Kara Williams is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered topics ranging from business and babies to skiing and spas in her 24-year editorial career. Kara has been employed as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and corporate copyeditor. She’s freelanced since 1999, and in the past few years travel writing has been the main focus of her work. Her beats include family travel, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, spas, outdoor adventures and hotel reviews, with an emphasis on destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. That said in the summer of 2014 she sailed around Europe for 66 days — with her family in tow — as the Communications Coordinator for Semester at Sea.
Kara’s articles have been published in national magazines, regional publications, and local newspapers, as well as online. She is a regular contributor to the Expedia Viewfinder blog and is the Colorado travel expert at About.com. A social-media junkie, Kara is active on Twitter (@karasw) and blogs regularly at The Vacation Gals, which she co-owns with two other professional travel writers. Their widely read website won Gold for Best Travel Blog in the 2012 Lowell Thomas Award Competition, the most prestigious in travel journalism.
Kara has spoken about social media and travel blogging at industry events, such as BlogWorld & New Media Expo, Social Media Strategies for Travel, Type-A-Mom Conference and PRSA Travel & Tourism. She is regularly quoted as a travel expert in newspapers and magazines, such as USA TODAY, Real Simple, The Nest and Connecticut Parent.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Kara is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She makes her home in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with her husband and two school-age children. While Kara has long volunteered at her kids’ schools, these days she’s devoting more of her pro-bono time to local education-related marketing and communications volunteer opportunities. She serves on the board of the Basalt Education Foundation; edits the high school’s parent newsletter; works at high school college-essay workshops for seniors; and contributes to and proofreads the school-district community newsletter.