Hi, I'm Carmen Varner. I write search engine optimized (SEO) travel and food articles. Are you a tourism board or public relations agency? This website receives organic search traffic from Google, Pinterest, and more. My audience of 25 - 34-year-olds love travel, food, nature, and all things entertainment. 

If you have an upcoming press trip/familiarization tour or you're interested in a collaboration, feature, or advertisement please contact me here

I'm a lifestyle writer with a focus on travel, food, and beverage writing. I'm based in San Diego but I've traveled to 22 countries & 11 U.S. states. I've worked with Visit Mesa, Discover Mission Bay, Explore Lompoc, Visit Long Beach, Visit El Paso, The French Ministry of Agriculture, Visit Reno Tahoe, Discover Torrance, and more. Click here to read my About Me page! 

I mainly work with food, drink, travel, and lifestyle brands but I've also partnered with technology companies, wellness brands, & even television shows. If you have a product, service, event, etc. that aligns with my values, we may be a great match. Contact me, let's chat!

I'm a lifestyle blogger with a focus on travel, food, & entrepreneurship. I'm based in San Diego but I've traveled to 22 countries & 11 U.S. states.

Take a look at some of my past work!

Find Me In:

  • Tasting Table (15 Canned Seafood Options You Should Consider Stocking In Your Pantry)
  • SDFoodies (Essential Fall Family Activity in San Diego: Carlsbad Strawberry Company Pumpkin Patch) 
  • SDVoyager (Daily Inspiration: Meet Carmen Varner) 
  • LOCALE Magazine (Lessen the Stress of Hosting With These 5 Canned Cocktails; From Pumpkin Picking to Fireside Cocktails, Here’s How to Spend a Dreamy Fall Weekend in Carlsbad; 8 Family-Friendly Resorts in San Diego for Summer Vacation, and more)
  • Redfin (15 Hot Spots and Can’t-Miss Hidden Gems in San Diego)
  • Eat Like a Writer (29 freelancers share tips for finding more work in 2021)
  • TLC (35 Real Love Stories That Will Warm Your Heart)
  • Parade Magazine (Underrated Towns to Visit in Italy)
  • Chickpea Quarterly Magazine (Cumin Chickpea Couscous recipe)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog (Marketing Tips from Social Media Influencers)
  • Referral Rock (Social Media and Brand Presence Tips from Marketing Experts) 
  • Agent Advice (Best Facebook Tips for Real Estate Agents)
  • Go2Warsaw (featured on Twitter)
  • Visit Oslo (featured twice on Visit Oslo Facebook & here)
  • Turisme de Sitges (featured on Twitter)
  • SEO Tips from Experts (featured on Lime Proxies)

Paid Speaker

Need a speaker at your event or online meeting? I have a variety of expertise your business might find valuable. Ask about my paid speaking and how I can help you and your staff understand more about search engine optimization, beverage trends, Pinterest strategy, blog, and more. Contact me.

Freelance Food and Travel Writer

22 Words - Funny & fascinating viral content and gift guides
Locale Magazine - Lifestyle magazine for Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego markets
IvyCollegeAdmit - Ivy League college admissions prep website
William Henry - Luxury menswear, pocket knives, & jewelry
Vana - Legal cannabis, marijuana, weed & CBD for delivery

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Shake Shack Grand Opening // San Diego, CA
Third Wave Coffee Tours // Portland, OR
Ralph Lauren POLO // San Diego, CA


KAABOO Del Mar // Del Mar, CA
KAABOO Del Mar // Del Mar, CA


The Clement // Palo Alto, CA
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa // Reno, NV
Empress Hotel // La Jolla, CA

If you're interested in a collaboration, feature, or advertisement please contact me here. I've worked with a myriad of companies, & I'd love to work with you too.  I'm selective when it comes to featuring brands on my blog, but please don't hesitate to reach out to me to discuss possible options.

Go to my About Me page.