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I'm a seasoned travel journalist. I've been a travel writer since I had a column, "The Student Traveler," in my hometown Illinois (USA) newspaper, the State Journal-Register, as a teenager. One of my early stories won the Chicago Tribune's Voice of Youth Award. I also won national poetry awards and essay contests. You can see some of my more recent articles on the Home Page of (including a number of travel pieces written for Kansas City Getaways Examiner). I've written for over 75 different magazines and newspapers, including WOMAN'S DAY, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, and COSMOPOLITAN. I have an MA in English from the University of Illinois. I was formerly on staff at the (now-defunct) SOCIAL KC magazine. I'm a longtime member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and International Travel Writers Alliance. At the moment I write for a variety of outlets, including Springfield's Own (SO) Magazine (a beautiful, full-color, glossy print magazine based in Illinois), ( has 18.8 million unique visitors per month), Lawrence Journal-World, Travel World International, VisitKC, and Striped Pot, an online travel zine. I also have a travel writing blog, Writing in the Left-Hand Lane, and am writing a mother/daughter travel guidebook. You can see some of my most recently published stories at or at some of the links following this email. My most recent writing award was the 2009 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award. I currently live in Lawrence, Kansas, USA, and specialize in family travel, female-friendly travel, girlfriend getaways, and mother/daughter travel. My daughter, a professional photographer, takes some of the photos accompanying my articles.


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