Melissa Klurman is a freelance travel writer and editor and the winner of a Lowell Thomas Gold Award for excellence in travel writing.
For Questex, she has covered African travel (her passion) in myriad ways over the past decade: creating supplements focusing on both South Africa and the African continent, as well as exploring South Africa’s Indaba travel show for Travel Agent; and writing about luxury properties in Southern Africa for Luxury Travel Advisor.
Klurman started her career as an editor at both Frommer’s and Fodor’s travel guides, where she created books that circled the globe, ranging from african safaris to honeymoons to Walt Disney World.
As a freelance travel journalist, she finds the best spots to take kids on adventures (using her own son for guidance) for Family Fun, Parents, and Working Mother magazines, and she also scouts and writes about top locations for destination weddings (such as a fabulous French Chateau and Machu Picchu) for Martha Stewart Weddings. In the past she has also contributed to Saveur, was contributing editor at Islands and Caribbean Travel and Life, and was a senior contributor at Travelocity.
A New Jersey native, and a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, Klurman lives in Montclair, NJ, with her husband and son, where she runs the family travel website ThePlaygroundBlog.com. Follow her @melissaklurman on Twitter.