About Beth Reiber

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Beth Reiber’s career as a freelance travel writer has spanned more than three decades and has included four years living in Germany and three years in Japan. She first wrote Frommer’s guides to Japan, Tokyo and Hong Kong more than 25 years ago and has been updating them ever since. She has two apps: Hong Kong Explorer and Branson & Beyond Traveler, available as androids or through iTunes. Over the years she also wrote Frommer’s Berlin, Frommer’s Walking Tours Berlin, Frommer’s Walking Tours Tokyo, Frommer’s St. Louis/Kansas City, and A Serious Shopper’s Guide to London and contributed to the Frommer’s Europe from $$ a Day series, Frommer’s Europe by Rail, Frommer’s Southeast Asia, Frommer’s China, Frommer’s USA, and America on Wheels—South Central States & Texas. There may be more, but at this point she can’t recall what they might be.

My sons and I spent a month in Peru in 2008

She’s never counted all the countries she’s been to or written about but reckons there must be more than 35. Prior to focusing on guide books, she hitchhiked through Europe, drove her beat-up Datsun as far as it could take her between Canada and the Yucatan, and bummed around Asia for travel articles that appeared in many newspapers, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Constitution, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Minneapolis Tribune, Denver Post, Houston Chronicle, San Diego Union, San Francisco Examiner and many other newspapers that never paid very well. She has been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers since 1988.

Her work over the years has also appeared in print and online in National Geographic Traveler, Orbitz, Discovery (Cathay Pacific’s in-flight magazine), Hilton Resorts, Kaleidoscope, ACCJ Journal (American Chamber of Commerce in Japan) and publications for Rotary International, among others.

Her most recent articles include Experience Macau’s Dual Heritage and Hong Kong Makes Doing Business a Pleasure in the 2014 April and March issues, respectively, of Global Traveler;  a trio of online articles published in IndependentTraveler.com on The Best 12 Japan Experiences, Japan Lodging: Inns, Temples, Luxury Hotels and More; and Getting Around Japan, all appearing in February 2014; Tokyo Story and Kobe’s Slice of China in the 2013 December and October issues, respectively, of Skyward (Japan Airlines’ domestic magazine); Queer Tokyo, Lost in Translation, about the Ni-Chome gay district for the December/January issue of Element magazine, published in Singapore; Hong Kong Food & Drink Tours published August 23 2013 in USA TodayWhy I’ll be Studying Spanish Forever and How Travel Taught me to Live More Fully and Simply for nextavenue.org, appearing on July 2 and March 8, 2013, respectively;  The Many Faces of Japan, highlighting stops on a guided tour of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone for the March/April 2013 issue of AAA Traveler (Northern California, Nev. & Utah) and a spread on Japanese baths and etiquette tips for AAA’s emag during the same months; and an article called Hakone–A Soothing and Stunning Getaway for the 2013 edition of Destination Hyatt that was placed in Hyatt international hotels throughout the year

In front of Itsukushima, Miyajima

In front of Itsukushima, Miyajima

In addition to writing articles and guide books, she has also reviewed hotels in Japan, Hong Kong and Missouri for Star Service and updated destination reports on Tokyo, Branson, Kansas City and Kansas for Weissmann Reports (both now branded under travel42). She has also written advertising copy about travel in Japan, including one that appeared in National Geographic Traveler and, in 2013, an ad campaign for Okinawa of five different headlines and copy which appeared in, among others, Islands magazine, Recommend magazine for travel agents, a magazine for cruise line executives, and a dive magazine.

As a travel expert on Japan, she has been interviewed on radio, CNN and the Japan National Tourism Organization; has been a guest speaker at various events (most recently at a media event on Kyushu held Nov 14, 2013, in NYC), has written blogs and articles for the Japan National Tourist Organization’s website at www.japantravelinfo.com; and since 2009 has been a VISIT JAPAN Ambassador, an honorary title awarded by the Japanese government for her contributions in drawing foreign visitors to Japan (the only US resident awarded the title). To her chagrin, she is also the longest-reigning author of a guide book to Japan.

In 2011 she received the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for fiction; her submission for the contest was the first chapter of a novel she hopes to someday complete, set in 1980s Tokyo and called Rife with the Tokyo Brews.

In 2013, her app Hong Kong Explorations received second place in the Best Travel App category from the Central Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers.

When not on the road she enjoys reading, writing fiction, cooking, hanging out with friends and family, getting her hands dirty in her garden, keeping peace between her dog, cat and chickens, and trying to stay one step ahead of her college-age sons. Everyone always asks her what’s the favorite place she’s been to, to which she always replies, “The place I haven’t been to yet.”

9 Responses to About Beth Reiber

  1. shannon walker says:

    I too am an empty nester ……………..I’ll be in Canada until November but then back to Asia . Best to come in the summer or fall. The fall is actually the best time to come as the bugs are gone and the foliage is fab . I would love to see you I have lot’s of room for you and whom ever comes in tow . Please try I mean it’s been what 20+ years . …………………Miss you ………………Shannon

  2. Rick Valliere says:

    Recently returned from 10 days in Tokyo after spending 10 days in Osaka/Kyoto in 2010. Your guidebooks were the best, indispensable (along with Tuttle’s Getting Around Tokyo).

    • Beth Reiber says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I rarely hear from readers any more, so I really appreciate it. I don’t know if you’ve been following the saga with Frommer’s, but it was sold to Google last August and was recently reacquired by Arthur Frommer. No one knows yet whether guide books will continue to be published or whether they’ll appear as ebooks or only online. I’d hate to see actual books go….Anyway, thanks again, and glad my books helped.

  3. AnnA says:

    BETH! I finally managed to find how to contact you! This is marvellous! Remember me? Your old friend from years gone by, in Tokyo? I am now living in Yokohama and have been for the last 14 years. You still look the same! When are you here in Japan again? We have so much catching up to do! Drop me a line, pleaaaaaaaaaase! Haven’t stopped thinking about you all these years, hoping to perhaps bump into you in the streets of Tokyo!

  4. Carol Holstead says:

    Beth, I’m happy I found this. I hope the world does, too. You are a great storyteller.

  5. Great description of all you are and do, and wonderful pictures! This is a lively and beautiful website, and it’s great to see your good and vivid words here.

  6. Marx Wilgus says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  7. Beth Reiber says:

    Hi Oda-san! No, I am not in Japan, but I am hoping to go to Tokyo toward the end of May. Because I need to work long hours to get all my fact-checking done, I’m hoping most businesses, museums, restaurants, etc., will be open somewhat normal hours, though self-imposed energy conservation efforts may curtail open hours. Hope you and your family are well! Beth

  8. jun oda says:

    I hope you are well.
    I’m happy I found your HP.
    Are you in Japan?

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