My life-long passion for travel has taken me to six continents and more than 55 countries, some of which I’ve published stories about during my 25 years as a travel journalist, editor and photographer. I’ve been a contributing editor for Meredith Corporation’s Midwest Living Magazine, a Lowell Thomas Award winning publication. For multiple print and online outlets, I write feature articles, reviews, branded content and blogs. Representing my brand KitTravels, I host travel industry webinars and speak at conferences, create customized professional development programs and teach writing at universities.
As a strong advocate of family travel, I’m the Media Center Director for the Family Travel Association, a coalition of the travel industry’s leading suppliers, destinations, resources and experts on traveling with children. Our mission is to inspire families to travel more, increase awareness of family travel possibilities and generate consumer demand for it. I’m a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalist Association.
Looking back in life’s rear view mirror, it’s clear that the road I’ve taken has always been mapped by opportunities to travel with my family and friends and for work. My storytelling covers destinations and experiences around the world from the skyscraper-studded Chicago lakefront and sweeping Kansas prairie to the desolate beauty of the Namib Desert and thin air, snow-crusted slopes of Mount Everest. I travel to experience our amazing planet’s diverse peoples, cultures, foods, cities and natural beauty. Here at KitTravels I share my journeys in words and photographs.