Planning your first big trip? Advice and humor to get you through the process.
Editor and Publisher: Randy Ross
Over the last 20 years, Randy Ross, an award-winning magazine editor, has written about a variety of topics ranging from food to science to technology. His work has appeared in PC World, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Phoenix.
He has appeared regularly in the media -- first as a hot pepper expert on a Boston radio show, later as a video conferencing authority on a computer TV show, and most recently as a source for international travel tips for a column that appeared on several large-circulation Web sites, such as the WashingtonPost.com, MSN.com, and Yahoo.com
The idea for RossTravels.com came about during the his recent four-month, solo trip around the world. Throughout the journey, he attempted to be a glass half-full kind of person. Unfortunately, his half-full glass always seemed to have things swimming in it. He wrote about these experiences in a travel blog.
Currently, he is writing a book proposal for a travel memoir based on his experiences with the working title Rats in the Lobby, Snakes in the Wine. Two excerpts from Rats have been published in Spare Change News, a local alternative newspaper. Prior to his trip, the author spent 15 years at PC World magazine, the last seven as an executive editor.
Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards for his work from organizations including: the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE), American Business Media (ABM), the Western Press Association (WPA), and the Computer Press Association.
He holds a masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is also certified as a personal trainer.