Travels with Susan Spano
Author, columnist, traveler Susan Spano has journeyed the world reporting on culture, nature and the curious human race. She launched the still-running “Frugal Traveler“ column for the New York Times, then joined the staff of The Los Angeles Times which sent her to the City of Light from 2003 to 2006 to start the popular travel section blog “Postcards from Paris.”
After that she spent 6 months in Beijing studying Mandarin and researching stories in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics and then moved to Rome--her favorite foreign posting--where she wrote on everything Italian, from Caravaggio to mozzarella.
Her articles have been anthologized in collections like Making Connections: Mother-Daughter Travel Adventures and A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe and have also appeared in the Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler and Redbook. She is the co-author of two books: Women on Divorce: A Bedside Companion and Men on Divorce: The Other Side of the Story.
BIG NEWS: Susan's new travel collection, Ruby Slippers: Adventures of a Travel Writer, is due out in April, 2014, from Roaring Forties Press. She'll be appearing at book stores and festivals to promote it. More to come on that...
Awaiting a Peace Corps post in months to come, she's learning how to teach English to foreign language speakers at Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Monterey is lovely. Check out her most recent article on Fort Ord
Catch the 2013 edition of Smithsonian magazine's The 20 Best Small Towns in America, by Susan Spano.
Here's what NBC news said about it: Travelers can find culture in Anywhere, USA
Geography is covering new ground for travelers appears in the 4/7/13 travel section of the LA Times. It's a package of stories also including interviews with top techno-geographers Jack Dangermond and John Hanke, and a geo-quiz drawn in part from the National Geographic Bee.
See the app created by geographic information systems company Esri that went along with my Across the Top of LA tour, given 4/11/2013 for the Association of American Geographers.
Here's the tour description: An exceptionally scenic drive on Mulholland Highway, 55 miles from Hollywood to the Pacific Coast along the backbone of the Santa Monica Mountains. Stops include overlooks toward the L.A. Basin and San Fernando Valley, the Hollywood Bowl, Paramount Ranch and a surfer hangout in Malibu. Named for the L.A. Water Department superintendent who helped develop the arid San Fernando Valley by stealing water from the High Sierra, the road opens like a storybook, telling how geography, greed and ego shaped greater L.A. Participants should bring bag lunches and extra money for dinner, drinks or snacks at Neptune’s Net.