Akila McConnell


  • Akila McConnell is a freelance travel and food writer who has been touring the world full-time since 2009. She has visited 40 countries on five continents.
  • Her writing has appeared at the Food Traveler's Handbook, Wandr’ly Magazine, and Problogger, among others.
  • She maintains two travel blogs: the award-winning The Road Forks focuses on culinary travel and the newer The Road Unleashed focuses on traveling with pets.


Akila McConnell is a former writer with TripSavvy, specializing in culinary travel topics for nearly three years.

Akila has traveled to 40 countries across five continents, including road-tripping from England to Turkey and back with her husband and two dogs.  She has hunted truffles in Italy, sniffed barrels of wine in New Zealand, cooked mouth-blistering curries in Thailand, and gathered around a roasting kangaroo tail with Australian aboriginals.  Upon arrival to any new place, her first question always is, “What should we eat?”

Her writing has appeared in the Food Traveler's Handbook, Wandr’ly Magazine, and Problogger, among others, and on her own food and travel blog, The Road Forks. She was a Lonely Planet featured publisher from 2009 to 2010.

In addition to writing, Akila owns an Atlanta-based guiding company and develops all of its tours to help locals and tourists learn about the breadth and depth of Southern food.  


Akila graduated from Emory University with degrees in accounting and philosophy and earned a law degree from Duke University.

Awards and Publications
  • Iglucruise Award for Highly Recommended Foodie Travel Sites
  • "The Perfect Vista: Breathtaking," second place winner in Grantourismo and HomeAway UK June 2010 Blogging Competition
  • "On the Bamboo Train," first place winner in Grantourismo and HomeAway UK April 2010 Blogging Competition

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