About Renee Brincks: I write about travel, culture and local gems, from food to parks to beer. After growing up in Iowa and living in Spain, Alaska and Australia, I landed on the California coast. Today, I split my time between San Francisco and Iowa.

During 13 years as a full-time freelancer, I’ve written for National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, Hemispheres, Via, Sunset, American Way, the San Francisco Chronicle, Alaska Airlines Beyond, Celebrated Living, Rodale’s Organic Life, Endless Vacation, Where San Francisco, SportsCar Magazine, Smart Meetings, Pebble Beach Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Gentry, The Magazine, Folks, Carmel Magazine, ReadyMade, Edible Iowa, Edible Monterey Bay, U.S. Airways, Ideal Bite, Rundown SF, the Monterey Herald and other outlets.

I am the Alaska editor for Travel Weekly and a former San Francisco editor for Zagat.com, and I’m also an American Society of Journalists and Authors member.

My Kenai Fjords National Park story for BBC Travel was part of the “US National Parks Turn 100” package that won gold in the Society of American Travel Writers’ 2017 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. I wrote a “Mini Guide: San Francisco” story for National Geographic Traveler that helped the series win silver in the 2017 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards. I also earned a 2017 Visit California Eureka Award for my Where San Francisco story on the city’s cable cars, and my chapter on the San Francisco Volkswagen van tour company Vantigo appears in the 2015 book Bulli Love.

Before launching my own business, I managed communications for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and covered community stories at the Des Moines Register. As an in-house and contract writer, I’ve crafted print and web content, white papers, annual reports, newsletters and custom publications for clients in the health & wellness, hospitality, transportation and tech fields. I earned a graduate degree in communications while on a Rotary scholarship at Australia’s Bond University, and I double majored in English and Spanish at Central College in Iowa.

Outside of work, I’m a big fan of baseball, ice cream, good beer, postcards and long-distance inline skating. I’ve explored Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Quebec and Idaho on eight wheels.