Bio

Rachel Kossman was raised in Hancock Park, a tree-lined neighborhood sandwiched between Hollywood and West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Montreal natives, and she is lucky enough to hold dual citizenship. Ever since high school, when she was Editor-in-Chief of her high school's newspaper LACES Untied, Rachel has had a passion for writing.

In 2006, Rachel moved across the country to Boston to attend Northeastern University. Despite the cold, she spent five years falling in love with Boston and Northeastern. During her years at Northeastern, through three full-time internships, dozens of university courses, and contributing to on-campus publications, Rachel's passion for writing stuck. Whether she was blogging about fashion, illuminating LGBTQ issues as a freelance writer for Bay Windows, researching and interviewing experts about pricing on cloud storage models, or piecing together nightlife suggestions in Boston's South End, Rachel has been lucky enough to try her hand at a variety of reporting across a wide range of multimedia platforms. Rachel has also worked as an editor, filling the role of Campus Coordinator and co-founder of the Northeastern branch of Her Campus.

After graduation, she spent a sixth year in Boston working full time as as a website editor and content contributor for TechTarget, an IT media company that runs more than 100 technology-focused websites, and part time as a nightlife blogger for the Boston Globe's Boston.com.

While at TechTarget, she oversaw freelance staff, managed an editorial calendar, and was responsible for copy editing all content she published to the Cloud Storage site. Though her passion will always be writing, Rachel found herself truly enjoying the opportunity to wear various editorial hats.

Anxious to abandon the bitter winters, Rachel began dreaming of traveling the world. The stars aligned in June of 2012, and she left both of her jobs, put her life into storage and flew to the southern hemisphere. She spent two months hiking, photographing and blogging her way through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, and Bolivia. She had the trip of a lifetime, and her penchant for travel left her itching for more, even after she returned home. After 3 months back in the U.S. working and saving, she decided to head south of the equator once again. For three more months, Rachel traversed 8,000 miles in her trusty Asics, with her Deuter 55 liter backpack, Macbook and DSLR strapped to her back.

Though Rachel will always lust for more travel adventures, she is happily settled back in Los Angeles, where she is working as a beauty and wellness editor at DAYSPA Magazine, a trade publication for spa owners and managers.

Rachel loves meandering through foreign neighborhoods with her digital camera, hiking the Hollywood hills with her golden retriever, brunching with friends on Sunday mornings, and bargain shopping at flea markets. Obsessed with maxi dresses, Mexican food, and statement jewelry, rarely does a day go by that she doesn't wear at least one shade of turquoise.