ASH-logo-photo-blue.jpgI am a freelance writer, editor, and photographer specializing in travel, adventure, environment, sustainability, and history. My work has appeared in a wide range of media outlets, including British Airways’ The Club, Sierra Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Earth Island Journal, Utne Reader, The Seattle Times’ Trip Magazine, AAA Journey, Conscious Choice, Harbors MagazineNorthwest Meetings + Events, Travel Channel Media,,,, and many others. I am also the co-author of the Berlitz Handbook USA and was news editor at Ethical Traveler for several years. In addition, I have worked with a wide range of clients in the travel, nonprofit, and related industries to help tell their stories through web content, newsletters, and other materials.

I am particularly interested in topics such as adventure travel, responsible and sustainable travel, conservation, ecotourism, community-based development, emerging destinations (and new takes on familiar ones), green living, and history and cultural heritage. Based in Seattle, Washington, I write about destinations and issues all over the world but have particularly close ties to Scandinavia, Latin America, the Pacific Northwest, and New England.

Alongside my communications work, I am a freelance tour manager and guide, leading several international trips per year for specialty travel programs including museum, nonprofit, and university alumni groups. Recent tours have taken me to such destinations as Cuba, Egypt, Spain, France, England, New Zealand, Mongolia, Italy, Patagonia, the Galápagos Islands, Japan, and Central Europe, as well as to my other home, Scandinavia. I also do occasional local guiding in the Seattle area and previously worked with mainstream tour companies leading adult and student tours throughout the United States and Canada.