Gina Vercesi

Freelance Writer

New York

Gina Vercesi

Writer. Adventurer. Nature Girl.



Great Smoky Mountains National Park Is One of the Few Places to Watch Synchronous Fireflies

As dusk deepened into inky darkness, the light show began. At first, it was just a few quick sparks. The flickers were deep in the woods, and I caught them out of the corner of my eye, not sure yet if they were real. Then the numbers grew and the spectacle became unmistakable: fireflies, hundreds of them, the pulsing of their tiny lanterns synced together perfectly.
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Best Beach Resorts in the U.S. for Family Vacations

Summer is here (hooray!) , so it’s time to start planning a beach vacation with the whole crew. Think digging your toes into the sand, searching for seashells, and diving headlong into frothy ocean surf. Not much can top days spent wearing flip-flops, snuggling with salty-haired kiddos, and simply enjoying laid-back seashore bliss.
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Sailing Aboard a Historic Maine Windjammer

Last summer, I ventured to Maine’s mid-coast for a sail vacation aboard the Schooner Isaac H. Evans, one of the vessels in North America’s largest fleet of historic windjammers. A windjammer is a large, merchant sailing ship, marked by tall masts and square sails. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, windjammers ferried bulk cargo, such as lumber or grain, between continents.
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Sunshine State of Mind

Fort Lauderdale trades spring break for sophistication.
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Sustainable Travel: 8 Best Islands for Ecotourism

In honor of Earth Day, we’re highlighting ecotourism destinations that double as sublime vacation spots. Climate change and the subsequent impact to the global environment stands at the fore of many people’s consciousness, and the United Nations has declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism. That’s why making responsible travel choices has become all the more crucial.
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Burlington, Five Ways

In Burlington, even when it seems like nothing’s happening, something’s happening. The progressive town that called Bernie mayor for four terms has blossomed into a hip enclave fusing Bohemian chic and environmental savvy with old-school Vermont charm. Here are five ways to delve into all the Queen City has to offer.
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Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean for Family Vacations

Given the hustle and bustle of family life, the best family vacations are those that entice you to stay put, with entertainment, activities and amenities to please everyone. All-inclusive resorts offer all of this and more, including the peace of mind that comes with knowing you won’t be dipping into your wallet every five minutes.
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The Little Family That Could: Biking the P’tit Train du Nord Trail

A pair of cyclists embark on a multiday bike trip in Quebec, their three kids in tow. While driving northward into Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, I watched nervously as the clock ticked past 10, then 11. What was supposed to be a two-hour trip to the trailhead from Saint-Jérôme, a small city about 35 miles north of Montreal, soon became three.
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One family’s cruise and a change of heart

Through the open window of Antonio’s minivan, we watched as an artist’s palette of watery blues passed in a blur. We’d abandoned the hullabaloo of duty-free shops and tequila shots for a tour of Cozumel’s wild, windswept east coast, and had it, it seemed, all to ourselves. One of the world’s most popular cruise ports, Cozumel Mexico welcomes up to 30 ships each week during high season.
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A sail of one’s own: Catching tradewinds in the British Virgin Islands

Years ago, before our daughters were born, my husband and I, along with another couple, embarked on the most sublime vacation we’ve taken to date — a weeklong private sailing charter in the British Virgin Islands. Our home for the week was a sleek, 38-foot Lagoon 380 catamaran that set sail from Road Town, Tortola, for a six-night tour around 60 islands, islets, and cays in the Caribbean Sea.
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Burlington, Vermont Trending

Sustainability and locavore movements are propelling this Lake Champlain minimetropolis into the spotlight.
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Lovely Fort Lauderdale has just the right amount of lively

If it takes a while to put a finger on Fort Lauderdale’s pulse, that’s just because it’s a city with so many different heartbeats. Fort Lauderdale has long since bid farewell to the collegiate debauchery that reached its pinnacle in the ’80s, making it an excellent place for millennials, families, and snowbirds alike to discover a cool cocktail of artsy sophistication, retro-kitsch, and timeless seashore merriment.
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Gina Vercesi

Gina Vercesi is a New York based writer, adventurer, storyteller, and nature girl. Chronicling journeys on land, water, and snow, her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Sierra, Islands, Lonely Planet, National Parks, and Yankee. Gina also pens the blog Kids Unplugged with the mission of getting families away from screens and out into the world. She lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a very good dog.