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Elissa Garay

Modern-day explorer, perpetual seeker, and diligent travel scribe.

Modern-day explorer, perpetual seeker, and diligent travel scribe Elissa Garay has traveled to and reported on nearly 60 countries around the globe. Tag along on her travels by land and by sea as she reports back on captivating cruises, hot hotels, and timely travel trends. When not out globe-trotting, Elissa lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two fluffy cats, where she also co-owns a culturally focused walking tour company, BQE Tours: The Brooklyn Queens Experience.

These European Countries Are Offering Free Public Transport to Help Combat Air Pollution
The policies are aimed at local commuters, but in many places, tourists can take advantage of them, too.
These 5 Airlines Are Using the Latest Technology to Make Their Planes Greener
To make flying more sustainable, airlines are investing in everything from electric fleets to biofuels.
How Short-Haul Flight Bans Are Transforming European Travel
A growing number of E.U. countries have proposed bans on regional flights where a train route exists to reduce carbon emissions.
The Best Cruise Deals for 2021 and 2022
Welcome to "wave season," where you can nab serious deals on the cruises you've been dreaming about.
How Cruise Lines Have Adapted to Sailing During Coronavirus
Major changes to screenings and response protocols have led to multiple sailings with zero cases.
All Your Questions About Cruise Travel Insurance, Answered
Planning for when life gets in the way of getting away.
What's Happening to All the Halted Cruise Ships During Coronavirus?
With the industry suspended in response to coronavirus, here's the status of the ships.
Cruise Cancellation Policies: What to Know
In this unprecedented time for the cruise industry, here's how to stay on top of policies.
Everything You Need to Know About Cruise Ships and the Coronavirus
How the industry’s been impacted, and what measures cruise lines are taking to ensure your safety.
Why the Virgin Voyages Cruise Line Postponed Its Launch
We'll all have to wait a little longer for the Scarlet Lady's maiden voyage.
Why Destination Vow Renewals at Sea Are Becoming So Popular
Giving new meaning to the phrase “love boat.”
6 Stress-Free Cruises for First-Timers
Take the plunge on high seas vacationing with our picks of crowd-pleasing first-time cruises.
Everything You Need to Know About Tipping on a Cruise
What's required when it comes to cruise tips? We break it down.
A First-Timer's Guide to Cruising
Some insider tips that, along with some advance planning, will help you get the most out of your first vacation at sea.
5 Cruise Trends We Love (and One We Hate)
From culinary sailings to immersive shore excursions.
5 Best Cruises for Vegans and Vegetarians
Sticking to your diet at sea doesn't have to be a challenge.