Young and totally tech savvy, 101 Texas travel reporter JoAnna Kopp brings an insightful, astute perspective to her coverage of things to see, do and play, and where to eat and stay in the Lone Star State. Her travel tales began as a personal blog just a year ago, documenting her year in Europe as a student. Now, she’s come home to take a closer look at the adventures in her own backyard.
“When I was writing about France and Germany and Switzerland, I was cramming multiple days into one blog post,” Kopp said of her blog ForeverInParadise.net. “What’s cool about what I’m doing now — writing about Texas — is that I can take the little things that make the communities here unique and amplify them. I can tell the stories that make up the heart and soul of my home state.”
Kopp grew up in San Antonio but moved to Austin when she was 17. She graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Art in English literature, specializing in creative writing. Fresh out of college, she served a six-month apprenticeship with the Austin Film Festival. Now, she’s on the road to towns such as Burnet, Marble Falls, Llano, Kingsville and Corpus Christi, working for Texas Publishing Co.
The real draw of her new job, along with the immediacy of digital publication, is the opportunity to further explore the melding of print and digital mediums, she said.
“You can publish what you’ve seen and experienced in five minutes, and the whole world can see it,” she said. “A family traveling to Marble Falls for the first time can find out where to eat, where to stay, what to see and do instantly. You can hold your next vacation adventure in the palm of your hand.”
Before planning your next vacation, check out Kopp’s adventures deep in the heart of Texas online at Facebook.com/101Texas, 101CorpusChristi.com/vacation and 101HighlandLakes.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute coverage of all things fun to do in Texas.