Valentina Valentini

Journalist

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, Mashable and other publications of that ilk.

Almost 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.

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

Portfolio

Travel & Food

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....
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 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.
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...
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"...
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.
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"...
These digital nomads are going to sail the world while they work
Imagine facing another day of work on your computer, full of Skype meetings, email threads and spreadsheets. But instead of rolling out of bed and trucking it to the office, you...
Top Scuba Diving Sites Around the World
As anyone who's ever glimpsed under the earth's watery surface knows, there's a whole new world to explore down below. Dive deeper, and it's a universe unlike anything ever seen...
Real Whiskey Is Coming Back To Dublin After 125 Years
Teeling Whiskey, run by brothers Stephen and Jack Teeling, is the first distillery to produce the liquor in Dublin in more than a century. Yes, you read that right: The...
Cow by Bear, San Diego's Strangest Pop-Up, Has Its Own Short Doc Series
After they met, Bear ended up inviting Evans to a dinner and became quick friends. It was unusual that Bear, who is totally a bear and totally not a human who cooks in a bear...

Personal Essays

When I became the boss, he broke up with me
"Who went on the roof?!" I screamed. We were just a couple hours into our 12-hour day of shooting my boyfriend's music video at a warehouse east of downtown Los Angeles. I had...
How I figured out I was dating a drug dealer
There's a picture of me from that night - with a giant panda head on. I should have known then what I was in for, but that's half the fun - or torture - of growing up, isn't it?...
Memories of a Vineyard summer girl - Martha's Vineyard Times
Inside corner to inside corner. I have adult friends to this day who still don't know how to fold sheets. Turn them inside-out and pinch each corner, bringing them together to...
I was sure I was flirt-texting with The One. Until he saw me on Instagram
It would be a small wedding. Nothing gaudy or over-the-top. Maybe we'd even elope. Admittedly, we'd only been texting for 24 hours, but I was sure this was The One. It began at...
In Defense Of Having A Much Younger Boyfriend
My friends and family have always gotten giddy when I've told them about a new love interest. They want to hear all about him and how we met. And when I tell them about my...

Entertainment

Narcos Season 3's Spoiled Villain Gives King Joffrey a Run for His Money
If you want to test your acting chops, try playing a flamboyant, amiable millennial drug dealer and the spoiled, incompetent, entitled son of a Colombian drug lord at the same...
Director Destin Daniel Cretton Has Always Lived in The Glass Castle
Philip Larkin probably said it best: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad." For some, the scars will barely be detectable; for others, they'll hurt for a lifetime. But for a...
Take a Peek Inside Jackie Kennedy's Closet
Dressing one of the most iconic fashion figures of the 20th century might seem like a daunting task, but for costume designer Madeline Fontaine-who has created spectacular looks...
EXCLUSIVE: From 'Undressed' to 'StartUp,' a Career Retrospective With Adam Brody
From 20-something sex in Undressed to high stakes in StartUp, Brody looks back on his most memorable screen roles.
Michelle Obama Won't Run For President but Will "Go Into My 60s Blazing"
It was a fair question to ask. " Michelle Obama, will you run for president?" asked Queen Latifah, part of badass panel of women gathered to kick off the SXSW music programming...
Meet Director Colin Trevorrow, 'Jurassic World's New Alpha
Most of us remember exactly where we were when Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park opened in 1993. For me, it was the day school got out and I was holding the sweaty hand of Johnny...
Why Colin Hanks Turned to a Painful Story for His Second Documentary
Colin Hanks was in New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival when he decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum last April. "What really resonated with me-the thing that made...

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