About Jeanne Oliver

Jeanne Oliver

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Jeanne OliverAfter graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, Jeanne moved to New York City to work at the Village Voice as a copy editor. She then attended New York Law School and worked as a criminal lawyer.

Her love of travel propelled her to Europe where she worked as a tour guide before turning to travel writing. Her first assignment was to update a chapter on Croatia for Lonely Planet's Mediterranean Europe. She went on to write the first edition of Lonely Planet's Croatia which was the first guidebook in English to the new country. She also worked on several guidebooks for Frommer's including Paris from $70 a Day and Memorable Walks in Paris.

Always comfortable with technology, Jeanne moved on to creating online travel planning websites. Her first project was croatiatraveller.com followed by frenchrivieratraveller.com and riviera-beaches.com.

Her love of travel unabated, Jeanne continued to travel to far-flung destinations. She blogs about her travels at globaltravellerblog.com.

Jeanne's latest project is Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic City, which she has published as both an e-book and paperback, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple books as well as selected bookstores. More about the book at niceuncovered.com

She currently resides in Nice, France where she enjoys swimming, cycling and hiking.

Media

Radio

NPR (National Public Radio) interviewed Jeanne about Croatia travel. Listen to Jeanne's interview with hosts Alison Stewart and Luke Burbank here.

Newspapers

The Guardian interviewed Jeanne about starting a successful website. Read it here.

Magazines

AAA interviewed Jeanne about Croatia's best beaches. Read it here.

Online

Budget Travel hosted on online web chat with Jeanne about Croatia. Read it here.

Inc.Plan named Jeanne "Entrepreneur of the Week" and interviewed her about starting Croatia Traveller. Read the article here.

FIPP interviewed Jeanne about the challenges of creating travel e-books. You can read the article here.

Kimkim talked to Jeanne about how Croatia has changed over the years and her favorite places in Croatia. You can listen to the podcast here.

Other Articles by Jeanne

Top Ten Croatian Islands Huffington Post 16 April 2014

Kasparov in Zadar Huffington Post 6 March 2014

Beyond Dubrovnik Huffington Post 6 March 2013

Over the course of the last two decades of travelling to Croatia, Jeanne watched Croatia emerge from the Balkan wars to become a massively popular tourist destination. Here's what she said to the newsletter of the Croatian Embassy in Washington DC recounting her experiences covering Croatia.

What were your first impressions of the country?

Good and bad. On the one hand, there were still visible reminders of the war. The Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb had peacekeepers and officials coming and going. Zadar still had sandbags around the buildings and Dubrovnik had yet to repair all its roofs. Worse, from Istria all down the coast, people were morose and demoralized. The disruptions provoked by the war were still fresh in people's minds. On the other hand, the sheer physical beauty of the country was staggering. And there were no other visitors! Well, one. In Zadar, the chess player Gary Kasparov showed his support by organizing and playing in a local chess tournament. It was clear that a lot of work needed to be done to repair the tourism infrastructure, especially the hotels, but it was equally clear that once it was repaired, Croatia was going to be a massive destination.

You can read the entire interview (in pdf) here.