This feature story for Unearth Magazine (print) profiles Rose Mapendo, a Congolese death camp survivor, United Nations Humanitarian of the Year award winner, CNN Hero nominee, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year for Gender Equality and Volvo for Life winner. It's a result of lengthy interviews with Ms. Mapendo and a humanitarian aid worker who assisted in getting her, her family, and their fellow captives out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Discover these quirky and offbeat attractions in Hungary’s hippest city.
While London, Paris, and Rome used to top most travelers’ must-visit European capitals list, people are finally recognizing the just-as-exciting and less-expensive city of Budapest. Though it’s become known for its ruin pubs (bars built in unused spaces), public baths, and escape rooms, Budapest is constantly coming up with unique and exciting things to do.
A supposed ban on 'modest' swimwear in the famous baths of Budapest has created a sense of confusion and calls of religious discrimination. Fodor's sent one writer to visit three baths to investigate what's really going on.
Written for the 2019 Expedition Issue of Cruise Industry News, this piece was the result of interviews of multiple travel agents and company presidents which regularly sell expedition cruises. It provides insight into the fast-growing expedition cruise industry.
Ignite Phoenix is one of over 300 Ignite events around the world. Speakers are chosen through an application process and are tasked with presenting a talk about their passion. The parameters are strict with no teleprompters (speeches must be memorized) and must be five-minutes long (no more, no less) with 20 slides automatically advancing every 15 seconds. I wrote, edited, and performed the speech about my around-the-world travel writing project about travel with minimal planning.
This summer Trek America, one of the first small group adventure tour companies in the United States, held a reunion of tour leaders. Curiosity Magazine commissioned me to do a group interview of female guides to understand what the experience was like for women. Women interviewed guided anywhere from 1980 to 2017. One thing they all agreed on. . . it changed their lives.
How and why did the J. Peterman Company become so successful in the 1990's? (Hint, it wasn't all about the product.)