Sandra Friend
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  • Ocala, FL
  • United States
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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
Author of the "Explorer's Guide" series to Florida (WW Norton) and Florida blogger
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Florida, particularly natural destinations, backroads / rural, cultural / heritage, and offbeat
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Natural destinations around the world
Other travel / language expertise?
Build and maintain travel information websites and blogs


A Florida resident for most of her life, Sandra Friend has a passion for hiking and playing outdoors, exploring natural lands, parks, and gardens throughout her home state and around the world. A strong believer in "sense of place," she focuses on genuine experiences, down-home restaurants, historic accommodations, and the backroads and byways in her many guidebooks, including the three-volume Explorer's Guide series to Florida (WW Norton) and eight books on hiking in Florida. Sandra runs the popular Florida Hikes website and blogs about travel at Candid Florida. Sandra is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA). She lives in Ocala, Florida, with the largest National Forest in Florida in her backyard.

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At 11:50am on April 18, 2011, David Paul Appell said…
Hi Sandra, hope you're having a good spring so far. WIll be great to work with you on soc media panel in Pittsburgh. Can you give me a shout with what you know about it so far?  Thanks!!
At 1:14pm on May 15, 2010, tour-pakistan said…
Hi Sandra, warmest greetings from Mountain Kingdom of North Pakistan,

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At 2:57pm on July 16, 2009, David Paul Appell said…
Hi Sandra, and welcome! I believe we have your blog listed in our Florida group; please let me know of any others we can add in other groups. Have a look around and consider joining Travel Journalists' Corner, Travel Photography, Camping, and others! If you'd like to blog for us, that would be great too! I look forward to staying in touch -- and please let me know next time you're down in SoFla! best, Dave

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