Crossing Time Zones is produced by Annika Hipple, a freelance writer, editor, and photographer specializing in travel and sustainability. Raised bilingual and bicultural, Annika grew up in suburban Boston but also spent significant periods of time in her mother’s native country of Sweden. She continues to make frequent visits to Sweden and considers herself fortunate to have two countries to call home (dual citizenship is a nice perk, too!). Since 2002 she has lived in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys the variety of cultural and outdoor activities available, as well as the scenic beauty and temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest.
A lifelong traveler, Annika took her first plane trip (from Boston to Stockholm) at the age of five months. She has ridden a camel in the Gobi, braved the winds at Cape Horn, searched for rhinoceros from the back of an elephant in Nepal, snorkeled with sharks in the Galápagos, camped on a beach in the Ecuadorian rainforest, rafted the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls, ventured into ancient Egyptian tombs, tubed through a cave filled with glowworms in New Zealand, climbed Mayan pyramids in Mexico, and come face-to-face with the massive moai heads of Easter Island.
Annika has contributed to a variety of print and online publications, and also provides writing and editing services to clients in the travel and environmental fields. In addition, she leads trips throughout the world as a freelance tour manager and guide. She loves nature, photography, reading, salsa dancing, world and folk music, history, and languages.
For more about Annika, visit her website.