Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I am a travel journalist, editor, blogger and author. I am a senior contributing writer to For the Bride magazine where I write feature articles about luxury resorts and destinations around the globe. I also currently write for outlets including CNN.com, The Boston Globe, Working Mother Magazine and others. I was recently a contributing writer to Travel Channel where I wrote dozens of NYC articles. I have written many travel and lifestyle (food, parenting, health) articles for newspapers, magazines and websites, including Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, Woman''s Day, The New York Daily News, The New York Times, Bridal Guide, For the Bride, Boston Herald, Parents, Parenting, Sesame Street Parents, grandparents.com and JaxFax. And, I am the author of several books. I wrote The Unofficial Guide to New England and New York with Kids, New York City With Kids, New York City Made Easy, Best of Boston with Kids and Teens, Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in NYC and more. I am a contributing author to Peter Walsh''s How to Organize Just About Anything and I am a co-author of several Murder, She Wrote books including Rum and Razors which has Jessica Fletcher befriending a writer on a press trip in St. Thomas.
I was also a contributing editor and writer to two online magazine sites, www.travelmuse.com and www.celebratewithstyle.com. For celebratewithstyle.com, I write a series called Tips from the Experts in which I interview "experts" like Colin Cowie for fabulous food tips. For travelmuse.com, I covered the world. I was also an editor at the industry magazine Restaurant Business and Travel Agent Magazine.
Additionally, for ten years I was the travel editor at Bridal Guide magazine, an upscale, national consumer bridal publication based in New York.
Further, I handled the Helen Keller Services for the Blind account while at Harriett Ruderman Public Relations.
And, I am proud to announce my first children's novel, Catcher in the Sky, was recently published and has received great reviews.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
New York City and New England
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Other travel / language expertise?
Conversant in French
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Good morning, Laurie, and welcome to Tripatini! It's great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.
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