Lea Lane is an award-winning writer and communicator, author of Travel Tales I Couldn't Put in the Guidebooks. She writes for magazines, newspapers and Websites, has authored seven books (including Solo Traveler, finalist for best travel book of the year from the North American Travel Journalist's Association). She contributes to dozens of other books, from encyclopedias to guidebooks. She wrote a column called "Going It Alone," for Gannett Newspapers, and was managing editor of "Travel Smart" newsletter. She is a blogger for forbes.com. Lea has earned two and a half college degrees. She has been a high school teacher and college lecturer, vice president of a tech company, an actress ("Nurse One" in a low-budget indie film), an off-Broadway producer, a produced musical playwright (way off Broadway), and a counselor for foster children. As a writing consultant for businesses and government, she has trained over a thousand people to write better, using her book, Steps to Better Writing. Divorced once, widowed once, Lea is now happily married again and dancing as fast as she can. She has two wonderful grown sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two adorable little granddaughters, Sabrina Rose and Chloe Jordan. She lives in Florida when she isn't traveling the world, and writing and speaking about it.