In San Francisco, 2015. Cover image taken in Dallol, Ethiopia, 2016, by Kim Mott.

In San Francisco, 2015. Cover image taken in Dallol, Ethiopia, 2016, by Kim Mott.

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 respectively by a million Texans and four million Southern Californians 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; profiled competitive lumberjacks; surfed off Bali; hung out with U.S. customs agents on the Mexican border; and sat in on editorial meetings with the writers of The Onion. My essay Lust in Translation, which is 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'm on the faculty at the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, 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 number of projects, including a novel about travel, love and globalization.

Oh, hey, I'm on Twitter and Instagram, too.