I am a freelance travel writer living in New York. My articles have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, EDGE Media Network, Out Traveler, and New York Magazine, among others. I am also the founder of TravelingIQ.com, a travel blog covering leisure and LGBTQ+ travel. I am a member of SATW, IGLTA (the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association), and the New York Travel Writers Association.

1. What got you into travel writing?
I was working as an actor in NYC–on and off–for about 15 years and was really ready for a change. And as I thought of new career paths, the one thing that kept popping up was travel. I wanted to travel more. So, one day I was at my day job ready to staple my eyelids shut just to feel something, and I googled travel writing. It turns out there was a class starting soon at Gotham Writers Workshop. So there I went–having very little idea of what to expect but brimming with optimism. I was exceptionally fortunate to have an amazing teacher who became a friend and mentor. From there I started my blog (TravelingIQ.com) and started pitching. More than 14 years later, here I am–perhaps a little less exuberant than that kid but still excited to explore our big, little world.

2. What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
As a freelancer, the hustle can be exhausting at times, but, then again, I’d probably be bored otherwise.

3. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
My trip to South Africa in 2022 was pretty fantastic. I learned a lot–about the country’s history and where it is now. I met a Zulu elder, paraglided in Cape Town (one of the most stunning cities I’ve ever visited) and saw lions mating 10 feet from my safari jeep. Who gets to see that?!

4. How did you learn about NATJA and why did you join?
Fellow member and friend Troy Petenbrink is the one who “recruited” me (for lack of a better term). As a freelancer, it’s important to me to find a community of like-minded folks. Otherwise, it’s just me writing in a void.

5. What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?
Stay curious. Work at it, if you have to. I sometimes have to muster up my inner Cher who always reminds me to: Snap out of it! And lower your guard. Let yourself be charmed by the people and places you explore.

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