Travel Bites Deep is a travel and food blog by freelance writer Jessica Colley Clarke.

Jessica covers cuisine, culture, the arts, and experiential travel. Her work has appeared online, in print, and in guidebooks. Recent writing has been published in AFAR magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, the Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, New York magazine, Departures, Worth magazine, Vice, Tasting Table, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Star, Postcards magazine, and World Hum.

In 2013, one of Jessica’s stories was chosen as a notable selection in the Best American Travel Writing anthology. She is currently finishing an MFA at Columbia University in Nonfiction Writing and is at work on a memoir.

Beyond New York City and Dublin, she has lived in Miami, Savannah, Berlin, Oxford, and the Campania region of Italy — but loves having a cappuccino somewhere new.

Check the portfolio page on this site for clips. Jessica shares the inside scoop about her travels, both past and present, on this blog. For more details, read below.

About Travel Bites Deep: The name comes from a John Steinbeck quote: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather says:


    I admire your adventurous nature and am certainly jealous of your lifestyle. Keep up the great writing!

  2. CGTravels says:

    Hey Jessica,

    Stumbled across you on Twitter and caught your blog…I’m a UM grad myself and it’s awesome to see what you’ve done with your career so far. Travel writing is by far the best thing I’ve ever discovered – sounds like you’re having fun! Look forward to reading your articles.


    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Hey Leslie! Always great to hear from a fellow ‘Cane. Thanks for your comment – looking forward to catching up on twitter. All the best, Jessica.

  3. nani L.sastra says:

    Hi, Jessica
    I’m an indonesian travel lover, i’am jealous of your travelling chance that you had since your young age! when are you visiting our country? its a tropical country with various kinds of culture, scenery and certainly large of crystal clear sea and white beaches!

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Thanks for your comment – I’d love to plan a trip to Indonesia in the near future. There’s always more to see! All the best, Jessica.

  4. Ryan Beck says:

    im heading to Ireland this summer for my first time i have been wanting to go my whole life and finally got a ticket. Im planning on seeing a few sites but mostlty i want to get invoved in the culture. any ideas?

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Hi Ryan, you’ll find lots of ideas in my archives for how to enjoy the cultural side of Ireland. What parts of the country are you planning on exploring? Thanks for reading, Jessica.

    2. Jessica Colley says:

      Hi Ryan, I just published a piece that rounds-up some of my favorite posts on Ireland and thought you might be interested:


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