Lark Gould is an award-winning international journalist who has spent several decades of her writing career covering travel -- not only as a requirement of the information needed in a continuously traveling society -- but also as an industry.
She holds a Masters Degree in journalism and spent many years as a news reporter for metro dailies and wire services. But she found her true path when writing about famine, war and cultural migrations in Africa during the turbulent 1980s and 1990s. She focused her coverage on Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Yemen, writing for such companies as the Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, AP, Aramco World News, and the Boston Phoenix.
The Inspiration of Travel
Through these experiences Lark was able to explore ancient medinas in Morocco, Oman and Zanzibar; share lives behind the veil with women in Sana’e and Mogadishu; break sabbath with Jewish families in India and Tunisia; follow the mysterious threads leading to the true Arc of the Covenant in Ethiopia; dine at the tables of great chefs all over the world; seek out the wisdom of shamans; stalk six-foot bats on lost islands in the Indian Ocean and discover lost temples with secreted relics said to be the bones of Buddha.
Through these travels she learned to look not only at what is but at what was, the deeper pasts and the places not seen that hold answers to questions asked and unasked. Travel, she learned, is not static: not a destination with a prescribed story. Travel is the story you make while in a place: the one around you and the one that happens because you are there.
The Business of Travel
For the past two decades, Lark had been devoted to covering travel, not only as a focus of leisure and luxury pursuits, but also as a business. With senior editor positions at Travel Agent Magazine and Recommend over a span of nearly two decades, Lark has gained expertise and managed beats in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, US West, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and the South and North Pacific.
She informs her readers on news about the cruising industry, airline commerce, destinations, hotels and travel trends through Travel-Intel, a publication sent weekly to more than 100,000 travel agent and travel industry subscribers. Lark also serves an Associate Editor for the online communities travel section of the Washington Times, where her column is featured. She also manages Larkslist.com, a site for destination and vacation information and for travelers who would like to learn the skills needed for travel writing and blogging about the places they visit. In addition, she assists travel and hospitality marketing companies in bolstering their digital footprint through editorial content.