NYT Travel Show panel
NYT Travel Show panel

Can't get enough? Here are some other places around the Internet you can find me.

Appearances / Speaking

I was featured on an episode of HuffPost Live about Why More Women Are Traveling Solo.

I spoke at the 2017 Women in Travel Summit on a panel about social media strategy.

I spoke at TravelCon in 2018 about affiliate marketing.

I've participated on panels at the New York Times Travel Show in 2018 and 2019 about being a blogger/influencer.

I've been a mentor/speaker at Bloghouse in 2017 and 2018, and will be mentoring again in 2019.


I'm currently a member of the (SATW), a member (and former board member) of the  (PTBA), and a member of the (NATJA).

I am also a press card-holding member of the International Travel Writers Alliance.

News Coverage

I've been featured in stories from the following online outlets:

  • at HuffPost Travel
  • at Buzzfeed
  •  at US News & World Report
  • at USA Today Travel
  • at Kent State University


In 2013, I won the Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award for a piece I wrote about staying at the Ottawa Jail Hostel.

In 2018, A Akatuki5 was awarded a Silver Award for Best Travel Blog in the 2017-18 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, which is hosted annually by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

In 2019, I won two Silver awards and one Honorable Mention in the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards.


I was an official in conjunction with HostelBookers, seeking to promote safe and smart solo female travel.

Selected Interviews

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Business interviews

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A Akatuki5 has been featured in the following lists of top blogs:

  •  (The Expeditioner)
  • (Everything Everywhere)
  • (Bizwomen)
  •  (She Knows)
  • (Brit + Co)
  • (TravelAge West)
  • (Shutterstock)
  • (Travel Fashion Girl)
  • (US City Traveler)
  • (Mogul)
  •  (Room Suggestion)
  • (Hippie in Heels)
  • (The Wandering Blonde)
  • (Wealthy Gorilla)
  • (Hometogo)

Guest Blogging / Freelance

Check out my guest blog posts / freelance work on other sites:

  • at Why Wait to See the World
  • at Adventurous Kate
  • at Finding the Universe
  • at Maiden Voyage
  • at C'est Christine
  • at Gap Year Escape
  • at Solo Friendly
  • at Indie Travel Podcast
  • at Her Packing List
  • at Hack College
  • at LandLopers
  • at y Travel Blog
  • at the Frontiers North Adventures blog
  • at Thought Catalog
  • at RueBaRue
  • at The Dig
  • at RueBaRue
  • at Hecktic Travels
  • at Flight Network
  • at WellWellWell
  • at Pacsafe

The Journal by Intrepid Travel

I am a regular contributor to Intrepid Travel's blog.

Find all my posts .

Barclays Travel

I contribute once per month to the Barclays travel blog. Here are some of my favorite posts:

RoamRight Blog

I freelanced for a while for Roam Right Travel Insurance's blog.

  • Check out to see all of my posts there.

I've also freelanced in the past for sites like AFAR, BootsnAll, Travel Mindset, and the Viator travel blog.

Selected Other Mentions

  • A travel health tip of mine featured in at Sick on the Road.
  • A packing tip of mine featured in at Travel Fashion Girl.
  • Travel lessons of mine mentioned in at the HostelBookers blog.
  • An adventure of mine featured in at Traveling Canucks.
  • A travel tip of mine featured in at TravelZoo UK.
  • A solo travel tip of mine featured in at TripAdvisor's blog.
  • My favorite South American city was featured in on the Intrepid Travel Blog.
  • A suggestion of mine featured in at GoEuro.
  • A solo travel tip of mine was featured in .
  • My favorite lakeside hotel was featured in a story on by Expedia.
  • One of my tattoos was included in  at Be My Travel Muse.
  • I talk up Cleveland and why I chose to move here in .
  • I contributed to a piece about  at
  • I was quoted in an article about on


I've had three travel pieces published in the Findlay Courier newspaper: A story about “Lord of the Rings” locations to visit in New Zealand, tips on how to make the most of an Alaskan cruise, and my behind-the-scenes look at Cedar Point's HalloWeekends.

I have also had a story about Berlin published in Blogosphere Magazine.

And a photo of mine of Osuna, Spain, was published in a special Game of Thrones magazine by Conde Nast in April 2016.