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Valerie Conners
Editor, Marriott TRAVELER
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About me

I'm a location-independent digital editor, writer, and producer, currently working as editor at Marriott TRAVELER, Marriott International's online travel magazine. I've worked in the travel space for more than 16 years, formerly as Managing Editor of

My work has been featured in the Travelers' Tales Best Women's Travel Writing anthology and also appears in many online and print publications, including BBC Travel, AOL Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's travel guides, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

I'm happiest when slurping $1 oysters, sweating over spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. I blog about my travels at

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What was your first travel job?

Freelance writer at the Travel Channel

Three words that describe why we should travel?

understanding; knowledge; open-mindedness