I'm an editor and writer with a love of travel, culture, food and the outdoors. At AAA, I serve as editor in chief of Texas Journey, and as a features editor of Westways—magazines seen by a million Texans and eight million Southern Californians respectively with every issue. Previously, I was the deputy travel editor of BBC.com, the global news site viewed by more than 60 million readers every month. And before that, I launched SKYE, a groundbreaking AOL site that covered breaking weather news, travel, space, health and adventure. In 2000, I co-founded the online travel magazine World Hum, eventually leading it through acquisition by Travel Channel. The site won the gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for best internet site, and in 2010, it was named a Webby Honoree in the writing category, along with NPR and Vanity Fair. More than a dozen of its stories have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing anthology
My own writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Outside, BBC.com, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and the Boston Globe. For stories, I’ve enrolled in bullfighting school; reported from Fiji during a coup; chased mariachis around Los Angeles; hung out with U.S. customs agents on the Mexican border; explored Peru’s Sacred Valley; gone behind the scenes with Imagineers creating Disneyland's Star Wars land; driven cross-country to revisit Jack Kerouac’s On the Road; ridden along with a AAA cartographer mapping Indian Country; and sat in on editorial meetings with the writers of The Onion. My essay Lust in Translation, set in Xian, China, was shortlisted in The Best American Travel Writing, and other stories, including pieces on Tijuana and Thailand, have appeared in anthologies from Lonely Planet and Travelers' Tales. I speak often about travel writing at universities and industry conferences, and I’ve taught travel writing at UCLA and UC San Diego Extension.
I began my journalism career as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register. I live in Los Angeles, where I'm working on a novel about travel, love and globalization.