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Author & Writer

Author & Writer

A curated collection of my travel articles, books & copywriting projects

I have covered numerous destinations around the world but my geographic specialty lies in Croatia and Portugal.

While I can craft a tight 150-word story, what I most love writing are first-person travel narratives that dig deeper.

I whip up custom copy for clients as varied as chocolatiers, holistic nutritionists, architecture studios, hospitality groups and visual artists.

IN CROATIA, RETREATING INTO HER PAST

THE WASHINGTON POST, MAY 2012

A story near & dear to my heart, about a ranch retreat in the wilderness of Croatia that put me in touch with my family’s past…

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Starry eyed in Chiles Atacama Desert

STARRY-EYED IN CHILE’S ATACAMA DESERT

BBC TRAVEL, APRIL 2012

I traveled through Chile’s north for six weeks in 2012 and, enchanted by its night skies, wrote this piece – which later won an award….

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The Heart of Lisbon

THE HEART OF LISBON

AFAR, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016

For AFAR’s Resident section, I caught up with one of Lisbon’s coolest cats, Kalaf Epalanga, the poet & vocalist of the Portuguese-Angolan music group Buraka Som Sistema…

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Swaying to the Music in Cape Verde

SWAYING TO THE MUSIC IN CAPE VERDE

THE WASHINGTON POST, MAY 2013

Music shadowed my island-hopping adventure in this West African island nation, home to the late Cesária Évora, and this story traces it…

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The Urbanist's Lisbon

Urbanist’s Lisbon

NEW YORK MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2013

For this magazine spread, I dug deep into my black book of Lisbon contacts, to unearth the edgiest street art, the coolest fado spots and best places to taste nouveau cod…

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Zagreb’s Secret Courtyards

BBC TRAVEL, MARCH 2015

My minor obsession with the narrow passageways and hidden courtyards of Croatia’s capital led me to write this story, about life away from well-trampled routes…

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Everywhere-YUGO-in-New-York

Everywhere Yugo in New York

The WASHINGTON POST, AUGUST 2010

Though I come from a country that no longer exists, I went looking for it in New York City back in 2010. This story follows my journey…

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Zagreb’s New Zing

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER, AUGUST 2013

For the magazine’s “48 Hours In” section, I loved exploring different ways the creative class has been on the rise in Croatia’s capital city…

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Falling in Love and Longing in Lisbon

Falling in love and longing, in Lisbon

The Washington Post, March 2014

For this feature story I went on a curious mission: to unlock the feeling of wistfulness that haunts me — what the Portuguese call saudade…

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6 of Croatia’s Can’t-Miss Dishes

Tasting Table, Apr 2017

Specialty bites to savor along the Adriatic coast.

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The Best of the Dalmatian Coast

Jetsetter, Feb 2017

With its seductive natural beauty, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia has become Europe’s hottest summer destination.

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Restoring Cool

Cadillac Magazine, Feb 2017

Wiliam Clothier is the man behind Budapest’s Brody boom.

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Hungary’s Great Lake

Endless Vacation, Spring 2017

Baroque palaces, sprawling vineyards, spectacular caves and more draw visitors to the shores of the country’s inland sea.

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Porto’s Passion for Architecture

SkyLife, Jun 2016

In Porto, the birthplace of two Pritzker Prize winners, the palpable passion for architecture bolsters an exciting urban renewal movement…

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17 Hotels with Amazing Art Collections

Architectural Digest, Mar 2016

Not just places for travelers to rest their heads, these hotels double as museums and exhibition spaces…

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Paint the Town: Rovinj, Croatia

Islands, Jan 2016

This quaint seaside enclave and its surrounding archipelago became a hub for artists in the 1950s. Here’s why it still draws creatives…

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Douro Valley/Best Places to Travel in 2016

Travel + Leisure, Dec 2015

Portugal’s Douro Valley, the stunning home of port wine, is giving travelers a reason to say awhile…

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Zagreb/Best Places to Travel in 2016

Travel + Leisure, Dec 2015

Croatia’s pretty capital of Zagreb—often overlooked in the shadows of the Adriatic Coast and islands—is blossoming…

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Welcome to My New York

Preferred Travel, Fall 2015

Five New Yorkers open up their address books…

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The Golden State’s Crown Jewels

Endless Vacation, Aug 2015

California’s national parks celebrate three big birthdays this year…

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10 Can’t Miss Pop-up Restaurants in 2015

Fodors.com, May 2015

The pop-up trend has arrived at the plate, introducing diners to one-off culinary experiences…

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Cool Quarters: Intendente, Lisbon

Travel + Leisure, May 2015

Visit this fast-changing neighborhood now, before the throngs move in…

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Lisbon: Little Darlings

Travel + Leisure, May 2015

Small plates are getting big in Lisbon…

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Who Let the Dogs Inn?

Every Day with Rachael Ray, May 2015

Hey pet-setters! Tell your humans to check out — or better yet, check in — to these five new pet-friendly hotels…

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A Designer’s Zagreb

New York Magazine, Apr 2015

In Zagreb, all-white lamp shops and socialist-modernist patio bars.

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World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences

Fodors.com, Mar 2015

Have you ever had canapés in a canopy? A feast on top of a glacier? Here are 20 one-of-a-kind culinary adventures.

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World’s Most Unique Concierge Services

Fodors.com, Mar 2015

You won’t have to lift a finger thanks to these one-of-a-kind hotel offerings…

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New Beach Getaways for 2015

Departures, Nov 2014

An international mix of new beachfront hotels and refurbished shorelines top our list for winter travel destinations…

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Chew ‘n’ View!

Every Day with Rachael Ray, Sep 2014

Great food and gorgeous scenery can coexist! Meet six restaurants—half icons,
half newcomers—that are feasts for both your eyes and your taste buds…

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Zagreb: Centre Court

Virgin Australia Voyeur, May 2014

An international mix of new beachfront hotels and refurbished shorelines top our list for winter travel destinations…

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Falling in Love, and Longing, in Lisbon

The Washington Post, March 2014

Her curious mission: Unlock the feeling of wistfulness that haunts her — what the Portuguese call saudade…

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Learning to Love Zagreb

The Washington Post, Jan 2014

Growing up, she thought Zagreb was provincial and dull. Then she went back, and discovered a new place…

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Cape Verde: Best of the World 2014

National Geographic Traveler, Dec 2013

“There in the sky you are a star / There in the sea you are a sandy seafloor / Poor country full of love,” sang Cesária Évora of her homeland, the West African island nation of Cape Verde…

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Alentejo: Best of the World 2014

National Geographic Traveler, Dec 2013

Lying right below the country’s heart, Alentejo has served as Portugal’s breadbasket and seduces with its slow pace…

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Restored Village Retreats

Departures, Oct 2013

These 10 luxe getaways, located in once-downtrodden towns, make a strong case for small-town living…

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Urbanist’s Lisbon

New York Magazine, Aug 2013

Street art, fado after-parties, and nouveau cod…

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Zagreb’s New Zing

National Geographic Traveler, Aug 2013

The creative class rises in Croatia’s capital city…

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The Best Place to Shop in Lisbon

Condé Nast Traveler, July 2013

Lisbon is rightly known as a trove of charming backstreets and terraced bistros, but none of its neighborhoods are more alive than Príncipe Real…

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Lisbon’s New Lease on Life

Premier Traveler, June/July 2013

A stroll through the colorful streets of Portugal’s most vibrant city, taking in both the old and the new…

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Top Stargazing Destinations

Departures, June 2013

These far-flung locations show off the sky like no other places on earth…

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Beyond the Beignets in New Orleans

Lonely Planet, May 2013

Championing a global outlook and a love for regional produce, NOLA’s new crop of inventive chefs serve up crisp interpretations of local staples…

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Swaying to the Music in Cape Verde

The Washington Post, May 2013

The West African island nation, home to the late Cesária Évora, resounds with music wherever you go…

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Croatia by Canoe

New York Magazine, Apr 2013

Bypass Croatia’s claim to fame—its 1,185 sunny islands strewn down the Adriatic Coast—and head east instead, to the aqueous wonderland where the ­Danube and Drava Rivers meet…

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India of Light & Darkness

Perceptive Travel, Apr 2013

A first-time visitor taken from one beautiful place to another in the most-visited regions of India finds you’re never far from the dark side…

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Blue Danube

National Geographic Traveler, Apr 2013

Beyond the boating party often pegged to central Europe’s Danube River lies an Amazon-like wilderness…

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Top Destinations for Antiques

Departures, Apr 2013

The thrill of the hunt makes these antiques-rich places well worth a visit, from Portugal and Paris to Cape Town and Mumbai…

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8 Reasons to Go to Portugal Now

Fodor’s, March 2013

The recession and rising unemployment may be grabbing the headlines in Portugal but, for visitors, there is much to lift the spirits…

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Exclusive Backwater River Voyages

Departures, March 2013

Just when it seems as though all rivers have been charted, seas explored and canals crossed, secret backwaters move into the limelight…

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Valparaiso: Best of the World 2013

National Geographic Traveler, Dec 2012

Generations of creative pilgrims have been hooked by Valparaíso’s weathered beauty and bohemian vibe. Travelers have followed suit…

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The Ghost Towns of Northern Chile

The Washington Post, Oct 2012

Once bustling centers of saltpeter mining, Humberstone and Santa Laura, in the Atacama desert, now stand abandoned and forlorn…

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In Croatia, Retreating into Her Past

The Washington Post, July 2012

A visit to a Croatian dude ranch and spiritual retreat puts the author in touch with her family’s past…

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Made in Portugal

Conde Nast Traveler, July 2012

Sure, it’s tops for port, but Porto, the cozy town in northern Portugal’s Douro River Valley takes locavorism beyond the glass…

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Hop to It: Dalmatian Islands

The Wall Street Journal, June 2012

The best way to experience Croatia’s Adriatic charms is to see it via the sea…

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Take In the Culture Boom in Guimarães

New York Magazine, Apr 2012

Portugal’s medieval northern city has reinvented itself by turning former industrial spaces into cutting-edge arts institutions…

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Starry-eyed in Chile’s Atacama Desert

BBC Travel, Apr 2012

Rare rainfall, high altitudes and low-to-zero light pollution make for a stargazing haven in Chile’s Atacama Desert…

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Hit the Waterfront in Oslo

New York Magazine, March 2012

Formerly industrial neighborhoods lining the harbor are emerging as the city’s cultural and culinary hubs…

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Guimaräes’ Culture Boost

BBC Travel, Jan 2012

What do Guimarães in Portugal and Maribor in Slovenia have in common, apart from that most people cannot find them on a map? This year, the cities share the title of European Capital of Culture…

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Only In…Zagreb

The Wall Street Journal, Oct 2011

The creative Croatian capital is where you can visit a museum dedicated to broken relationships and eat the hours-roasted ribs of a rare Istrian ox…

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Detox in Delaware County

New York Magazine, Sept 2011

Head to the western Catskills to find health-conscious B&Bs, farm-to-table feasts, and eco retreats…

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Indulge Your Inner Design Hawk in Helsinki

New York Magazine, Jul 2011

Explore the city’s thriving Design District and dine on modern Nordic cuisine as Finland’s creative hub gears up to become World Design Capital in 2012…

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Tastes like Brooklyn

Washington Flyer, March-Apr 2011

New York’s once-forgotten borough is developing quite the foodie scene – and even drawing patrons from Manhattan…

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World’s Top Spots to Sweat

Concierge.com, Feb 2011

Care for a little sweet steaming to ease the midwinter blues? Not only is it a surefire way to rid yourself of impurities and relax the muscles, but you might even bond with some of your fellow sweaters…

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Discover Great Wine and Design in Porto

New York Magazine, Feb 2011

This picturesque city in northern Portugal is both the historic home of port wine and a nexus of cutting-edge design…

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Falling in Love with Truffles in Istria

The Washington Post, Nov 2010

It’s a warm afternoon in the hills of Istria. I’m munching on a sweet tartufone – a potato dumpling filled with chocolate, covered with a bechamel-chocolate sauce…

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Toronto’s Hip New Neighborhood

BBC Travel, Nov 2010

The creation of a cool new area often follows the same pattern: property prices rise, arty types adopt the area, gentrification kicks in and, voilà, a hip neighborhood is born…

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Digging Treasured Truffles

Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2010

The world’s most prized subterranean fungi are harvested in unlikely places…

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Startas, the Communist Comeback

Lonely Planet Magazine, Oct 2010

As Croatia braces for entry into the EU, the country’s fashions hark back to communist chic…

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Everywhere Yugo in New York

The Washington Post, Aug 2010

Yugoslavia may have disappeared as a nation but its sons and daughters still come together over plates of ethnic food in New York’s expat community…

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Zagreb, Croatia’s Booming Capital

BBC Travel, Aug 2010

A buzzing pocket-size capital on the edge of Europe, Zagreb is coming into its own with an appealing medley of contemporary and ancient…

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Glamping

Spa Magazine, July-Aug 2010

It’s now easy to go camping without cramping your style. Imagine upscale canvas lodgings that feature four-poster beds, sumptuous sheets, Persian rugs, and antique furniture…

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Catching the Beat of South Africa

Electronic Beats, Summer 2010

To get to know the beat of a culture, you need to tune in to the rhythms of its music. In Cape Town, jazz is what makes the city tick…

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Eight Days in South Africa

New York Resident, May 2010

I touched down in Johannesburg on a warm rainy evening in February. On my non-stop flight from JFK on South African Airways…

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Have a Ball in Cape Town

amNew York, Apr 2010

Lifelong Cape Town resident Ronel Stevens clued us in on her “city of wonders”…

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Medellin’s Artsy Makeover

amNew York, March 2010

Less than a decade ago, Colombia didn’t rate very high on the tourist radar. The city of Medellín, in particular, stood for fear, violence, drug cartels, kidnappings and murder. Much has changed in just a few years…

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Romance Getaways

Metro New York, Feb 2010

If flowers alone this Valentine’s Day won’t cut it, these romantic destinations are sure to rekindle that loving spark. From the French Polynesian islands to a Southern plantation…

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Mexico, Meet Singapore

ShermansTravel Magazine, Fall 2009

On the Riviera Maya, a distinctive hideaway makes a grand entrance…

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Off the Path Jamaica

ShermansTravel Magazine, Winter 2009

Beyond the tourist compounds, four boutique retreats offer real local flavor in the lap of luxury…

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New York: Empire State of Mind

Electronic Beats, Winter 2009

The last decade has brought a dizzying number of radical shifts and detrimental changes to the city of all cities yet the storied melting pot stands as strong and tall as its ever-changing skyline…

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Find Your Bliss in Bora Bora

Zink Magazine, Winter 2009

Bora Bora may be the honeymoon escape and celebrity hideaway de rigueur but this French Polynesian island is coming into its own as a booming spa destination…

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Looking for Africa in Lisbon

Travels with Lonely Planet, Aug 2008

It’s a quiet night at En’Clave. As I savor a hearty meal of kalulú — a fish-and-spinach stew from the island nation of São Tome and Principe — and slowly sip on a shot of grog…

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Iberian Odyssey

Journey through Spain and Portugal, and discover cosmopolitan capitals, a rejuvenated wine region, and a stretch of coastline that’s a well-kept European secret.

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LONELY PLANET CROATIA

8TH EDITION

I have worked on the past five editions of this guidebook.

Lonely-planet-Portugal

LONELY PLANET PORTUGAL

9TH EDITION

I have covered the north of Portugal for the last two editions.

Lonely-planet-Street-Art

LONELY PLANET STREET ART

1st Edition

For this nifty title I dug into the booming street art scene of Lisbon.

Lonely-planet-Honeymoon-Handbook

HONEYMOON HANDBOOK

1st Edition

I featured the most romantic spots and experiences in Croatia.

Lonely-planet-West-Africa

LONELY PLANET WEST AFRICA

8TH EDITION

I researched and updated the Cape Verde chapter.

Lonely-planet-Great-Escapes

LONELY PLANET GREAT ESCAPES

1st Edition

I covered Hvar, Croatia’s coolest isle for this gorgeous book.

Lonely-planet-1000-Ultimate-Experiences

LONELY PLANET’S 1000 ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

1st Edition

I wrote about the world’s most surreal landscapes.

Lonely-planet-Chile-and-Easter-Island

LONELY PLANET CHILE & EASTER ISLAND

9TH EDITION

I spent six weeks researching the north of Chile back in 2009.

Lonely-planet-Bolivia

LONELY PLANET BOLIVIA

7TH EDITION

I was lucky to cover one of my favorite destinations.

Lonely-planet-South-America-on-a-Shoestring

LONELY PLANET SOUTH AMERICA ON A SHOESTRING

11TH EDITION

My Bolivia coverage ended up in this large tome.

Lonely-planet-Best-in-Travel-2011

LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL

2011

I wrote up Istria, Croatia for this yearly edition.

Lonely-planet-Best-in-Travel-2012

LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL

2012

I wrote about glamping and Hvar.

Lonely-planet-Western-Balkans

LONELY PLANET WESTERN BALKANS

2ND EDITION

My Croatia coverage ended up included in this title.

Lonely-planet-Buenos-Aires

LONELY PLANET BUENOS AIRES

5TH EDITION

This was my first commission for Lonely Planet, back in 2007.

Fodor’s New York City 2012

I researched and updated the Brooklyn chapter.

Time Out Croatia

I wrote up Zagreb, Šibenik and several features for this first edition.

Time Out New York Eating & Drinking Guide 2008

I reviewed a number of restaurants for this annual guide.

Rough Guide to South America

My first big guidebook research trip was Bolivia back in 2002.

Rough Guide to Croatia (3rd Edition)

I did some updates for this now-ancient guidebook.

The Lonely Planet logo and all images featuring Lonely Planet products are produced with permission from Lonely Planet © www.lonelyplanet.com

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INSIDE HOTEL ADRIATIC

CLIENT: MAISTRA/3LHD, 2016

I wrote the text for Inside, the award-winning book on the art collection of Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj (designed by Lana Cavar).

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GUEST DIRECTORY OF HOTEL ADRIATIC

CLIENT: MAISTRA, 2015

I wrote & edited the cool in-room guest directory for Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj (designed by Lana Cavar).

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BALE SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT STUDY

CLIENT: 3LHD, 2007

I wrote the text for this architecture study by 3LHD Studio in Zagreb.

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ZAGREB 4 YOU

CLIENT: ZAGREB TOURIST BOARD, 2015-2017

I founded, edit and write this custom publication for Zagreb Tourist Board.

COPY FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS FIRM

CLIENT: TARTAN 2016-ONGOING

I write press releases, backgrounders and blog posts for this fab Canada-based agency that specializes in promoting sustainable businesses and tourism destinations.

Anja’s creativity and insight has taken Tartan’s content to a whole new level.  We work with her as a writer, editor, and creative coach. Beyond her skills as a writer and storyteller, Anja is committed to championing responsible travel and sustainable tourism experiences. This matches Tartan’s commitment to inspiring and promoting not just more tourism but better tourism practices, and Anja reflects this in her content creation for us. We work with many writers and Anja rises to the top again and again due to her professionalism and passion.

Deirdre Campbell, president, Tartan Group