While getting a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley I started writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet. I’ve now co-authored over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, most recently focusing on social psychology with titles like Happy: Secrets to Happiness from Cultures Around the World and Calm: Secrets to Serenity from Cultures Around the World. I’ve worked as a consulting series editor and project coach for The Guardian, a travel reporter for USA Today, the editorial director for Gogobot, and I recently contributed to Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide, a humor book with editor Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion.
Since 2003, I’ve created and led writer and creative professional groups around the country. I’ve taught or spoken on travel writing in China, Morocco, Germany, Australia, the US, the UK and Italy. I’m currently writing a book and workbook about finding your creative voice through writing and play.