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About Mary Lu

“Choose a job you love,” the Chinese philosopher Confucius is credited with saying, “and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think he was on to something, even back in the late 1st century B.C.E. You see, for most of my adult life I have been a slacker. Sure, I went into the office. Commuted to the airport. Raised two wonderful citizens of the planet. Interviewed a lot of people. Compiled annual reports. Covered big events. Shot video. Launched a newspaper syndicate — actually two — and started a few start-ups. But, work? Not a day. Fortunately for me, I am able to continue my slacker lifestyle as editor at Group Tour Media.

It is a great place not to work. One of the best things about being the editor is that I get to listen to a lot of people. Writers, executives and accountants, designers, marketers and consultants. Plus bureau directors, industry officials and tour operators whose lives on- and off–the-job are a lot more interesting than mine. With the help of the editorial team and a lot of other people, we are able to develop those stories and present the news of the business in print throughout the year and online every day. Lucky for me, the people in my department don’t work much either or we would never get anything done.

What my kids would like you to know: While I am a Southern Illinois University Saluki at heart, I finished my bachelor’s degree at Governors State University, University Park, Ill. And I make killer breakfasts.

You may have caught my byline in American Way magazine, Time-Out Dublin, the Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune Media Services outlets and many of the other Chicago media. Plus,, and now, HOW magazine recognized the second edition of the three I edited for Harley-Davidson with an Excellence Award and three Mark Twain Awards for travel writing have come my way.

When asked about a favorite destination, I never hesitate to respond, “Right here in North America.”