drea’s travel writing

project: The Backroads
and Byways of Colorado,
Countryman Press,
a division of
W.W. Norton
date: First edition 2008;
second edition 2013
role: Co-authored and
photographed a book
covering the 12 best
road trips in Colorado

backroads2The Backroads and Byways of Colorado offers mile-by-mile coverage of the state’s 12 most scenic and fascinating byways. From mountains that scrape the sky to windblown prairies to ancient sandstone castles, this book is a must-have companion for your long and short road trips through Colorado. The newest edition includes color photographs, maps before each chapter, traveler’s tips and sidebars.

Writing this book involved extensive pre-research, both about the history of each region that we covered and about the most reputable establishments and sites. Armed with prior information, I headed out to vet and often, transform my prior knowledge about each place to find the best options for travelers firsthand.


project: Backpacker
date: 2008-2009
role: Writing travel
and dining articles
aimed at an
outdoor audience

Backpacker Magazine is the go-to publication for hikers and backpackers around the world. I wrote destination guides and outdoor skills information for Backpacker. Articles include camp-friendly recipes such as Rising Sun Cuisine, and travel articles such as Best Ridgewalks.


project: Discover
Los Angeles,
the Los Angeles tourism
website run by LA INC.
date: 2006-2007
role: First Web Editor
and content author
for the first
version of the website,
including content
for the dining website,

Working with the Miles Media Group (then Weaver Multimedia), I was the first web editor of Discover Los Angeles (then SeeMyLA.com and DineLA.com). As part of this project, I worked on a massive site redesign, including drafting site maps, creating mock-ups, and search engine optimization. I wrote all of the web content for Phase 1 of VisitLA.com including general overviews and features for consumers, including where to stay, culture, transportation, arts, recreation, nightlife, sports, dining, and more. I also wrote and edited the Meeting Planner, Corporate, Cruise and Travel Professional sections of site.

For DineLA.com, I recruited and managed a team of writers who created content for a list of over 1,000 restaurants. I created editorial calendars for features, wrote chef profiles and site updates, and wrote all feature copy for the site.


project: HomeandAbroad.com
date: 2006
role: Wrote site
descriptions for travel
software startup;
project-managed and
edited content by
a group of
freelance writers

I worked with HomeandAbroad.com as a destination researcher/writer, where I sourced and verified information for company’s vast database of travel destinations. I edited online content, including expert recommendations, place descriptions and practical data for over 30 destinations. I wrote over 100 original traveler activities for families, children and adults visiting Cancun, Cozumel, the Mayan Riviera, San Diego and Quebec City.


project: Writing
visitor’s guides for
the Miles Media Group
(at the time,
Weaver Multimedia)
date: 2006-2007
role: Writer

I wrote features for the San Diego, Colorado, Orange County and Austin Official Visitor’s and Meeting Planner Guides, as well as Colorado’s official website, Colorado.com. Also wrote regular featured event descriptions for VisitDallas.com.