Andrea Updyke was born and raised in Clearwater, FL where she inherited a love of travel from her parents. Before she was eighteen, Andrea had traveled to Mexico, Israel and Egypt as well as every state on the East Coast.
As a college student, Andrea studied abroad for a summer in Peru as part of her Spanish minor studies. She has also spent time in Canada and expanded her U.S. travel horizons to include a honeymoon road trip from San Francisco to Seattle and a Bahamas cruise with her family.
As a blogger of nearly 14 years, Andrea is always looking for new adventures to write about and ideas to share. She is a lifelong student of the world and hopes to pass on her love of travel to her sons, Oscar (8) and Calvin (6).
Andrea’s website, Just is a Four Letter Word, is an online destination for working moms to get ideas, tips and encouragement for everyday living. Andrea believes that each day can be something special when we take the time to look beyond the grind and dream big.
She has worked with brands like Disney Parks, Embassy Suites, National Geographic, Hotel Indigo, About.com, Fandango, and Netflix among others.
Offline, you can find Andrea living in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two sons as well as her super classy cats, Brick and Ron Purrgundy.