Erin Gifford Title: Contributor Education: University of Virginia, B.A. in Economics and Communications Erin Gifford is a travel and outdoor recreation writer with more than 15 years of experience. She has contributed to The Washington Post, Parents, AFAR.com, LonelyPlanet.com, Chicago Tribune, and AAA World. She is the founder of GoHikeVirginia.com and Kidventurous.com. Erin published two hiking guidebooks: Hiking with Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families and Hiking Coastal Trails of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Her third book, Virginia Summits, will be published in May 2023. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Ashburn, Virginia. About Shape Shape is an award-winning digital fitness, wellness, and beauty destination that offers inclusive, trusted, and empowering expert-led guidance and advice for anyone at any point in their wellness journey. Our library of more than 11,000 stories reaches more than 7 million readers monthly who want to prioritize their health, have fun, and lead an active lifestyle while also cutting through the noise of quick fixes and unvetted fads.