Dobrina Zhekova

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Dobrina Zhekova is a lifestyle journalist based in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to New York City from her native Bulgaria in 2010, and after completing her master’s degree in journalism, she started her career at She has over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in Europe and the U.S. Her writing has appeared on,,,,,, and more. Dobrina is an expert on all things luxury travel, art, architecture, and design—from the newest 5-star resort in Bora Bora to the latest immersive exhibition in Paris. Dobrina has also extensively written about fashion, tech, and shopping, such as reviewing products that help you stay chic while traveling.

• Articles highlighted in The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian
• Co-produced a multimedia project that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ National Mark of Excellence Award for Online In-Depth Reporting in 2013
• Received a master’s degree in journalism from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

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Latest from Dobrina Zhekova
Best Luxury Pajamas
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 Best Fisherman Sweaters for Women in 2022
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Interior and exterior of W Algarve
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Snow Boots Lead
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Best Travel Car Seats
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Portrait of Joseph Roulin by Vincent van Gogh
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Best Tennis Skirts Tout
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Alaskan mountain and lake landscape. Tern Lake on the Kenai peninsula with mountain reflection in lake
The 10 Most Naturally Beautiful States in the U.S.
The cover of The Far Land book by Brandon Presser
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Exterior of the Green O Treehouse in Montana
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Best Women’s Water Shoes
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Exterior of the Trakt Forest Hotel in Sweden
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Mount Crested Butte, Colorado village in summer with colorful sunrise by wooden lodging houses on hills with green trees
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Beautiful small town of Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico
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Best Fleece Jackets of 2022
The Best Fleece Jackets of 2022
Exterior and ocean view at Sunset Reef boutique hotel in St. Kits
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Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy
This Italian Island Has Tranquil Villages, Stunning Beaches, and Luxury Hotels — Here's How to Plan Your Trip
Inside the new Ritz Paris Club & Spa, elegant interiors
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A pretty suburban neighborhood of Brighton
This Upstate New York Town Now Has the Hottest Real Estate ZIP Code in the U.S.
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Four Seasons Enclave in Cabo, resort and estate renderings
These Mexico Vacation Homes on 50 Beachfront Acres Will Have All the Trappings of a Luxury Resort
Little Cat Lodge in Hillsdale, New York
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Ritz Carlton Yacht interiors
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's First Ship Sets Sail in October — and We Got a Sneak Peek Inside