Who is Elaine Lee?

Elaine Lee is a globetrotter, freelance travel journalist and editor of "Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure". She has contributed to numerous national and local magazines, newspapers and webzines. Her travel stories generally address subjects such as African American travel trends, adventure, women’s travel issues, spirituality, solo travel, health, budget travel and travel planning. She has also contributed stories to six anthologies and two books.

She has been featured on popular national as well as local radio and television shows including appearances on the Travel Channel and Savvy Traveler. The Bay Area's first travel radio show was developed by Elaine and travel writing colleague, Pamela Michaels in 1999 for the Northern California station, KPFA-FM. She served as co-host from for seven years. She served as on air host and field producer for a video about the Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Marteen for American Airlines.

Her website, Ugogurl.com, provides a medium to share her travel writing as well as that of other travelers and travel writers. She conceptualized, created and helps maintains the site, which averages 8,000 hits per month.

Coordinating and/or conducting seminars on travel writing and international travel are a passion of hers. She has given several keynote addresses at national travel conferences.

Since 1996, Elaine created and continues to maintain a network of over 200 African Americans who are engaged in the travel industry and/or travel media world. She sends them a quarterly newsletter that contains calls for submissions, press trips, residency programs, contests, travel media news and much more.

Elaine Lee is an attorney practicing in the Bay Area, specializing in real estate law. To learn more about her practice, visit her companion website at www.elaineleeattorney.com.

She is an internationalist who has completed two solo trips around the world, 1992 and 2004, and continues to navigate the planet regularly with her pen and fork in hand.. She has visited 60 countries. She is an avid long distance swimmer, bibliophile, salsa dancer, skier, amateur astronomer, concert/event producer, whitewater rafter, sailor, cyclist, culinary wizard and she maintains a personal yoga and meditation practice. She is a regular volunteer at Alameda County Bar Association/Charles Houston Bar Association's low income legal clinic and the Berkeley Animal Shelter.






"Travel is the music of my soul,
do you wanna hum along?"

       Elaine Lee            

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