“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.” – Ben Franklin

Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, I stumbled upon this quote pretty early in life and have tried to live every word to the fullest.

Hi, I’m Bobbi! And rather than do this whole about thing in the 3rd person, pretending that someone else is writing it when it’s really just lil’ ol’ me curled up on a couch with my laptop, I’ll quickly tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m a freelance writer and photographer currently living in Austin, Texas, miles and miles away from where I grew up in Mount Laurel, NJ. I like yoga, food trucks, sushi, cupcakes, the color ‘burnt orange’ and wide-brimmed hats, so even though I’m still shocked I ended up in Texas – I think it’s clear to see that it was meant to be.

My passion for writing started very young. I always seemed to have a knack for making people cry while reading my cards for various special occasions, so it hit me pretty early on the power of written word and that maybe I could do some good with it.

I started writing professionally at 18 years old, covering local bands, while studying journalism at Rowan University where I graduated in 2009,  and have covered pretty much every area of news from sports to restaurant reviews to politics and more. But no subject has pulled me in and taken me places, literally, quite as much a travel.

The dream of being a travel writer was always there as I’m sure it is for a lot of people, but it all strangely happened when I applied for a working-holiday visa to Australia one night in August 2009 before going out to photograph a nightclub for my local paper’s website. While out that night, I received an email that said my application was approved and I had a year to enter Australia for the visa to take effect. In a matter of hours, my whole life changed. From 2010 to 2013, I ran my own travel blog Heels and Wheels and encouraged 20-somethings to take advantage of all the travel opportunities available to them.

Since returning to the USA – I’ve found a way to combine my love of media with my love of food and wine, by assisting with restaurant marketing and even management. I’ve continued to freelance write and photograph for different people and places around Austin, like Treehouse Yoga, and am always looking for the next opportunity to capture someone’s special moment or share their message.

I’m available for photography, writing and marketing positions and I offer reasonable rates. If you are interested in hiring me for a gig or something more long term, please send me an email at BHitchon [at] gmail.com.

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