Maria Haase is Editor-in-Chief of several online publications focused on various travel niches. A self-proclaimed serial expat, blogger turned publisher and spicy food aficionado, Maria grew up in Germany and now splits her time between the United States and Europe. The travel bug bit Maria early in life; she has lived in and traveled extensively to all corners of the world. In the past 13 years she has called three continents her home, traveled to almost 40 countries and eaten far too many sticks of mystery meats on the way. Europe holds a special place in Maria’s heart, and she chronicles her insider experiences from a locals perspective at Europe Up Close. She and her husband Greg also run San Diego Explorer, a site that shares some of their favorite local places. Maria’s mission has always been to show others her home from a local’s point of view and encourage them to discover the world through traveling and experiencing life outside their comfort zone.