Nina Ruggiero

Travel + Leisure Deputy Editor Nina Ruggiero in Alaska
Title: Senior Editorial Director

Nina Ruggiero is Travel + Leisure's senior editorial director. She is also the co-founder of Be A Travel Writer, an online course for aspiring travel journalists. A New Yorker based in Los Angeles, Nina has a special interest in beach destinations, outdoor adventures, unique hotels, pet-friendly travel with her golden retriever, @travelswithcali, and all things Italy. Nina has studied Italian in Rome and Sicily, taken the world's longest flight to Singapore (twice in four days), driven a canal barge through Wales, and been stung by one of Marlon Brando's bees on the island of Tetiaroa. Nina graduated from the University of Miami with honors in news journalism. It was during this period that she launched a new local newspaper for the community of Coconut Grove, FL, and began her travel journalism career as a contributor to the Miami Herald's International Edition, covering emerging artists across Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past 12 years, she has covered topics ranging from fashion and wellness to crime and politics. She regularly appears on-air as a travel expert, including on KTLA News, Live with Kelly and Mark, the Today show, and more.

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Latest from Nina Ruggiero

A woman stands on a deck in the desert
This New Wellness Escape Has Sound Therapy, Facials, and Tea Meditation — With Stunning Views of the California Desert
Pearl Lounge interior
A New, Family-owned Hotel Was Voted Best in New York City This Year — and I Visited to Find Out Why
Outdoor patio seating at a restaurant; a bartender pouring a cocktail drink
This Is the Coolest Street in L.A. — With Cutting-edge Art Galleries, Must-visit Restaurants, and Excellent Shops
Overwater bungalows at Sandals South Coast Jamaica
These Romantic Overwater Bungalows in Jamaica Have Glass Floors and Huge Hammocks
Cityscape view of Old Town
This Underrated European City Is One of the Best Places to Travel in 2024 — Here's What Not to Miss
Exterior view of The Pendry Hotel Newport Beach
This New Hotel Is the Biggest Thing to Happen to California's Newport Beach in Years — and We Were the First to Check It Out
Nina Ruggiero and father smile on a boat during a fishing excursion
I Took My Dad Fishing in the Florida Keys — and Found Outdoor Adventure, Beautiful Hotels, and Intriguing History Along the Way
Lauren Wesley Wilson at the ColorComm Conference in Miami
5 Travel Hacks for the Business Traveler, According to ColorComm Founder Lauren Wesley Wilson
Lounge seating on terrace with view of city at Le Sirenuse
Travel + Leisure Readers’ 10 Favorite Resorts in Italy of 2023
Alcova Tiepolo Suite bedroom at Aman Venice
Travel + Leisure Readers’ 5 Favorite Hotels in Venice of 2023
Canova Suite Terrace overlooking city at sunset at Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Travel + Leisure Readers’ 5 Favorite Hotels in Rome of 2023
Hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt
Travel + Leisure Readers’ 5 Favorite Hotels in Florence of 2023
Aerial view of Alila Ventana Big Sur
This California Luxury Resort Is One of the Best Hotels in the World — With Sweeping Ocean Views, Incredible Stargazing, and Redwood Forest Glamping
Amanda Kloots and Elvis Cordero enjoying the Malibu pier with a wagon on a sunny day
The Family Travel Issue
Amanda Kloots in a striped colorful dress on the balcony of a suite at Malibu Beach Inn
Amanda Kloots on the Ups and Downs of Travel As a Single Mom — and the Little Moments That Make It All Worth It
Exterior view and mountain pool at Alila Ventana Big Sur
How to Hang With Surfers in a Small Beach City, See the Stunning Landscapes of Big Sur, and Savor the Best of Wine Country in One Epic California Trip
Cute golden doodle looking out the window while sitting on chair in a stylish bedroom
The Best Dog-friendly Hotels in the U.S.
Beach club at Calamigos Guest Ranch in Malibu, California
This Chic Ranch With Its Own Beach Club Is the Best Way to See Both Sides of Malibu
Bright blue skies and water on a sunny day showing the rock formations and archway in Cabo
Where to Surf, Sail, and Snorkel With Baby Sea Lions in Mexico's Baja California
Exterior of the Chewton Glen treehouse
These Are the Most Luxurious Tree Houses in the U.K. — Perfectly Perched Between the Forest and Coast
Wild pony in New Forest, Southern England
Hike With Ponies, Shop for Magic Spells, and Stay in a Charming Manor House in England's New Forest
A narrowboat barge houseboat on a canal in Wales
The Best Way to See Wales Is by Canal Boat — Here's How to Plan Your Trip
A group of people on skidoos sitting in the water
You Can Sea-Doo to This Island Off the Coast of Los Angeles — Racing Wild Dolphins Along the Way
Shrimp Tacos from Rosewood Mayakoba
This Mexican Resort Makes the Best Shrimp Tacos — and I Scored the Recipe