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.

Why Locals Love Fort Worth

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

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.

A Perfect Day in Austin, Texas

Spend a day in Austin and you may feel as if you’re in the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. For all its relaxed, come-as-you-are hospitality, the capital of Texas is a city of ideas, live entertainment venues, and world-class art. It’s also a place that loves its food. During my recent visit, I faced tough decisions at…

Five Trips That Changed My Life

As a travel writer, I get to explore new places all the time. But there are some trips that stand out more than others—the ones that changed my life in some meaningful way.

There’s Something About Riga

Compact Riga is tailor-made for a weekend visit. And for travelers in search of authenticity, the Latvian capital delivers in spades.

4 Great Hotel Home Bases in London

The best, and most memorable, hotels are reflections of the neighborhoods and cities they inhabit. But in massive cities like London, it can be tough to find the perfect fit. Here are four neighborhoods that make great home bases in one of the greatest cities in the world—and hotels to match.

Transformed by Travel: Nine Stories

I asked nine lifelong travelers to share the most life-changing trips they’ve ever taken. Here’s what they had to say.

Video: The Best of Quebec City

Fresh from being on assignment in Quebec City, I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite finds. I also realize that while I had a full week to explore the city, not everyone is blessed with that much time. That’s why I put together a video itinerary outlining my idea of the perfect day in the French Canadian cultural capital.

A Moveable Feast: Exploring Quebec City

It’s hard not to eat yourself silly in Quebec City. Luckily, biking and walking are the best ways to explore this outdoor wonderland. Here are a few highlights of my moveable feast.