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I’m a Portland, Oregon-based journalist and freelance writer. Our family has toured Africa, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and most corners of our native Pacific Northwest with babies, toddlers, and (now) kids and pre-teens.

(I’m barely unpacked before I am trying to figure out where we’ll go next!)

I write on many topics, but this site features global spots + trips around our Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. home. My writing has appeared in USAToday Travel, Travelforkids.com, KidTripster.com and Luxury Living Magazine.

Follow my travels and latest posts on Instagram @short.years.travel - and - check out my freelance work www.vowelscommunications.com

Why We Travel:

Foreign travel became a big part of life when my sister married a South African farmer and moved to remote Eastern Cape, South Africa. Today, both she and I drag our families back-and-forth across the continents and oceans to be together. 

My proudest travel achievement has been pulling off the ultimate trip with my husband and kids: two years living and parenting as expats in Brisbane, Australia. I casually documented our family's adventures living as locals Down Under.

We spent this past December back in Australia - and it was so great to re-visit our favorite spots in Oz - and discover Melbourne.

Back home in the Pacific Northwest, I am as local as they come. I was born and raised in SW Washington State and studied Journalism at the University of Portland. In addition to my editorial writing, I have had a long career working in public relations for a variety of clients.

When I'm not writing or traveling, I spend my days volunteering as national board member for Fighting Pretty, a women’s cancer support organization.

You can reach me at amanda@vowelscommunications.com

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
— Mark Twain