Elizabeth Hansen's Pacific Rim travels.
I headed west immediately after graduating from Indiana University and have lived in the San Diego area ever since. My first career was teaching, and I took full advantage of the school vacations to pursue my passion for travel. After several trips to Europe and a year teaching in Munich, I took a another leave of absence and traveled solo around the Pacific.
In the Hawaiian Islands, I learned to scuba dive. In Samoa, I watched Aggie Grey (Michener's model for Bloody Mary) dance the siva on her 80th birthday. I lived with a schoolteacher and his family on the island of Maupiti in French Polynesia. The highlight of my stay in Fiji was hitching a ride on a copra boat that was going from island to island.
I worked in New Zealand – first in a popular Auckland restaurant and later on a South Island farm. In Australia, I stayed with a family in the Sydney suburbs, then crossed the continent and learned to serve beer in a pub near Perth. From there, it was off to Bali, then Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, and Japan. I was in no hurry and had plenty of time to hang out with the locals and soak up their culture.
Throughout the year I relied on a variety of guidebooks and developed an appreciation for the craft of travel writing. I also found I looked forward to writing in my travel journal and re-reading previous entries.
Back in San Diego, I enrolled in a non-fiction writing course at UCSD (University of California, San Diego), during which I wrote a story on Perth, Western Australia. This sold to San Diego Magazine. A short time later my piece on Bali appeared in the L.A. Times. Buoyed by this success, I quit my day job.
Over the years I’ve written lots of magazine features and stories for newspaper travel sections. I’ve also authored and revised many books in the Frommer series, including guides to New Zealand, Australia, and San Diego. For ten years, I taught the travel writing course at UCSD that launched my career.
Today, I continue to explore exotic destination with my photographer husband Richard Adams. Together we research magazine features and capture images to add to the files of ADAMS / HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS.
I'm a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and The San Diego Press Club.
I’ve been the Travel Editor of Ranch & Coast, San Diego’s luxury lifestyle magazine, since 2004. My monthly column in this publication has received several Excellence in Journalism Awards from the San Diego Press Club. In addition, I write three travel blogs (accessible on this site): Authentic Luxury Travel, Staying Healthy On the Road, and La Jolla Travel Information.
San Diego Press Club 2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards:
- First Place, Magazines, Travel, "Down Under Through New Eyes," Ranch & Coast, San Diego's luxury lifestyle magazine
- Third Place, Magazines, Travel, "L. A.'s Hidden Hotspots," Ranch & Coast, San Diego's luxury lifestyle magazine
February 2011 – The Luxury Hub, Readers Choice Award:
- Tied for first place, "Luxe Travel Writer."
San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards:
- First Place, Magazine Column, "Detours," Ranch & Coast.
- First Place, Magazine Essay, "Lessons From the Road," Ranch & Coast.
- First Place, Non-Daily Newspaper, "Taking Flight On a Mission," Christian Science Monitor.
- Second Place, Magazines, Travel, "Made In the Shade," Interval World.
- Third Place, Topic-based blog, "Authentic Luxury Travel."
San Diego Press Club 2009 Excellence in Journalism Awards:
- First Place for La Jolla Travel Information blog: www.LaJollaTravelInformation.com
- First, Second, and Third Places for Best Magazine Travel Article:
"Ten Perfect Days in South Africa"
"Searching for Roots in Senerchia"
"New Year's Eve: Celebrate in Style"
Judge's comment: "What can we say? This writer took all three places in this category. Her stories place the readers in the location, capture the feel of the place and genuinely inspire you to go there."
- Second Place for Best Magazine Humor Article: "What Women Want"
- Second Place for Best Magazine Column, for monthly column in Ranch & Coast, San Diego's luxury lifestyle magazine.
Judge's comment: "This entry could serve nicely as a model for travel writing. The author takes readers on trips that can make them want to pack up and go!"
San Diego Press Club 2008 Excellence in Journalism Awards:
- First Place, Best Magazine Column, for monthly column in Ranch & Coast, San Diego's luxury lifestyle magazine.
- First Place for Portrait Photograph: A photo of a Zulu girl in South Africa (see right).
- Second Place for three feature articles:
"If You Build It...", a feature about the U.S. Open Championship at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla
"Seattle's Secret Gardens"
California, Nelles Guide, Munich, 1991, 1999, 2000 (contributed San Diego chapter)
Frommer's San Diego, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1996, 1998
Frommer's New Zealand from $50 a Day, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1995, 1998
Frommer's Australia from $50 a Day, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1997
Frommer's California, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1997, 1998 (contributed San Diego & Environs chapter)
Frommer's California from $60 A Day, New York, 1997 (contributed San Diego & Environs chapter)
Frommer's USA, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1997, (contributed San Diego chapter)
Frommer's Comprehensive Travel Guide Australia, Macmillan Publishing USA, New York, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996
Bed and Breakfast New Zealand, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1987
The Woman's Travel Guide to New Zealand, Whitcoulls Publishers, Christchurch, London, 1984
Aorangi, Chevron USA, Corporate & Incentive Travel, The Costco Connection, Discovery (Cathay Pacific), Diversion, Elite, Expressions, Golden State, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Insight, Interval World, Islands, Journeys, Mabuhay (Phillippine Airlines), National Geographic Traveler, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Nihao (China Southern Airlines), Off Duty, Ocean Club Magazine, Pacific Way (Air New Zealand), Physicians Travel and Meeting Guide, Postcards, Ranch & Coast (monthly story/photo feature since 2004), San Diego Home/Garden, San Diego Magazine, Sports Car International, Travel & Leisure, Travel Life, Travel-Holiday, Trust For Public Land Newsletter, United, Young Discoverer, Vacation Industry Review, and others.
Alameda News Group, Arizona Daily Star, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Calgary Herald, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Christchurch (NZ) Press, Copley News Service, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Fort Lauderdale News Sun - Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Tribune, Newsday, New York Daily News, New Zealand Herald, The Oregonian, Providence Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Salt Lake Tribune, San Antonio Express-News, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Senior World, Spokane Spokesman Review, Toronto Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Sun, and others.
Fodor's Exploring New Zealand, Frommer's Australia, Frommer's Australia From $50 A Day, Frommer's New Zealand From $50 A Day, Salem Press social studies text, Weigl Educational Publishers social studies text (all covers); The Story of Porsches (Gareth Stevens), The Story of Volkswagen (Gareth Stevens), Harcourt Brace textbook, National Geographic School Publishing textbook, Pearson Education textbook, Sheep – Animals That Live on the Farm (Gareth Stevens), McGraw Hill textbook, Harcourt School Publishers textbook, Crabtree Publishing text (inside); San Diego North Visitors' Guide (cover and inside).
Adam Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Aorangi, Condé Nast Traveler, Costco Connection, Expressions, GEO France, Golden State, Golf Inc. (cover), Hemispheres, Insight, Interval World (several covers), Islands, Journeys, Mabuhay, National Geographic Traveler, Ocean Club Magazine, Pacific Way, Postcards, Ranch & Coast (monthly story/photo feature since 2004), Sailing, Sports Car International, Travel-Holiday, Travel Life, Vacation Industry Review, Visuell Magazine, and others.
Alameda News Group, Arizona Daily Star, Boston Herald, Copley News Service, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Fort Lauderdale News Sun-Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Newark Star Ledger, Newsday, Orange County Register, The Oregonian, Providence Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Sacramento Bee, Salt Lake Tribune, San Antonio Express-News, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Senior World, Spokane Spokesman Review, Toronto Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Sun, and others.