I started the National Geographic Traveler Book Club five years ago, and we’ve discussed some great books. One of my favorites: The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, by Jennifer Steil, a bittersweet memoir of her time working at an English-language paper in Sanaa, Yemen, a place we don’t read a lot about outside of negative news headlines.
Best Taste: Philippine mangoes. They practically fall on your head, they’re so plentiful there. I enjoy them both green and crisp-tangy as well as when they’re ripe and sugary.