Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


The romantic west coast of Madeira

Nov. 14, 2021

Check out the romantic west coast of Madeira and the ethereal north in today's edition of MoneyInc. 

tagged: Madeira, Saccharam, Porto Moniz

Portugal's Madeira island capital Funchal

Nov. 8, 2021

If you are looking for another great place to travel in Portugal, look no further than Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeira Island. 

tagged: #Madeira, #Funchal

In love with lovely Lisbon

Nov. 5, 2021

Portugal was recently named number one country destination in Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers' Choice Awards.   An honor deliciously deserved as my story on Lisbon indicates in today's edition of Money Inc.

tagged: #Lisbon

European River Cruising with Crystal Cruises

Nov. 1, 2021

If you've thought about taking a river cruise in Europe, Crystal Cruises is an excellent option. See my story in today's edition of MoneyInc about my recent sail in Eastern Europe.

tagged: Crystal Cruises, European River Cruising

Silversea's Sea & Land Taste Culinary Program

Oct. 7, 2021

Foodies unite! You will surely enjoy reading my story for Silversea's Discover "Gourmet Gratification: The Purposeful Pleasure of Silversea's Sea & Land Taste Program. It was certainly delectable writing it!

tagged: #SilverseaCruises #

Cruising is back!

Aug. 22, 2021

Cruising is back and on Silversea Cruises it's careful, conscious and classy. Here's my story in today's edition of The San Francisco Examiner on Silversea"s newest ship, the Silver Moon, during the Moon's inaugural season in the Greek Isles and Cyprus. So get vaccinated and pack your bags! Happy cruising!

tagged: Silversea Cruises

Are you a food fanatic that likes to cruise on smaller ships?

Aug. 19, 2021

If so, then you will definitely want to take a gander at my story in today's edition of Money Inc highlighting Silversea's new S.A.L.T. (Sea & Land Taste) Program.

tagged: #Silversea

A better way to travel to and from LAX

Aug. 13, 2021

If you are looking for the very best way to travel to and from LAX, look no further than PS LAX, the 13 posh private suites at a private terminal at LAX that provides seamless service to those flying on commercial aircraft, including expedited TSA and customs and immigration. Then there is the awesome ride across the airfield in a Series 7 BMW that takes you to your flight. Their newest service, The Salon, is by far the most lux airline lounge in the country but better as they drive you directly to your commercial flight in a Cadillac Escalade. 

tagged: PS LAX

Traveling internationally in the COVID-era

Jul. 26, 2021

If you are planning on flying abroad this summer and even in to the fall, you may wish to take a gander at this story in Money Inc.


Fun, sun and fabulous: The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Jul. 12, 2021

It's pretty much always bliss at Four Seasons Resorts the world over. And Mexico's Punta Mita is no exception. This story appeared in yesterday's edition of Money Inc. 

tagged: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Enjoying Ohio: the urban to rural experience

Jun. 25, 2021

Great museums, a famous prison and Amish country are a few of the Buckeye Staye's charms. See my column in todays's edition of The San Francisco Examiner. 


Wagging tails and happy trails

Jun. 13, 2021

Always good to finds travel spots for both furry friends and their humans. In my column in today's edition of The SF Examiner. 


Review of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga

May 23, 2021

If you're in the market for an ultra-luxury SUV, take a gander and a drive in the 2021 Bentley Bentayga. Here's my review in today's edition of Money Inc. 

tagged: Bentayga

Returning to international travel

May 23, 2021

If you are ready to recommence international travel, heading to an all-inclusive property south of the border is a pleasure. Read my story on Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in today's print and digital editions of The San Francisco Examiner. 

tagged: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta

Wonderful Wailea

May 2, 2021

My fourth story on my return to Maui following the pandemic purgatory appeared in my column in today's edition of The San Francisco Examiner.

tagged: #Andaz Maui

Book Review: The Passenger

Apr. 30, 2021

My book review of veteran travel writer Chaney Kwak's debut book "The Passenger" appeared in my column in The San Francisco Examiner. Whether you love cruising, hate cruising or are a wanna-be cruiser, if you want a great read, you'll want to pick this one up. Out June 8, 2021.


Maui's south shore Eden

Apr. 28, 2021

The third of four stories on my recent return to Maui. This one is on The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea and appeared in today's edition of Money Inc.

tagged: Four Seasons Maui

Ka’anapali's grand dame

Apr. 25, 2021

The second of four stories on my recent return to Maui. This feature appeared in my column in today's edition of The San Francisco Examiner and focuses on the special grand dame, The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.

tagged: Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Happy at the Hyatt Regency Maui

Apr. 23, 2021

If you have never been to Maui and you are traveling with kids - big or small  - you will want to check out the Hyatt Regency Maui on the island's west side. See my story in today's issue of MoneyInc.

tagged: Hyatt Regency Maui

Going green without sacrificing luxury

Apr. 6, 2021

If you are looking to go green, but wish to sacrifice neither luxury nor power, you will want to check out the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e. It was metal lust at first sight for me and then I fell in love.  

tagged: #bmwusa