I have two cats named Mulder and Scully, work in the travel industry in Paris, and spend a good deal of my free time looking for decor inspiration on Apartment Therapy. (update: Apartment Therapy actually featured me at one point and I don’t think I’ve ever fan-girled so hard)
I’ve worn several different hats as a traveler — as a backpacker, as part of a fancy tour group, as an intern, as a student ambassador, as a journalist, and as a masochist (20+ hour train and bus rides in non-reclining seats, over and over again, why).
I’ve also worn several different hats in the travel industry — I’ve worked as a travel consultant, a hostel intern, a travel writing intern, a travel journalist, and a freelance travel writer. I’ve planned press trips and led press trips. Once I also helped to lead a photography tour through Ireland (and by 'helped to lead a photography tour' I mostly mean 'helped to lead people towards bread pudding and Guinness').
I’m the co-founder of the TalesOnRail Artist in Residence program at Rail Europe.
I spend a lot of time hanging out in my clawfoot bathtub.
Jackie Travels is my personal travel blog from my twenties. I rarely update it anymore, but I keep it online as an example of my writing and as an astonishing reminder of how often I use commas.
I've also written over 100 pages of copy for Rail Europe's website and blog. Part of this was freelance work, part of it was full-time. Some of these articles and website pages were written on buses in Central America, in small airplane seats between continents, and from the perfect dining room table I had for a year in Chicago. These are some of my favorites.
You Will Travel Through Europe By Bus, Matador Network
I Heart My City: Jackie's Los Angeles, National Geographic Traveler
The Corn Islands, That Backpacker
3 Things I Insist On Paying For Even Though I Could Get Them for Free, The Financial Diet
What UC Davis Graduates Are Doing With an English Degree, UC Davis blog
#TalesOnRail Artist in Residence
In 2016 I co-founded the TalesOnRail Artist in Residence program, which is sponsored by Rail Europe and various European tourism boards. Our first year, we received over 100 applications and we sent 2 writers to France and Switzerland for an inspiring train trip. In 2017 we sent 2 writers to Germany and Switzerland. We produce an ongoing web series about the program, which has received over 1 million views to date.