Kristin Conard

Kristin Conard enjoys the outdoor pleasures of living in California while also exercising her knack as a travel and food writer. She has over 15 years of experience in the freelance writing space, contributing to publications like Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, BBC Travel, Popsugar, and Edible Silicon Valley. A Kansas native, she is the co-author of the award-winning book “The Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State” and has held numerous teaching positions in the English departments at Rutgers University, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara University. When she’s not exploring the trails along the California coast, Kristin is working on a collection of personal essays about her adventures.

• 15+ years as a freelance travel and food writer
• Received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kansas State University and a master’s in creative and critical writing from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England

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