About Joan Mead-Matsui

Welcome to joanmatsuitravelwriter.com

Joan Mead-Matsui, award-winning freelance journalist, travel writer, photographer, and videographer

How can I help you promote your business?

Hello, I’m Joan Mead-Matsui, a freelance travel writer, award-winning journalist, copywriter, photographer, and artist. I also founded and manage Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui and Mrs. Matsui’s Origami (handmade paper creations), two businesses I started more than 25 years ago. Visit chigirie.com to view my Japanese torn paper collage art inspired by my travels throughout Japan and the United States. 

Journalism is a life-long passion and helping you spread the word about your business is my business and pleasure.  Whether you own or manage a lodging destination, resort, restaurant, attraction,  or another phenomenal business that shines a positive light on tourism and travel, I can support your mission.

My journalism career grew out of a large-scale multicultural kids’ festival I chaired for a children’s museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Kids Around the World festival attracted more than 500 children and their families.

You can read more about the festival by following these links.



I’ve amassed a portfolio of more than 1,000 published feature stories that have run in a variety of print publications, from  The Abington Journal, The Times Leader, The Dallas Post, and The Weekender to Happenings Magazine,  Natural Awakenings, and Local Flair, regional lifestyle magazines.

The four Keystone Press Awards I earned as a freelance journalist are the icing on the cake.

Keystone Press Awards

2013 – First Place, Niche Publication, Contributing Writer, “My Edition: News for Youth,” Division 7
2013 – Second Place, Series, “Isn’t it Romantic?” Division 7
2012 – First Place, Special Project, Contributing Writer, Clarks Summit Centennial Special Edition, Division 7
2011 – Second Place, Sports, “One Million Flies Strong,” Division 7


Writing ad sponsored stories for The Times Leader allowed me to explore B2B copywriting for advertisers.  

I decided to take a hiatus and explore new opportunities in 2015. At about the same time, David Good, M3 Marketing, LLC owner invited me to cover a press tour and the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on behalf of visitpoconos.com. I also enrolled in a “full monty” travel writing course and two photography classes.

Interests and Hobbies

Art, (named Artist of Distinction, “Abrakadoodle,” national children’s arts’ education program) Martial Arts (studied Taekwondo and Aikido), photography, tennis, Zumba, yoga, cycling; hiking, downhill, and cross-country skiing; horseback riding and fly fishing.

One-of-a-kind lodging and amenities

Each of the destinations I’ve visited since May 2015  has been unique and extraordinary. You’ll find detailed wrap-up and exclusive feature stories accompanied by up close and personal photos to help you plan your vacation, weekend getaway, honeymoon, or day trip. You typically won’t find “reviews” but you’ll find honest reports.

Wondering where to go for nouvelle cuisine, a rejuvenating spa treatment, a beach or fly-fishing vacation, or a truly thought-provoking art exhibit? You’ll find the information you need here.

You can begin your journey in Pennsylvania at one of many outstanding resort destinations surrounded by breathtaking scenery, shopping and culture galore. Or make your way to the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY, an upscale fishing lodge only steps away from the celebrated Salmon River, best known for world-class fly fishing.


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