Valentina Valentini


I am a freelance journalist who was based in Los Angeles for eight years writing about the entertainment industry for the likes of Vanity Fair, Variety, Vulture and other publications of that ilk (not all beginning with V).

Two years ago, I put my belongings in storage and began the life of a digital nomad, writing personal essays, travel pieces, cultural and human interest stories and adventurous tales. Now, I've hung up my nomadic shoes and am living in London completing my Masters in Creative Nonfiction. I still travel around Europe and chase stories as much as possible because, let's be honest, the travel bug never does go away.

I am also a copywriter and producer when the right situation calls for it.

United Kingdom


Travel & Food

Ensemble Vacations

Luxuriate in Lake Como

A day at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo - spas, pools and all the food

Atlas Obscura

How a Dublin Pub Became a Haunt for Gravediggers and Ghosts Alike

Tales of spirits, the afterlife, and the paranormal are often passed down from generation to generation. Through recounting these stories, myth can get entangled in fact and...


Inside Vladimir Poutine, Montreal's Dictator-Themed Restaurant

This year, Montreal has been celebrating its 375th anniversary (i.e. when it was "discovered" by white people) with multimedia installations, concerts, free events and official...


Relais & Châteaux and Slow Food Are Reviving Near-extinct Culinary Delights

How chefs internationally are working with local producers to preserve these unique flavors.

Evening Standard

Montréal is fast becoming the food capital of North America

NYC for a foodie break? Not so fast. Montréal is an hour closer to home, has more restaurants per capita than New York, and has stolen back one top chef from the Big Apple....

United Airlines Magazines

Uncorked: How Green Is My Valley?

Sustainable architecture doesn't typically come cheap, but Duncan is quick to explain that Silver Oak examined the "life cost" of the building when considering various green...

The Independent

Eight of the most extreme back-to-nature hotels

These days, a bed, clean sheets and a mini bar aren't enough to impress; modern travellers are searching for the most unique getaway, an "experience" that really kicks their...


Portugal's mansion of intriguing guests

When I heard the knock on my bedroom door, I was in my 50-shades-of-purple room at Casa Grande in Burgau, Portugal - a quirky bed-and-breakfast run by the quirkier matriarch,...


How a 14-Year-Old Carton of Expired Milk Became Part of My Friend's Family

Toutes les photos sont de l'auteur. It was late summer 2003 when Nick Guth and Brett Monteleone decided to clean out their refrigerator. The two Louisiana State University...

The Independent

How to feed an entire holiday resort - without ruining the planet

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta on the west side of Mexico, is a sprawling vista of lush riverbeds peppered with impeccable landscaping of...


The people making films above the 60th parallel

Two Yellowknife residents are using one-of-a-kind technology to connect communities separated by thousands of kilometres of ice and snow.

Evening Standard

New Orleans: how to do The Big Easy like a local

On my last night in New Orleans I found myself in Tremé with neighbourhood residents, barbecueing on a vacant lot next to the Candlelight Lounge. I'd gone there to catch a...

Marriott Traveler

Why Sam Neill is Addicted to Getting on Airplanes

Out of his isolated roots in New Zealand, Sam Neill has emerged as a multifaceted actor, able to tackle villainous roles ("The Piano," "The Tudors"), heroic ones ("Jurassic...


You've Never Experienced New Zealand Like This

Helena Bay, the country's first beachside luxury lodge, is finally giving travelers a reason to skip adventure-filled South Island for the milder North Island.


Where gravediggers drank their pints

As the photographer snapped the shutter, the man drinking a pint of Guinness in the front booth of John Kavanagh "The Gravediggers" pub held a newspaper up over his face,...


Secrets of Chipotle, Revealed by an Ex-Manager

Eating at Chipotle's about as straightforward as fast-casual gets. You stand at an assembly line and tell somebody what you want. They put it in a burrito or bowl. You get...

The Independent

How to save hundreds of pounds on flights, according to an expert

Scott Keyes has saved his followers a lot of money. In the past 18 months, he reckons, he's helped them save around £20m on flights alone. He's the king of cheap and "mistake"...

VICE Sports

The Rays in Cuba, the Faces in the Crowd: Photo Essay | VICE Sports

In March, the Rays visited Cuba for a historic game. Photographer Megan Miller captured the Cuban fans lucky enough to be there.

GOOD Magazine

A Walk Along England's Curry Row

The young waiter, in a purple button-up and matching tie, stood over our table at Tandoori International listing off the specials in the typical thick South Shields "Geordie"...