Julie Fanselow

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Julie Fanselow is based in Seattle and travels every chance she gets. The author of guidebooks including Traveling the Lewis & Clark Trail and Idaho Off the Beaten Path, Julie also contributed to guidebooks from Insight, Lonely Planet and Moon plus magazines including Hemispheres, Sunset and Via. USA Today's Cathy Lynn Grossman once followed Julie around for a profile of how guidebook authors do their work. These days, Julie does copy editing for Rick Steves' Europe and 3rd Act magazine, among other clients. She's a big baseball fan and moonlights as an usher at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners).

Posts by Julie Fanselow

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    My daughter. She has excellent taste in music, plus it would just be fun to spend that much time together since we live 500 miles apart.

  • 2
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    This wasn’t the most surprising or exciting, but it was among the most memorable: I had the chance to attend Lonely Planet’s Authors Week back in 2000. I’d never before been in Australia, and I remember being happily overwhelmed by the scent of eucalyptus as I walked around Melbourne my first morning. We had a lot of work that week, but I also had plenty of time to wander the city’s neighborhoods and see the top tourist sights, too. Bonus: I met fellow LP author and now Bindu Trips founder Kim Grant, who led a tai chi chih class for us all each morning. And now here we are on this new adventure.

  • 3
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    What haven’t I learned from traveling?! But probably the most important thing is how to live a lighter life, since when I fly or go by train, I usually only pack what I can carry. This has helped me live more lightly at home, too.

  • 4
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I adore trains, and I am especially partial to the lounge car on Amtrak’s Cascades route. Trains are slow–sometimes really slow. But train trips give me time to read, time to chat with strangers, time to daydream and listen to music and stare out the window. I’m sitting still, yet I’m going somewhere. It’s like a spa day.

  • 5
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?