As soon as she could write, Lisa was signing her name to room service bills, as her father’s hotel-industry career moved her family from big city to big city in the US: Chicago, New York, Dallas, Pittsburgh… As if that wasn’t enough to create a life-long traveler, Lisa grew up dreaming of her maternal grandfather’s Carpathian homeland - which was part of Hungary, then Czechoslovakia and is now in the Ukraine. The Wall fell just in time for her to spend time junior year abroad in Budapest, and after graduating from George Washington in University in DC, she worked at the US Agency for International Development in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Writing was the most interesting part of her embassy job, so changing gears, she pursued journalism – and the sun – in South Texas, working her way up from newspaper clerk to a features’ department editor and restaurant reviewer. Eventually even that was too staid. Since turning freelance, her articles and photos have appeared in major national newspapers and she has co-authored more than 30 Lonely Planet titles for Europe and the Americas. Favorite LP moments have included soaking in Hungarian hot springs, hiking the High Tatras in Slovakia, two-stepping through old Texas dance halls, rappelling down redrock outside Zion National Park communing with the polar bears in Manitoba, and quilting a Hawaiian story in fabric. Though home base for her and her husband is a river in southeast Texas, they've spent time in Seoul, S Korea and now live outside Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Life is always an adventure!
anywhere I am