I am a multi-award-winning journalist who was USA TODAY&#039;s investigative travel editor for 17 years and a founding journalist of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. I publish/edit ShortEscapes.net, an online travel guide based on the Short Escapes book series I developed for Random House&#039;s Fodor&#039;s imprint. I also published another book series, Best Beaches, for Simon &amp; Schuster&rsquo;s Frommer&rsquo;s division. Considered a pioneer of the concept of investigative travel reporting, my career has been devoted to helping travelers hurdle wisely over the travel industry&rsquo;s many obstacles, ensuring they have an enjoyable, economical, safe and secure experience. My articles won a National Press Club award for &quot;consumer magazine excellence&rdquo; and many Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism and Aviation/Space Writers Association awards. The articles have been quoted in numerous newspapers and on CNN, ABC&#039;s Good Morning America, NBC&#039;s Today Show, Oprah and other TV and radio shows.