Susan R. Pollack

Susan R. Pollack

Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and

Ski free in Gaylord this weekend or visit the Toledo Zoo's 'Lights Before Christmas' event

Need a break from holiday shopping, cleaning, errands and parties? Spend some relaxing time with your family — and perhaps create some new holiday traditions — at these December activities: Head north of Detroit to Gaylord this weekend and take advantage of free skiing at Treetops, the four-season resort that remains  open for business after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month. You can … Continue Reading →

Get in on the bidding action as Friday's deadline for deals approaches in online travel auction

Okay, travel fans. It’s time to get in on the bidding action for travel deals and discounts on dozens of getaways and other travel-related items up for grabs in an annual online travel auction sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers. The deadline is 11:45 p.m., Friday, and,  as a longtime member of SATW, I’ve learned … Continue Reading →

Kansas City unleashes 'The Beast' for Halloween

Julie Henning thought she’d be touring historic homes that were haunted when friends persuaded her to join them on a late-night, pre-Halloween excursion this month while attending a business conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Instead, she and her colleagues battled “The Beast,” one of America’s largest haunted house attractions. Located in a creaky. five-story warehouse in the city’s … Continue Reading →