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Kirsten Alana

@KirstenAlana

Country: United States

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. Around that time she transitioned her photography blog into a travel-focused site and began to accumulate a large yet engaged social following. Her photography has been featured by print publications across the globe and her images have been used online by such outlets as Travel+Leisure, BBC Travel, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. As a blogger since 2006, she is now adept at all the aspects of online and digital marketing businesses.

Kristen Kellogg

Border Free Travels

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Border Free Travels, Domino.com, Glamping.com, Rosetta Stone

Exploring rugged to refined, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert Kristen Kellogg is an adventurer at heart using creative content to build meaningful connections between brand and consumer. She has produced work for the Travel Channel, Visit California, the Outer Banks, Up Norway, Thailand Tourism, Skype, and Rosetta Stone among others. Kristen has been featured in a variety of outlets such as Women's Health Magazine, Yahoo, Daily Mail, AFAR, MSN, Huffington Post, and Microsoft. A Nantucket Island resident, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by literally running around exploring her own backyard.

Norie Quintos

Editor at Large, Nat Geo Travel Media and NQ Media

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Nat Geo Travel Media, Washingtonian, Local Palate, Skift, Adventure Travel News, Mountain Life, Frommers, Washington Post Brand Studio, in-house magazines of Signature Travel Network and Preferred Hotels, AARP: The Magazine

Norie Quintos is an Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel Media, contributing content and representing the iconic brand. She is also an independent freelance writer/editor, and consultant for the travel industry on editorial packaging, communications, media relations, and custom content. She is the former executive editor of National Geographic Traveler and was an editor at U.S. News and World Report and Caribbean Travel and Life. She is on the advisory board of several travel companies and organizations.

Annie Ross

Exerk - Active Adventure

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Evening Standard Online

eXerK exists to spread the joy of being outdoors and active. Through her writing and social media, she shares fresh ideas for outdoors fitness and adventure travel written with busy people in mind. She has been a fitness columnist at the Evening Standard Online since September 2015 and contributes to Red Bull and Huffington Post, amongst other publications.

Crai Bower

FlowingStreamMedia

Media Outlets: BBC.com, Explore Magazine, American Way, American Forces Network, Interval World, Private Clubs, Westworld, Destination Canada, Hearst Publications - Story Studio, Beyond by Lexus, Delta Sky Magazine

Travel writer, photographer and broadcaster Crai S Bower contributes scores of articles and images annually to more than 25 publications including National Geographic Traveler, Journey, and American Way magazines, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travel+Leisure Digital and Virgin Atlantic, where he is the “Our Places” blogger about the Northwest. Crai appears regularly on NPR, the American Forces Network and “Rick Steves’ Travel” where he is the Canadian Travel expert. His photography has appeared in dozens of publications including The Toronto Star, The SF Chronicle, American Way and Sunset. His recent T+L Digital story detailing America’s “Best Winter Drives” appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC and Huffington Post. Crai frequently speaks throughout North America at travel-related conferences including Canada Media Marketplace, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Annual Conference and Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX). A past Northern Lights Award winner, he received a 2014 ‘Excellence in Journalism” Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, his 5th national writing accolade in as many years.

Gina Vercesi

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel + Leisure, Delta Sky, the Boston Globe, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Hemispheres, Virtuoso Life

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi is a New York-based adventurer, storyteller, and nature girl. Chronicling journeys on land, water, and snow, her words and photographs have appeared in Sierra, Delta Sky, Travel + Leisure, Virtuoso Life, The Boston Globe, Islands, Yankee, Lonely Planet, and more. Ever curious, Gina’s recent travels include hiking ancient forest in British Columbia, exploring the jungle near an abandoned Panamanian penal colony, and shucking bivalves with oyster farmers in coastal Maine. She is a writer for Ski Vermont’s family ski and ride guide, All Mountain Mamas, and also created the blog Kids Unplugged with the mission of helping families abandon their screens in favor of exploring the world. Gina lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a very good dog.

Jill Robinson

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside, Robb Report, Private Clubs, Virtuoso Life, Sierra, AARP, Wine Enthusiast, San Francisco Chronicle, Mic.com, American Way, Delta Sky, Rhapsody, Alaska Airlines Beyond, Saturday Evening Post

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.

Jessica Wynne Lockhart

Freelance Journalist

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Verge Magazine, The Toronto Star, CottageLife.com

Jessica Wynne Lockhart is a freelance journalist who splits her time between Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia. An outdoor enthusiast, she has covered everything from heli-fishing in Australia's outback for the Toronto Star, to cycling across Tasmania for Toronto Pearson Airport's AWAY magazine. Her travel writing has also appeared in Chatelaine, enRoute, Ensemble Vacations, Cottage Life, Adventure Kayak and Canoeroots. A former international development practitioner, she is also the contributing editor of Verge Magazine, a publication devoted to "travel with purpose," which covers issues related to ethical and sustainable travel. Currently, she volunteers with She Went Wild, a company devoted to introducing women to adventure sports, and Bike Sydney, a cycling advocacy organization.

Robert Annis

Freelance Journalist

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.

Clint Carter

Freelance Reporter and Editor

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Men's Health, Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Entrepreneur

Clint started in journalism as a reporter and editor for the New York Times best-selling book series, Eat This, Not That!. He transitioned from that role to a senior editor position for Men's Health, where he worked on stories across all lifestyle categories: adventure, travel, business, relationships, money, nutrition, and health. His reporting sent him to the Sochi Olympics, and allowed him to ride motorcycles with Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam. Clint was also a senior editor at Men's Journal magazine, where he covered gear and adventure. His television appearances include Today show, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Live with Kelly and Michael, Bloomberg TV, and others. Now he's a freelance reporter, working across several brands and covering a wide range of subjects.

Kristy Alpert

Freelance Travel Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AFAR, Men’s Health, American Way, Fodors, HiLuxury, Global Traveler, Travel Weekly, Food & Wine

Kristy Alpert is a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist on the hunt for the obscure and untold stories around the world. Her passion for savoring the local flavor of a destination has led to her unearthing the ancient bread baking secrets on Muhu Island in Estonia to earning her registered yoga teacher (RYT200) certification in Bali and trekking to the highest placed hotel in the world for a cup of rare Nepali coffee. Kristy has won numerous international awards for her writing, and has bylines in Food & Wine, Esquire, Men’s Health, AFAR, Fodors, American Way, World Bride, Premier Traveler, and more.

Morgan Tilton

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: 5280, Adventure Journal, Adventure Pro, Adventure.Travel, Backpacker, Colorado Health & Wellness, Colorado Yoga + Life, Elevation Outdoors, Gear Junkie, Men’s Journal, Motiv Running, Outdoor Retailer Daily, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, Outside, REI Co-op

Colorado-based writer Morgan Tilton is an adventure journalist with a focus on outdoor adventure, travel, and outdoor industry news. Her travel writing has received eight awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Raised in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, she's a life-long skier, snowboarder, hiker, and explorer. Her passion for discovery led her to live in Italy, complete the first 100-mile SUP descent of Escalante River (unsupported), and to mountain-ultra-trail running.

Mark Johanson

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Chile

Media Outlets: Men's Journal, Lonely Planet, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, The Guardian (UK)

Mark Johanson is an American travel writer who splits his time between the US and his home in Santiago, Chile. He covers Latin America and beyond for a variety of travel, culture and men’s magazines in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. His articles regularly appear in Men’s Journal (US), the Chicago Tribune (US), Bloomberg Pursuits (US), the Guardian (UK), BBC (UK), GQ (Aus), Get Lost (Aus), Vacations & Travel (Aus), Emirates Open Skies (UAE), Dreamscapes (CA) and Lonely Planet, among others.

Doug O'Neill

Freelance Writer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: BOLD Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Canadian Geographic Travel, Explore-Mag.com, WestJet Magazine, Travel Life Magazine, Urban Guides Canada, RootsRated

Doug O'Neill is a seasoned travel and lifestyle writer with a 25-year career in print and digital publishing in Canada. He's also published in U.S.-based publications. A seasoned long-distance hiker, O'Neill completed the 800-km Camino de Santiago in late 2015. Doug is heavily involved with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and holds is Ontario Hike Leader Certification. Doug writes for Explore Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Urban Guides Canada, Ignite, RootsRated and also guest-bloggers for The Kawartha Insider.

Stephanie Pearson

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Wired, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine

Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside magazine. After earning her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medical School of Journalism, she served on Outside‘s editorial staff for 12 years. Pearson has also logged many hours in the field. Pearson’s assignments have taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, South America, and throughout North America. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, Lonely Planet books, CNN.com, NationalGeographic.com, Travel + Leisure.com, Discovery.com, and others. Pearson splits her time between northern Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Christophe Noel

Freelance Writer and Photographer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Overland Journal, Expedition Portal, UpShift Magazine, Bikepacking.com, Singletracks.com, Gear Junky, Bike Rumor

I'm an adventurer, writer, and photographer. Fueled by my personal mantra––the Earth is cool––I have dedicated my life to exploring as much of it as I can. From my backyard trails to the far-flung regions of the world, my wanderlust is without limits. As a traveler, I experience new places with a fork in hand, pen to notebook, and through the clear glass of a camera lens. My work has appeared in Overland Journal, Expedition Portal, Bikepacking.com, Singletracks.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Nepali Times, Travel Age West, The Economist 1843, and other outlets. My images have been included in catalogs and promotional campaigns for Salsa Cycles, Sea to Summit, James Baroud, and many others. And it all starts with getting off the couch and into the big wide world.

Dalene Heck

Hecktic Travels

Media Outlets: HeckticTravels.com

Dalene is the chief storyteller behind HeckticTravels.com - a narrative travel blog focusing on adventure and romance. She has been honored as National Geographic Traveler of the Year, twice a BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a NATJA medalist for Best Travel Blog.

Pete Heck

Hecktic Travels

Media Outlets: HeckticTravels.com

Pete Heck is the Chief Photographer at HeckticTravels.com, which he has been running with his wife Dalene for over six years. Together they have been named National Geographic Travelers of the Year and won a bronze medal for Best Independent Travel Blog as awarded by the North American Travel Journalist Association.

Leigh McAdam

HikeBikeTravel.com

Media Outlets: HikeBikeTravel.com, Impact Magazine, West Jet

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary-based writer, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 44,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel.com is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs, and consistently receives over 175,000 page views. She shares her enthusiasm for the outdoors as a brand ambassador for Sporting Life, and has worked on campaigns for Travel Alberta, Expedia and Flight Hub. Leigh is the author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures. Currently, she is co-authoring: 100 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta (spring 2018). A true adventurer, Leigh will try anything once, except perhaps bungee jumping.

Eric Hanson

Host of Epic Trails

Media Outlets: Backpacking TV, GearJunkie.com, EricHanson.tv

I am the host of Epic Trails, a television show exploring the world's best hiking and trekking destinations. I got my start as a wilderness guide in Utah, then worked into the media world writing for magazines and photographing people more athletic than me. I consider myself lucky to be able to travel the world's most beautiful places and sharing my adventures with the world. I live in Flagstaff, AZ.

Jeff Bartlett

Jeff Bartlett Media Inc

Media Outlets: Jeff Bartlett Media and @PhotoJBartlett social channels, Canadian Cycling Magazine, Viator, AFAR.com, Matador Network

Jeff Bartlett focuses on the art and craft of adventure, blending photography, writing, and teaching with a keen passion for adventure. He travels exhaustively, to create images and share stories from untamed locations across the globe. In the past five years, Jeff has cycled the Tour Divide route, skied summits on three continents, and hiked tirelessly, all while exploring the relationship we share with natural places. Through social media, Jeff’s work portrays rugged landscapes and ambitious adventure for a single purpose: to inspire people to get outside and explore our beautiful planet for themselves.

Kristin Kent

Journalist & Producer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Adventure.com, MonteCristo Magazine, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, Oxygen Magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada and more.

Hi, I'm Kristin Kent, a writer and photographer based in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. About 100 years ago, I was a food editor. Then, a financial columnist. Now, I cover travel. Unconventional, yes. But I’ve never been the conventional type. Journalism is my constant. It's taken me to the 72nd parallel where I slept on sea ice in polar bear country. I've sailed around tiny atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swim with reef sharks. I've summited Mount Nimbus. I’m not one to pass up a quest.

Anne Farrar

National Geographic Traveler

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler

Anne Farrar is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Travel. She has been a photo editor with news organizations for over 20 years including The Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. When she’s not in the office you’ll find her exploring mountains and looking for her next cup of coffee.

Evita Robinson

NOMADNESS Travel Tribe

Media Outlets: Nomadnesstv.com, Travel + Leisure

In September 2011, Evita Robinson created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. Nomadness was the first of its kind targeting diverse millennials, in the newly coined 'black travel movement'. The group currently surpasses 17,000 international members, with over 100,000 passport stamps, and nearly 100 meet ups a year, all across the globe. From the success of the online group, Evita has garnered partnerships with Airbnb, Etihad Airlines, GoPro, Facebook Stories, Hyatt, Skift.com, Cantu, and Issa Rae, who she Co- Executive Produces The NOMADNESS Project web series with on YouTube. Continuing to innovate the travel space has landed Nomadness in the print and digital pages of The New York Times, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, EBONY, and ESSENCE Magazines. Evita can also be seen between news panels and business features for CNN, BBC, MSNBC, truTV, The Root, NewsOne, and Oxygen Channel. Evita was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for their meeting of world's creative changemakers, for SXSL (South By South Lawn). She now serves as a keynote/seminar speaker, TED Resident, and consultant for Destination Marketing Organizations.

Tegra Nuess

Tegra Stone Nuess Photography

Media Outlets: The New York Times, TegraStoneNuess.com channels

Tegra is an editorial, documentary and commercial photographer specializing in travel. After growing up in Spokane, WA she attended Connecticut College receiving a BA in photography and French. She learned the most from an incredible experience living and studying in Paris. It was in Paris, as she traced the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson, that her real passion of being behind the lens was realized. Now based out of Seattle, she strives to live her life with integrity and mischief, seeking out adventure and connection. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Backpacker Magazine, Saveur Magazine, Journey AAA, Stern Magazine, Buick's B Magazine, AFAR, USAA Magazine, Trust for Public Land, and Getty images.

James Mills

The Joy Trip Project

Media Outlets: National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, Elevation Outdoors, Park Advocate, High Country News, Land & People, On the Land, Outside and The Guardian

James Edward Mills is a 2014 Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program of the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. As a freelance journalist and an independent media producer in a career that spans more than 20 years he specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. Working in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer and photographer his experience includes a broad range of expeditions that include mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and kayaking.

Keryn Means

Walking On Travels

Media Outlets: WalkingOnTravels.com, Travelocity, Thrillist, TravelAge West

Keryn is a freelance writer and digital influencer living outside of Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Travel Age West magazine, ParentMap Magazine, Travelocity.com, TravelMindset.com, and many more print and digital publications looking for quality, well-researched content. In 2016, Keryn launched Walking On Media, LLC, a parent company to her two sites (WalkingOnTravels.com and WalkingOnMom.com), and Twist Travel magazine, a newly launched digital magazine on ISSUU specifically directed towards active, stylish millennial traveling parents, as well as digital influencer projects where Keryn works with destinations and brands to create an authentic message that resonates with millennial and Gen X travelers, especially moms who don’t want to let go of their travel dreams.

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