Hi, I’m Erin, The Travel Copywriter. I’m a travel enthusiast, freelance writer, and blogging maven, which led me to my current dream job in travel copywriting.
But first things first…
Once upon a time
I grew up on Philadelphia’s Main Line, a melting pot that introduced me to the diversity of religions, cultures, and cuisines in our great, big world. When my family traveled, we hobnobbed with locals and celebrated their traditions. I went to school on Carriacou and danced to steel drums on Eleuthera. My penpals – back when penpals used actual pens – spanned the globe.
And yet I never dreamed I’d be a writer, much less a travel writer. I was never the girl who filled notebooks with her stories. In another lifetime, I might have been a book editor. I was and am a voracious reader, and have always gobbled up books as fast as the library could check them out.
Fast-forward a decade
When I was 16, my parents sent me on a summer abroad in Costa Rica. On my own in a foreign land, I was forced to dissect a language spoken far too quickly, in idioms that would never make it into a Spanish textbook. I hiked volcanoes, canoed canals, and dug my toes into hot sand – all while training my ear and tongue to describe in Spanish my tropical adventures.
Alive with the possibilities of independent travel, I spent my next summer studying Portuguese in the Brazilian paradise of Maceió. Two years later, I backpacked through Europe with only a laptop, a Eurail pass, and my wiles to see me through.
The travel bug had bitten.
To Virginia, and beyond
I began my college experience in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom, home to the George Washington University. Though I loved D.C. and my school, something didn’t click. The following year, I transferred to the University of Virginia and there, I found my perfect fit.
I graduated from U.Va. with a BA in cultural and linguistic anthropology and a minor in Spanish. Along the way, I had also beefed up my Portuguese, French and German. I was ready to wear out my passport.
A writer’s start
I had graduated into the economic uncertainty of the Great Recession. Unless I wanted to flip burgers or go to grad school, my professional future was murky. And my traveling budget was nil.
Then, through serendipity or just lucky coincidence, I was given the opportunity to write for two Internet startups. Armed with a mountain of books on writing, SEO, and web usability, I dove into the wonderful world of online writing.
And that’s when I realized: The writer’s life is untethered. I could do what I did from anywhere.
So I chose Costa Rica.
A Costa Rican love story
I moved to Costa Rica with only my cat, two suitcases, and an adventurous spirit. It was to be the first stop of many on my writer’s journey around the world.
But just days after touchdown, I met the man I now call “husband.”
Since I was here to stay, I did what any grounded, travel-addicted writer would do – I became a Costa Rica travel writer. For the next three years, I hiked mountains, zip-lined through cloud forests, and snorkeled coral reefs. And wrote all about it, of course.
Then I had a baby. Now I live my dream everyday, snuggled with my family in the hills of the Central Valley. And now I write about about the most beautiful, the most unique, the most incredible destinations and experiences the world has to offer.
And visit them with my husband and son, of course. I’ll wear out this passport yet!
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