About Mary Jo

Mary Jo Manzanares is a travel content creator, author, speaker, and avid traveler.

Her travel ethos is Value Luxury – that sweet spot where experience and price intersect in an affordable WOW experience. Think of it as luxury for real people, the kind of luxury that you don’t have to be a celebrity to experience.

Mary Jo has a consumer facing personal blog,  Traveling with MJ, which covers practical information and recommendations for value luxury travelers. The blog also focuses on helping airline personnel, especially flight attendants, with suggestions on how to enjoy their flight benefits and create value luxury travel experiences. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine providing informational and inspirational travel recommendations for curious travelers.

Speaking appearances have included local venues and private events, as well as national events and conferences such as:  BlogHer, New Media Expo (formerly BlogWorld Expo), Travel & Adventure Show, PhoCusWright, Seattle Golf and Travel Show, Travel Weekly Hawaii Leadership Forum, and ITB Berlin.

When she’s not on a trip, Mary Jo is planning or researching the next one.  She lives in Seattle where she always has a bag packed, ready for the next great adventure. In addition to traveling, Mary Jo is a big fan of food and wine, movies and books, museums and spa pampering, shopping and culture, and discovering new places and things.  She likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers.