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Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Freelance Writer

New York

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Writer. Adventurer. Nature Girl.

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10 British Virgin Islands Anchorages that Weathered the Storms

Seven months have passed since the one-two punch of hurricanes Irma and Maria delivered flooding rains and devastating winds to the British Virgin Islands, transforming the Caribbean paradise into a scene out of the apocalypse. Yet on a charter trip with The Moorings in early April, I saw signs of recovery everywhere.
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This Arizona City’s Desert Magic Will Keep You Coming Back for More

I’m standing beneath an ocotillo-thatched ramada enjoying a brief reprieve from the desert’s shimmering heat when a feathery blur catches my eye. Could it be? Jiggling a handful of dried tepary beans, our guide tells us stories of the ancient Hohokam people who cultivated Tucson’s arid land nearly 2,000 years ago.
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Tools of the Trade: Daina Trout

This holistic nutritionist gets funky with tea.
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How Utah's Weird Laws Made It One of the Coolest Places to Drink in the US

Utah may have a teetotaling reputation and the newest, harshest DUI law in the country, but its innovative bartenders and brewers are crafting creative, delicious libations that would entice even the most skeptical imbiber. Beneath the rainbow-hued neon dragon that presides over 25th Street in Ogden, Utah, a staircase delivers customers to a dimly lit speakeasy called 225.
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Getting Over the Hump

Majestic humpback whales return to the Pacific Northwest in massive numbers.
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I Stripped Down With Strangers for a Real Finnish Sauna Experience — Here's Why You Should Too

As the cab slows to a stop, I scrape some of Jack Frost’s handiwork from the window and peer into the depths of the polar night. We’re only 15 minutes from the center of Helsinki, yet dense forest presses in all around us. “Are you sure this is right?”. I ask the driver, stealing a glance at my friend Sophie who raises her eyebrows in reply.
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Searching for Mana: Where to See the Real Hawaii

Standing in the hot sand at the tip of Ka‘ena Point, La‘akea Perry, master teacher at Kei Kai o Kahiki, an all-male hula school, begins to chant, his voice trembling in a lilting vibrato. The words of the oli impart a greeting, one that conveys both a deep love for O‘ahu’s west side and an inherent responsibility to the land.
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Tools of the Trade: Mikey Franco

A snowboarder-turned-craftsman breathes new life into felled trees.
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Bucket List Road Trip: Seclusion, Surf, and Shrimp on Oahu's North Shore

Driving along Kalakua Avenue toward the northbound H1, I watch the hype and hoards of Waikiki fade from view in my rearview mirror. The notorious Honolulu traffic slides steadily forward, and I cruise toward Wahiawa where the road forks toward the Kamehameha Highway and the part of O'ahu that locals call the country.
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Tools of the Trade: Nick Kim

This NYC sushi chef coaxes perfection from artisanal Japanese rice.
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10 Best Beaches on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Some of Italy’s best beaches are nestled into coves along the Amalfi Coast. Here are ten beautiful swaths of shore to seek out.
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Best Beaches on Oahu’s North Shore

Known by surfers around the world as the “7-Mile Miracle,” the Kamehameha Highway snakes along Oahu’s north shore, Hawaii’s answer to the vintage two-lane highways of yesteryear. Perfect for a day trip, the road winds past hidden coves, volcanic shores, and Pacific pipelines that inspire surfers’ dreams.
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About

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Gina Vercesi is a New York based writer, adventurer, storyteller, and nature girl. Chronicling journeys on land, water, and snow, her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Sierra, Delta Sky, Travel + Leisure, Islands, Lonely Planet, and more. Gina also pens the blog Kids Unplugged with the mission of getting families away from screens and out into the world. She lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a very good dog.