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.
Interested in working together? Let’s get in touch
The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Iceland
A Day in Elliðaárdalur Park
The Elephants that Came to Dinner
A Time Traveler’s Guide to Stockholm
Spotlight on Melbourne
Cruise to Antarctica
When in Iceland: Sheep Heads and Puffin Roasts
18 Commandments for Dating a Girl from Hawaii
19 Signs you were Born and Raised in Hawaii
5 Nonfiction Books on Central Asia
Top Places to See in Iceland
Top Reasons to Visit Laos
Paris on a Dime
5 WWOOFing Opportunities in France
7 Reasons Why You Should Visit O’ahu
Namsan and Timeless Pines (South Korea)
How to Sleep in a Bulgarian Monk’s Cell (Bulgaria)
Micronotes from Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
Ode to Montreal (Canada)
Until Next Time: A Portrait of Honokaa (Hawaii)
The Lonely Planet Guide to My Flat (Portland)
Sketches of a Traveler: Alexandra David Né
“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.”
So this is Stockholm! I’ve been here 1 month and 1 day, enough to get my initial bearings. I know where the neighborhood grocery is. And where… Read more “Välkommen till Stockholm”
Announcing some major news! First of all and foremost: in 6 days I’ll be moving to Stockholm. I’m moving for a variety of reasons, but mostly, I need… Read more “Summer News”
I recently updated my website, so it’s got a sleek new look. Me likey. I’ve been playing around with Contently, and so far I’m impressed by their… Read more “Updates”
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.