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By trade, I am a writer/editor/journalist. I have a degree in Spanish and a degree in magazine journalism, from what calls itself the oldest journalism school in the world - University of Missouri. I am happiest when traveling, drinking good beer, eating, learning something interesting and combining all of these and writing about them

  • Hometown

    Houston, Texas, USA

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    Columbia Missourian

    Houston Intown Magazine

    Vox magazine

    H Texas

    Houston Modern Luxury

    barstool houston

    Arts Houston

    Houston Press

    Envy Houston

  • Travel philosophy

    I like to live by the "why not" style of life. This is great to apply to traveling around the world, and not questioning - for more than a few seconds - what you put in your mouth. My latest goal is to travel around the world and see as many species of whales as possible, and then write about it, of course.

  • Craziest place


  • Bizarre experience

    I took shots of sea turtle eggs and tomato juice a truck stop in Costa Rica.

  • Advice

    Relax, there are worse things that could happen - you could be at work.

  • Dream destination

    Seychelles, French Polynesian Islands, Bali, Antartica, Alaska

  • Traveled before


    Costa Rica










    Spain (and the Canary Islands)





    Czech Republic

    Puerto Rico



  • Going next

    Yo Mamma's House

Tammy Portnoy's Guide Book Entries


  • Spanish Schools in Bolivia

    Apr 28, 2008 - Bolivia

    Bolivia is a great place for anyone at any level to start or improve upon their Spanish skills. The Spanish ......

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  • Colombian Eco-Lodges

    Apr 21, 2008 - Colombia

    In 2006, then-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe opened the first 20 eco-lodges in the Sierra Nevada for a program called “Fostering ......

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  • Colombian Spas

    Apr 10, 2008 - Colombia

    Colombia offers many variations on the stereotypical relaxing and tranquil spa vacation. If you want to indulge in the local ......

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  • Parque Nacional Natural Nevado del Huila

    Jun 02, 2008 - Colombia

    The Parque Nacional Natural Nevado del Huila attracts thousands of trekkers, hikers and climbers each year. If you are coming ......

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  • Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

    Apr 29, 2008 - Colombia

    The Tayrona National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona) is said to be one of the most beautiful spots in Colombia. ......

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  • Trujillo

    Jan 19, 2005 - Trujillo, Peru

    The north of Peru is blessed with an abundance of pre-Inca treasures. Settled on the Pacific coast, Trujillo is one ......

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  • Patagonia Queen Hotel Boutique

    Jun 16, 2008 - El Calafate, Argentina

    This small 20-room boutique hotel opened up in November of 2007. Every room includes individual heating, cable TV, a mini ......

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  • Finisterris Lodge Relax

    Jun 12, 2008 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    V!VA NOTE: Finisterris Lodge will be closed for at least 180 days starting January 1, 2009. The lodge provides personal ......

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  • Hotel Del Glaciar

    Jun 12, 2008 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    This luxury hotel looks like a long, large, Swiss Motel Six. But, it offers the relaxed and warm shmancy atmosphere ......

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  • Agroecotur

    Jun 03, 2008 - Colombia

    This unusual, non-profit tour agency is part of the Colombian Network Association of Private Nature Reserves. According to Agroecotur, the ......

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