Lisa TE Sonne—Lisa’s an award-winning travel writer, photographer, author, director, and videographer who loves to share the extraordinary. She has written about remarkable travel experiences on all seven continents, and covered underwater and space travel for 14 years. Her credits include National Geographic, PBS, network, Animal Planet, and Discovery TV, NPR stations, and varied print including the Los Angeles Times, Delta Sky, Yachting, American Way,, and AAA magazines.

She’s an experiential maven from scuba diving off private islands to sipping butter tea with Himalayan monks, from witnessing penguins hatch in Antarctica to watching Swan Lake from the Tsar’s box in St. Petes. Lisa lives near Los Angeles with packed bags, ready to cover the exceptional in culture and nature,  sustainable travel, edutravel, voluntourism, health destinations, adventure and expedition travel, and more. 
Sonne won the Gold for Destination Writing for an International Newspaper in the 2013 Travel Writing competition of NATJA (The North American Travel Journalists Association.)
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Many of her internet pieces on this site were originally part of Luxury Travel Mavens published by Andrea Rotondo. Additional travel writing by Sonne can be read at World Tourist, and videos made by her and her traveling friends can be seen at

She & her husband founded the non-profit where people can order Charity Checks, redeemable by over a million charities- a great gift to travelers who want to give back to the places they love.

Follow Lisa on Twitter: @exploretraveler

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