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
Colorful home facades and palm trees in Fort Myers, Florida
This Florida County With 590 Miles of Shoreline Is One of the Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home, According to Real Estate Experts
The pool facing the ocean
This City on Florida's Emerald Coast Has a New Hotel With 800 Feet of Gorgeous Beach, a Private Dock, and a Super-chic Pool
Aerial view of Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica
This Peninsula in Costa Rica Has 15 Miles of Beaches, Luxury Resorts, and Monkeys and Iguanas Roaming Freely
Exterior of York Beach Surf Club
This New Oceanfront Maine Resort Has 10 Chic Bungalows, a Heated Saltwater Pool, and an Oyster Bar
Gulls in flight at dawn. Dr. Julian G. Bruce Saint George Island State Park, Florida
This Island Off Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' Has the Best Beach in the U.S., According to Dr. Beach
Women's Water Shoes
The 7 Best Women’s Water Shoes of 2023, Tested and Reviewed
The Best Passport Wallets
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Rendering of the main pool at Thompson Hotel Palm Springs
This New Hotel in Palm Springs Has Scenic Mountain Views, 2 Gorgeous Pools, and a 3,400-square-foot Wine Tasting Room
Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee TN Coolidge Park and Market Street Bridge.
10 Best Places to Live in Tennessee, According to Real Estate Experts
The Gulfport Lighthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi
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A terrace at the Nobu Residences Los Cabos
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Best Travel Blankets
The 11 Best Travel Blankets to Help You Get Cozy Just About Anywhere
View of different public area rooms like the lobby and lounge in the newly redesigned Four Seasons Boston
This Iconic Boston Hotel Debuts a New Look Today — With a Chic Bar and Design Inspired by the City's Public Gardens
Marram beach lounge and exterior during summer in Montauk
This Beachfront Hamptons Hotel Is a Favorite Among T+L Editors — and Its New Package Comes With Free Stays and Discounted Chopper Rides From NYC
Suite living room with ocean view at Eliamos Villas Hotel and Spa in Greece
This Little-known Greek Island Has Gorgeous Scenery and Crystal-clear Water — and Just Got a Brand-new Hotel With a Saltwater Infinity Pool
Colorful stilted vacation houses on stilts at oceanfront waterfront of Atlantic ocean beach by mangrove forest in summer at Palm Coast, Florida
This Destination Is the 'Best-kept Secret in Northeast Florida' — and One of the State's Last Hidden Real Estate Gems
An open suitcase full of summer clothes ready to travel
The Biggest Challenges to Expect When Traveling This Summer — and Expert Advice on How to Handle Them
A young adult lays on bed to book travel vacation on their computer
You Could Save Up to 70% on Your Next Hotel Stay With This New Booking Platform
Exterior of the main building at AutoCamp Zion
This Airstream Glamping Resort Just Opened Next to Zion National Park — With a Pool Surrounded by Gorgeous Red Rocks
Lobby of Nomada's Farmhouse Motel, pastel lemon tree wallpaper and floral lighting with wicker and rattan accents
This Quaint California City Is One of the Best Places to Travel in 2023 — and It's Getting a Chic New Hotel Next Month
Navarre Beach is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and its fishing pier, which is the longest in Florida.
This Small Beach Town Is 'Florida's Most Relaxing Place' — and It's One of the Best Destinations to Buy a Beach House in the U.S.
Outdoor dining at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo during sunset
This Stunning Costa Rican Resort Is Nestled Between 2 Crescent-shaped Bays — and Was Just Named One of the Best Hotels in the World
The terrace dining space at The Georgian, a historic oceanfront hotel in Santa Monica
This L.A. Hotel on Ocean Avenue Has Been an Art-deco Icon Since 1933 — and It Just Reopened
A roof view of Stroget - the most famous shopping area in Copenhagen full of visitors
9 Best Places to Live in Your 30s, According to Real Estate Experts