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Attending Media

Alison Hodgins

My Passion Media

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Traveller, Explore, British Columbia Magazine, Alison's Adventures

After embarking on a solo trip to Australia at 18 years old, I began chasing my dream of becoming a travel writer. I hold a Writing and Publishing Diploma from Okanagan College and a Bachelor of Journalism from Thompson Rivers University. I am a regular contributor for Canadian Traveller Magazine and the community manager for Explore Magazine's "Live the Adventure" Club. I'm passionate about ethical tourism, outdoor adventure and learning to appreciate one's own backyard.

Clint Carter

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Men's Journal, Men's Health, Tonic (a VICE site), Entrepreneur Magazine

Clint has served as a senior editor for Men's Health and Men's Journal magazines. He covers a range of topics related to adventure, lifestyle, health, and business.

Don Enright

Toque and Canoe

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Toque and Canoe

Don Enright is a freelance travel writer, photographer and presenter based on Canada's west coast. Don is a lifelong naturalist and nature writer, and strives to connect his readers with a deep and authentic love of the natural world.

Geoff Nudelman

The Manual

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Manual, American Express Essentials, Savoteur, Portland Monthly

Geoff is always up for a good challenge and a great hike. Whether it's running a cocktail festival in Los Angeles or soaking in the politics of soccer at the Euros, his passion for storytelling has always been a constant. He currently writes for a number of lifestyle and travel sites, while keeping a diverse network of editors available to pitch.

Ilona Biro


Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Huffington Post Canada, Globe & Mail, MoneySense, Porthole, Westjet, NUVO

Ilona Biro’s travels have taken her to 50+ countries, where she’s paddled, walked, hitchhiked and cycled her way on to the next adventure. Over the years she has contributed to a diverse group of publications, including The Globe & Mail, National Post, Huffington Post and MoneySense magazine. In between her travels and working as a travel writer, she works as a digital strategist and editorial gun-for-hire in Toronto.

Jen Murphy

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Departures, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, Outside

Jen Murphy is a Boulder-based freelance writer covering adventure travel, fitness and lifestyle stories. She writes the weekly What's Your Workout column for the Wall Street Journal. She has worked as the travel editor of Food & Wine and is the author of The Yoga (Man)ual.

Jenn Smith Nelson

Freelance Writer/Photographer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Mountain Life Annual, Post Media, South China Morning Post, My Spotlight Kanada/USA, Skycanner.ca/.com, ReaderDigest.ca, Canadian Geographic, Espaces, Nuvo, National Post, Westworld, Just for Canadian Doctors/Dentists, My Country Extra, Chatelaine.

Jenn Smith Nelson is an award winning freelance travel writer and photographer who contributes to a number of print and online publications including: Toronto Star, Skyscanner.ca/com, Nuvo, Postmedia, South China Morning Post, My Spotlight Kanada/USA, Just for Canadian Doctors/Dentists, Chatelaine and more. An outdoors adventure enthusiast, when she's not snuggling with wolves, swimming with belugas or bathing in the snow, she's traveling with her kids collecting stories and memories. You can also catch Jenn on her blog @www.travelandhappiness.com.

Jess McGlothlin

Jess McGlothlin Media

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The New York Times, Outside Online, The Fly Fish Journal, Field & Stream, Fieldsports UK, The Big Sky Journal, American Angler, Hatch Magazine, American Cowboy, Fly Fisherman, Carryology, Gear Junkie, The Expedition Portal, The Mountain Gazette

Jess McGlothlin is happiest on the road in the strange, far-off corners of the world. She sees her mission as a simple one: tell stories. Working as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor industry, while on assignment in the past year she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, and eat all manner of unidentifiable food. She’s based out of Bozeman, Montana. See more of her work at www.JessMcGlothlinMedia.com.

Kassondra Cloos


Country: United States

Media Outlets: SNEWS, Outdoor Retailer Daily, Backpacker, Yonder, Elevation Outdoors

Kassondra Cloos is the assistant editor of SNEWS and Outdoor Retailer Daily, and an editor and photographer for Yonder, an adventure photo sharing app. Her outdoor and travel writing has also appeared in Backpacker, Elevation Outdoors, The Gazette, 5280.com, and the Penny Hoarder. She is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Kelly Smith Trimble

Scripps Networks Interactive

Country: United States

Media Outlets: TravelChannel.com, HGTV.com, DIYNetwork.com, GreatAmericanCountry.com, NationalParks.org

Kelly is the Editorial Director for Home and Travel brands at Scripps Lifestyle Studios, the digital division of Scripps Networks Interactive. She directs content efforts for the websites and social media channels associated with Travel Channel as well as HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. She loves hiking, backpacking, sea kayaking and exploring the great protected places of the U.S. and beyond.

Kimberly Tate

Stuffed Suitcase

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Stuffed Suitcase, Vacation Mavens, Traveling Mom

Kimberly Tate is the founder and content creator of Stuffed Suitcase, a family travel & lifestyle website. Her blog is packed full of tips for family travel and life between trips. She hopes to encourage others to create lasting family memories through travel and life at home. In addition to Stuffed Suitcase, Kimberly also co-produces Vacation Mavens, a family travel podcast and writes for TravelingMom.com as the Active TravelingMom.

Kraig Becker

The Adventure Blog

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Adventure Blog (http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com) Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com) TripSavvy.com (https://www.tripsavvy.com)

Kraig Becker is a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer based in Nashville, TN. He covers extreme sports, mountaineering, exploration, and interesting opportunities for travelers to take part in unique adventures around the world.

Laura Crawford

The Path Less Pedaled

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Bicycle Travel Channel, Bicycle Times Magazine, Adventure Cycling, Amtrak blog, Travel Oregon

For three years, Laura (and her partner Russ) traveled the US by bicycle. Now, based out of Portland, Oregon, they specialize in creating bicycle travel content, for both print and digital publications. They also work with DMOs to create marketing collateral in support of bicycle travel and other outdoor recreation.

Lou Dzierzak

Outdoor Insight

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outdoor Insight, RootsRated, Silent Sports, Star Tribune

Lou Dzierzak has been a full-time freelance writer for more than a decade. He has served as editorial director and managing editor for several leading outdoor industry trade publications. He has published hundreds of articles on outdoor recreation marketing trends, product design innovations, environmental sustainability initiatives and retail operations. An author of several books on outdoor recreation he is also an active runner, cyclist, paddler and triathlete.

Mark Edward Harris


Country: United States

Media Outlets: Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Magazine, Vanity Fair, Money, TravelAge West, Travel Weekly, Quest

Mark Edward Harris’ assignments have taken him to 93 countries on six continents. His editorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Life, Time, GEO, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Wallpaper, Casa Vogue, GQ Thailand, Money Magazine, Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines. His award-winning books include The Way of the Japanese Bath, Inside Iran, and North Korea.

Melody Wren


Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Jewish News, Active Over 50, Kitchener Waterloo Record, Canadian Yachting Magazine

A writer, editor and clumsy adventuress, Melody feels most alive when challenged to face her fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it and feel it so she can write about it. She is an ordinary person having extraordinary adventures...Arctic, Africa, British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Galapagos, Grenada, Northwest Passage, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Mexico. Glamping, glacial trekking, ziplining, snorkeling, caving, sailing and shopping flea markets in France, cooking classes in Italy. What's next...?

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Freelance Writer & Editor

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Chicago magazine, Chicago's WGN TV Morning News, 91.5 WBEZ Radio (NPR)

A Chicago-based writer and editor, Nina covers everything from regional to far-flung travel and is especially passionate about unexpected adventure, intelligent and sustainable luxury, and fresh perspectives on modern family travel. Nina’s work appears in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Chicago magazine, where she is a contributing travel expert. She also makes appearances on Chicago's WGN TV morning news and 9.15 WBEZ radio (NPR).

Norie Quintos

Nat Geo Travel Media and Independent Consultant

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Nat Geo Travel Media (print and online), Frommer's, Mountain Life, Washingtonian, The Local Palate, AdventureTravelNews, Skift

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. She 'grams and tweets @noriecicerone.

Russ Roca

The Path Less Pedaled

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Bicycle Travel Channel, Bicycle Times Magazine, Adventure Cycling, Amtrak blog, Travel Oregon

Named as one of Bicycling Magazine's "New Heroes of Cycling" in 2016. We've been nationally recognized as experts in bicycle tourism, and are always on the lookout for destinations that offer great multi-sport opportunities in bicycling, fly-fishing, and trail running.

Ryan Fliss

The Dyrt

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Dyrt (thedyrt.com)

Ryan is The Dyrt's Managing Editor. The Dyrt With over 10 years writing and digital growth experience and even more experience in the outdoors, he is excited about The Dyrt's rapid growth and trajectory. Ryan, like most people, is an onion (figuratively speaking), and finds byline bios reductive, though useful. He is writing this himself in the third person, and--to him--it feels strange.

Susan Portnoy

The Insatiable Traveler | Freelance

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Insatiable Traveler, Wendy Perrin, Huffington Post, US News & World Report

Susan Portnoy is the creator of The Insatiable Traveler, a blog celebrating the magic of world travel and her adventures at home in New York City. Her work includes award-winning photography and original storytelling, in addition to photography and travel advice. Her images and tales transport, immerse and excite readers, inspiring them to seek adventure and connect with the people and places they visit.

Will McGough

Wake and Wander

Country: United States

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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