Andrew Collins resides with his partner, Fernando, in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City but spends about half his time on the road, often in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, and New England. He’s been writing for and editing LGBT and mainstream travel guidebooks, magazines, and newspapers for nearly three decades. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1991, he landed a job as an editorial assistant for the Fodor’s travel guidebook division of Random House. At age 23, having risen to the title of Associate Editor, he left Fodor’s to embark on a freelance career. His first big break: successfully pitching his former employer with what would become Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA. The first LGBT travel guidebook produced by a major mainstream travel guidebook publisher, the book received a 1996 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. In 2017, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) honored Collins as Travel Writer of the year.
Since that time, Collins has served as editor or writer on more than 180 Fodor’s titles and has authored Moon Travel Handbooks on New Orleans, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He still writes about much of Oregon and Washington in the Fodor’s Pacific Northwest guidebook and Santa Fe and Taos in Fodor’s New Mexico, among other titles. He’s written hundreds of travel stories for both mainstream and LGBTQ newspapers and magazines, including the The Advocate, Out Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AAA Living, Four Seasons Magazine, and Sunset, and he’s created LGBT content for websites and visitor guides for the DMOs of more than 20 cities, including Albuquerque, Denver, Kansas City, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, Sonoma County, and St. Petersburg. For 10 years, Collins produced About.com’s LGBT travel site, and in recent years he’s launched and served as the editor of gay travel magazines about Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. He’s currently the editor in chief and restaurant columnist of The Pearl, a quarterly lifestyle magazine about Portland’s trendiest neighborhood, editor of LGBTQ-focused LoveWinsUSA.com, and contributing travel writer to New Mexico Magazine. Since 2004, Collins has also taught classes on travel writing and food writing for New York City’s acclaimed Gotham Writers’ Workshop.