I'm Deanna...a teacher, photographer, & dreamer who passionately believes in travel as a way to better well-being.

join me in the quest to...

Tune-in, Thrive & Transform..

Travels & Inspiration is about a different way of traveling...

It's about travel as an intentional way to reset.

It's about tuning into what your mind & body need, mindfully exploring, & fully experiencing your travels.

Above all, it's about proactively using your inner guidance, as well as tools like self-reflection, mindfulness, photography, & self-care to create getaways that fill your bucket.

... through travel.

My path to better well-being began years ago...

I'm Deanna, an American-Italian living and working in NE Italy. Some years ago I was experiencing burnout from working long hours in the field of Sports Medicine. I loved my career field, yet I knew it was time to make a change. There was a need for a better balance in my life & as it turns out, Italy was calling!

In 2001, I moved near my Italian family for the adventure of a new job, to travel more & to experience Italian life more deeply. This move also provided endless opportunities to explore my other lifelong hobby, photography!

and so... 

Over the years, I left my workaholic ways behind and built a life around wellness, travel, & photography. Travels & Inspiration is an extension of those experiences. 

I draw on my professional background, a MS in Athletic Training along with a BS in Health & Physical Education, to integrate health & well-being content with travel. And that's what you'll find here, meaningful travel experiences that enrich & inspire well-being.

I created Travels & Inspiration (or T & I as I like to call it) to promote the joys & inspirations of pursuing a life of wellness & travel. 

My work sits at the intersection of wellness, personal development, & travel.


T & I's content highlights escapes and experiences that enhance the mind, body & spirit.

You'll find tools, tips, guides, & resources to help you travel in ways that connect, transform & inspire.

The content is rich in photo walks & hikes, outdoor adventures, mindful travel experiences, and self-care travel tips. As well as activities that promote rest, relaxation, & self-discovery.

What I believe about wellness...

I believe wellness is a pathway to optimal living. An intentional way to live.

A pursuit of energy, balance, fulfillment & a little sanity (or some days a lot)! It's about showing up every day, for better or worse. And nourishing our minds, our bodies & our dreams. So we can meet our full potential.

I believe that travel greatly enriches life & is one of the best investments we can make in ourselves. It's an ideal avenue for well-being, personal growth & transformation. To redirect us back to ourselves when needed. And it's an endless source of inspiration.

As for me...

I am simply trying to live my best life. Trying to thrive.

Looking for inspiration & wanting to share the thoughtful things I find along the way. Things that are worth experiencing. Everything I have learned about health & well-being has grown out of my professional experiences, along with a mix of hard work, experimentation & listening to my own intuition.

There's certainly no magic formula. Some days I get it right, and others it's more of a work in progress. But, it's given me a solid toolkit to build on & if my approach resonates with you, then I'm happy to share everything I know.

My Favorite
Wellness Getaway

Alpe di siusi, DOLOMITES


can't live without


current mantra


favorite activity

 living my best life



resonates with my soul

all about


Straight talk,
well-being from the inside, 
helping you live
your best life


not about

Fluff, one size
fits all wellness,
the rat race mentality

daily life

"WE DON"T NEED MAGIC to transform the world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."

— J.K. rowling




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