I’m Kristin Luna, journalist by profession, Southerner by birth (and by choice), boss woman of this here blog. I grew up in the Nashville area and moved back to Tennessee at the tail end of 2011 after some time away sowing my wild oats. Here’s what I look like on an average day (though I’m not always accompanied by a winking onion and irate radish):
I’ve been working in various aspects of the media for more than a decade, covering an array of travel and feature topics for a smattering of national, international, and regional newspapers and magazines. On the side—and to satiate my pop culture craving—I’ve also served as a red carpet
minion correspondent for a handful of entertainment magazines since the early days of my career. Thus, the content on this site isn’t strictly travel-related. I mean, I know you all like to hear the fluffy stuff, too, like how I interviewed Ben Affleck and left thinking he was a terrorist, or that Clive Owen is every bit as pretty in person.
I’ve interviewed thousands of celebrities, literally—from funny guys Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart to glamor gals like Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts—but if you ask me on the spot who my favorites are, I clam up and can’t think of a one. Here’s a bit of a celebrity tell-all if you’re really curious to read more. Though if I ever get the chance to interview Taylor Swift, I can retire then and there (edited to add: “…in person.” In August 2014, I did get to have a breezy half-hour phone chat with the goddess herself—without passing out once).
At the end of 2011, I returned from a round-the-world voyage by ship, which was hands down the coolest experience I’d ever had. Best of all, I was paid to do so by being hired as the assistant field office coordinator for Semester at Sea, a study abroad program through the Institute of Shipboard Education whose academic sponsor is the University of Virginia. I returned to the ship as communications coordinator for the May 2012 Enrichment Voyage through Central and South America, then again in the same role for eight weeks in 2013 as the MV Explorer sailed through Europe and North Africa, and once more—a final time—in 2014 for the Reunion Voyage and TEDx Semester at Sea from California to Mexico.
I spent four foggy years in San Francisco before relocating back South and dragging my husband SVV along for the ride. Those are his initials and the way he is still entered in my phone. (His government name is Scott, lest you be insanely curious.) We met in Utrecht, Netherlands on Sept. 2, 2005, then lived together in Aarhus, Denmark, before parting a year later and returning to our respective corners of the United States. (He also lived in Sicily for three years while in the U.S. Navy; I also lived in Edinburgh for a stint.)
In the end, I left my magazine job at Conde Nast and moved 3,000 miles for him. I’d say things worked out: We were married on May 22, 2010 in a seaside inn and pub on the California coast. His hair was really curly back then.