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I’ve had the privilege of covering several different sub-genres of travel while contributing dozens of articles to & Magazine, The Birds Channel,, and I’m also a regular contributor to my local Convention and Visitors Bureau, Please click on the respective links to browse a comprehensive list of my articles.

Recently, I’ve been named the Top Blogger to Follow Right Now and featured in Roy Stevenson’s wildly successful Pitch-Travel-Write Newsletter. I was also invited to speak at his Travel Writing & Marketing Master Conference. This may be my proudest accomplishment yet.

Additionally, I attended the Ultimate Travel Writers Program in San Diego in 2014 and was featured in Travel Post Monthly’s Destinations. 

Travel by Lightfoot – Photographing the Salmon Run of SE Alaska – Alaska’s Tongass National Forest


Hi Jessica,

I am Elizabeth, the owner of Austin Detours.

We have been covered by many journalists since starting but your article that I just read was by far the best. It really brought tears to my eyes because when I started this business 3 years ago as a first-time stay at home mom of twins, I needed a way to work but didn’t want to go back to a boring job. I loved Austin and wanted to find a creative, unique and offbeat way to show it to others. We are now the largest tour company in Austin but aim to capture the real, genuine, intimate experience rather than a big bus tour. You couldn’t have said it in a more perfect way. You have just captured every hour of what I and my devoted team work so hard to do every day.

I will post your article on my desk and look at it daily to remind myself to keep going, keep moving, keep building as people really do “get it!”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Really.


Elizabeth Alderson
Austin Detours
[email protected]

Rated 5th best thing to do in Austin by Trip Advisor
Rated best things to do this summer by Austin Monthly
Recently featured in Lonely Planet
100+ 5 Star Reviews on Trip Advisor
40+ 5 Star Reviews on Yelp

“Come as strangers, leave as friends”

Andrea, Communications Director for Found Media Group, San Saba, Texas writes:

This is an amazing write up, Jessica! Thank you! I’ve sent it to my social team for sharing! I wish every article could be this awesome!



Naif, New Orleans Culinary Tours Guide and retired teacher, comments:

Thanks Jessie!
You are off to an impressive start! Rest assured, I will speak highly of you and your writing skills whenever I have the opportunity.