Entries by Molly Crist

Statement on Coronavirus

To our dear community of travelers, We want to address the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 throughout the world at the time of writing on March 11. This has created an enormous amount of personal and economic stress for folks both at home and in some of our favorite travel destinations. As we try to navigate […]

View Fall 2019 Tour Itineraries!

We are excited to post three new itineraries hot off the presses! A Week in the Alps September 1—9, 2019 A new tour for Onward… three countries by train in beautiful, charming lands! Flavors of Tuscany October 12—19, 2019 An oldie but a goodie, we can’t let autumn pass without a tour to Tuscany. Stay […]

Viktorija’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

The holidays are upon us and that means lots of fabulous food and wine. Kat is spending Christmas in Prague and the New Year in Austria. Molly is headed to PA with hot smoked salmon, truffle studded Pecorino, and a sparkling Riesling in tow. A simple but decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake is a lovely recipe […]

Traveler Spotlight: Jan Spadaro & Cathy Phipps Sine

An interview with Onward Travelers Jan Spadaro and Cathy Phipps Sine by Onward Travel’s summer intern, Caitlin Sweeney, Cornell SHA ’19 I had the chance to talk with two spirited and enthusiastic travelers, Jan Spadaro and Cathy Phipps Sine. When considering who to feature for the first traveler spotlight, Molly and Kat decided upon the perfect […]

The Art of Traveling Alone

A guest blog post by Onward Travel’s summer intern, Caitlin Sweeney, Cornell SHA ’19 Traveling alone can be nerve-racking, unpredictable, uncomfortable and lonely. At first. Once you take the plunge the unpredictability becomes spontaneity. Nerve-wracking becomes exciting. Being uncomfortable becomes a welcome challenge. The loneliness becomes courage to branch out and make lasting friendships, or […]

This Fall, Experience The Good Life in Provence with a Sommelier!

Here at Onward Travel we love to partner with businesses and organizations that share our interests and passions. We grew up working at our family’s cooking school so we’re absolutely delighted to announce a culinary tour in partnership with The Chopping Block, a Chicago-based recreational cooking school. The Chopping Block offers lots of interesting programming at their two locations […]

Molly’s Memories of Ireland

Inspired by The Cooking Cottage’s dreamy trips to Ireland, I took a semester off from college in fall 2008 and traveled to Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Once the shock of all the dishwashing I had to do wore off, I had a wonderful time living amidst the farm and gardens and other food enthusiasts. When […]

Happy birthday, Julia!

It is the week of Julia Child’s birthday, the perfect moment to take a walk down memory lane. As those “in the know” are aware, Kat’s and my mother (Peggi) and grandmother (Winnie) kickstarted Onward Travel by offering culinary tours in Europe and the U.S. to their cooking school clientele. It should be no surprise that […]


Reminiscing about Amore in Italy: Tuscany

In October we travelled to Tuscany for two back-to-back tours with Chef Jenna of Amore Trattoria in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We visited charming Tuscan villages: Cortona, Greve in Chianti, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni, Siena… and savored the absolutely picturesque countryside that characterizes the region. They say the light in Tuscany is unlike any other place in the world. […]