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Jonny Bierman

Eco Escape Travel

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.

Alexander-Julian Gibbson


Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel + Leisure, Travel Noire, Coveteur, Highsnobiety

Alexander-Julian (AJ) is a creative travel specialist based in New York City. Since his beginnings in the industry in 2010, Alexander has gone on to work with large enterprises including Coca-Cola, Atlantic Records, and FENDI Americas in a wide range of content and consulting capacities. Alexander has been employed by the likes of GQ, CN Traveler, Travel Noire, Coveteur, and V magazines. In recent years his works with these brands have allowed him to travel to over 20 countries creating content through a brand of his own that specializes in narrating tales of culture and the individuals that drive it worldwide. He is currently working on a campaign with Travel Noire to promote Black Adventure Travel within the states.

Serena Renner

Freelance Journalist

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: AFAR, Sierra, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, MUSE by Robb Report, The Saturday Evening Post, Virgin Australia's Voyeur

Serena Renner is a journalist and editor whose work focuses on people, culture and the outdoors. On assignment, she's convoyed with Colorado's cannabis entrepreneurs; eaten her weight in San Francisco's most famous stew; and profiled Nick Woodman, the founder of GoPro. She writes for American and Australian magazines, including Sierra, The Saturday Evening Post, International Traveller, Surfing World, The Collective and AFAR—where Serena worked as an editor for two years.

Sunny Fitzgerald

Freelance Journalist

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

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Backpacker, Travel Channel, HGTV, Flow Magazine, SNEWS, Outdoor Retailer, The Voice, Suston, Outdoor Industry Association, Warren Miller Entertainment

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.

Peter Koch

Freelance Journalist

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.

Cristina Goyanes

Freelance Travel Writer

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.

Kraig Becker

Freelance Writer

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.

Anja Mutic

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

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

Anja Mutić is a traveler who writes and a writer who travels. Born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, she has lived, worked and traveled on all the continents, except Antarctica. Based in New York since 1999 and now splitting time between New York and Croatia, Anja has worked in the travel space since 2000, first as an editor for Rough Guides and editorial director of ShermansTravel.com, before giving in to the call of the open road and going freelance in 2004. She has since worked as an author on 20+ guidebooks and penned hundreds of articles for a variety of print and online publications. Anja has hosted several Lonely Planet travel videos, taught travel writing at Mediabistro and worked as an undercover hotel reviewer for Conde Nast Traveler and The New York Times. She is the contributing editor for the Americas for Preferred Travel magazine, the Croatia editor for Essentialist and on the masthead of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, a British literary journal magazine hybrid. She appeared on screen as a travel expert in the award-winning Gringo Trails documentary, which explores the long-term cultural and environmental effects of global travel and sustainable tourism practices; it has been shown at festivals and screenings in over 25 countries.

Melody Wren

Freelance Writer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Family Fun Canada, Waypoints Global, Canadian Jewish News, Active Over 50

Travel stories are meant to encourage and inspire others to do the same. My adventure travels have broadened my reach and welcomed me to grow as a person and a writer, while meeting challenges with fewer self-imposed limits on every adventure. I did not begin full of courage but enormous curiosity – experiential travel has helped me consider and conquer fears – empowering to a previously nervous traveler. Life is now less about fear, more about feeling and advancing mentally and physically. Soon I will be saying feel the fear and do it anyway! Possibilities are unlimited. I learned how to paddleboard in Hawaii, snorkeled through the Galapagos islands, glacier trekked in the Northwest Passage and the Arctic, danced around a fire in Africa, learned how to make the perfect tiramisu in Florence, Italy, kayaked amongst spawning salmon in Ontario, snow-shoed in Colorado, sailed in the British Virgin Islands … and so much more. I consider my age (over 60) a gift in my travels. I bring wisdom and experience and a major ‘if not now, when’ attitude with heavy lashings of humor, which is required in any kind of travel.

Alison Kent

Freelance Writer - Food & Travel

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”

Alison Hodgins

Online Editor, explore magazine

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

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

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. The Insatiable Traveler has been featured in The Associated Press, Mashable, Travelpulse, Travel Babbo, Luxury Travel Blog, USA Today, and Yahoo! Travel, among others, and was recently named one of Discover Corp’s “17 Top Travel Blogs to Follow in 2017.” Portnoy has also contributed to a variety of publications including Business Insider’s “The Insider”, Green Global Travel, The Huffington Post, Mashable, One.org, Passion Passport, Solo Traveler, The New York Times, TakePart.com, The Globe & Mail, Today.com, US News & World Reports, and Wendy Perrin, among others.

Kristin Henning

Travel Past 50

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel Past 50, Travel Writers Radio, Craft Magazine, FWT Magazine, 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.

Rob McFarland

Travel Writer

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

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.

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