Kris Madden is an award winning freelance travel writer and former managing editor of the tourism industry publication Traveltalk. Her articles have appeared in numerous Australian and international print and online publications. She is also a contributor to a number of books, including Lonely Planet’s ‘Code Green – Trips of a lifetime that won’t cost the Earth’; and the Australian Adventure Atlas. In 2012, Kris won ‘Best Trade Story’ at the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards and was a finalist in the ‘Best Responsible Travel Story’ category. She has also been a finalist in the Australian Federation of Travel Agents ‘Best Travel Writer’ award for the past three years. In 2007 was named Australian Travel Industry Writer of the Year and won ‘Best International Story under 1000 words’ the same year. She is immediate past-president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and a member of the Foreign Correspondents Association. Kris has a Master of Applied Science in Communication Management and also studied zoology at university. Her travels have taken her to more than 60 countries. When not travelling or writing, Kris can be found in her sanctuary on Sydney’s northern beaches, planning her next big adventure.