Here are 20 things you didn’t know about our editor in her words.
I grew up in a picturesque Florida beach town.
I now live in the No. 2 most populated city in the United States, Los Angeles.
Before moving to California, I lived in the 2015 No. 1 Spring Break destination, Orlando, Florida. I loved exploring Orlando’s many neighborhoods and chronicled my mini-explorations on Instagram.
Before we moved to Los Angeles, my fiancé and I visited Carmel, California in 2013 for a friend’s wedding, and fell in love with the state.
Living in Florida provides countless options for quick get-a-aways, which I took advantage of as often as possible. Some of my favorite short trips in the Sunshine State were watching the sunset on the ocean from a sailboat, dancing until the early morning in Miami, and unplugging at an ocean-side oasis like The Catalina.
One of my favorite ways to travel cheap while in college was cruises with friends. Various cruises depart from Florida coasts, and I once booked a trip with less than 48 hours left before the departure time.
I have a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, where I met some of my best girlfriends, who now work at places like the Huffington Post and Real Simple Magazine. The L.A. Times and NBC News have picked up my work for their websites and broadcasts.
I lived in Chicago for a summer and fell in love with the city. I have visited several times, including during the frigid winter months.
When I worked for the Chicago Tribune, I helped update their Midwest Travel section. In my free time, I would explore Chicago’s neighborhoods for my blog, which earned unexpected praise from an editor.
While I love to travel, most of my journalism work has been in the news, which is how I covered the Casey Anthony Trial and the George Zimmerman trial. After the trials, I knew I wanted to do more travel writing. I covered Universal Orlando surprises Harry Potter fans with Diagon Alley preview and Disney announces new Norway trip inspired by ‘Frozen’ for the Hearst Corporation while still covering national stories like this one.
I attended a German royal wedding in the summer of 2014, which required the purchase of fancy hat, known in Europe as a fascinator.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Maui three times since 2010. On one trip, I watched the sun rise from the 10,023 ft summit of Haleakalā National Park.
My fiancé and I love to travel. I once told him that I would rather have an adventure over any gift, so he planned a trip to Atlanta as a birthday present. The best part was seeing pandas up close.
My fiancé and I made it to Paris and participated in the love lock phenomenon before the city began removing them. They have been replaced with lock art.
I never wanted to drink coffee without ice cream in it again after experiencing this amazing treat in Spain.
I travel to learn about people and cultures without the filters or opinions of others. Why do you travel? What are some of your favorite memories abroad? Share in the comments below!