Chelle Koster Walton

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Chelle Koster Walton has lived in Southwest Florida since 1981. She is a freelance travel and food writer and editor who has authored and co-authored more than a dozen guidebooks and apps, including Fodor’s guides, the Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples Explorer's Guide (Countryman Press), The Bahamas Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press), and DK Eyewitness Florida Family Guide.  Chelle has written thousands of articles for local and national publications and Web sites and produced food, travel, and other miscellaneous segments for the local PBS station, WGCU-TV. Her WGCU documentary Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy won a Telly Award in 2010 and her 2013 Pink Gold Rush documentary won an Edward R. Murrow Award. 

Posts by Chelle Koster Walton

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Snorkeling with manatees in Crystal River, Florida, was most memorable and the experience I talk about most. This baby manatee came up to me and went vertical in front of me. When I scratched his neck with one hand (as allowed), he folded my hand with his two fins and squeezed it to his chest. I still tear up thinking about it.

  • 2
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    It depends. If I’m doing guidebook work or any other detailed research, I’m best and most efficient on my own. I most love writing experiential pieces, and for that it’s most often better to be traveling with companion(s). One of my best trips of late was to California wine country with my husband and two good friends from Minnesota.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    My feet, because walking allows me to slow down and gather details and a sense of place.