Welcome to my farewell column.
Today is my last day at USA TODAY after 11 years, the last four of which I spent building the Hotel Check-In blog with the help of incredibly savvy travelers, the newsroom team and hotel insiders.
(Photo: Barbara DeLollis)
I’ve had an amazing time delivering scoops, exclusives, trend stories, fun talkers and breaking news stories for you. Getting to see so many hotels and meet so many hotel employees over the years has been an added pleasure.
What I hadn’t expected was for the blog to become so personal. It was a surprise. I came to realize that travel is also personal — even when you do it for work.
Regardless of travel budget, we travelers often face lonely nights away from our families, the smiles and chit-chat with strangers — some of whom become your friends. A certain camaraderie develops — except for those times, of course, when you’re vying for the last upgrade in business class!
It has been a privilege to share both the personal and professional parts of travel with those of you have become loyal readers, sources and — in many cases — friends.
This experience is not something I’ll forget. It stands out as a highlight in my journalism career.
I am looking forward to my next chapter as a marketing director for a hotel-related company, but don’t plan to disappear.
So, now, I’ll turn Hotel Check-In over to my friend and colleague Nancy Trejos, a world traveler who will take good care of you.