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Paolo Ferraris

Valerie Conners

Valerie Conners is a location-independent freelance writer, editor and producer who has worked with the Travel Channel for more than 14 years, specializing in topics including the world's best beaches, outdoor travel and romantic getaways. Her work has been featured in the Travelers' Tales Best Women's Travel Writing anthology and also appears in many online and print publications, including BBC Travel, AOL Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's travel guides, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

She's happiest when she’s eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. She blogs about her travels at Valerie's work on includes World's Most Decadent Chocolate Tours and Florida's Sexiest Hotels.