It all started when…
· Wendy Altschuler, originally from Montana, is a Chicago-based expert travel, health, and lifestyle freelance writer, with over a decade of experience, covering adventures across the globe.
· Wendy has clips—print and web—in a wide variety of publications including: Forbes, Forbes Women, Fodor’s Travel, Delta Sky, Modern Luxury, SheKnows, Red Tricycle, Make it Better, Simplemost, Sun-Times Media, Tribune Brand Publishing, The Daily Meal, Yoga Magazine, TripSavvy, Outdoorsy, Om Yoga Magazine, Spafinder, Chicago Parent, Voyage Chicago, Five on Five Magazine, Yoga Chicago, and many others. She has contributed her writing to the Association of Writers and Writer’s Programs, productions like the Listen to Your Mother Show, and on tourism board websites.
· Wendy is a thought leader, panelist, and featured speaker, contributing to travel industry discourses and lectures on travel writing.
Wendy has diverse travel industry experience on the agency side, writing and conducting research, as a former full-time itinerary and travel tips writer for a boutique luxury travel company, which included learning from tour operators and hospitality representatives to maintain a working knowledge of the travel space.
She worked as a special correspondent and contributing writer for Sun-Times Media, where she wrote articles for print publication in Pioneer Press’ 32 local newspapers and the Chicago Sun-Times. Wendy worked on many print magazine projects for Sun-Times Media, churning out hyperlocal articles on the regular. As a special columnist, Wendy wrote an online parenting column, called Wendy City Mom, for Sun-Times Media’s special section, Good to Know.
In addition to newspapers, Wendy has extensive published works in digital and print magazines, focusing mainly on adventure travel, through the lens of women, family, and solo explorations, covering all aspects of the journey—dining, spa, activities and events, cultural experiences, what to expect, how to give back, and what can be learned.
Wendy has written adventure stories on: traveling solo, around the world, with stops in Dubai, Bali, and Hong Kong; female pods of skydivers; learning to surf in El Salvador; how traveling to Japan can teach your kids lessons of empathy and respect; rock climbing, kayaking, and biking with a women-only group of adventurers; why eating horse meat isn’t so bad in Iceland (unless you’re a vegetarian, like Wendy); tips on hiking in the Grand Canyon National Park, rim to rim; exploring national parks in the winter with kids; swimming with whale sharks; and where you can grab a great local beer.
Wendy was also part of the Windy City Rollers content committee when she was a roller derby skater—she wrote bout recaps, press releases, news blasts, and skater stories.
Wendy was the first in her family to graduate from college, and she did so with High Honors from DePaul University in Chicago. She studied abroad in India, with the English and Women’s and Gender Studies departments, earning her accolades and awards.
Wendy also graduated from Americorps NCCC, the domestic Peace Corps—this year-long volunteer experience allowed her to travel all over America, helping people in need.