Debbra Dunning Brouillette

Member Since:
Feb 2018

Debbra Dunning Brouillette has always been a tropical girl. Like a fish out of water, she was born and raised in the Midwest, but from the age of seven, Florida vacations opened up her world to sun, sand and turquoise water. On her first Caribbean trip to Jamaica, a snorkeling excursion introduced her to an incredible new world that exists below the surface of the sea. The fish out of water was hooked. A scuba diver and avid photographer, she enjoys exploring the reefs and natural wonders, meeting the natives, and finding what makes each island unique. She also is a self-described “foodie” and enjoys savoring the food and wine wherever her travels take her.

While tropical destinations have been her travel niche, she is ready to explore and write about food, wine and natural wonders within the U.S. and Canada. She looks forward to attending IFWTWA’s conference on Whidbey Island and would welcome the opportunity to explore more of Washington’s coastal islands during a pre- or post conference trip.

Her articles and photos have appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Indulge, AAA Home & Away and Evansville Living magazines; online digital outlets, including JohnnyJet.com, TravelWorld, Travelscope and TravelSquire.com; as well as her own site, TropicalTravelGirl.com and as a Conributor to GettingOnTravel.com, which focuses on luxury travel over 50. Check out her Published Articles page at http://tropicaltravelgirl.com/published-articles.

She has received writing awards for the past three years in NATJA’s (North American Travel Assn.) annual competition honoring the best in travel journalism. Most recently, she received a Silver award and two Finalist awards for articles entered in the 2017 competition and published in Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and AAA Home & Away magazine.

Debbra has also served as co-author or editor for two books in the food and nutrition area. She co-authored “Goodbye, Fat Guy” with Starke Taylor and served as editor of “I’ll Start on Monday: Overcoming Your Weight Loss Excuses” by Mardi Allen. 

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Published Articles (13)

Things to do in Galveston, Texas on a Multi-Generational Trip


Galveston Island, Texas, located 50 miles south of Houston, offers a plethora of attractions, accommodation choices and activities, as well as multi-cultural culinary choices for all ages. Read about the […]

Memphis beyond Graceland: Sun Studio


No trip to Memphis would be complete without paying a visit to Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley broke into the music business with his first recordings.

Visiting Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment complex


It had been 15 years since I entered the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. This year, 2017, the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing on August 16, 1977, the […]

The Guest House at Graceland: Inspired by the King of Rock & Roll


The article profiles the Guest House at Gracland, a 450-room luxury hotel located just steps away from Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the city’s second largest, […]

Beaches and Beyond: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park


This article, published in the July/August 2017 issue of AAA Home & Away, received a Finalist award in the 2017 NATJA writing competition for travel journalists. It features the Indiana […]

Indoor Oceans: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores


Located just a few miles from Atlantic Beach on the southern Outer Banks, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is the largest in the state, covering 96,000 square […]

North Carolina’s Crystal Coast: Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse


Wide beaches and wild horses await visitors to North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore, covering more than 50 miles on three undeveloped barrier islands off its central shore. Access to […]

A look back at 2016 travels: April – California’s Central Coast (Oxnard and Morro Bay)


I spent the first nine days of April 2016 in a roughly 200-mile area within Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, venturing as far south as Simi Valley, the location […]

A look back at 2016 travels: April – California’s Central Coast (Paso Robles)


This post covers my exploration of the Paso Robles area, including its food, wine and accommodations during a pre-trip before attending NATJA’s annual conference in Oxnard, California.

Petit St. Vincent private island is antidote to post-election stress


I received a Finalist award in the 2017 NATJA (North American Travel Journalist Assn.) competition for my article in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on Petit St. Vincent private island resort […]

A look back at 2016 travels: January – Sanibel Island, Florida


Sanibel Island is known for its world class shelling. The island’s unique geographical location (it lies east and west, different than most islands which lie north and south) allows the […]

Eternal appeal: Iconic sites keep tourists coming to Greece and its islands


I won a Silver award in the 2017 NATJA (North American Travel Journalist Assn.) writing competition for travel journalism for my article in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on a Windstar […]

Why I love islands: food and drink


Favorite foods and beverages I’ve enjoyed on island trips are covered in this post, part of a series on “Why I love islands.”