Judi Lees - West Coast WriterJudi Lees has been travel writing since 1985, prior to that she was a journalist specializing in general interest, outdoor adventures and business articles. She has visited some 70 countries and been on more than 100 press trips. She has written travel books and her work has been published in newspapers and magazine in North America, England, New Zealand and Australia. Judi has been a three time finalist in the Western Magazine Awards and in 2002, won the Award of Excellence in Travel Journalism in the international category at the Travel Media Association annual awards ceremony. The same year she was awarded a Friends of Thailand Award for international media.