About

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

Travel is my passion – all types of travel but especially adventure and nature travel.

As a young child touring Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Disney World with my parents, I kept a journal and a scrapbook of all my adventures. Since then, I’ve traveled to many more places and experienced all types of travel from budget to deluxe. I’ve traveled with large tour groups, small-boat expeditions, and on luxury cruises. I’ve enjoyed all-in inclusive vacations, resort destinations, and timeshare travel. I’ve traveled independently (including some solo travel too).

I’ve biked the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park as a grizzly bear crossed the road in my path, snorkeled with sea lions, penguins, and hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos, and fished for piranha in the Amazon River.

I’ve ridden elephants in Thailand, biked through the crowded streets of Bangkok, and squeezed my way into caves by inflatable kayak in Phuket. I’ve ziplined through the jungle in Costa Rica and swam in caves in Belize. I’ve experienced the thrill of rafting down the Grand Canyon. I’ve had adventures and misadventures, and I look at all problems as a chance to grow and learn.  It's also great material for travel writing!

On my first trip to Europe (one of those “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium” bus tours), my cousin and I got lost in Munich and missed our tour bus to Austria. Several hours later, after taking trains in the soaking rain, we wound up in Innsbruck at a Tyrolean evening show after tracking down every Tyrolean show in town and eventually found our tour group! Looking back on that first adventure showed me that it was the misadventure that makes the trip more memorable! I’ve learned a lot about traveling through those misadventures…lost luggage, delayed flights, sleeping in airports, etc.

Skiing is my real passion. I’ve skied all over the world and even helicopter skied twice in British Columbia. I also love golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and relaxing with a good book on the beach.

As a copywriter who has traveled extensively and has experienced varied types of travel, I am highly qualified to help you reach your target market, attract more customers, and boost sales.

I’ve always done some type of writing (journals, lists, ski club articles, church newsletters, etc.) but never realized that I had a love for writing until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.

At the time of my diagnosis, I was working at a global investment bank. I was fortunate to have a good-paying job, but the hours were long and stressful. I had taken some time off during my chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and it gave me a lot of time to reflect on my life. I discovered an interesting website, http://www.changingcourse.com/, that talked all about pursuing your passions and working at what you love.

I arranged for a Personalized Career Consultation with Valerie Young (Changing Course’s founder) which included a pre-assignment to read an eBook: Finding Your True Calling: The Handbook For People Who Still Don’t Know What They Want To Be “When They Grow Up” But Can’t Wait To Find Out.

I discovered (with the help of Valerie) that travel writing was the career for me! It took me some time away from my corporate J.O.B. to realize that what I loved doing was right in front of me, but I didn’t even know it! If I hadn’t gone through breast cancer, I probably wouldn’t have done any of these things -- you can turn a negative experience into something good!

Shortly thereafter, American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI) was holding The Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop right here in New York City. A few months later, I went to the Bahamas for The Ultimate Travel Photographer’s Workshop (which included Travel Guidebook writing).

I’ve always been very observant and detail-oriented. AWAI’s travel-writing courses have taught me to be even more observant of my surroundings and to take notes on everything. They also taught me to start local so I did! I’ve been a freelance writer for my hometown newspaper, the Canarsie Courier, since 2006 and have written over 50 articles for them.

I love getting out in the community, interviewing interesting people, writing human interest stories, as well as articles about local history. I started out writing some travel-related articles, but the Courier no longer had a need for them until I pitched the “staycation” idea to them. Click here to see my success story article.

I’ve always been my most content while writing. I believe that my passion for writing and travel (along with my vast travel experience) equip me to assist you with your copywriting and business needs.

And because I survived a life-threatening illness, I place a high emphasis on health, nutrition, and physical fitness. At the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation, I understand the health and wellness needs of the large Baby Boomer population who are looking to a more active and healthy lifestyle (which includes active, adventure travel).

Travel and being outdoors in nature contribute to de-stressing and living a healthy lifestyle. So does “Working at What You Love”. I am now happily living and loving the writer’s life. I set my own hours. I work out at the gym for 2 hours a day / 5 days per week (and I now have the time to take all of my favorite classes -- yoga, pilates, cardio-kickboxing, spinning, zumba, and kettlebells!)

Contact me today to see how I can assist with your copywriting needs!