Michelle Baran is a senior editor at Travel Weekly, where she has been reporting on the travel and river cruise industries since 2007. Baran has sailed the Danube, Rhone, Volga, Mekong, Yangtze, Nile, Amazon, and Irrawaddy rivers, among others. Her cover story about women traveling the globe solo, “Courage and Caution," was a 2014 finalist for a Folio magazine Eddie Award. Baran has also written about river cruising for Travel + Leisure, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and Budget Travel, and co-authored Frommer’s "EasyGuide to River Cruising." She received her Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.