travel writing & communications



Hello, my name is Wailana. I’m an independent travel writer and editor.

A hapa from Hawaii, I’ve been traveling from the ripe old age of 2 and over the years family summer trips have developed into a lifelong passion for travel. Growing up both in Hawaii and the Middle East kind of ruined me for the 9-to-5 thing, so when I graduated from university I decided to combine my love for travel and writing–and I’ve been freelancing ever since. 

I’ve traveled through 38 countries and lived in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Morocco, South Korea, Oregon, Iceland and now Sweden. I write about places I’ve been and where I want to go. My work has appeared in numerous publications including Matador Network, Blonde Abroad, Willamette Intl Travel, Fluent U, Vacaykit, and Gezi.

I just moved to Stockholm! When I’m not freelancing, I’m navigating my way through this large and interesting city.

I’m a sucker for: creative nonfiction, obscure histories, urbanex, constructed languages, alliteration and world mythologies. 

Sometimes you can find me on Twitter, InstagramLinkedIn and Contently

Interested in working together? Let’s get in touch

Happy Clients

“Wailana is an excellent freelance writer and an absolute pleasure to work with. She is highly skilled, swift, very detail orientated, communicative and incredibly reliable. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with her and wouldn’t hesitate hiring her again in the future. Wailana quickly proved herself to be one of our best writers and has delivered vast amounts of top-quality copy to spec, to tight deadlines. It’s been great working with you Wailana, many thanks.”

Aline Tanner, Copy Editor, Holiday Weather Ltd



When I’m not working on travel stuff, I’m writing literary nonfiction or dabbling in web development. 

I also edit and proofread my photo book. This book is a collaboration with my photographer friend Anna Gorin and will be based on my master’s thesis on Iceland. You can buy it in the Summer of 2016 if you like pretty pictures of otherworldly topography. 


Ready to get started? I’m just an email away.

Contact me at waikalama (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m taking on new projects at the moment, and welcome general questions on travel and travel writing.