Annie Fitzsimmons

Annie Fitzsimmons is Intelligent Travel's Urban Insider, your cosmopolitan culture connection. From great places to stay and one-of-a-kind things to do in her home base, New York City, to tips from locals in the know in cities around the world, Annie is here to get you up to speed. Follow along on the blog and on Twitter @anniefitz and on Instagram @anniefitzsimmons.

How to Thrive on a Long-Haul Flight

After enduring dozens of long-haul flights, I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to staying sane and healthy while getting from here…to way over there. Here are eight hard-won tips to help you do the same.

A Perfect Day in Downtown Melbourne

When it comes to getting around the sprawling metropolis (in terms of square mileage, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in the world), you have to right-size your ambitious plans. So for this perfect-day itinerary, I homed in on the city’s Central Business District, which, thanks to an excellent (and free) tram system, is eminently explorable.

The Luxe List: 8 Places to Indulge Yourself in 2016

If you’re looking to indulge yourself in 2016, here are eight destinations to add to your bucket list.

Natural Beauty: Great Day Trips From Melbourne

Don’t get me wrong; I love a great city. But there’s a bit of yin and yang to travel. Once I’ve had my fill of urban experiences, I start plotting an escape. I’ve already outlined the appeal of penguin pilgrimage site Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley’s wine wonderland, both of which are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. Here are three more idyllic ways to spend a day (or a weekend) in Victoria.

Australia’s Coolest Wine Region: Yarra Valley

Australia’s Yarra Valley, about an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne, is famous for its cool-climate varietals and features everything you might want in a wine region: generously poured glasses, farm-to-table meals, and gorgeous vistas that seem to go on without end.

Where to See the Smallest Penguins on Earth

Given the popularity of the nightly penguin parade on Phillip Island, about a two-hour drive southeast of Melbourne, I was worried about a theme-park vibe. But when I saw the first group of penguins come waddling out of the ocean, determined and adorable, I drew a giddy breath. It was just plain awesome.

Why Everyone Wants to Move to Melbourne

Before I traveled to Melbourne, I pressed friends who lived there for suggestions and advice. “You’re going to want to move here,” one warned. “Just be aware.”

Why Locals Love Fort Worth

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Eager to uncover authentic Fort Worth, I embarked on my visit by enlisting in-the-know residents as my guides to the best in what to do, see, and eat. Here’s what locals love about the cowboys-and-culture city they proudly call home.

10 Foodie Favorites in Fort Worth

Texas sibling cities Dallas and Fort Worth, known collectively as DFW, are connected by broad highways. Smaller Fort Worth, located approximately 30 miles west of “the big D,” is for-locals-by-locals, genuinely friendly, and not too worried about what other people think. These quirks are evident in the city’s culinary offerings, as well. Here are ten foodie favorites worth traveling for.

7 Reasons to Visit San Antonio Now

If your memories of San Antonio include a stop at the Alamo and a meal on the River Walk accented by colorful umbrellas and mariachi music, it’s time to visit again.

The ‘Pearl’ of San Antonio

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In every city I visit, I zero in on a place—usually a coffee shop or wine bar—that becomes my touchstone for finding the local rhythm. I’ll see the same regulars, order the same drink, and start to get an inkling of what it’s like to call that city home. In San Antonio, I found my sweet spot at Bakery…

Finding the Perfect Balance in Texas Hill Country

It’s 7 a.m. in Austin when I pull into the parking lot at Stephen F. Austin High School with a dear friend, longtime local—and fellow travel writer—Becca Hensley. Our plan is to join the stream of people heading toward Lady Bird Lake on a soft dirt path that shadows the mighty Colorado River, which splits the Texas capital across the middle.