Elizabeth Willoughby

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Jun 2008

Since the late 90s, Elizabeth Willoughby has been writing professionally about travel, food and wine, maintaining home bases in North America, South America and Europe. Hopscotching across the globe to gather stories and photos, she designs the ultimate wine and cuisine road trips for WriteShots.com, and for nearly a decade was the author of "Tales from the Road", the adventure travel page at WorldGuide.eu. She also wrote a misadventure travel blog there, and was WorldGuide's Travel Editor for several years until the long time lifestyle website retired in 2016. In the early 2000s, Elizabeth wrote two regular columns for Brazil's only bilingual newspaper, Sunday News. One was on South American travel and the other was a humorous column on culture clash. Elizabeth also writes about things other than food, wine, travel and culture. Everyone has a story, and she likes to dig out the details and share the good news. She is a frequent contributor to insightLMU, Munich university's quarterly ezine, and for the Look to the Stars blog on celebrities and their philanthropic activities. 

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Fodor’sTravel – GERMANY

From hip and sexy Berlin to tradition-laden Munich, Fodor’s Germany covers the best Germany has to offer. This full-color guide will help travelers plan the perfect trip. Fodor’s hired me […]

Published Articles (76)

On Safari in Glorious Zimbabwe

Ever wonder what a three-week camping trip across Zimbabwe looks like? Read on to find out.

Jordan Today: the Middle East’s Calm in the Storm

Most visitors come to Jordan to see Petra’s Treasury – the famous facade carved out of the cliffs, but there are many more worthwhile sites on the shortlist.

Epic Zimbabwe Road Trip

What’s it like to drive around Zimbabwe for three weeks these days? Read the highlights and lowlights of my 21-day road trip just before the November 2017 military coup, and […]

Our Most Memorable Moments in Jordan

Mary Chong put together a collection of IFWTWA contributors’ most memorable moments of the Jordan media trip 2017. My contribution was about finally making contact with the Tea Man on […]

The studs of County Kildare

The Irish National Stud in County Kildare, about 45 minutes southwest of Dublin city, is a mixture of attractions each blending into the landscape with great planning and care. Some […]

Story of the Irish

When eight-year-old Frank Fitzpatrick was staying with his grandfather during a school holiday, he asked his Grandda why the 1916 Easter uprising was so important. Mick Smyth gave the boy […]

Breaking down in Nova Scotia

The wise rent healthy cars for road trips, but a breakdown can bring unexpected fun and insight. “Experiential travel” won’t be invented for another decade, but it has always existed […]

Namibia’s unspoiled wilderness

Someone has just radioed us the whereabouts of a pride of lions and we’re hot on its trail in the Ongava Reserve in northern Namibia.

Whiskey returns to the Emerald Island – Part III, Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Opened to the public on July 1, 2016, here’s Ireland’s newest distillery on a historical property. This interview with Walsh took place amidst the most beautiful swan necks you’ll ever […]

The centenary of Dublin’s Easter Rising

100 years after Dublin’s uprising, an event that led to its eventual freedom from British rule and formation of a republic, Ireland and Google have created a virtual tour of […]

Whiskey returns to the Emerald Island – Part II, Kilbeggan

Besides a look at what might be the oldest licensed whisky distillery in the world and its scandals, this piece takes a look and some other niggling questions, like how […]

An ancient African ritual deep in a Bahian favela

Tonight is the night for the female gods to gather together and celebrate by possessing the bodies of the children.

Whisky returns to the Emerald Island

Whisky is making a comeback in Ireland, but where has it been and why?

A pink sunrise on the Amazon

We stand around in the dark on the shore, waiting for the sun to come up. It should be spectacular and pink, so I’ve read. I look down at my […]

Alligators and tarantuals on the Transpantanal

At the end of Transpantaneira in the world’s biggest wetland, it’s night time, the hotel is closed and flying insects are swarming the car.

Is there a doctor in the house!

Our new Brazilian landlord introduces HB and me to the gardener and housekeeper, both of whom come with the house we are about to rent. We hire them to work […]

The Orkan, a killer whale storm

Although I can see the results of this killer whale of a storm, the orca seems to be playing hide and seek with me.

Joke telling in a foreign language

Joke telling in a foreign language – my advice? Don’t do it. Here’s why.

The Amazon – A Whirlwind for the Senses

What’s it like to go camping in the Brazilian Amazon? It’s calming and thrilling, and it touches all the senses

Deep, Dark and Delicious – The Flavours of Africa in Salvador

In the dank heat the drumming starts, beating life into the dark night air. Three alabés (drummers) in brilliant red shirts and stark white pants are perched at the head […]

Toronto, Hollywood North

When the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) invited me as press, I was sceptical about the city’s usability for an adventure article. There would be no wild animals to track […]

Snorkeling Rio da Prata in Brazil

Swimmers stare at fish. Fish stare at swimmers. Then, like surfacing whales, gusts of wet air blasts through the snorkels as the group begins to investigate the underwater terrain.

Wine festivals near Toronto

If you’re in town for the International Film Festival, and if you like good wine, good food and good music, you should definitely make these side trips from Toronto.

From Zeus’ daughter to Jesus’ mother, Ephesus has always known how to draw a crowd

Ephesus is one of the most famous cities of antiquity. With a population of 200,000, it was the largest port city of the Roman Province of Asia.

Cin-Cin: Under the Sea, the Drink’s in the Drink

Crates of spumante are being found on the sea bed off the coast of norther Sardinia in Italy, but they weren’t put there by accident.

How to “eat” right in Halkidiki, Greece

Now that you’re eating right, are you sure you’re eating right?

Búzios – from fishing village to famous beach resort

Here’s what happens when you add Brigitte Bardot to a beautiful Brazilian beach.

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil – the Great Waters

Next to Carnival, the Iguassu Falls is Brazil’s most popular tourist site. Enormous, overwhelming, beautiful.

Rich, regal Rio – wandering through the 19th century

Iconised by Carnival, recognised by Christ the Redeemer and famous as a plastic surgery capital of the world, it would be a mistake to ignore the historical role Rio de […]

A century of drama crowns the titillations of antiquity

Two thousand years ago in this very place, men were battling for their lives, for glory and for the amusement of an audience.

Colin Farrell Narrates Dublin’s Easter Rising

On Easter Monday one hundred years ago, 1,200 Irish men and women gathered in strategic locations throughout Dublin city to fight British forces in order to end British rule in […]

Atacama, a desert of surprises

My hotel turns out to be a real oasis, for which I am grateful as I ponder the wisdom of this trip.

Boomtowns of Brazil’s goldrush era

It was a time when guns settled disputes, crime was rife and prostitution, gambling and drunken brawls were the source of entertainment.

Itú – Brazil’s Own Rome

A humble outpost until history led it on a rip-roaring adventure to prosperity, Itú’s history is largely ignored by most visitors. At the footsteps of its greens and fairways, here […]

Cave exploring in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest

What goes through one’s mind when sliding uncontrollably down a wet rock wall while other cavers are sitting like bowling pins only metres ahead?

Brazilian Carnival, but not the one you’re thinking of

On the eve of Carnival is Scream Night, a Halloween-ish way to kick off the coming days of samba and parades.

The Birdman Cult of Rapa Nui

Climb freestyle down a cliff, swim through shark infested waters, survive attacks from competitors and get the egg – that’s the competition that took place for nearly 200 years. But […]

Chasing Dracula

Chasing Dracula through Romania, instead I find history and beauty and an under-reported destination.

Ancient cultures of northern Sardinia

Northern Sardinia’s past goes back further than Bronze Age nuraghe. The Monte d’Accoddi step pyramid makes a great stage for modern performances.

Sardinia’s north reveals itself to the discerning gourmand

Sardinia’s north region has some unique qualities even lesser known than the island in general, like true-to-tradition cuisine and quality wines, which may have something to do with why Sardinia […]

Scuba diving in the Red Sea

Jacques Cousteau called the Red Sea the corridor of marvels. He was right.

1930s rail travel through Africa for the leisured elite

South African businessman Rohan Vos has spent over 20 years restoring vintage carriages into Belle Époque dining cars, lounge cars and suites, and expanding the Rovos Rail train journeys beyond […]

Three days in the souks

Following the human traffic through the Bab Bou Jeloud medina gates, I go down some stairs and into the maw at last, into Fez’s labyrinth of souks.

The Battle of Hastings story on the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry Museum’s interpretation with artistic commentary on the story of the events leading up to and including the Battle as portrayed in the tapestry of the 11th century.

From Zues’ daughter to Jesus’ mother, Ephesus has always known how to draw a crowd

One of the most famous cities in antiquity, Ephesus has some amazing ruins to peruse.

The Galapagos – island paradise or no man’s land?

972 km off the coast of mailand Ecuador, this archipelago inspired Darwin’s Origin of Species, and attracted other strange characters as well.

Petra – the rock and much more

Petra, the city cut into sandstone cliffs, is a Wonder of the World and a must-see for any travel minded person.

The Bayeux Tapestry – a 1000-year-old cartoon strip of the Battle of Hastings

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the value of France’s Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-meter-long cloth embroidered with 58 scenes depicting the events leading up to William the […]

Monumental Mont Saint-Michel

A solitary mountain rises in the middle of a vast plain, a monastical fortress steadfast and imposing. Within six hours, when the highest tides of Europe have filled the surrounding […]

Tweeting through Costa Rica the old-fashioned way

In Costa Rica there are many exotic birds and many microclimates in which to spot them.

The beauty of Munich is the lifestyle

For Münchners quality of life is paramount. They’ve mastered “Work to live, not live to work”. They don’t even think about it. They just do it.

Day Trips from Tiberias in northern Israel

Jerusalem seems very far away from these rolling hills, pastures and colourful, blooming vegetation. Around the Sea of Galilee are locations that Jesus visited during his short ministry leading up […]

Jerusalem – city of fervour

A place of pilgrimage and fanaticism where history, politics and religion are inseparable. And yet this energy draws you in and sends you off spinning. It’s a fascinating place.

Brownsville offers a peek into Oregan’s history

One of Oregon’s earliest towns, Brownsville makes an ideal day trip from Eugene, offering wagon train histories to scenes from Stand By Me.

Willamette’s demure is its greatest appeal

Not as famous as America’s Napa Valley wine producing region in California, Willamette Valley in Oregon embodies a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ philosophy.

The Pergamon Acropolis of Ancient Greece

The ancient Greek acropolis of Pergamon contained the 2nd richest library in antiquity, and one of the most important health centers in Roman times.

Rapa Nui, a Pacific Ocean island of mystery

There is much that we still don’t know about Easter Island. It’s a big island with big heads and big mysteries.

River cruising in the Mekong Delta

Tonle Sap’s fish is the protein source for more than half of Cambodia. Life on the water is just a matter of course for the those living on the Mekong […]

Burmese days on the road to Mandalay

Standing on the muddy shores of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, I watch passengers, one at a time, wobble up the long, rickety planks to board the boat that will […]

Belize – small in size, big in beauty

I deflate my vest to begin submerging, but movement below catches my attention. There’s a gathering of sharks swimming around under my flippers and I am descending into the middle […]

Anne of Green Gables, book, movie and cultural landmark

In 19th-century Canada, a red-haired orphan girl, Anne Shirley from Nova Scotia, arrived at the Green Gables homestead on Prince Edward Island (PEI) to help out an aging brother and […]

Luoyang Longment Grottoes’ giant Buddha sculpture, China.

Buddhist temples were carved into the cliffs of riverside mountains to provide places for monks and laymen to worship and meditate. Like a museum of stone, the Longmen Grottoes are […]

A mighty Xi’an army – the Terracotta Warriors, China

Thousands of life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots were set in place over 2,000 years ago, ready to march up the ramps from underground when called upon to defend in the […]

Orkney Island’s Skara Brae, Scotland

The discovery of the prehistoric settlement, Skara Brae, was an incredible find on Orkney. Now excavated, today’s visitors can see actual homes as they existed until around 2600 BC.

How to visit Munich’s Oktoberfest

Those seriously planning to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest are the ones at their computers on the first of January buying up 12 tickets for a table in a beer tent that […]

Beijing’s Mutianyu is one of the best sections of China’s Great Wall to visit

Along a mountain ridge that climbs at some points to 1,000 meters, endless forest covers steep mountain slopes and treacherous passes, while the wall along the top of the ridge, […]

Man kann Chinesen zum Wein fuehren, aber trinken sie ihn auch?

Stehe ich vor einem Weinregal, suche ich ueblicherweise nach kalifornischen oder chilenischen Sorten. Wahrscheinlich weurde niemand nach chinesischen Weinen suchen, geschweige Wein mit China in Verbindung bringen. Womoeglich hat das […]

Speed Eating in a Tokyo Subway

At a tiny soup kitchen in a Tokyo subway station, I challenge the elderly woman beside me to a contest: speed eating noodle soup with chopsticks.

You Can Lead Chinese to Wine, But Can You Make Them Drink It?

Even though China has some established wineries, Kay Liu says, “Chinese wine is not good.” At least not yet. But that is not her concern. At least not yet.

The girl with a French beret was destined for Munich

As Aurore Taillet, a student from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) who is doing her Erasmus year at LMU, stood before a 5th grade class in Freising, Germany […]

Haute Cuisine in den Hautes-Pyrénées

Wenn nicht gerade im Juli bei der Tour de France die Radfahrer mit ihren straffen, glänzenden Muskeln in schillernden Radlerhosen die Serpentinen hinaufstrampeln, geraten die Hautes-Pyrénées bei allen, die nicht […]

Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees

An unexpected treat of the delectable kind, chefs and vintners are being unabashedly creative with tradition. The Hautes-Pyrenees is a dazzling feast for the eyes and a twirling waltz for […]

Nova Scotia – Land of Plenty Secrets

Wait for it – that first clear night sky after Labor Day. “Clear moon, frost soon,” as they say. The days, still warm, are getting shorter and the nights crisper, […]

Nova Scotia – Land voller Geheimnisse

Bald ist er zu sehen – der erste sternenklare Nachthimmel nach dem Labour Day. „Clear moon, frost soon“ (zu deutsch etwa „Mond hell und klar, Frost ist bald da“), wie […]

Greek Cuisine – A Lesson from General George

“Eating is all about memories,” says chef George Palisidis. “General George”, as he introduces himself, is a man whose passion for food is almost tangible and whose enthusiasm is electric. […]

Griechische Küche − eine Lehrstunde bei General George

„Beim Essen zählen die Erinnerungen“, erklärt Chefkoch George Palisidis − „General George“, wie er sich selbst nennt. Ein Mann, dessen Leidenschaft fürs Essen deutlich zu spüren ist, dessen Begeisterung mitreißend […]