Writing My Way Around the World


About JoAnna Haugen

I am a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with big dreams and a desire to touch all seven continents. In my former life I worked as a copy writer in the hospitality industry, but I am now a full-time freelance writer who has written everything from menus and brochures to news articles, magazine features and books. I love stumbling upon fresh ideas, interviewing fascinating people and learning new things on my journey to inform and entertain through my writing.

Writing Experience

I am a writer of all trades: Blogger, travel writer, magazine writer, copy writer, ghost writer, technical writer, editor and everything in between.

  • I am the contributing editor for the Las Vegas section of Travel Weekly and TravelWeekly.com, one of the most influential B2B news resources for the travel industry.
  • I am a blog editor for the International Newsmedia Association, where I manage and edit work from about 50 bloggers located around the world.
  • I maintain a personal blog, Kaleidoscopic Wandering, for those interested in following my travels and family adventures.

I have written for more than 50 print and online publications, including those noted below. My work has also been published on dozens of blogs. Please feel free to request published clips where links are not available or for more information on my portfolio.

American Way, the in-flight publication for American Airlines.
> Sample article: Try This: Trailer Lodging

SilverKris, the in-flight magazine for Singapore Airlines.
> Sample article: Vegas in a Different Light

AAA Highroads, Arizona’s publication for AAA members.
> Sample article: Iceland’s Ring Road

USA Today Experience Las Vegas, an online guide to Las Vegas travel.
> I wrote the Surprise Me guide.

AFAR Media, the popular experiential travel magazine.
> I wrote and curated the Las Vegas guide.

BBC Travel, published in conjunction with Lonely Planet.
> Sample article: Adventure Travel in Eastern Kentucky
> Sample article: The Grand Canyon’s Other Side
> Sample article: Nevada’s Forgotten National Park

Travel Weekly, a B2B news source for the travel industry.
> Sample article: Old School Appeal at Piero’s Italian Restaurant
> Sample article: In Step with the Stars on HAL Sailing
> Sample article: The LINQ Aims to Bring Fun Outdoors
> Sample article: Las Vegas Hotels are Green as Well as Glitzy

Thrillist, a travel and lifestyle publication with an edge.
> Sample article: The Best, Most Epic & Creative Desserts in Vegas … Including a $1,000 Sundae

Rodale’s, a healthy lifestyle brand.
> Sample article: The Art of the Thank You Note

Vegas Magazine, Las Vegas’ premiere luxury magazine.
> Sample article: Golden Rainbow Rallies for HIV/AIDS Survivors

Nevada Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine showcasing the people and places of Nevada.
> Sample article: Cultural Epicenter

Desert Companion, the regional magazine of National Public Radio that celebrates the pursuits, passions and aspirations of Southern Nevadans.
> Sample article: The Road Less Traveled
> Sample article: A Family Affair
> Sample article: Make a Splash!

Acadiana Profile, the magazine of Cajun country.
> Sample article: From Ashes to Architecture

Massage & Bodywork, the primary trade publication for those working in the massage industry.
> Sample article: The Baby Bump (page 72)

ME, the magazine for Massage Envy.
> Sample article: Boost Your Brainpower

Other publication credits include: CNNGo, Caribbean Travel & Life, up!, The Costco Connection, Fido Friendly, Wynn Magazine, Pathfinders Travel, The New Physician, Luxury Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reno Gazette Journal, Kiki, Six78th, The Engraver’s Journal, NextStepU, Home School, Dance Teacher, Cheer Biz News, My College Guide, Silent Sports, Dance Teacher, Convention South, AntiqueWest and Paint & Decorating Retailer.

Blogging, Copy Writing, Editing and Ghost Writing Experience

I’ve worked with a number of clients in several industries on a myriad of writing and editing projects including Rodale’s (lifestyle), Spine Wellness Center (alternative medicine), Athletic-Minded Traveler (fitness), Diamond Resorts International (hospitality), Strategic Wealth Advisors (finance), and Bella Rosa Mansion (weddings).

Travel and tourism clients include TripAdvisor/Every Trail, Traterra and The Guardian. I’ve also created, updated and fact checked travel guides for several travel and hospitality brands including guidebook work for DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.

Additional ghost writing clients include those in the alternative medicine, construction and social media industries. I have helped with the writing and/or editing of the following books:

  • Maximize Your Social by Neal Schaffer (2013)
  • Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing by Neal Schaffer (2011)
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running by Dr. Craig Thomas and Thomas Hollowell (2011)


I am occasionally interviewed for blogs, radio shows and books or featured in publications due to my travel experiences and background. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on where these interviews and features can be found.


  • MatadorU Travel Writing Course, 2009
  • The Copywriter’s Workshop, National Seminars Group, 2008
  • Institute for Children’s Literature, 2006
  • Washington State University, bachelor of arts in public relations, 2003



  • Member – International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, September 2009-September 2011
  • Member – Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, January 2010-March 2011
  • Member – Las Vegas Quills Women’s Writing Group, August 2007-December 2009
  • Facilitator – Las Vegas Quills Children’s Writing Group, April 2009-October 2009
Portrait of JoAnna Haugen Freelance writer, globe trotter, former Peace Corps volunteer, avid recycler, creativity connoisseur, idea inventor and planning my next great adventure.