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

I focus on 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; check out my other professional writing services at www.vowelscommunications.com

Foreign travel became a big part of life when my sister married a South African farmer and moved to remote Eastern Cape, South Africa, where they started their own family. 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. (You can read more about family travel in Brisbane Australia at my former destination blog here.)  

We are headed back to Australia at the end of this year for an extensive month-long tour - and we couldn’t be more excited to re-visit our favorite spots in Oz.

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