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.
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 Kobe’s Slice of China in the October issue of Skyward (Japan Airlines’ domestic magazine); Hong Kong Food & Drink Tours published August 23 in USA Today; Why 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, 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); a spread on Japanese baths and etiquette tips for AAA’s emag during the same months; an article called Hakone–A Soothing and Stunning Getaway for the 2013 edition of Destination Hyatt that will be placed in Hyatt international hotels throughout the year; and “What Makes Branson Great?”, published in the July/August 2012 issue of AAA Traveler.
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 by CNN and the Japan National Tourism Organization, 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.”