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, French Ghosts, Russian Nights & American Outlaws: Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond, is due out in April, 2014, from Roaring Forties Press. She'll be appearing at book stores and festivals to promote it.
Meanwhile, people are talking about this book.
Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet, says,
"Susan Spano manages that most important travel writing feat: making you want to pack your bag, grab your passport and go!"
Mary Taylor Simeti, author of On Persephone's Island, adds,
"Urged on by a lively curiosity and a large dose of courage, Susan Spano introduces us to unusual destinations, often tempting and invariably interesting."
And you can't even get it yet.
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. Or spend a lost weekend with her on the lost Sonoma Coast.
Susan's 2014 edition of the best small towns in the U.S. will appear in the May issue of Smithsonian magazine. She would give you a hint, but her contract forbids it.