Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr. is the author of My Favorite Place on Earth: Celebrated People Share Their Travel Discoveries, published in spring 2009 by National Geographic ( He has won three Lowell Thomas Awards (the Oscars of the field) from the Society of American Travel Writers, and is the author of 11 books, including The National Geographic Traveler: San Francisco, and Idiom Savant, Slang As It Is Slung."