From growing up in Pittsburgh (great museums, bridges, and sandwiches) to entering adulthood in Philadelphia (love the history, dining scene, and long nights on the dance floor), I now have over a decade under my belt as an American expat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (come for the endless summer, stay for the cheese manakish, ever-changing urban landscape and proximity to just about everywhere else in the world). Next stop? Ideally, a Slim Aarons photograph brought to life.
I’ve come a long way—literally and figuratively—from obtaining my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (major: hand-drawn animation, minor: art history). From production and graphics work at a screen-printing press and then Philadelphia and Boston magazines, to managing an art gallery in Dubai, I finally ending up working with one of the things I love most: luxury travel and hospitality (rubbing shoulders closely with snowboarding and horse-riding). Working on the media end of things, I’ve spent the last several years waxing lyrical on some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in the world as a writer and PR.
I am currently writing about travel, hospitality and culture on a freelance basis. Formerly Deputy Editor at Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, I have also been published in other Condé Nast Traveller/Traveler editions including the US, UK and India. My writing has been featured in Destinations of the World News, Citizen K Arabia, visitsaudi.com, Forbes Travel Guide, The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, CEO Middle East and arabianbusiness.com. To see some of my published work, click here.
If you would like to discuss any freelance writing or editing opportunities, please get in touch via the email below.
– Laurel Munshower
Instagram & Twitter: @travelaurel
Email: hello (at) travelaurel (dot) com