About the author

Becca Hensley

Award winning travel writer Becca Hensley can’t resist the unexplored alley, that glass of champagne in an unknown bar or taking the train far beyond her planned stop. Travel Editor for Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, her work appears in myriad magazines and newspapers including Washington Flyer, National Geographic Traveler, Toronto Star, Fodors, Dallas Morning News, Coastal Living, Smart Luxury Travel and more. Reared in Mexico, Europe and the US, she now resides in Austin.


Former Mayor Turns Vegan & Inspires the Town

By Becca Hensley / November 11, 2015

The cows and chickens thank him. And so do the inhabitants of a small east Texas town.City Commissioner Ed Smith of Marshall, a Lilliputian hamlet in Texas’ “stroke and obesity belt,” has gone vegan. And, so has his wife, Amanda. Sooner or later, the entire town may follow suit. “I want to help mainstream wellness […]


In Serene Bali, the Ayana Resort and Spa

By Becca Hensley / September 22, 2014

Visit the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, the exotic Indonesian island that embodies transformative travel As an island province of Indonesia infused with the spirit of Indian and Arab traders, marked by lava cliffs, tumultuous cobalt seas, dense jungles and refined rice paddies, Bali beckons. Abundant with mysticism, ancient curative ways and open, affable […]


The Ritz-Carlton Spa

By Becca Hensley / January 15, 2014

All that’s missing is the lullaby. But you won’t need a tune crooned when you’re rocked to-and-fro in a hammock hanging in the rooftop garden at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes. There, in this outdoor setting, an able therapist will lull you to repose with an Eco-Hammock Massage. In a ritual meant to evoke […]


The Trail Takes You

By Becca Hensley / November 7, 2013

(Spiritual) Walking to Enlightenment in Europe. “It’s not a highway,” warns Norbert Parucha as we take off, hiking at warp speed. Guiding us along the Ammergau Alps Meditation Trail in southern Germany, Parucha, more conscience than coach, reminds us to “Stop, smell, look, listen.” He’s seen our kind before—city slickers who mean well, but struggle […]