Noreen Kompanik Joins MilesGeek as Featured Columnist

Noreen L. Kompanik has a degree in Registered Nursing and is a freelance writer and photographer based in San Diego, California. Fortunate to have lived overseas and in some wonderful U.S. locations as a Naval Officer’s wife, she has traveled extensively, and her many Italian and other European adventures have sparked her passion for cooking and wine tasting.

Noreen L. Kompanik

Noreen has two grown married children and two grandchildren – all who have the love to travel, just like Noreen. A member of ITWA (International Travel Writers and Photographers Association) and IFWTWA (International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association), Noreen is a frequent contributor to several online and print publications and a columnist for a California wine newsletter and national family travel publication.

Noreen’s first contribution to MilesGeek was Serenity by the Sea: Carmel’s Pastoral Mission Ranch. Noreen Kompanik will be sharing her future travel stories in her new MilesGeek column, Coast to Coast.

Carmel by the Sea Beach View Noreen Kompanik

Her writing covers numerous U.S. and international topics such as inspirational travel, family travel, wine, food, healthy living, writing, and history. She shares her latest adventures, photos, and published stories on her What’s In Your Suitcase? Facebook page and is currently revamping her writer’s website.

With family members located on both coasts of the U.S., Noreen’s stories will cover a range of destinations, including Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and wherever else the spirit of adventure leads.

MilesGeek readers can find Noreen’s column, Coast to Coast, in the drop down menu under the Featured tab on our home page.

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at

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