My life-long passion for travel has taken me to six continents and more than 55 countries, many of which I’ve published stories about during my 25 years as a travel journalist, editor and photographer.
I write feature articles, reviews, branded content and blogs for multiple print and online outlets. My articles and photography have been published by USA TODAY, USA TODAY GoEscape Magazine, SmarterTravel.com, U.S. News & World Report, AAA Publications, Delta Sky, South China Morning Post, FamilyTravelForum.com, Midwest Living, CruiseCritic.com and many other outlets. I am a USA TODAY 10Best expert for Illinois. I've received the distinguished 2018 U.S. Travel Association & Brand USA IPW Travel Writer Award for Best U.S. Travel Destination Article and the 2017 TravMedia Journalist of the Year Award (watch the video from the awards presentation here). I’ve been a contributing editor for Meredith Corporation’s Midwest Living Magazine, a Lowell Thomas Award winning publication.
Representing my brand KitTravels, I host travel industry webinars and speak at conferences, create customized professional development programs and teach writing at universities. I’m a member of the Society of American Travel Writers Editors Council, Family Travel Association 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.