Elaine Masters

Member Since:
Feb 2016

Ever curious and hungry for adventure, Elaine J. Masters is a freelance travel writer and digital storyteller. Since founding Tripwellgal in 2010, her weekly stories and travel tips have been encouraging others to go far, often and do it well. She covers urban to soft adventures, culinary explorations, cultural exchanges, and sustainable travel. With over 300 dives in International tropical waters, Elaine’s passionate about taking pictures and video, above and beneath the surface.

Elaine's YouTube videos have had over 35,000 views: https://www.youtube.com/user/TravelYogaGal/videos

Awards include NATJA Bronze Medal Award for Internet Luxury & Leisure Travel Writing, Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter Blog Honorable Mention, and Indie Excellence Award for the Drivetime Yoga audiobook.

When not traveling, writing and editing, Elaine cooks, commiserates with other creatives and traipses across the border to Baja, Mexico, a few miles from home in San Diego. With her bag packed and passport ready, Elaine agrees with Helen Keller, “Life’s an adventure or nothing!” 

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Drivetime Yoga

Indie Excellence Award Winner – Small, safe and simple breath work and exercises for drivers and riders. Written / recorded while a certified yoga teacher with Julie Garner, physical therapist.

Published Articles (19)

Tadoussac Quebec – Whale watching, indigenous cuisine and village life

Voted one of Canada’s most beautiful villages and an international whale watching destination, Tadoussac has culinary surprises and adventures for all.

Top Tiki Bars and Speakeasies in San Diego

The city’s climate makes it the perfect place to enjoy a tropical cocktail.

The Hidden Gems of Balboa Park

Too often overshadowed by splashy diversions, Balboa Park has secrets waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Daytripper: Coronado Island

Come to Coronado Island to meet friends for cocktails on a shoreline patio, to witness the sunset glinting off the mainland towers, to shop the Farmers Market and enjoy a […]

The Galapagos Islands – Darwin’s Rare Wonder

From deserted islands to hot tub sunsets, cruising the Galapagos Islands swings from encounters with ancient species to state-of-the-art luxury.

Quito’s Illa Experience – Luxury Hotel Review

Step into a boutique hotel like no other in the historical San Marcos neighborhood, a luxury hotel fully remodeled from a 1700’s Villa and inspired by the culture and cuisine […]

Exploring inside Petra – Are two or four legs best?

Visiting Petra takes stamina. Walking up to the famous Treasury is just the beginning. Here are options to explore the rest of the vast complex.

When you travel Jordan start in Amman

When you travel Jordan plan to spend days exploring all that the capital of Amman offers. Here are tips and suggestions for at least 24 hours in the city.

Getting around Budapest – From the practical to the frivolous

There’s Buda and there’s Pest with the Danube in between. In a city overflowing with visitors, the options for getting around are numerous. We used it all from Taxis, buses, […]

Cruising Croatia – Island time with Katarina Line

The Jugo wind guided our ship from port to port on an exploration of the joys of village to palace life and the beauty of the Croatian coastline.

Where to live your diving dream

The dream is real: you float in a warm, turquoise sea as schools of patterned fish meander past. Diving is an exquisite experience and the Caribbean as well as the […]

Pebble Beach Golf Resort awarded the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Water and Energy Initiatives

Pebble Beach Golf Resort awarded the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Water and Energy Initiatives, an interview with David Stivers for Travindy Online Sustainability Magazine.

Tasty food adventures from a year of wanderlust

A sip of a ginger-infused cocktail, a mouthful of deeply spiced Machaca whose flavors swell with each bite, a glance spurred by the scent of clove cigarettes – all smells, […]

Where to eat and drink well in El Paso, Texas

Eat and drink through El Paso from high and low menus, quick bites and fine dining. Prepare to be deliciously surprised!

Tastiest Breakfast Food in the World – Delivering the award

Step deep into the Valle Guadelupe to the modest, yet world-renowned Cocina de Dona Esthela for the presentation of the Foodie Hub award for the ‘Tastiest Breakfast in the World.’

Puerto Princesa War Museum – Our Shared History

First Tripwellgal.com blog post from self-guided FAM on Palawan Island, the Philippines: Discoveries from the private WWII Museum to the Spanish fort turned Japanese internment camp.

Waste not! Pop dinner with Re:Source San Diego

Review of the Food System Alliance pop up dinner at The Red Door in San Diego. Posted on the Tripwellgal.com blog.

Redwood National Park – Misty hikes and unforgettable giants

Published in MilesGeek.com magazine. The National Park Centennial featured article details how to enter and enjoy Redwood National Park on the California coast.

Rice to the occasion – Sake savoring in San Diego

Post for San Diego Home and Garden, Cheers column. A brief glimpse of a long history, guide to the different kinds of sake and how to drink them.