When I first started writing about Immersion Travel, and Immersion Traveling, no one really knew what I was talking about. “What’s that?” people asked. My response was usually something along these lines: Immersion Travel is all about getting involved, connecting with the locals, giving back, and becoming part of where you visit. This idea became part of my reality growing up with a traveling salesman father. I went with him to service his clients within our state of Virginia. He knew every inch of his territory and every person we met: their families, hobbies, local history, great places to eat, and most importantly, where to buy the best limeades. I call myself the Original Immersion Travel, taught well by my dad. As I researched and wrote my first dream book, Immersion Travel USA: The Best and Most Meaningful Volunteering, Living, and Learning Excursions, I was surprised to find that the popular books on Volunteer Vacations were all about trips around the world, with maybe 10 to 20% on the United States. Deep down, I knew we did not have to cross oceans to give back. My second travel book, Volunteer Vacations Across America, was the first to focus solely on the United States with more than 200 volunteer vacations interacting with people, communities, wildlife, the environment, and national treasures. I enjoy sharing my interests and approach to traveling, learning and living with corporations, colleges, and special interest groups. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in education and psychology and teach Business Communication, Writing, Speaking, and Presentation Skills as an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT. I write everyday of the week, for myself and others, ghostwriting books, scholarly editing and researching, and book doctoring. I’ve written books on carbon caps, feng shui, oncology, finance, how-to, inspiration, communication, adventure travel, handicapped travelers, and diet, health and fitness under many different clients’ names and my doctored book projects include nonfiction and children’s, young adult and adult fiction and memoir. Ghosting and doctoring taught me to research and write under pressure about anything at any time and respond quickly to publishers’ and editors’ needs and directions. I love all that I do and I’m very happy to share it with you.
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