About Bryanna

Who is Bryanna Plog?

Bryanna Plog PortraitI am an international traveler and author of two travel books. My writing draws from my substantive travels in over 20 countries and my passion for the natural world and history. Favorite destinations include Colombia, Tanzania, Alaska, and Mexico.

My first book, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia, was celebrated as an honest and entertaining account of life and travels in a forgotten Colombia. Misspelled Paradise drew from my year as a volunteer English teacher living on the sweltering Caribbean coast, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at the public school in the small, impoverished community of Santa Ana, and traveling throughout the diverse and surprising country of Colombia.

I travel to learn about and connect with the world we all share and Colombia was a perfect example of a place where traveling revealed so much more about the place than its stereotypes. Turns out that in Colombia you rarely run into paramilitaries, nearly always run into swarms of mosquitoes and while rice is a requirement of any meal, it is almost impossible to get a good cup of coffee. Introduce yourself to Colombia here).

Bryanna with 6th and 7th grade students at Institución Educativa de Santa Ana, Santa Ana, Colombia.
Bryanna with 6th and 7th grade students at Institución Educativa de Santa Ana, Colombia.

I followed Misspelled Paradise up with Make Sure You Have a Map (and Other Bits of Travel Advice I’m Glad I Ignored), a fun collection of stories exploring bad travel advice. My writing has also been included in The Wonder of It All, a collection of stories from America’s national parks to celebrate 100 years of the national park service, and the travel collection A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone.

When I am not writing or traveling, I am also an educator and park ranger with the U.S. National Park Service and I have worked in parks in Utah, Alaska, California, and New York. Originally from a small town in western Washington, I now live and work in the Cascade Mountains.

I am currently focusing my travels on exploring some of the world’s most interesting and infamous volcanoes for my next book project. Read more about my next book here!

Bryanna Plog in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Cadence Chinle Cook.

I appreciate any comments or questions you want to send me or leave on the blog!  If you want to be inspired to travel and receive the occasional update, consider following the blog to receive updates by email. 

You can also follow me @bryannaplog on Instagram, @BryannaPlogon Twitter, or connect with me on Goodreads.


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