Liz, though she certainly does not look to be anywhere near old enough to merit this phrase, is a travel industry veteran and someone whose brain I want to start picking soon for business ideas and concepts.
She started Travelogged.com in January of 2009, which is a lifetime ago in this area of the interwebs. Prior to starting Travelogged, Liz was a senior editor at Zagat.com. She has also held staff positions at ABCNews.com, Life & Style Weekly, Folio, Good Housekeeping and Fortune.com. She’s got a lot of skins on the wall. Unlike some of the other travel bloggers, including me, her website doesn’t go in for any snark or such craziness — it is a straight, solid, broad, well-researched website filled with travel tips, suggestions and advice.
She’s got everything there — so get over there and check it out. And follow her on Twitter, but in the meantime, enjoy her answers to the Lucky 13:
1. Someone gave you $10,000 on the conditions that you spend it friviously and not on travel. How do you spend it? I would buy a gorgeous rug. When I visited Istanbul, I saw so many gorgeous rugs but left empty-handed. Sigh.
2. First book you read that moved you. That would be whichever Nancy Drew book I read first – I think I was in the second grade. I was totally addicted and read every single one.
3. What is your high score bowling. I think I broke 100 once, but maybe I’m just hoping.
4. Give me what you want your one paragraph obituary in the NY Times to say. I have no idea – maybe I’ve had a lot of success at something that hasn’t even been invented yet. After all, ten years ago I never knew I’d be blogging.
5. Is there a dessert you can never pass up? If so, what is it? Profiteroles – the kind with ice cream, not cream.
6. What is your favorite magazine? Travel + Leisure
7. What do you miss most from high school? I was the editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper and I loved it. Having Travelogged.com reminds me of that, except that there’s only a staff of one.
8. Celebrity that you would most like to slap or berate in person. Am I the only person who finds Oprah unbearably annoying?
9. What do you fear most about old age? There’s a lot to fear about old age, but I have travel photojournalist extraordinaire Jered Barclay as my inspiration. Despite celebrating a big birthday last year, Jered took some fantastic trips to the Middle East and to Europe. He proves that if you’re fortunate enough to have your health and maintain your zest for life, age is nothing but a number.
10. What is your favorite one-hit wonder song of all time? My Sharona
11. Most overrated country? I don’t think I’ve been to an overrated country yet. They’ve all either been correctly rated or underrated.
12. Fill in the blank: if I knew there was a zero percent chance I would be arrested, I would _________________. I think I would hang out in a museum after it was closed and have the run of the place. But not NYC’s Natural History Museum – I’ve seen Night at the Museum, thank you very much.
13. What fictional character would you most want to hang out with for a day? Well, now you’ve got me thinking about Nancy Drew because of question #2. So I’ll say Nancy. I think she would have been a great blogger!