about Ellen

Ellen has spent many years as a professional wordsmith, helping to shed light on such topics as world travel, cargo pants, and the porosity of bath tiles. As a freelance copywriter for Esurance, she brings her boundless curiosity to the world of insurance. Outside work, she can be found cheering on the San Francisco Giants, hiking in the Oakland hills, and (barely) resisting smuggling penguins home from Antarctica.

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9 Awesome “Oh-No-Summer’s-Almost-Over” Vacation Ideas

Fall is right around the corner, but not to worry — we’ve got lots of ideas for making the most of these last, lazy summer days.

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7 Questions You Need to Ask at the Car Dealership

You’ve done the research and you’re ready to buy. But, before you do, make sure to ask your car dealer these important questions.

Safe and smart | Financial safety | Travel hacks

Cool Commutes: The World’s Most Innovative Public Transportation

Ever commuted by pod? Sun power? Magnetic train? These cool public transit options give “rush hour” a whole new meaning.

Travel hacks

Span-tastic: The Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges in the U.S.

From dizzying suspension bridges to quaint New England charmers, these remarkable bridges turn crossings into something special.

Travel hacks | Destinations

The 11 Most Interesting Roads in America

Feel like driving somewhere really worthwhile — maybe up a volcano, through a tree, or back to colonial times? Discover the most remarkable roads in the country.

Travel hacks | Destinations