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"No 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


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 magazines.  

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, where she created and developed the Air Travel community.  In 1999, she left to work for Smarter; 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.

Where's Anita: 

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.

Anita's columns 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 whose content is available on MSNBC.

Professional affiliations:

Anita Dunham-Potter is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and Pennwriters.

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