Irene S. Levine

Irene S. Levine

Member Since: Oct 2014

Irene S. Levine, PhD is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger who writes about travel, health and lifestyles for some of the nation’s leading print and online publications.

She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune Sunday Travel section (including The Fork in the Road, a special page on culinary travel) and writes for numerous other high-circulation dailies including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

She also writes for, a public broadcasting website aimed at inspiring America’s booming 50+ generation to live the most meaningful and vibrant life possible. Many of the travel articles she writes for the site are syndicated on Forbes, Wall Street Journal MoneyWatch, and

Irene and her photographer husband produce their own website, geared to the over-50 luxury market. It offers advice, information and inspiration for travelers over the age of 50, a time of life when it’s common for careers, interests and caregiving responsibilities (both for children and aging parents) to change in intensity or even diminish. Suddenly, there’s more time to travel, along with the wanderlust for exploring new places, savoring new tastes, and experiencing different cultures.

For the past six years, she has produced a popular website for women, The Friendship Blog, focused on advice and relationship issues that has received more than 20,000 comments on more than 1800 posts. On that site, she often writes about girlfriend getaways. The site receives between 10,000-12,000 hits per day.

She is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA). Also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, she received Gold, Bronze and Silver awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2014, she received the first-place award from the Eastern Chapter of SATW for the best online consumer travel story. In the 2015, she was named a Lowell Thomas Award winner. She is a contributing editor for Food Wine Travel magazine.


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Published Articles (4)

Easing into the East on a China Cruise

It can be daunting for first-timers to visit China, given the challenges posed by language, culture, population density and vast distances between major cities. That’s why a cruise through this part of the world is a convenient, efficient way for…

Tasting Umbria: Following the food in a less-traveled Italian region

Most tourists are lured to Umbria by the region’s well-preserved medieval hill towns — rich in art, architecture, and spiritual and archaeological treasures — or its picturesque countryside with dense mountains and rolling valleys. But for those who travel in…

Unraveling the Mystique of Lisbon’s World Famous Tart

Custard-filled egg tarts are such a popular dessert that they have become a staple in most Chinese bakeries and dim sum restaurants across the U.S., Canada and many parts of […]…
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Secrets for visiting the Douro River on the Viking Torgil

Anyone who has ever stayed at a resort or taken a cruise discovers a truism: By the time you’ve figured everything out, it’s time to go home. After all, new experiences often have steep learning curves. Having recently spent a…

Published Books (2)

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend

Levine’s book is a formidable resource for negotiating the ending of women’s friendships. The author, a journalist, psychologist and professor at NYU Medical School, affirms that the grief of ending a close friendship can be as potent as that of…

Schizophrenia for Dummies

The firsthand advice in this reassuring guide will empower the families and caregivers of schizophrenia patients to take charge, offering expert advice on identifying the warning signs, choosing the right health professional, and more.…