Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

About Joanna

I focus primarily on parenting, college, education, personal finance, and family travel, but I've also written about teen life skills, what to do about carpenter ants, and how to help aging parents. My passions are being smart about personal finance so you can do what you love (like travel) and helping kids become independent.

With a college sophomore, I'm a bit of a nut about financing college and understanding the fine print -- parents really need to understand what they're getting into -- and I've been writing about what to know.

You can find a list of my online articles at, but my website contains print articles in PDF format not available there.

My credits include SafeBee, Next Avenue, Your Teen, Mother Nature Network, Washington Post, Parents, Parenting School Years, FamilyFun,, PTO Today,, Washington State Visitors' Guide, Northwest Travel, and Bellingham Alive.  

Before freelance writing, I worked as a technical writer and editor for an engineering firm. I’ve also worked as a proofreader, writing tutor, grammar teacher, baker, and breakfast cook. I have a BA in anthropology and an MA in English.

During my pre-family days, I spent four years traveling abroad through twenty countries, working as I went to finance the way. I grew up on an island in the Salish Sea and now live with my husband and two children in Bellingham, Washington.

Family vacation at Second Beach, Pacific Northwest Second Beach, Pacific Northwest
Family on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone Family on Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone
Family hiking Chain Lakes Trail, Washington Chain Lakes Trail, Washington