FirstRead.Me is about exceptional travel reporting, writing, and photography.


We believe in sharing travel tips you may not find elsewhere…

…and two of our stories for Travel Pulse were honored with awards for 2017 from the North America Travel Journalists Association in the category of Travel Tips and Advice. Read the Gold Award-winning story about making money by getting bumped by airlines on Travel Pulse.

Then read the Bronze Award-winning list of travel hacks for moms, with advice from award-winning journalist Shelly Rivoli. Here’s the version that ran on MSN Travel. And here’s the fun version that ran in New Zealand.


We believe in #TravelTruth…

…and one of our original FirstRead stories was honored with a Bronze Award for 2017 from NATJA in the category of Intergenerational and Family Travel. Read the truth about why your kids need travel more than they need sports.

And be sure to follow the links at the bottom of that page to thoughts on traveling with family written by other award-winning travel journalists. Pointing you in the right direction for great travel journalism is what FirstRead.Me is all about. 


We believe that good photography is integral to telling a travel story…

…and one of Gary’s FirstRead.Me images, titled, “Galleria Nights,” was awarded a Bronze Award in the Architecture Category of the 2017 NATJA Competition. Check out his entire gallery of images from our second trip to Milan. The header image is the award winner.


We believe in-depth research that goes beyond storytelling is the key to quality…

…and our lengthy story for Cruise Critic was chosen as a Finalist in the Sports, Recreation, and Adventure category. If you love scuba diving, read our list of non-Caribbean dive opportunities for cruisers.



And let’s not forget our 2015 Gold NATJA Award for Culinary Travel about our travels in the Franciacorta wine region of Italy.

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