Ashlee Polarek is a freelance lifestyle, travel and food writer based out of Los Angeles, California. She loves meeting new people and exploring different cultures around the globe. She focuses on travel from a local's standpoint, scoping out the best restaurants and spots to visit! She made it through journalism school, much to the dismay of her classmates who thought travel writing and journalism was not a viable option. Her first piece of work was published at the young age of 16, and she continues to triumph in the field. She hopes to be a pioneering woman in the world of travel and food journalism and to overfill the shoes of Huell Howser and Anthony Bourdain. For now and forever, Ashlee continues to travel, seek adventure and eat well.