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Who is Bryanna Plog?
I am a writer, traveler, park ranger, and author of two travel books.
I was the kid who scribbled stories on lined paper long before my family owned a computer, gathering material from camping trips with my family and excursions into my own backyard.
As an adult, my explorations have lead me to travel on all seven continents. Favorite destinations include Tanzania, Colombia, Antarctica, and the American Southwest.
The world is there for us to share with each other and though I do now own a laptop, I still scribble words in a lined journal, writing about what I have been lucky enough to experience all around this earth, whether that is trying a new food, meeting people with new perspectives, or taking in a new and spectacular natural landscape.
My interests are varied, and I have a BA in both global studies and in communication, and also minored in English writing and environmental studies at Pacific Lutheran University.
Besides my career as a travel writer, I am also proud to be an educator and park ranger with the National Park Service.
My latest book, Make Sure You Have a Map, tells twenty stories from my travels on six continents–and of the joy of breaking the rules.
My first book, Misspelled Paradise tells the story of travels and teaching in Colombia. In 2011, I spent a year in Colombia as a volunteer English teacher through Harvard-based WorldTeach and Colombia-based Volunteers Colombia. I lived on the sweltering Caribbean coast teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at Institución Educativa de Santa Ana, a K to 11 public school in Santa Ana, a small, impoverished community of 4,000 located on the island of Barú.
Colombia was an example of a place where traveling there 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).
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