Portrait of Alyssa Ochs

Alyssa Ochs

Alyssa L. Ochs has been writing about exciting travel topics for Trips to Discover since 2013. Born and raised in rural Illinois, she dreamed of exploring life far beyond the Midwestern U.S. and living a life of adventure out among the beauty of nature.

After living the big city life in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Alyssa sold the bulk of her possessions and became a digital nomad, living full-time in her camper and working from wherever she could find an outlet and an internet connection for her laptop. Among her favorite camping destinations from over three years of camper life are British Columbia (Canada), the Oregon Coast, New Mexico, North Carolina, Baja California (Mexico), and the many national and state parks along the way. Before, after, and between camping trips, Alyssa also fell in love with international travel, thanks to unforgettable trips in Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, Amsterdam, and beyond.

However, New Mexico is the place that truly stole her heart, and she bought a house in an unincorporated mountain town here in 2019. Since then, Alyssa gave birth to a son during the early pandemic and splits her time between raising a little world traveler, working remotely, and keeping up with her hobbies of hiking, rock climbing, camping, visiting breweries, and collecting gnomes.

Alyssa has been a full-time freelance writer since starting her own business in 2013. Trips to Discover was one of her very first gigs, and she is thrilled to have such an outstanding and supportive team to work with here. Alyssa considers herself a "Jill of all trades" and has written for many other websites, blogs, print magazines, books, and social media platforms too. In addition to travel, her other areas of professional writing expertise include philanthropy and nonprofits, the craft beverage industry, natural health, environmental conservation, fitness and nutrition, and technical writing. Before launching her writing career, Alyssa worked in the legal industry and specialized in medical product liability cases.

During Alyssa’s undergraduate years, she studied journalism and public relations before earning her bachelor’s degree in political science. She holds a post-graduate certification in civil litigation and legal research and writing. To broaden her writing background, Alyssa has since taken various courses in travel writing, fiction, short stories, poetry, comedy writing, and improv.

Stories by Alyssa

Nightlife on Your Doorstep

Top 14 Hotels in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Dec 10, 2023

When I visited Nashville in the past, I found that the downtown area is a prime place to be when you want to be close to all the… continue reading

Luxurious Stays

Top 13 Luxury Hotels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nov 15, 2023

During the time I lived in Chicago, I would occasionally take weekend trips up to Milwaukee to visit the local breweries, kayak on the river, watch baseball games,… continue reading

Prime Location

15 Best Hotels in Downtown Boston

Nov 3, 2023

When you want to experience the best that Boston has to offer and have an easy commute to the city’s top attractions, the downtown area is a great… continue reading

Beach Stays

Top 13 Airbnbs in Edisto Beach, South Carolina

Nov 2, 2023

One of my favorite things about visiting South Carolina is experiencing the small beach destinations along the coast. For example, Edisto Beach is a South Carolina destination known… continue reading

Smoky Mountains Getaway

9 Cozy Cabin Rentals in Cherokee, North Carolina

Oct 27, 2023

Filled with Smoky Mountain history, family-friendly attractions, and plenty of natural beauty, Cherokee is a western North Carolina town that flies under the radar but is worth a… continue reading

Luxe Amenities

15 Best Glamping Spots in New York

Oct 25, 2023

One of my favorite parts about traveling in the northeastern U.S. has been discovering how much more there is to the state of New York than just New… continue reading

Budget-Friendly & Beachfront

Top 14 Airbnb Rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Oct 19, 2023

When I have visited my family in the South over the years, I have occasionally found myself in the town of Gulf Shores for some fun in the… continue reading

Iconic Views

Top 12 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Washington, D.C.

Oct 18, 2023

When I lived in Washington, D.C., I hadn’t adopted my dog yet, but I always noticed a lot of fun places to take pets around the city. D.C.… continue reading

Unique Stays

14 Coolest Treehouse Rentals in Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2023

Did you know that approximately 60 percent of the state of Pennsylvania is covered in forests? Something that has stuck with me from my Pennsylvania travels is the… continue reading

Ski Getaways

13 Best Ski Resorts in Maine

Oct 13, 2023

When many people think of taking a ski trip in the U.S., Colorado and other western states are the first places that come to mind. However, the northeast… continue reading

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