Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away, co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place. and co-host of the storytelling podcast There She Goes. Lavinia introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France, and she has contributed to such publications as AFAR, Longreads, Tin House, Y oga Journal, Sunset, AirBnB magazine, Ms., Post Road, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian. Her work has won gold Lowell Thomas and Solas awards, has been recognized in The Best American Travel Writing, has been written about in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and has been anthologized widely. She teaches writing workshops around the world and is available for speaking engagements and storytelling classes. She is a member of The Writers Grotto and Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance. She lives in New Orleans and Cape Cod. Watch Lavinia’s TEDx talk here, and sign up to receive occasional updates here.

This was the moment I longed for every day. Settling at a heavy inn-table, thawing and tingling, with wine, bread, and cheese handy and my papers, books and diary all laid out; writing up the day’s doing, hunting for words in the dictionary, drawing, struggling with verses, or merely subsiding in a vacuous and contented trance while the snow thawed off my boots.” –Patrick Leigh Fermor