A native of New Orleans, Laura Martone has been an avid traveler since childhood. When she was growing up, she and her mother would often take long road trips to fascinating U.S. destinations such as Monticello and the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from Northwestern University with a dual degree in English and radio/TV/film, Laura continued to explore America with her husband, Daniel. Despite adventures in places like Mammoth Cave, Las Vegas, and South Padre Island, New Orleans has always been her favorite destination. As a child, she explored much of the city, from the French Quarter to Lake Pontchartrain. She’s dined at countless seafood restaurants, attended numerous jazz concerts and Mardi Gras parades, and relished every major attraction, from Jackson Square to Audubon Zoo. Following Hurricane Katrina, she and Daniel started a film festival there, in the hopes of luring people back to the Big Easy. Today, with a part-time residence in the French Quarter, they continue to embrace the sights, sounds, and smells of her beloved hometown. When not in New Orleans, Laura divides her time between northern Michigan, the Florida Keys, and Los Angeles, where she and Daniel operate the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival. She’s contributed articles to National Geographic Traveler, MotorHome, Route 66 Magazine, RV Journal, and The Ecotourism Observer. She’s also written and edited several other guidebooks, including Moon Michigan, Moon Florida Keys, Moon Baja RV Camping, and Moon Metro Los Angeles.