Erica I. Peña-Vest is a travel industry veteran with over 10 years of experience in public and media relations. As the former Communications Director for the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Erica has worked with hundreds of travel writers before becoming one herself in 2004. As a Navy wife, Erica understands the needs of military families and focuses her research and articles to travel deals for those in the armed services. Her travel column “Sweet Land of Liberty: A Guide to Family Travel” is published in various Navy newspapers throughout the United States, as well as on militaryconnection.com. She also has a website devoted to travel deals and insights. Visit www.guidetofamilytravel.com for the latest travel deals. With her many years of experience in the tourism industry, Erica has valuable knowledge on discounts and hard to find deals that she shares with her readers. Developing a name for herself as one of the premiere military travel experts, she shares all of her insights with fellow military families through her regular columns. Erica is an avid traveler who enjoys spending time with her family. She is proudly married to a Naval Aviator and they currently have two sons.