Jillian Dara

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For the past decade, Jillian Dara has worked as a researcher, writer, editor, and fact checker for more than a dozen publications in the lifestyle genre. She covers travel, culture, spirits, wine, and personalities. Outside of Travel + Leisure, her work has appeared in USA Today, Elite Traveler, Forbes, Wine Enthusiast, Michelin Guides, and Hemispheres, among others. Traveling, eating, and imbibing may be part of the “job” but Jillian truly believes in the whimsical power of a local culinary experience or traditional spirit to bond strangers in the most chance of circumstances. Her go-tos are a symmetric charcuterie board and a dry martini — dirty.

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Latest from Jillian Dara
Aerial view of TOR Wines Vineyards
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The Pershing 9X boat from 7Pines Resort, Ibiza
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Scenic view over the water in Marthas Vineyard
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View of Hong Hong from the rooftop terrace of a members-only club
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Friends tasting wine together
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Nile river
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Templeton House
Sleep Among 18th-century Paintings, Antiquarian Books, and a Baby Grand Piano at Winston Churchill’s Former London Estate
Zurich, Switzerland
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Every Walt Disney World Ride Ranked
58 Disney World Rides and Attractions, Ranked From Worst to Best
Exterior of cabin at Glen Oaks in Big Sur, California
17 Romantic Cabin Getaways in the U.S. for a Couples Trip
Southwest Chief Subliner Amtrak Train along the rocky high desert of Colorado
6 Beautiful National Parks You Can Explore Via Amtrak
Side view of young adult wearing glasses and protective mask checking smart phone while sitting in airplane window seat in time of COVID-19.
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Llao Llao Hotel
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furore fjord
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Scenic view of snowcapped mountains against sky, Zermatt,Switzerland
The Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World, According to a Report
La Valise Tulum's suite can have the bed moved to the terrace
This Tulum Hotel Offers a Rollout King Bed So Guests Can Sleep Under the Stars — Literally
Homes in the town of Rye, East Sussex
8 Picturesque Small Towns in England
Road Trip Hacks
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Illustration with a navy blue, royal blue, maroon and green passport
What Your Passport Color Really Means
Rubia Daniels home restoration in Italy
Everything to Know About Italy's 1 Euro Homes, According to Someone Who Bought Three
Cuervo Tequila Train exterior
On Board Mexico's All-you-can-drink Tequila Train
Couple Sitting on Deck Chairs, Holding Hands on the Beach
44 Cute Couple Travel Captions and Quotes for Instagram
Millennial girlfriends at the beach
25 Affordable Girls Weekend Getaways That Won't Break the Bank
Water bridge through the hot springs at Springs Resort and Spa in Colorado
16 Best Hot Springs in the World With Incredible Views