Laura Del Rosso is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who specializes in travel and the travel industry.

A longtime contributor to Travel Weekly, a leading trade newsmagazine, she covered the travel industry as Travel Weekly’s west coast bureau chief for 16 years. She also regularly writes for AAA Travel publications and The Travel Guide to California. Her byline has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, TravelAge West, Southwest Airlines Spirit, Meetings Today, Cruise Critic and many more.

Laura also develops and writes newsletters, travel agent training and content for online travel sites. Past clients include Fest300, Vacationcruisesinfo.com, Marriott.com and Northstar Travel Media. She has contributed to Frommer’s and Fodor’s guidebooks to Mexico and research material to the best-selling book 1000 Places to See Before You Die.

Her award-winning travel book, Great EscapesNorthern California, published by Countryman Press/Norton, is available at Amazon.com.

Laura is a two-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers‘ Lowell Thomas Award, one a silver for travel news/investigative journalism in Travel Professional magazine, and a bronze for her audio podcast San Francisco’s Embarcadero and Ferry Building.

Laura has traveled much of the world, visiting more than 50 countries. The daughter of immigrants from the Pisa-Lucca area, she speaks Italian, has worked on Italian-English translations and has explored much of Italy.

She also has made more than 50 trips to Mexico and knows the back roads and attractions of her native northern California, spending much time in the Sonoma County wine country, north coast, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra. She is a member of SATW, the leading North American organization of travel writers and photographers.

Contact Laura at laura@lauradelrosso.com. Follow her at Twitter @lauradelrosso and Instagram @lauradelrosso