A local writer who travels. 

Donna West started her career as an Accounting Manager working in Finance and transitioned to Senior Meeting Planner & Travel Consultant. Donna is a Writer with an uncanny ability and a passion of digging deep to find unusual ideas, off the beaten path, even in everyday occurrences. 

With a Bachelor of Science in Education, an Associate in Arts degree in Business Travel, and as a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute, she enjoys sharing her expertise in business and travel helping others to succeed.

It must have been in the early days as a young girl when Donna developed her enormous appetite for exploring and passion of travel going on various types of vacation trips, camping and road trips, with her family across USA.  Becoming restless after graduating from college, Donna packed her bags and moved west to find the Pacific Ocean as her new inspiration and settled in Northern California. Although missing her family many times, both parents were always supportive with this transition.  Perhaps it was those 9 - 5 jobs she worked that fueled her quest for adventure as she always seem to be in the midst of planning new vacations to discover new regions.

Was it a Grandmother arriving as an immigrant in USA from Germany in early 1900s or watching an Aunt enjoy motor coach tours and trips?  Realizing how fun tours are, Donna now chooses this very special niche of multiple-day tours and goes every chance she gets on her own vacations, yes as a passenger and as a group planner.  As the Fun Tour Guru, she shares this Tour Buzz with everyone. Stories may include tips of the planning before trips, news and information she finds inside the local communities, unique experiences during trips and she is always on the hunt for fun things to do locally between her trips.  

Many people only get to take one or two trips every year.  Sometimes travelers need help to wade through the chaos of online presence to make certain they get the best value for what they want.   

Sit back, relax and let's have fun on tour!

Fun Tour Guru is connected to the following media outlets:

Sacramento Connect with Sacramento Bee
Santa Cruz Community Media Lab and Twitters with Santa Cruz Sentinel  
All Top Travel News http://travel.alltop.com/

Press & Media:

2015 American Mobile - AMN Healthcare Company

Travel Writing Education
Courses taken:

 From Traveler to Travel Writer, from Judith B. Wylie, UCSC Extension, Santa Cruz, CA 2003 
Women and Travel Workshop, from Judith B. Wylie 2003

How to Sell Your Freelance Writing, How to Write Your Book, Writing Travel Articles courses from Gordon Burgett, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 2000 to 2004

Learn Travel Writing Workshop, from Louise Purwin Zobel 1997

Journalism Class. Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 2005

Technical Writing Class, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 2006

Online magazines come and go, writers stay current to help.

 Article Preview:
Click to preview of portfolio of articles from 2010.
Please follow Donna's new blog, My Germany Trips, going undercover through Germany.  
Please note, readers will find some links shared may be considered affiliate links. These links are from favorite companies used. It is not the intent to create spam. As "independent" writer - business,  a necessity is created to secure sponsors, advertisers, and private client work to keep spreading news to each of you.

Please contact Donna about future engagements!

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