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Weekend Roadtrip in Northern California

….and then it hit me. I’d never been to northern California, just a few hours’ drive from Sacramento. So I did my due diligence and created an itinerary for a long weekend on the northern California coast. Read about my adventure in Northern California in The Travel Writer’s Life, April 3, 2013

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The Adventures of an American Travel Writer

Two-and-a-half years ago my life changed dramatically. I decided two things: I had to do more international travel. I had to find a way to fund it. Since writing was something that I’d always loved, it seemed reasonable that it could become my ticket to traveling the world. I spent a couple of months researching […]

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hang gliding at kitty hawk

Above All, Life Should Be Fun!

People who know me well are familiar with my life motto, “Above all, life should be fun.”  So it comes as no surprise when they continually ask me what my favorite activity as a travel writer is. That’s like asking someone which one of their children they love the best!  You love them equally but […]

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From Kitchen Chair to Beach Chair

One of the hardest things for people wanting to break into travel writing is knowing how to get started.  It was the same for me. But I think Woody Allen said it best when he claimed, “80% of success is just showing up.” Once I set my mind to “just doing it” and started writing […]

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adrenaline junkie's guide to bora bora

How to Score a Free Trip to Bora Bora

When people learn that I’m traveling the world, inevitably the first thing they say is, “How can you afford to travel so much?”  The truth is, without getting comps, perks, and media discounts, I wouldn’t be able to do it. This was especially true of my trip to Bora Bora earlier this year.  Dubbed “the […]

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Snorkeling with Seal Lions in La Paz, Mexico

People ask me all the time, “What was your favorite trip as a travel writer?” Since completing the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop two years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a lot of amazing places, including Mexico, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Hawaii, and Japan. You know what they say…. you never forget your first!  […]

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VIP Pass to the High Life

If there’s an adventure to be had, I want to go. That’s why I began travel writing. This year, I spent Easter in Tahiti—the largest island in French Polynesia—known for its palm-fringed beaches, fragrant tiare blossoms, and towering volcanic peaks. I stayed at the best resort on the island where I lounged on their spectacular […]

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Easter in French Polynesia

Everyone loves Easter egg hunts, candy-filled baskets, and soft, fluffy bunnies. But this Easter, I opted for a different kind of holiday experience. Three of the 130 islands in the South Pacific known as “French Polynesia” were calling my name. Tahiti, the largest and most well-known island in French Polynesia was to be my base […]

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Addicted to Travel

I admit it.  I’m an adrenaline junkie.  If there’s an adventure to be found, I’ll find it. If there’s a way to pay for the adventure, I’ll find that, too. That’s why I decided to become a travel writer.  I’ve been paid to swim, snorkel, and dive with all sorts of sea creatures like dolphins, […]

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My Bora Bora Birthday Bash

Don’t hate me.  I got to spend my birthday in Bora Bora. James Mitchener said that Bora Bora was “the most beautiful island in the world.”  I was skeptical.  You see, I’m a travel writer, and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many, many stunning tropical destinations.  So, what better way to see if Mitchener […]

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