When my daughter was a teenager, she wrote, “My mother lives her life as a caterpillar. She gets on a plane and becomes a butterfly.”
Yes, it is true. I am a travel junkie. I write to support my habit. More than 80 domestic and international newspapers, magazine, on-line sites and guidebooks have published my work. I am also author of two iPhone apps and co-author of two books.
You might find me anywhere – in a plane squashed in the middle seat, in the water exploring the deep, on the ground tripping over my feet or at home in Glenview, Illinois, U.S.A., chained to my computer. I also spend a lot of time destroying my body while doing things like swinging from jungle canopies.
For over two decades, I have written about a variety of destinations and traveled to over 130 countries. My specialties include ecotourism, soft adventure and off-the-beaten-track locales. But I never turn down a chance to visit and write about a spa. I have also done book reviews and humor features. I am contemplating compiling my humor features in a book which my older daughter has titled, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Asylum.” I prefer to call it, “Nobody Is Going My Way.”
Before this life, I worked in the family business. Lou, my pharmacist husband, ran the stores. I ran the business. We have two daughters, Jamie and Caryn, son-in-law, Joe, plus four grandchildren, Annie, JJ, Sam and Levi. It was Jamie, a journalist, who convinced me to write about my travels. She still edits much of my work.
Often, I lecture on travel, am a member of The Society of American Travel Writers, Midwest Travel Writers Association, The Traveler’s Century Club and the recipient of over 50 travel journalism and photo awards.