I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 13 years old and took my first flight from San Diego to Los Angeles.  As the years progressed and I gained more maturity and financial means, I sought opportunities to explore the world outside of my native San Diego.

Europe calls my name over and over and I’ve explored many of the countries and of course, have my favorites which I return to as often as possible.

I’m not much for exotic travel and have recently completed journeys in the good ole USA, even close to home.  What a concept!

After retiring from county service, I decided to do something I always wanted to do and that was being a travel writer.   To better educate myself about travel writing, I completed Eva Shaw’s on-line travel writer’s course which was very helpful in developing skills and techniques to be a great writer and how to publish.  Twice I attended Book Passage’s Travel, Food and Photography Conference in Corte Madera, California where I learned an enormous amount from the experts and decided food is definitely my writing niche.

I attended tbex, the blogging techno conference and I even managed to learn a few things that are technological way ahead of me.

I am an active member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association and San Diego Travel Massive Meet-Up.

I appeared as a food blogger in Lifetime’s TV show Supermarket Superstar which was a fun experience.

My wonderful husband sometimes travels with me along with his nice camera for the photography part and this works well for the two of us.   When I “take” pictures with my little point and shoot camera, he painstakingly makes the pictures much better for print.  It’s a good thing when he travels with me.

Travel is a highlight of my life to open my eyes and mind and experience the world in different ways.   But I must say it’s good to come home and appreciate my many blessings and then start planning another trip.

My hope with my articles is that it gives people a vision to travel outside of routines and expectations and enrich lives in a satisfying way.    Here’s to your travel adventure…


Mlisstravels is a personal blog full of my thoughts with reviews of places, food and things I believe are important to share. I seek and write the positive and if something is negative, I don’t write about it because the richness of life needs to be shared with others.

There are plenty of websites for an individual to do their own research and come to their personal conclusions about places I review. I own this website and do my best to keep it updated and accurate, but like life, there’s no guarantees. None of my materials can be used, reprinted or published without my written consent. I accept no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, injury, expense or inconvenience from the information I provide.

I pay for many of my trips, meals and drinks. Sometimes I am offered a media trip or special dining experience because it fits into my niche of writing. I acknowledge this up front and keep my own objective opinions about the provided services.

I endeavor to not lose sight of encouraging others to travel and taste what life has to offer.