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Sidnee Michelle Douyon

Black Travel Journey

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Blacktraveljourney.com, Essence.com

Travel and entertainment influencer and journalist Sidnee Michelle serves as the brands and influencer collaborations manager for Black Travel Journey, a travel outlet with close to 100,000 followers who’s mission is to diversity the face of millennial travel.

Jonny Bierman

Eco Escape Travel

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, GoPro & GoPro News/blog, Readers Digest, Mr. Hudson Explores, Matador Network

Jonny started Eco Escape Travel and made the leap into freelance travel content after working in media for the DMO of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. Seeking to align a career with his ethics and values, he accompanies his filmmaking, photography, and writing with a focus in adventure, LGBTQ, sustainable, and purpose-driven travel. He’s built Eco Escape Travel with the intention of inspiring ethical travel choices with destinations and brands, while his freelance work, website, and channels reflect this focus. Now with a home base of Vancouver, Jonny continues to build his networks and content with this niche storytelling.

Peter Koch

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Gear Patrol, Hemispheres, Travel + Leisure, Outside, Men's Journal, Men's Health, BestLife

Peter Koch is an Upstate New York-based freelance journalist specializing in adventure, travel, fitness and outdoor gear. His writing has appeared in print and online at Men's Health, Outside, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, Gear Patrol, Men’s Fitness, Mic, Popular Science, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, National Geographic Adventure, Hemispheres, Rhapsody, Oryx, BestLife, The Active Times, USA Today, GO Magazine and Artvoice, among others. Beyond his writing, he's a husband, father, and endurance athlete who loves exploring the world—from local trails to far-flung mountains—under his own power.

Sunny Fitzgerald

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, Furthermore, Health Central

Sunny Fitzgerald Al Hawamdeh is a freelance writer and sustainable travel specialist. Her work appears in National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, and more. Sunny grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains, but was determined to live big - adventuring to Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. She has destination expertise in over 20 countries, certification in sustainable tourism, and more than a decade of experience designing international travel for adventurous and conscientious travelers.

Kassondra Cloos

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Backpacker, Outside, Travel Channel, Warren Miller Entertainment, HGTV, SNEWS, Outdoor Industry Association, Gear Patrol, Flow Magazine, Elevation Outdoors

Kassondra Cloos is a freelance travel, outdoor, and gear writer, and a co-founder of Adventures in Wikipedia. She's previously been the associate editor of SNEWS and Outdoor Retailer Daily, a crime, court, and public safety reporter for The Colorado Springs Gazette, and an education reporter for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She's based in Boulder, Colorado.

Cristina Goyanes

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Shape Magazine, Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, My Fitness Pal / Map My Fitness, Furthermore, TravelAge West, Thrillist

Cristina Goyanes is an award-winning, Brooklyn-based freelance editor and writer who covers topics including sports, fitness, travel, health, lifestyle, and inspiring profiles for various national men's and women's magazines and websites.

Terry Ward

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Endless Vacation Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, AFAR.com, Family Vacation Critic, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, MSN Travel, Delta SKY Magazine

Terry Ward has worked as a freelance travel writer since 2001, when she quit her job as a copywriter at an ad agency to travel the world. Since then, she's called France, New Zealand and Australia home and currently resides in Florida with her two young children and husband. An avid scuba diver and adventurer, she's reported stories from such destinations as Svalbard, Morocco and the Everglades and is especially fond of the Arctic regions. Her stories have appeared in publications like Endless Vacation Magazine, BBC Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Men's Journal, Robb Report and many others.

Diane Selkirk

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: BC Magazine, Pacific Yachting, BBC Travel, Mariott Espanol, Men's Journal

Diane Selkirk spent the past eight years circumnavigating the globe with her husband, daughter and Charlie the boat cat aboard a 40’ sailboat. Her nomadic slow-travel life led to great story opportunities and over the past two years she’s written for publications including BBC Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Journal, Pacific Standard, Saveur, Saturday Evening Post, BC Mag and The Globe and Mail. Now she’s settled back in Vancouver, BC she’s begun refocusing on Canadian and US travel.

Kraig Becker

Freelance Writer

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: TripSavvy, OutdoorX4 magazine, Popular Mechanics, Digital Trends, Gear Junkie

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.

Karen Loftus

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Vogue, Architectural Digest, American Way, Hemispheres Magazine, NY Daily News

As a travel, luxury lifestyle, and adventure writer, Karen Loftus has written thousands of articles for 90+media outlets including Vogue, Architectural Digest, American Way, Hemispheres Magazine, Forbes, Robb Report and NY Daily News, among others. This savvy traveler has been to all seven continents and 70 countries and counting. She speaks at conferences about women and travel, she co-hosts #WATC-Women’s Adventure Travel Chat on Twitter, runs travel writing workshops, and produces and cohosts ReVerbs, a storytelling event for the travel trade. Karen is very excited to finally be launching her company, Women’s Adventure Travels, and to be leading these female-driven trips. This is a full circle moment, one long in the making, a marriage of her many interests and experiences with itineraries based on many of her favorite places, people, and passions. The unique elements on the trips reflect Karen's varied background.

Anja Mutic

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States/Croatia

Media Outlets: The Washington Post, AFAR, BBC Travel, Preferred Travel

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 — has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel. Anja has authored a number of Lonely Planet guidebooks, spoke about travel & hospitality at various events worldwide and appeared on screen as a travel expert in the award-winning Gringo Trails documentary. She works as contributing editor for Preferred Travel magazine, teaches travel writing for Catapult and leads Street Wisdom sessions around the world.

Alison Kent

Freelance Writer - Food & Travel

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Financial Post Magazine (PostMedia/National Post), TravelLife magazine, Best Health magazine (Reader's Digest Canada), Canadian Traveller

Alison Kent is a well-seasoned food, lifestyle and culinary travel writer, cookbook author and Red Seal-certified Chef. Formerly food editor of Canadian Living and Best Health magazines, she currently contributes to a number of print and digital publications including Financial Post Magazine (Post Media/National Post), Canadian Traveller and TravelLife. Her regular feature, Liquid Assets, ran in Inside Out Hawaii for more than 5 years. Travel and food are two true passions, and having the opportunity to blend them is sheer joy. A favourite quote, from Anthony Bourdain: "I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.” ― from “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook”

Barb Sligl

Freelance Writer/Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Western Living, Vancouver magazine, Sierra, Virtuoso, Just for Canadian Doctors/Dentists, BCAA magazine, Mercedes-Benz magazine, +852 magazine

Barb Sligl is a Vancouver-based freelance writer/photographer. She’s the editor of two travel-and-lifestyle trade magazines for physicians/dentists (nominees for best trade publication, Western Magazine Awards) and contributing editor of award-winning Western Living magazine. Her stories also appear in Vancouver, WestJet, onBoard, BCAA magazines, Sierra and more. She recently won two silvers in the 2017 NATJA Awards (gold in 2016) and was a finalist in the 2016 Explore Canada Awards of Excellence.

Alison Hodgins

Online Editor, explore magazine

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: explore magazine, Canadian Traveller, Archive

Alison Karlene Hodgins is the Online Editorial and Community Manager for explore magazine, North America’s premier outdoor adventure publication. Explore focuses on human-propelled adventure across the country and beyond. Explore’s social media accounts reach over 200,000 followers. Explore’s “Live the Adventure” Club is a quarterly subscription box that brings the best new gear to over 3,500 members across Canada and the USA. As a freelance writer, Alison has been published by Canadian Traveller, HI Hostels, Cottage Life, World Nomads and British Columbia Magazine. Alison holds a Writing and Publishing Diploma, a Bachelor of Journalism Degree with Honours and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She is passionate about international travel, outdoor adventure and learning to appreciate one’s own backyard.

Michael Hodgson

Storyteller / HITravelTales.com

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: HI Travel Tales, The Union, The Sacramento Bee

A lifetime of globetrotting across numerous continents and dozens of countries fueled the love of people, places and cultural explorations for me. As a professional travel journalist, I find adventures are everywhere – down the street or across the globe, in the city or in a secluded forest. And, yes, they can also be at popular tourist destinations. I am always looking for new angles, new ways of exploring, and new places to visit.

Susan Portnoy

The Insatiable Traveler | Freelance

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Insatiable Traveler, Wendy Perrin, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Newsweek.com, Travel Weekly

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. The Insatiable Traveler has been featured in The Associated Press, Mashable, Travelpulse, Travel Babbo, Luxury Travel Blog, USA Today, and Yahoo! Travel, among others.

Rob McFarland

Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Sunday Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Australian, GQ, Qantas magazine and International Traveller

After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s a regular contributor to publications in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Telegraph, Qantas magazine, GQ, International Traveller and Luxury Travel. He’s a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and has won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year. When not travelling, he runs courses for aspiring travel writers and workshops on pitching for travel PRs and tourism boards.

Kevin Wagar

Wandering Wagars - Family Travel

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Wandering Wagars - Adventure Family Travel, Intrepid Travel

Kevin Wagar is a Family Adventure Travel Writer living near Toronto. He, along with his wife Christina have been pushing the boundaries of what Family Travel means through their website WanderingWagars.com. They explore luxury destinations and beach resorts, but also push beyond the status quo through backcountry hiking, off-the-beaten-track travel, and exploring destinations not often associated with family travel such as Argentina, Jordan, Peru and Iceland.

Kristin Henning

Writer Influencer/Travel Past 50

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel Past 50, American Craft magazine, Travel Writers Radio (Minneapolis), StarTribune

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.

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