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I’m Debi Lander, freelance writer, photographer and public speaker specializing in travel, food and lifestyle. My global explorations focus on historic and cultural sites, unique lodging options, culinary experiences and adventure activities. I adore poking around small quirky museums, conquering medium sized cities, and taking large adventures. In 2015, I ventured to Tanzania, Africa on a volunteer vacation, and, in 2016, spent six-months slow- traveling through Europe. I’ve driven a tank, gone skydiving and explored underground salt mines. I’ve toured over 80 countries reporting on the small French-owned islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon (near Newfoundland), the volcano-destroyed capital of Montserrat in the West Indies, and the remote Orkney Islands in Scotland. I ascended in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey, observed sunrise on Mt Haleakala, Hawaii, before biking down the mountain, and visited an elephant sanctuary in India.

I answer to Mimi as grandmother of eight, live in Sarasota, Florida, and am an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers and IFWTWA.

North Florida residents have been reading my Florida Newsline monthly travel column for the past nine years. Other publications include Business Jet Traveler (print and online), DeSoto Magazine (print/online), Boca Raton Observer (print & online), Ocala’s Good Life (print), Boomer website –,,, and a trade journal for meetings/ incentive travel planners: Facilities & Destinations Magazine

My own website,, contains highlights from my travel journal, while my food blog at ByLanderSea-Food features culinary articles, restaurant reviews and recipes, as well as bite size nuggets about what’s happening in my own kitchen.  I co-author the blog: Good Girls in the

I hope you will explore the world through my writing and award-winning photography.


United States

Primary focus of my work

Food, Travel

Specific Focus

History, Culture, Destinations, Reviews

How My Work Is Published

Photographer – Paid for freelance work, Blog(s) – my own posts, Blog(s) – guest posts, Writer – Printed media (magazine), Writer – Freelance on assignment, Writer – Digital media (website), Website(s) – my own

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