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Caroline Trefler

Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

I'm a New Yorker, via Toronto and Montreal. Fodor's is my dream job because I love to explore the world and to use my knowledge to help others have the best travel experiences possible.

Travel Style

Intrepid City Explorer

Travel Passions

  • Cities
  • Adventure 
  • Food 
  • Art
  • Why do you travel? To see the world, to meet new people, to eat weird things, because I can, and because just thinking about planning a new trip gets me excited.
  • What’s one thing you never travel without? I'm not sure I’m proud of it but these days my iPhone is pretty much my main essential. It helps me find everything and everyone I need, or figure out how to get it if I don't have it. Plus it has all my music, my camera, and so many applications that I've become dependent on. Even if I'm not taking my phone on a particular hike or scuba dive, I always have it on my trip.
  • What’s the first thing you do when you arrive in a new place? It doesn't always work out, but one thing I like to do when I arrive in a new city is go for an early morning run. It helps get me oriented and figure out where I want to go back later in the day.
  • Do you like traveling solo? I love traveling by myself and did a lot of it when I was in my twenties. I always meet interesting people and it's fun to be to be able to change my plans at a moment's notice, without consulting anyone else. But I've also met people of the years that I love to travel with and it's great to be able to relive travel moments with friends.
  • Train, plane, or ship? All of the above, plus car, ferry, bus, camel, bike, skateboard etc.
  • Carry-on or checked? Carry-on whenever possible! In India I met a family of 4 (two adults with two children under ten) traveling for six months with just a day pack each. It made a lasting impression.
  • What’s on your travel bucket list? Iceland for the winter solstice and the summer solstice, a safari, Vietnam, Russia, the list could go on…
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I want to live every place I visit… which means NYC, where I live, is really the best, because it's one of the best places on earth, I can get somewhere else far away pretty quickly.
  • If you had limitless funds, what would be your dream destination? I would buy one of those around-the-world tickets and just go everywhere.
  • What's the most unusual place you have stayed on a trip? I slept in a sleeping bag in Bedouin tent in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. The desert is beautiful, and it's cold and quiet at night. We slept by the fire and it was wonderful.
  • If you could take a 3-month sabbatical, where would you go? I would either live in Paris and take French classes or hike the Pacific CrestTrail.