Cari Shane is a freelance journalist and a corporate content consultant and writer. She has more than 25 years of experience writing about travel, education, retail, and other lifestyle topics. Her work has appeared in Parents, Business Insider, Scientific American, The Washington Post, and more national publications and websites. She holds a degree from Vassar College.

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