• 16-18 Nov 2021
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Price: $950 USD
    Business Member Price: $750 USD

Official Media

Alicia-Rae Light

Alicia-Rae Light

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Traveller, Canadian Geographic Travel, BC Living Magazine, Environment 911, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Intrepid Travel Journal

Alicia-Rae is a Vancouver-based freelance journalist, editor, copywriter, and digital marketing professional with a BA in Journalism who’s worked in the industry for 12 years. Passionate about sustainable adventure travel, she writes about travel, conservation, sustainability, health and wellness, food, and culture. Her work has appeared in Canadian Traveller, Canadian Geographic Travel, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, BC Living Magazine, Canada.com, The Georgia Straight, Environment 911, and Girlboss, among others. She also copywrites for branded publications and retail brands including lululemon, Kit and Ace, and Vega. She's worked on freelance projects focused on everything from rebranding travel and tourism companies, hotels, creating marketing collateral, blog content, and social media campaigns. You’ll never catch her without her pen, notepad, and camera in tow. When she’s not exploring her own backyard in beautiful British Columbia by foot or kayak you’ll find her camping amongst penguins and fur seals in Antarctica, hiking to waterfalls and diving with sharks in the Fijian islands, searching for remote hot springs in Iceland, or enjoying a glass of malbec while reading a great travel memoir.

Gabby Beckford

Gabby Beckford

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, Budget Travel, PacksLight.com

Gabby Beckford is a Gen Z travel expert, content creator, and solo female travel expert behind Packs Light. At 25, Gabby is a (recently) full-time digital nomad and travel creative. She made her transition only 2 weeks before COVID-19 struck and despite the pandemic whirlwind, she’s continued to help young women see the world with her weekly-shared Funded Travel Opportunities, written the GoRemote Guide to help other creatives secure remote work and travel intentionally in 2021, and continued to live her mission of seeking risk, seizing opportunity, and seeing the world. She’s been featured in publications like The New York Times, Good Morning America, National Geographic, and Forbes.

Jonny Bierman

Eco Escape Travel

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, Fodor’s Travel, Matador Network, Readers Digest, GoPro

Jonny Bierman is a sustainable travel and adventure journalist + photographer who connects community, culture and conservation through his written and visual storytelling. As an experienced values-based destination marketer as well, Jonny knows how tourism can be a regenerative force for good that can leave places better than how we found them. He has worked with and told stories of Indigenous experiences and Indigenous stewardship success all over the world while tying adventure and sustainability together in visual stories for GoPro, Fodor’s Travel, Lonely Planet, Readers Digest and Matador Network.

Kathleen Rellihan

Newsweek Travel Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Newsweek, AFAR

Kathleen Rellihan is the travel editor for Newsweek and covers adventure travel, culture, climate and sustainability. She spearheaded Newsweek’s Future of Travel 2021 Awards and contributes to other outlets such as AFAR, CNN Travel, Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveler, Scuba Diving, Fodor's, Travel +Leisure and more. Previously, she helped relaunch Adventure.com as editor-in-chief, and she worked at Travel Channel for over seven years as a digital editor and producer. Kathleen’s love for adventure has inspired her to climb two of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro; search for Shangri-La in Tibet; scuba dive through an underwater prison in Estonia; and learn to freedive in Baja. Kathleen is a media herald for the Transformational Travel Council and a member of Women Travel Leaders. Since 2013, she's been an ambassador for EIM Haiti, an adult language school in Haiti. Kathleen is happiest when she has a remote mountain to hike, ski, or dance on, and strangers to meet.

Kay Rodriguez

Urban Outdoors

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Urban Outdoors

Kay Rodriguez is a passionate creator and business leader in the outdoor media industry. She is the founder and CEO of Urban Outdoors, an online media company focused on empowering city dwellers to get outdoors. Since December 2019, she has grown the Urban Outdoors audience to over 160,000 monthly readers and over 220,000 monthly page views, with a primarily US and Canadian audience. Kay has built her career in the adventure travel industry for nearly a decade. Previously, she worked as the Associate Director of Digital Strategy at National Geographic, where she led several projects to increase revenue in the company's digital business. She also built 2 travel blogs before Urban Outdoors and wrote for several others. Her work has been featured in Lonely Planet, USA Today, Business Insider, AP News, Nerd Wallet, and more. After graduating with a BA in Cognitive Sciences from Rice University, she began her career as a management consultant for Bain & Company. Kay currently lives and travels around the US in her renovated camper van with her two dogs, and gets outdoors every day.

Kristin Henning

Writer Influencer/Travel Past 50

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: MNTrips, Travel Writers Radio

Kristin Henning is a writer and perennial traveler, covering six continents and some 60 countries since 2010. She and her husband Tom share their photos and stories on the travel blog, TravelPast50.com, and are regular contributors to a half dozen travel blogs, periodicals, and radio shows. Specializing in travel for the 50+ crowd, Kris also focuses on active travel, nature and wildlife, history and culture, and, of course, food and drink. Prior to hitting the road, Henning was co-publisher of various periodicals in Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN), including City Pages, Minnesota Parent, The Rake magazine, and the guide book, Secrets of the City: Guide to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Her sales and marketing experience in publishing over three decades contributes to her success as a blogger, freelance writer, and marketer. Travel Past 50 includes destination reviews, gear reviews, travel tips and suggestions, and first-hand accounts of travel experiences, all illustrated with custom photography.

Lauren Gay

Lauren Gay

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Outbound Collective, Travel and Leisure, Trip Savvy

Lauren Gay is the creator of Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva Blog, host/producer of the Outdoorsy Diva Podcast, published photographer, speaker, consultant and adventure coach. She is a travel writer and social media influencer who is passionate about inspiring and empowering black women to step out of their comfort zones for new experiences in travel and adventure and embracing nature as therapy. Lauren is also an empty nest mom and a dedicated long time advocate for racial diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation and adventure travel and a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance. Lauren has been featured as 2020 USA Today Readers Choice Top 10 Adventure Travel Expert, on ABC News national syndicate, Huffington Post Travel, Conde Naste, Outdoor Families Online, BBC Earth, Tampa Bay Parenting, Daytime TV Show, Great Day Live, and Morning Blend.

Lawrence Phillips

Green Book Global

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Green Book Global

Lawrence Phillips is a Diversity Equity and Inclusion consultant and the founder of Green Book Global, a travel review platform dedicated to inspiring and empowering black travelers to confidently explore the world. It is akin to a Black “TripAdvisor” and is the first black travel review site. It was formed when Lawrence embarked on a 30 country, 7-continent adventure around the world and noticed there was no consistent resource that could provide destination insights on racism. So, he built one. His review site is unique in that rather than rating activities, black travelers rate cities, and provide tips and scores relating to Adventure, Things To Do, History, etc. and what it is like Traveling While Black. He has now created a community of 100K+ followers on Instagram, has 5000+ travel experiences on the platform for over 400 destinations, and has a growing directory of Black Influencers/Creators to help promote the black travel perspective.

Mary Stein

Host Agency Reviews

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Host Agency Reviews

Mary Stein, the senior editor for Host Agency Reviews (HAR), is a writer by trade and travel industry transplant. She's worked with HAR since 2016 and currently leads its Industry Voices series and collaborates to develop and implement HAR's communications, multi-media travel advisor resources, and annual survey reports. Mary's passionate about learning and amplifying issues of equity in travel and promoting sustainable business practices. Beyond HAR, Mary is a creative writer and a core instructor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. She hails from Minneapolis where she lives with her partner and their young son.

Melody Wren

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Fodor’s, World Nomads, Canadian Traveller, Explore , CAA, Far and Wide, NBC News, Dreamscapes, Family Fun Canada, Canadian Jewish News, Waypoints Global, Inspired Seniors

Melody is a freelance travel journalist with a focus on active adventurous travel for the over 50s reader and considers her age a gift in her travels. She brings wisdom, experience and a major "if not now, when" attitude with heavy lashings of humour, which is required in any kind of travel. She pushes her boundaries every opportunity she gets, encouraging her readers to do the same embracing the credo “feel the fear and do it anyway.” Her work has been published in Fodor’s, World Nomads, Canadian Traveller, Explore, CAA, Far and Wide, NBC News, Family Fun Canada, Canadian Jewish News, Waypoints Global, and Inspired Seniors. As Lifestyle Editor for Waypoints Global Magazine, she reviews gear and travel clothing, writes about hotels, travel tips, restaurants and travel by ship and destinations with a focus on water. Passionate about the importance of sustainable tourism, she gives back to the communities she visits and packs for a purpose every time she travels. She has taken fifty pounds of school supplies to a school in Turks and Caicos, distributed teddy bears at a neuro physio clinic in Ecuador, and danced with children at many island group homes in the Caribbean after handing out art supplies and clothing.

Monica Ortega

Monica Ortega

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Monica Goes Show, USA Today's 10Best

Monica Ortega is a professional travel host and actress who began her travel show Monica Goes five years ago to inspire others to break out of their comfort zone and go on adventures. As someone who's afraid of everything, she'll put herself through almost anything to show that if an average everyday person like her can do these things, anyone can. She's produced and hosted over 80 episodes, created destination videos for over 40 DMO's, and been featured on Matador Network, USA Today's 10Best, REI, and more! When she's not traveling, she can usually be found line dancing, singing in cover bands, or on the trail with her adventure dog Millie.

Nneya Richards

Nneya Richards

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: NAPerfectWorld.com, Business Insider, Travel + Leisure

Nneya Richards is a fashion and travel creative, starting her career at 16 as a founding contributor to TeenVogue magazine. Nneya has appeared on CBS This Morning and has contributed to publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes and Popsugar. She has maintained brand-ambassadorships with airlines, tourism boards and hotel groups. Nneya is a twice published author, recently contributing a short story of a trip to Cuba for the anthology Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad. She's a public speaker and has spoken at both the Women's Travel Fests and Travel Bloggers Summits. Nneya’s blog, ’N A Perfect World, is a curated intersection of travel, food, fashion and geopolitics, inspired by the global-citizen lifestyle of the millennial. After working with First Lady Michelle Obama, Nneya was honored in a Celebration of Design at the White House alongside top people in the American fashion industry. She was honored by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion as a Digital Creative of Color to know in 2020. Living between NYC and Italy, Nneya implores the travel industry to consider their depictions of BIPOC travelers, wishing to show the cultural diversity in many countries that are typically reflected as homogenous.

Robert Annis

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Bicycling, Outside, Indianapolis Monthly, Men's Journal

After spending nearly a decade as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, Robert Annis finally broke free of the shackles of gainful employment and now freelances full time, specializing in cycling and outdoor travel journalism. Over the years, his byline has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling, Men's Journal, Popular Mechanics, Bike, Midwest Living, Dirt Rag and Velo News. When he's not hunched over a keyboard, you’ll likely find him either pedaling the backroads and trails of the Midwest on his bicycle or hopping around the globe with his beautiful wife, Dee.

Theresa Storm

Freelance Travel Journalist/Photographer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: WestJet Magazine, AAA Traveler, AAA Living, Postmedia Network & Canada.com, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Dreamscapes, Travelweek and more

Travel writer and photographer Theresa Storm is passionate about adventure and ecotourism. Recent media outlets include: WestJet Magazine, AAA Traveler, AAA Living, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Dreamscapes, Calgary Polo Style, WildHope, Travelweek, TravelAge West, Postmedia Network & Canada.com (largest Canadian newspaper chain), Westjetvacations.com, and other publications and sites. She has won seven travel writing and two photography awards, and is a three-time finalist.

   
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