I am an award winning freelance travel writer and anthropologist passionate for European, Atlantic, and Mediterranean cultures.
Widely published in travel, food and wine, outdoors and adventure, archaeology, spiritual, and cross-cultural topics, I have lived and traveled in the diverse cultures of Europe, North Africa, Southwest Asia, and across North America.
My background in anthropology trained me in the cultures, languages, peoples, prehistory and history of the Mediterranean world. I write most on France and Spain and am often there unearthing new discoveries about these rich and multilayered western Mediterranean places.
My primary writing forms and genres are travel narratives, guides, memoirs, profiles, and essays for books, magazines, and websites. My literary agent is Laura Strachan of Strachan Literary Agency who represents me for all book length works except for travel guides.
I have two travel books on Spain,The Spiritual Traveler Spain—A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes (Paulist Press) and Historic Walking Guides: Madrid (DestinWorld Publishing). I also have two travel narratives on France, Cafe Oc—A Nomad's Tales of Magic, Mystery and Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France (Shanti Arts Publishing), and Cafe Neandertal—Excavating Our Past In One of Europe's Most Ancient Places (Counterpoint Press) To learn more, please visit my book page.
I also write extensively on the pilgrimage road, the Camino de Santiago, across southern France and northern Spain, for numerous travel guides and magazines, including as the travel expert for Bindu, where I write deep itineraries for exploring the Camino and also for other engaging experiences across southern France and northern Spain. I also write two blogs, a pilgrim's blog, The Pilgrim's Way Cafe, dedicated to exploring the world at the pace of the spirit, on foot, and Cafe Oc, exploring the rich cultural and natural terrain of Southwestern France (and into the Pyrenees and northern Spain).
My work also appears in Wine Enthusiast, Archaeology, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Transitions Abroad, Perceptive Travel, Expedition, The Bark, Michelin Green Guides, and National Geographic books among others. To read more, please check out my articles and essays.
Curious about the life of a freelance travel writer?
In reality, it's not a whole lot of romance but it is satisfying if it's for you. You certainly don't go into it for the money. Moreover, it requires a lot of work, often that overflows into the part of the day, night, or weekend that others are taking time to chill, It's also a lot like being simultaneously employed and unemployed, requiring doing the work and looking for work at once. But it affords freedom, travel, and rich experience that no amount of money can buy.
Is it worth it? If you are like me and cannot not write and love to journey into the world's vast richness and beauty, then perhaps it is. It certainly is a process and a long-term commitment.
Here's a fun and informative interview with Stephanie Elizondo Griest on Around the Blog about the freelance travel writer's life.