Sandy Allen

Sandy Allen

Sandy is a freelance writer based in Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys traveling to islands, natural attractions, theme parks and haunted spots. She has a lofty goal of visiting every park (national and theme) in the U.S. Her interests range from food, fun and outdoor activities to celebrity restaurants, Vegas and Broadway shows and grand hotels. Her work has appeared at AFAR, MapQuest Travel and Better Boat. When she’s not doing any of the above, she can be found reading, bicycling or trying to do yoga.

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