Susan Spano has been writing about travel for the New York Times (the "Frugal Traveler") and the Los Angeles Times ("Her World" and "Postcards from Paris") since 1993. Her articles are widely syndicated and anthologized and have received three Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.

She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts, worked as a fiction editor and freelance writer in New York City and then moved to Los Angeles.

Her foreign assignments have included three blissful years in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris; five months in Beijing, studying Mandarin and researching travel stories during the run-up to the 2008 Olympics; and two years in Rome. Now she is back in the U.S.A., working on a book.