matter how many trips I've taken, I am constantly amazed at how travel helps me
gain perspective on my life. Travel
writing offers amazing moments. A
few of mine: cave tubing in Belize, sailing into Bora Bora at sunrise, sitting
among stingrays in Grand Cayman, gazing up at the Sistine Chapel, wandering
aimlessly atop the walled ramparts
of Dubrovnik. Whenever I get shivers up my spine from a place, I realize what a
privilege it is to travel."
Anita Dunham-Potter has been
a travel enthusiast since the age of five when she accompanied her
entrepreneurial dad on his weekly lobster delivery runs from Maine to Atlantic
City. To satisfy her wanderlust she
became a flight attendant for a major U.S. airline and traveled the globe. It was during her many layovers that Dunham-Potter began her writing
career. She contributed to
several in-house airline and union publications, along with several aviation
Dunham-Potter was online
before online was cool. In the late
eighties and early nineties, she contributed reports to Prodigy's travel
communities. In 1994, she was asked
to work with Prodigy on developing online travel content. She still works with Prodigy (now SBC/Prodigy Internet) on their travel
community. In 1995, she started her
own consulting company called JetNet Media, Inc. In addition to Prodigy, she worked briefly with Excite coordinating their
travel message boards and chats. In
1998, she began working with The Mining Co. (now About.com), where she created
and developed the Air Travel community. In 1999, she left About.com to work for Smarter Living.com; one of the
Web's most respected consumer travel sites. There she was a columnist and wrote the weekly Real Traveler column,
along with being Smarter Living's ombudsman — Ask Anita.
Although she has always considered herself a journalist, Anita is proud of her
non-traditional media work. A native
of Old Town, Maine, she attended the University of Maine at Orono. Currently, she resides near Pittsburgh with her husband (an airline pilot), and their two daughters.
As a recognized authority on travel,
Anita is often interviewed by major media outlets. She has appeared on CBS' The
Early Show as
well as online chats with USA TODAY and MSNBC. In
addition, she is widely quoted in leading national publications.
and articles have appeared in print in Boston Globe, Dallas Morning
News, Aviation Lifestyles, and USAir Magazine. She is also a
contributor to "Fodor's "Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises
2006." Currently, she is the cruise columnist for Tripso.com
whose content is available on MSNBC.
Anita Dunham-Potter is a
member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and Pennwriters.
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