Where is Jessica?

Travel writer Jessica Colley Clarke currently lives in New York City when she isn’t on assignment. She called Dublin, Ireland home for several years. Keep up with her travels on this page that documents her journey between home in New York City, ‘home’ in Dublin, and everywhere in between.

2018 Highlights:

Started the summer in Italy exploring my ancestral region of Abruzzo and the towns of Lake Garda and Lake Como.

Tasted Scotch at the source during a surprisingly sunny trip to Speyside in Scotland.

Caught a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Iceland during an impromptu trip.

Learned the basics of falconry during a quiet winter trip to Ireland.

2017 Highlights:

Explored the peaceful countryside of Wales and learned how one of the world’s most acclaimed sea salts is produced.

Set out on a summer road trip through Italy, including Emilia Romagna and Piemonte.

Slurped oysters straight from the sea during a visit to an oyster farm in Connemara, in the west of Ireland.

2016 Highlights:

Danced at sunset in the hills of Oaxaca after learning to make mezcal at a local palenque, or distillery.

Re-learned childhood skills with a horseback riding adventure in the mountains of Montana.

Got up close to sea turtles, blue footed boobies, and sea lions during a nature trip to the Galapagos Islands.

2015 Highlights:

Wandered around the Giant’s Causeway and sipped whiskey in Northern Ireland.

Explored the dynamic art and design scene in Miami.

Made new friends during a trip to Rome.

Wandered through the cave village of Matera in southern Italy.

Learned about honey during its harvest in Portland, Oregon.

Stepped inside a private gastronomic society in the Basque Country.


IMG_22602014 Highlights:

Listened to music and tasted alligator soup in New Orleans.

Remembered why I love Miami during a trip away from frigid New York in February.

Explored Incan ruins and made friends with an alpaca in Cusco, Peru.

Sipped wine at 10am before boarding a byplane for a ride over Sonoma, California.

Wandered through the Tsukiji market in Tokyo and ate sushi for breakfast.

GATD-amst-12013 Highlights:

Bundled up for a January trip to Amsterdam, in search of Dutch cheese and quiet cafes.

Talked travel and food with Chef Daniel Boulud in Toronto.

Nibbled on every new fruit I could find in Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Cycled in the Greek Islands and took a food tour of Athens.

2012 Highlights:

Cycled, dined, and photographed my way through beautiful Copenhagen in May.

Found a shared love of Italian food in Dublin in June.

Escaped the city noise in the coastal Irish village of Ballymoney in September.

Slurped oysters straight from the source in the Eastern Shore of Virginia in November.

2011 Highlights:

Explored near home on the south fork of Long Island, including the Channing Daughters winery in March.

Flew to the west coast for a couple hotel reviews in San Diego and one outrageous meal in June.

Wandered through the Portobello Market in London and found a new hotel favorite in Dublin in August.

Traveled to Greece just in time for the olive harvest in October.

Got cozy by the fireplace in the Lower Hudson Valley at Glenmere Mansion in November.

2010 Highlights:

Escaped to the Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow, for a sunny February weekend.

Returned to Oxford, splurged at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and wandered the Notting Hill neighborhood of London in April.

Browsed fish markets in Malta and lounged on hidden beaches in Sicily in May.

Peered out at the Atlantic from the cliffs at Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands in June.

Kicked back by the fireplace in the lovely Berkshires at Blantyre in November.

A Christmas trip to Dublin including a hike on Killiney Hill.

2009 Highlights:

Driving the Ring of Beara in County Kerry in February.

An April Grand Tour of France including Paris, Bordeaux, and Provence.

Swimming off the rocky coast in Mallorca during a July beach jaunt.

Dining al fresco beside a canal in Venice during October.

Embracing the December cold for a trip to the French Alps in Megeve.

2008 Highlights:

A long weekend in November to Stockholm for the season’s first snowfall.

A warm-weather escape to Spain in December. Sevilla decorated for Christmas. A trip across the strait of Gibraltar to Tangier.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. 4hautespot says:

    Your travels inspire us

  2. B-Ball says:

    great site!v impressive. where to next?

    1. jessicacolley says:

      Hopefully Italy in September.. maybe a trip to the west first.. we’ll see! 🙂

  3. Charlie says:


    I love your attitude, your writing and the off the beaten path destinations you choose. I was wondering if you can help me decide on a great location in the “February” time frame of where to spend “seven days” with my wife during my mid-tour R&R leave from fighting the war in Afghanistan.


    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Hi Charlie, thanks for your comments! I’d love to help you plan a trip – why don’t you send me an e-mail (greatamericantraveldream@gmail.com) with a few details on what you’re looking for (City? Relaxing? Europe? Beyond?) and it would be my pleasure to put together some suggestions for you. We’re so proud of our troops!

  4. Bianca says:

    Hi Jessica!

    It is by accident that I’ve found your site. You’ve done SUCH a beautiful job putting it together. I love that I can “feel” your emotions and the love you truly have for travel. Keep up the great work and enjoy every moment of wherever you’re at. I’m getting ready to go “home” myself…and Ireland is always better with each return. Wherever you’re at, safe home 🙂

    Bianca (a fellow lover of Ireland)

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Hi Bianca, thanks for the kind words! Cheers, Jessica.

  5. Love your site (also by accident that I found it). See you write for Fodor’s too. I write for them from time-to-time. Let’s be Fodor’s friends!

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Thanks for the kind words on my site! Let’s get in touch over e-mail.

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