Beth Reiber has been a full-time freelance travel writer for more than three decades, including seven years based in Germany and Japan. She caught the travel bug at age 16 after being chosen as one of a dozen U.S. Girl Scouts to spend a month in Sweden, where, to her delight, she discovered scouting was co-ed. She’s the author of nine guidebooks, including Frommer’s guides to Japan for more than 30 years. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, The Washington Post, Global Traveler, bindumedia.com, bbc.com/travel and many more. She now lives in Lawrence, Kansas.