Andrew Collins

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••• Hiking near my home in Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia Gorge. by Fernando Nocedal

Andrew Collins has been roaming the globe as a travel writer and editor since 1991, originally as a staff editor for Fodor's Travel Publications, and since 1993 as a full-time freelancer. Andrew spends about 10 to 15 days a month on the road, and although he lives with his partner, Fernando, in Portland, Oregon (where he moved in 2007, after seven years in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico), he considers himself to be very much a perpetual nomad. And wherever his travels take him, from Austin to Zurich, he always sets out to find a destination's gay pulse. 

Experience

At age 23, Andrew conceived of and wrote Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, which won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award from the Society of American Travel Writers. He followed this with six regional gay guides for Fodor's, on destinations ranging from San Francisco to Amsterdam. Since the mid-'90s, he's written hundreds of articles in LGBT newspapers and magazines.

Andrew is editor in chief of the regional LGBT wedding magazines Love Wins Texas Weddings and Love Wins California Weddings (Love Wins Florida Weddings is in the planning stages and will launch sometime in 2017). He's also editor in chief of The Pearl, a lifestyle magazine about the hip and gay-friendly Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, and he's a contributing editor to New Mexico Magazine as well as a regular contributor to Four Seasons Magazine. He regularly writes and updates portions of the Fodor's guides on New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. He's also authored guidebooks on New Orleans, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for Moon Handbooks, and has contributed to numerous other publications, including the Zagat guides, Orbitz.com, Travel + Leisure, Brides, Sunset, Frommer's Budget Travel, Jetsetter, and AAA Living.

Education

Andrew earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn., in 1991. He's also part of the faculty of New York City's Gotham Writers' Workshop, where he teaches online courses on travel writing and food writing. Andrew's also a media member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

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