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Travel Writer

About Me

I have a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College. Currently, I work as a travel writer and photographer, with six years of writing experience. I was also the managing editor of GreekReporter.com, and now work as the head of the entertainment section on the website. My writing experience includes travel writing, film and entertainment, lifestyle pieces, and interview series.

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The Backlash Against Tourism: What Travelers Can Do

This article focuses on the increasing backlash against over tourism in popular destinations, as well as possible solutions and things travelers can do to combat the negative effects of travel.


7 Reasons to Skip Milan and Head to Mantua Instead

7 reasons why tourists should skip the crowded streets of Milan and head to little-visited Mantua instead, in order to get a real, local taste of northern Italy.


Shopping Hotels in Los Angeles

An article commissioned by Hipmunk on the best hotels to stay at in Los Angeles, for those who plan to make their trip into a shopping excursion.


Eirini Tornesaki: Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil's 'Kurios'

An in-depth interview with Cirque du Soleil performer Eirini Tornesaki on the work that goes on behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil. Everything from how people get hired to what the rehearsal process and staging is like gets covered in this article.


Interview with Alex Skarlatos: The Real Life Hero of '15:17 to Paris'

An interview with ex-military hero Alex Skarlatos, who helped stop the terrorist attack on a European train and were then featured in the movie "15:17 to Paris", directed by Clint Eastwood.


The TWA Hotel: A Night in the Golden Age of Travel

A review of a one night stay at the TWA Hotel, and the throwback the hotel provides to the mid-century "Golden Age of Travel".


Why the US Has the Most Expensive (and Least Effective) Healthcare System

A look at the factors that cause the US healthcare system to be, by far, the most expensive system in the world, while also leading to less than ideal outcomes.



Entertainment Writer

Head of the Hollywood section of Greek Reporter. I report on film and television, general entertainment industry news, and frequently conduct interviews with entertainers and artists.

Company: Greek Reporter

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

Founder & Blogger

I write travel articles focusing on local connections, cultural immersion, and responsible, as well as sustainable, travel. I am extremely comfortable with Wordpress, Yoast, and well-versed in SEO.

Company: Lose the Map (losethemap.com)

I worked there from 12/2014 until now

Managing Editor

Worked as editor of the Greek Reporter website, editing and proofreading articles in the USA and Greece sections; increased SEO ranking as well.

Company: Greek Reporter

I worked there from 2/2011 until 5/2013

Travel Writer

I worked with Hipmunk to write several articles on some of their most popular destinations, using internal linking and SEO to improve the articles' performance.

Company: Hipmunk

I worked there from 3/2014 until 11/2016

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