Beth Blair is a Minneapolis-St. Paul based travel and lifestyle writer, blogger and author of the book Break into Travel Writing (Hodder-Stoughton, 2012 and McGraw-Hill, 2013). She was also the 2013 Shape Magazine Weight Loss Diary columnist.

Writer: Beth’s articles have been featured in Destination Weddings & HoneymoonsAviation Security International, AirTran Airways GO, St. Paul Pioneer PressMidwest Meetings, Toastmasters, Savvy.MN, FoxNews.com, CBSMinnesota.com, Prime Kansas City, HerLife, State Farm’s Good Neighbor, Hybrid Mom, Draft, Arizona Star, Tucson Citizen, Tucson Newcomer and Tourist Guide, Arizona Bride, Desert Leaf, Oro Valley/Marana, Tucson Bridal, Association News, Christian Science Monitor, Central Penn Parent, Long Island Mothers Journal, SheKnows.com, BabyZone.com. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and she was named first-place winner in the 2010 Writer’s Market “Freelance Success Stories” contest.

Blogger: In the blogosphere, Beth co-owns TheVacationGals.com with two other writers. The site won Gold in the Travel Blog category in the 28th annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition (2012) presented by the SATW Foundation.

Judges said of The Vacation Gals: This delightful blog has a lot to offer, with a wealth of advice on topics such as family destinations and romantic getaways. It also provides inside information on air travel, courtesy of one of the three bloggers who works as a flight attendant. The writing is engaging and often witty, and the blog is organized well, making it easy for readers to dive into certain topic areas. A real winner.

The trio has partnered with various publications including HybridMom.com, Homewood Suites’ SuiteTrip.com and Fodors.com. The gals run TheSpaGals.com, a luscious spa-inspired website.

Media: As a recovering flight attendant, Beth is passionate about sharing her insider’s perspective and knowledge on all aspects of travel. She is frequently quoted for her travel expertise in the media, including New York TimesSeattle TimesChicago TribuneTravel + Leisure, MSNBC.com, FoxNews.com, AOLTravel.com, RealSimple.com, Twin Cities Live,  and ABC-15 Sonoran Living Live in Phoenix, Arizona. In August 2010 she was featured in Woman’s Day magazine for the Woman’s Day in…Minneapolis column.

Speaker: Damsels in De-Stress, 2010 I_Blog Conference, Minneapolis-St. Paul Social Media Breakfast 31, PRSA 2012 Travel & Tourism Conference

Safety Advocate: Beth is a member of SSEAT (Safe Seats for Every Air Traveler), a committee created in support of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and its mission to eliminate the lap-child policy.

Please contact her at bethblairwrites @ gmail.com.

Beth is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers).

Header: Beth at Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec, Canada