Becky is a freelance writer, editor and critic based in Portland, Oregon. She writes guidebooks and travel stories about Scandinavia, Portland and elsewhere for Lonely Planet.
Becky grew up with a thick book of Swedish fairy tales illustrated by John Bauer, so the deep black forests of Norrland hold particular fascination for her. Hiking through them, she's alert for trolls and tomtes (which, to the untrained eye, look just like big rocks). Though raised in the mountains of Colorado, Becky has been exploring Sweden since childhood, while visiting her grandparents and other relatives in Stockholm and parts north. She's thoroughly hooked on pickled herring and saffron ice cream but has nothing good to say about Swedish beer.
After a few years of studying her adopted hometown of Portland from the copy desk at an alternative weekly newspaper, Becky spent the requisite year bumming around Europe on the mega-cheap. This did nothing to quell her urge to run off exploring new places every couple of months; quite the opposite. Aside from Scandinavia, she has spent time roaming around in the UK, Panama, Mexico, Hong Kong, Beijing and most of the US.
In 2009 Becky rode a 30-year-old Honda SL175 motorcycle from Portland, Ore., to Knoxville, Tenn., with the infamous "555" crew and wrote about the experience for Cycle World magazine. She belongs to the Sang-Froid Riding Club and has raced vintage roadbikes (not wildly successfully). She has a master's degree in journalism from NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program. When she's not covering ground for LP, Becky is working on a book about motorcycles and the paradoxical appeal of risk.
Arådalen, Sweden; Santa Catalina, Panama; Dordogne Valley, France; Castleton, England; Portland, OR; Salida, CO.