OFFICIAL PRESS BIO
KAREN McCANN, AUTHOR
An award-winning journalist, author, and blogger, Karen McCann has been living in Seville, Spain, since 2004. She writes extensively about travel, travel experiments, and expat life, and her two recent memoirs have both become Amazon Kindle bestsellers.
The Travel Bug
Wanderlust has taken Karen McCann to more than thirty countries, including many developing or post-war nations where she and her husband volunteered as consultants to struggling microenterprises. A fourth-generation Californian, she lived in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband for two decades before the couple moved to Seville “for a year” and decided to make it their home.
In 2013, the McCanns launched The Experiment, heading to the train station with small, roll-aboard bags and a EuRail pass, to see if they could still have the kind of grand travel adventures they’d enjoyed in their youth. They spent three months on trains, mostly in Eastern Europe, and the results – often hilarious, occasionally harrowing – form the basis of her new book, Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home, the #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller in Travel.
In the fall of 2015, the McCann's Luggage-Free Travel Experiment took them from Spain to France carrying nothing but the bare necessities stuffed into their pockets. "A total hoot; we will definitely be doing this again," says McCann. She's still debating whether this calls for a total revision of her guide Pack Light, or whether a luggage-free guide is on the horizon.
About Expat Living
Her 2012 memoir, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad, describes her move from Cleveland, Ohio, to Seville, Spain, with her husband and dog. “I loved this book,” wrote Lonely Planet. “I must have laughed out loud at least once in every chapter . . . The advice in the book is terrific.” It became the #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller in Travel, Spain.
Her guide 101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad: Essential Tips for Easing the Transition to Expat Life distills the best advice she received from veteran expats and her own hard-earned lessons in handling the inevitable social and linguistic pratfalls of adapting to a foreign culture.
The Old Country
Today, she spends her time writing, blogging, painting, exploring Seville, and traveling the world. She makes frequent visits to the US because America is something you have to stay in practice for and she doesn't want to lose her touch.