ABOUT THE AUTHORElaine Lee is the author/editor of “Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure” published by Eighth Mountain Press in October of 1997. She is a freelance writer who specializes in ethnic and women’s travel. She has contributed to the following magazines and webzines: Heart and Soul, Bet.com, Maiden Voyages, Essence, Emerge, Black Enterprise, Upscale, Science of Mind, Global Black Woman, Bark, NetNoir.com, Adventuredivas.com, African American Women On Tour’s National Newspaper Supplement, Ms., Transitions Abroad, Quarterly Black Review of Books. She has also contributed stories to four anthologies: Beyond L.A. Law, compiled by Janet Smith and published by Harcourt Brace in 1998, Age Ain’t Nothing But Number: Black Women Explore Midlife, edited by Carleen Brice for Beacon Press in 2003, Black Travel Writing, edited by R. Victoria Arana in 2003 for The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review and Life Spices from Seasoned Sisters, edited by Vickie Ward in 2005 for Nubian Images Publishing. She has appeared on numerous local and national radio and TV shows most notably, The Travel Daily Show that airs on the Travel Channel as well as a PBS special on budget travel for Moneywise. She was the convener/host of the Bay Area’s first Black Travel Expo in 1998 and the convener of a Travel Seminar for the African American Women On Tour’s Annual National (six city) Conference Series in 1999. In 1999 she and travel writing colleague, Pamela Michaels developed the Bay Area’s first travel radio show which continues to air monthly on the Bay Area/Northern California station KPFA-FM. She served as co-host of the travel show from 1999-2002. Elaine Lee is also an attorney practicing in the Bay Area, specializing in family law, real estate development and estate planning. Her professional career has included stints as an arbitrator, an executive director, law school instructor and manager of a family foundation. These professional endeavors have furnished her with over 15 years of marketing and public relations experience as well as extensive motivational and public speaking opportunities. She previously served on the board of directors of the Bay Area Travel Writers’Association. She has taken two solo trips around the world and continues to travel regularly. She has visited over 61 countries.
“I’m honored and thrilled to be the editor of the first travel book for and by African American women travelers. It is my goal for this book to become a tool to uplift the sistren. There is so much that denigrates and stifles the expression of our highest selves here in America. It is my hope that by lighting the way, I have created avenues and examples for African American women to learn more of the options and opportunities available to us through out the world. The book is also about making dreams come true, following your bliss, and celebrating life. It’s chocked full of great travel stories, travel tips, a planning guide as well as a resource guide.”
“Travel is the music of my soul.