Featured journalist: Joanne DiBona

Today we're pleased to spotlight the work of Joanne DiBona, freelance journalist and contributor to USAToday 10Best. An award-winning travel writer and photographer, she is a "small cruise ship/ soft adventure expert." Once the Director of Communications for the San Diego Tourism Authority, DiBona began her journey in journalism in 2010. In her own words, "It’s not often one’s life passion can translate into a career, and I’m delighted to have achieved this goal." Her first assignment--that of contributing writer and travel photography expert for USA TODAY/10Best--continues to this day, but her images and articles can be found in countless publications and on travel web sites around the world, including the San Diego Union Tribune. DiBona also works with her husband and USA TODAY contributing photographer Tony DiBona, specializing in experiential travel. As for the most common misconception about her beat, it's this: "A true travel journalist never writes about a destination that he/she hasn't personally experienced. Please direct your pitches accordingly." Check out her Muck Rack portfolio here for her adventures, which includes such feats as swimming with whake sharks in Baja Mexico and walking the ancient Kiso Road in Japan.

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