2023 August Featured Journalist of the Month: Liz Mays

I’m a Midwest girl gone southern and the editor of Get Lost In The USA and Eat Move Make. Before founding my two websites, I studied travel and tourism and worked as a travel agent, and my passion for travel has only grown since then. Today I travel the U.S., uncovering its hidden gems and must-sees. I love outdoor adventure, off-the-beaten-path finds, scenic views, unique hotels, foodie hot spots, public art, cultural history, and hands-on experiences.

1. What got you into travel writing?
I have a genuine love for exploring new places, experiencing different cultures, and discovering hidden gems in this beautiful country. Travel writing allows me to share my adventures and inspire others to travel.

2. What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
Being away from my six cats!

3. What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?
Phone and portable phone charger. I can never make it through a day on a single battery charge!

4. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
One of my favorite moments was stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania, one of the best dark sky parks in the country. I felt it in my soul.

5. How did you learn about NATJA and why did you join?
I can’t remember who told me about NATJA, but I stay in it because it’s a warm, welcoming community full of other travel-passionate people, many of whom have become dear friends. It feels like home whenever I’m at a conference.

6. What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?
Embrace curiosity and open-mindedness in your travels. Immerse yourself fully in the destinations you visit and interact with the local culture and people. Listen to their stories, as they often hold the essence of a place.

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