• May 15-17, 2017
  • Kempinski Hotel Ishtar
    Dead Sea, Jordan
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Attending Media

Aaron Gulley

JJAG Media

Media Outlets: Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Bicycling, Virtuoso Life, Sport Diver, Islands, DestinAsian

Aaron Gulley is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based travel writer and contributing editor to Outside magazine. Along with his wife, photographer Jen Judge, he currently lives full-time in a 2014 Airstream travel trailer and tours the western US in search of great stories. In addition to Outside, Gulley writes regularly for Men's Journal, Bicycling, Virtuoso Life, and a host of travel and adventure publications.

Alyssa Giacobbe


Media Outlets: DuJour, the Boston Globe Magazine, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, Hemispheres, Women's Health

Alyssa Giacobbe has spent nearly 20 years in consumer magazine publishing, editing and writing for such magazines as ELLE, Teen Vogue, New York, and Boston. She has fallen off a horse in Chilean Patagonia, off a snowmobile in Arctic Norway, off a surfboard (multiple times) in Fiji, and out of an airplane over the Great Barrier Reef. That last one was on purpose.

Andrew Evans

National Geographic

Media Outlets: National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, BBC Travel, Outside, Smithsonian, Readers Digest, The Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian

Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer and TV host who shares his stories from around the globe on mobile, screen, and paper. He has completed over 40 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents. He was the first person ever to live tweet an ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and gained a worldwide following when he made his overland journey from National Geographic headquarters all the way to Antarctica on public transportation. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and a contributor to several more. His epic travel memoir, "The Black Penguin" was released in 2017. Andrew, along with Annie Griffiths, is a keynote speaker for this event.

Anja Mutic


Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, Endless Vacation, Preferred Travel, Travel + Leisure, AFAR

Born and raised in Croatia, New York- and Zagreb-based Anja Mutic has been traveling the world professionally since 2000. Her writing — which has won several awards, including a prestigious Lowell Thomas — has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel. Fluent in Croatian, English and Spanish, she has authored or contributed to Lonely Planet guidebooks for Croatia, Bolivia, Chile, Portugal and West Africa (Cape Verde).

Annie Griffiths

National Geographic

Media Outlets: National Geographic

Photographer Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. Her work has been featured in dozens of National Geographic Magazine articles and books. She has received numerous awards, including the National Press Photographers Association, the National Organization of Woman, and the White House News Photographers Association. Griffiths is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of National Geographic photographers who document programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. Annie, along with Andrew Evans, is a keynote speaker for this event.

Brandon Presser

Travel Expert, TV Host, Writer

Media Outlets: Bravo TV (NBC), The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, Out Magazine, Travel + Leisure

Brandon is an adventure prodigy; the youngest writer to join the team at Lonely Planet, he has penned over 50 travel books and won the SATW gold prize for best guide. Brandon has visited over 100 countries and lived in a handful of destinations including France, Thailand, Iceland and Mauritius. Today Brandon hosts a travel show on Bravo TV and regularly contributes to a variety of high-profile magazines and web sites.

Candace Dempsey

Stories & Photos

Media Outlets: The New York Times, Slate, Quora.com, Chicago Tribune, BBC Travel and Alaska Airlines Magazine.

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning, Italian-American journalist/travel writer and author of Murder In Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox (Penguin). Media outlets: The New York Times, Slate, Quora, Chicago Tribune, BBC Travel and Alaska Airlines Magazine. She has appeared on CNN, BBC NEWS, MSBNC. Her adventure tales have been collected in Travelers' Tales Women in the Wild, Gifts of the Wild, Travelers' Tales Turkey and other anthologies. She loves to ski, kayak, trek, hike, snorkel and rock scramble.

Charmaine Noronha

Freelance travel writer and journalist with The Associated Press

Media Outlets: The Associated Press, The Toronto Star, Flare Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Washington Post, WestJet Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Salon Magazine, Montecristo Magazine and more

I'm a journalist with The Associated Press, covering Canadian news for an international audience out of Toronto. When I’m not writing about our beloved PM or the state of our economy, I travel to lands far and near to pen stories about intriguing destinations. My work has been published in The Washington Post, New York Times, Men’s Journal, Toronto Star, WestJet Magazine as a cover story, Flare Magazine, The Globe and Mail and more.

Jen Murphy

Freelance Writer & Editor

Media Outlets: Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Vogue.com, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler

Jen Murphy is a freelance writer who splits her time between Boulder, Colorado and Maui. She writes the weekly "What's Your Workout" column for the Wall Street Journal and contributes to a variety of outdoor, lifestyle, travel and fitness publications. Jen is an adjunct professor at New York University, where she teaches journalism. She is the editor of the Wildsam New England Road Trip Guide and author of The Yoga (Man)ual.

Jill K. Robinson

Freelance journalist

Media Outlets: My articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Robb Report, Private Clubs, Sierra, and more.

Jill K. Robinson writes about travel, adventure, food, and drink for the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Saturday Evening Post, Robb Report, Private Clubs, Sunset, Coastal Living, American Way, Delta Sky, Celebrated Living, Rhapsody, Sierra, and more. Her essays have been published in Travelers’ Tales books: The Best Travel Writing and The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She’s a tequila expert and professional athlete.

Kirsten Alana

Freelance Photographer & Blogger

Media Outlets: KirstenAlana.com

Kirsten has had a camera in her hand since she was a child and seriously began a professional career in photography during college while also studying television journalism. In her twenties, she concentrated on portrait and wedding photography before turning her lens to travel full time in 2010 as a nomadic blogger and media entrepreneur. Kirsten now calls NYC home when she's not traveling but is most content in a window seat at 35,000 feet!

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Geotraveler Media

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, BBC, Travel + Leisure, and many more.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning Stockholm-based travel writer and photographer who covers culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles. Represented by National Geographic Creative and regular contributor to publications such as National Geographic Traveler (both UK & US versions), BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, AFAR, San Francisco Chronicle, Fodors.com, in-flight magazines, and many more - http://www.akinmade.com/articles.

MaSovaida Morgan

Lonely Planet

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet

MaSovaida is a Nashville-based travel writer, photographer, presenter and destination editor at Lonely Planet, where she manages a host of international contributors and oversees print and web content for the leading travel brand.

Michaela Trimble

Freelance Writer & Photographer

Media Outlets: Vogue, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Refinery 29, Tasting Table, Vice, Jetsetter, etc.

Michaela Trimble is a travel writer and photographer previously based in New York. Now on the road full time, she traverses the Earth for inspiring, transformational stories, primarily focusing on luxury adventures, hotels, female adventure travel, and culinary travel. She thirsts to experience cultures and traditions different from her own, and she loves feeling small beneath a blanket of mountains.

Nancy Bouchard PhD


Media Outlets: Backpacker, Mountain Project, Trail Project, MTB Project, Powder Project, Trail Project, blog.columbia.com

Nancy Prichard Bouchard is a prolific outdoor and travel writer, former professional climber, and avid skier. Her by-line has appeared in numerous national and international publications including Men’s Journal, Playboy, Outside, USA Today and Backpacker. Her career includes apprearances The Today Show, ESPN, National Geographic TV and PBS.

Paul Romer

National Geographic Traveler Netherlands

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler magazine (Netherlands), @Paul_NatGeo

Paul has been involved with the Dutch language editions of National Geographic media since their launch in Amsterdam in the year 2000. After having worked as deputy editor with NatGeo Magazine for 10 years, he was asked to take charge of Traveler, and made it into Holland's largest travel magazine. He loves exploring the world with his family, has a passion for photography, and plays basketball as often as he can!

Sarah Reid

Freelance Travel Writer

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, The Independent, Business Traveller, Qantas Travel Insider and more. I also run a sustainable travel-focused blog, ecotravelist.com

Following several years working as a Destination Editor at Lonely Planet in London, where I managed guidebook and online travel content, I am now an Australia-based freelance travel writer and editor for Lonely Planet and various other travel titles in the UK, Australia and beyond. I write about all types of travel, but my key interest is responsible, sustainable tourism.

Sarah Staples

Freelance writer/editor

Media Outlets: Dreamscapes, Ensemble Vacations, Sharp, Walmart's Live Better, JustLuxe.com, Postmedia newspapers

I'm an ex-senior tech beat journalist for the national desk of Postmedia newspapers turned travel writer. I’ve been published in every major Canadian daily newspaper, along with newspapers, magazines and websites internationally. I’ve received 28 writing awards for travel and science journalism. My interests are wide-ranging: from adventure travel and extreme sports to car culture. This year, I'm writing a Canadian drive travel series for Postmedia Driving and Driving.ca.

Suzanne Morphet

Suzanne Morphet Writing & Photography

Media Outlets: The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, Dallas Morning News

Suzanne Morphet is a Canadian travel journalist who loves to combine words and photos. She writes mostly about adventure travel, from climbing via ferrata in the Dolomites to hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro. Her Canadian markets include CAA magazine, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic Travel, Westworld and the Vancouver Sun. She also writes for the Dallas Morning News and The Australian. She’s based in Victoria, BC.

Tim Neville

Outside Magazine / New York Times contributor

Media Outlets: Outside, New York Times, Men's Journal, Departures, Robb Report, Financial Times

Freelance writer who tends to focus on longer narrative stories about emerging destinations, unique ways to visit established areas or people trying - often with some personal risk - to share their passion for adventure.

Tracey Croke

Travel Journalist

Media Outlets: Australian Mountain Bike, Adventure Travel Magazine, Sidetracked, Jetstar, Sawadee (Thai Airways) Urban Sweat, Outer Edge, Mountain Bike for Her, Travel Play Live, Talking Travel, Sky News Business

Sydney based travel journalist addicted to off-track adventure and exploring on my mountain bike. My quest for a good travel story has involved venturing into post-conflict Afghanistan to join an expedition across the Pamir Mountains, searching for rideable mountain bike tracks in the Ethiopian Highlands, being rescued by nomads in Kyrgyzstan’s Talas Range, sleeping in a swag next to a croc-infested billabong and having my smalls rummaged through with the muzzle of a Kalashnikov. Oversharing on social media @traceycroke

Will McGough

Wake and Wander

Media Outlets: Travel Age West, AFAR, Sherman's Travel, Elevation Outdoors, Craftbeer.com, Paste, Travel Pulse, Travel Weekly, Frolic Hawaii, etc

An O'ahu-based travel writer, Will has traveled to more than 70 countries on assignment. A former assistant editor at Conde Nast, his travel-related contributions have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Travel Channel, TravelAge West, Outside Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, Men’s Journal, AAA, and Sherman’s Travel, among others. He is the publisher and editor of Wake and Wander Hawaii.

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