A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Emily first caught Relapsing Travel Fever during a high school semester abroad in Argentina. She studied English and Spanish at Harvard University, but the most important part of her education happened during summers in Mexico and Nicaragua researching for the college’s Let’s Go series of travel guides. Upon graduation, she hightailed it back down South to spend the next three years keeping tabs on local government as a reporter with Raleigh’s The News & Observer. Office life, however, did not agree with her, and she was soon off gallivanting around the globe for Lonely Planet.
To date, Emily has contributed to Lonely Planet’s USA 5, USA 6, Trips: The Carolinas, Georgia and the South, Mexico 12, Canada 11, New England 6, and Best in Travel 2010. She also writes about travel, adventure and food for publications like Men’s Journal, Outside, Gourmet, Chow, Forbes Life, BBC History, AOL Food and many others. When she’s not busy rating Memphis barbecue joints, wandering around night markets in Laos, or tramping in New Zealand, she can be found eating fried chicken biscuits in Chapel Hill.
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- Full Name Emily Matchar
- Country United States
- Website www.emilymatchar.com
- Languages English, Spanish, some French
- Favourite Places Memphis, San Francisco, Sydney, Guadalajara, Chiapas, Morocco, peninsular Malaysia, Havana, the North Carolina coast, New Zealand's South Island.
- Interests Cooking, eating, rock climbing, exploring abandoned buildings, walking anywhere and everywhere