Bio: Mary Jo Manzanares

Mary Jo is a travel blogger and writer, editor, podcaster, speaker, consultant, and avid traveler.

Her travel ethos is Value Luxury – learning when and where to splurge and save – creating a sweet spot where experience and price intersect to create WOW.

Her favorite travel destinations include Italy, anywhere a cruise ship takes her, and wherever is next on her to-visit list. Mary Jo serves as President of Leeward Media, and as Editor in Chief of most of the websites.

In addition to her responsibilities with Leeward Media sites, she is a regular contributor of hotel reviews at Hotel Scoop, has a monthly wine column at Discover the Pacific Northwest, and accepts occasional freelance assignments and syndication offers.

Mary Jo has been a speaker at local and international travel industry events, including BlogHer, New Media Expo (formerly BlogWorld Expo), Travel & Adventure Show, PhoCusWright, Seattle Golf and Travel Show, Travel Weekly Hawaii Leadership Forum, ITB Berlin, TBEX, and China Tourism Symposium in Beijing. She is the former Conference Director for TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators, and also consults with travel industry clients on social media and how they can work with travel bloggers.

When she’s not on a trip, Mary Jo is enthusiastically planning or researching the next one.  She lives in Seattle where she always has a bag packed, ready for the next great adventure. In addition to traveling, Mary Jo is a big fan of food and wine, movies and books, museums and spa pampering, shopping and culture, and discovering new places and things.  She likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers.

Social media:  Follow Mary Jo on Twitter at @MJManzanares, on PinterestFlickr, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn.