About Me

I am a travel and feature writer who frequently escapes Pittsburgh, PA for Vieques, Puerto Rico.  My current work appears in the Washington Post, National Geographic Traveller UK, and AFAR. I haveI contributed to National Geographic Traveler (USA)  and inflight magazines Hemispheres, Delta Sky, and Alaska Airlines Beyond.  My work has also appeared in in newspapers including the New York TimesPittsburgh Post-Gazette, and USA Today; and online at National Geographic Traveler’s  Intelligent Travel, Architectural Record, USA Today, Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Quarterly.

Then there are my books: contributions to National Geographic's Places of a Lifetime (2015), Four Seasons of Travel (2013), Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways (2013), and Best of the World (2012). The 13th edition of Pennsylvania: Off the Beaten Path for Globe Pequot Press (2022) is my seventh update of this quirky little guide. Past titles include Fun With the Family: Pennsylvania (Globe Pequot Press, seventh edition Fall 2009), and Pennsylvania’s Forbes Trail: Gateways and Getaways Along the Legendary Route From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (Taylor Trade Press, May 2008) with Burton K. Kummerow and R. Scott Stephenson. I also contributed to Travelers Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories (Travelers Tales, March 2006). I made my US network television debut as a contestant on "Jeopardy!" in 2012.

I'm a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and have received an Award of Excellence from Destination Canada for reporting on Montreal's circus scene. My most recent adventures include Nantes and Aix en Provence, France.  Check my Seen page for updates or follow me on Twitter.

Christine O’Toole

Twitter: @christineotoole