After graduating from college in Chicago, Sara jumped on a plane to California with one suitcase and just $100 in her pocket. She landed in San Francisco, and today she makes her home in Oakland, just across the Bay. She also spent three years of living in Japan, after which she followed her wanderlust around Asia and the Pacific before returning to the USA, where she has worked as a teacher, a journalist, a nurse, and a national park ranger. She's an all-seasons outdoors sports nut who loves long road trips to wild, remote places.
The author of more than 70 travel and non-fiction books, Sara's writing has featured in national and international newspapers and magazines, including CNN and National Geographic Adventure, as well as on popular travel websites such as Jetsetter. Sara has written for Lonely Planet's Peru, Japan, Malaysia, Las Vegas, California, Southwest USA, Canada, Australia, Hawaii and US road trip guides, and contributed to LP's National Parks of America, Code Green, Middle of Nowhere and Don't Let the World Pass You By! 52 Reasons to Have a Passport.
Sara's top three favorite countries (so far, that is) are Nepal, Morocco and Chile, but Iceland, India and Vietnam are next on her must-see life list. And her most memorable travel experience? Falling off a camel in the Sahara Desert.
To keep up with Sara's latest travel adventures, read her blog, The Indie Traveler (indietraveler.blogspot.com), and follow her on Twitter (@indie_traveler) and Instagram (indietraveler).
Savoring slow, local travel, instead of jetting around with a checklist/bucket list
California, Hawaii, US Southwest, Las Vegas, Nevada, US national parks, Route 66, Japan