Born in Hawaii, Michelle has been a traveler since the age of five when her family boarded the Matson ship “Lurline” to San Francisco. Curiosity about the world's cultures, gastronomy, architecture and history has ruled her life. Readers know her from her work at Conde Nast Media, Islands Magazine, The NY Times, Saveur, Western Art and Architecture, Northwest Travel & Lifestyles, Afar Media, Honestcooking.com and her blog culinarytraveler.com. Michelle has served as president of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She is a correspondent for Travel Writers Radio on JAIR FM based in Melbourne and a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International).