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Suzanne's childhood travel experiences were limited to road trip forays with her parents, and the thrill that came with crossing the state line, complete with obligatory pictures under the "Welcome to... (fill in the name of a state bordering California)" signs. Then during college a babysitting job in South Carolina turned into a girls' road trip. One month, 26 states, and countless adventures (read: mishaps) later, and Suzanne was a self-avowed lifelong traveler. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she delayed the inevitable task of growing up with a six-month jaunt through Europe. Once again bitten by the travel bug (and bedbugs), Suzanne decided travel writing was her dream career. She was thrown off track by a corporate job in the Silicon Valley, but finally moved to New York in 2006 to pursue her dream, and a Master's degree in English at NYU. Now she hangs out at the library, works for eurocheapo.com, a budget hotel website, and continues to fight growing up.

  • Hometown

    Fremont, CA, USA

  • Location now

    New York, NY, USA

  • Work published

    Venezia Magazine, eurocheapo.com, classictravel.com, Brides Magazine

  • Travel philosophy

    Travel without inhibitions (and pack fabulous shoes).

  • Craziest place

    The Flinestone campground somewhere off the highway in North Carolina, and the portion of Route 66 through New Mexico and Texas where you never know what you'll see on the side of the road.

  • Bizarre experience

    During a European backpacking adventure after college, my girlfriends and I rented cars to drive through Bordeaux. On a budget and unable to find a hostel with space for us, we decided to save money and sleep in our cars. It was December. Despite layering every article of clothing we'd brought, we still woke ever two hours to turn on the car heaters. Having chosen a hospital parking lot because it seemed a safe bet, when the sun rose, we realized we were parked beneath the helicopter landing pad.

  • Advice

    Take risks. Mishaps often make the best memories...and the best stories.

  • Dream destination


  • Traveled before

    All over the United States (on a road trip), Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and throughout Europe.

  • Going next

    A tour of South America

Suzanne Russo's Guide Book Entries


  • Safety

    Apr 10, 2008 - Corrientes, Argentina

    Corrientes is a pretty safe town. The neighborhoods surrounding the center can get a little bit rougher and are definitely ......

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  • When to Go

    Apr 10, 2008 - Corrientes, Argentina

    The climate of Corrientes is likeable year round. At times summer thundershowers can overwhelm the streets and turn avenues into ......

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  • Safety

    Mar 26, 2008 - Purmamarca, Argentina

    The streets of this tiny town are deserted and dark in the evenings. Women should be especially careful of late ......

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  • Iryua

    Mar 19, 2008 - Iryua, Argentina

    Pretty little Iruya is about three hours by bus from Humahuaca, a quaint village sheltered on all sides by massive ......

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  • Humahuaca

    Mar 13, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    With fiery mountains blazing in its background and squat adobe buildings in burnt reds and buttery yellows, dry Humahuaca feels ......

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  • Purmamarca

    Mar 11, 2008 - Purmamarca, Argentina

    Population: 388 Altitude: 2192m Itsy bitsy Purmamarca is made up of exactly 13 blocks, all of which ooze small town ......

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  • Posada del Sol

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    Hostelling International does it again. The brand may be a foreigner magnet, but this friendly hostel has a young, hip ......

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  • Hostal Humahuaca

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    This cozy hostel is like a little dose of home. In Humahuaca. A small patio with a grill and shaded ......

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  • El Portillo

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    It doesn’t get much more typical Humahuaca than this little adobe dwelling in the center of town. Doubles, triples and ......

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  • La Cacharpaya

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    In comparison to other restaurants in Humahuaca, this one is gargantuan. But its “large” size does nothing to diminish the ......

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  • Peña Fortunato Ramos

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    A restaurant/peña, Fortunato Ramos is a favorite with locals for quick lunches or evening revelry. Stop by in the afternoon ......

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  • El Portillo

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    For cheap regional food, El Portillo is the place to be. It’s just blocks from the plaza and serves local ......

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  • Feria Artesenal

    Mar 19, 2008 - Humahuaca , Argentina

    The craft market runs along San Martin behind the railroad tracks. It’s a fun, lively atmosphere and a pretty part ......

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  • Museo Antropológico

    Mar 12, 2008 - Salta, Argentina

    For pre-Hispanic history, Salta’s thorough anthropological museum is the place to be. It began as a study of the Tastil ......

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  • Cerro San Bernardo

    Mar 12, 2008 - Salta, Argentina

    This massive green mountain looms over Salta, but the real attraction is not its greenery but the view from the ......

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