• 15-17 May 2017
  • Kempinski Hotel Ishtar
    Dead Sea, Jordan
  • Price: $800 USD
    Business Member Price: $500 USD

Attending Media

Kirsten Alana

Founder, Conversations with Locals

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: conversationswithlocals.com, kirstenalanaphotography.com, kirstenalana.com, aviatorsandacamera.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.

Jill Robinson

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside, Men's Journal, Sierra, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Hemispheres, American Way, Delta Sky, Alaska Beyond, Robb Report, Virtuoso Life, Saturday Evening Post, AARP.

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.

Emma Thomson

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: The Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller, The Times

Emma Thomson is a multi award-winning travel writer for the UK national press, who spends roughly three quarters of the year away on assignment covering adventurous off-the-beaten-track destinations. Commissions have ranged from a world-first expedition crossing Namibia's Skeleton Coast unsupported, to travelling the entire length of the Silk Road – from Xi'an to Istanbul – as a digital nomad for National Geographic Traveller. A passionate advocate of responsible tourism, she has lived with families around the world – from Australian Aboriginals to nomads in Mongolia – and frequently visits countries recovering from natural disaster or political upheaval, penning features that help travellers regain their trust in these destinations. She's also an experienced travel-writing panellist at consumer travel shows and workshops, and contributes to podcasts, radio, and has presented for national Flemish TV network VRT.

Sarah Reid

Freelance Travel Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler, Adventure.com, Lonely Planet, Food & Travel Magazine, The Independent, Fodor's, Jetstar Magazine, Delicious, Ecotravelist, and more.

Formerly a Destination Editor at Lonely Planet in London, Sarah is an Australian-based freelance travel writer with a passion for responsible and sustainable adventure travel. She contributes to travel titles in Australia, the UK, the US and beyond (such as Lonely Planet, Adventure.com, Rough Guides, The Guardian, The Independent, London Evening Standard, Food & Travel magazine, Get Lost magazine, Adventure Travel Magazine, Jetstar magazine, Virgin Voyeur magazine, and more), and also manages a sustainable travel-focused blog, ecotravelist.com. Sarah also works as a freelance subeditor for the likes of Lonely Planet, and writes the occasional guidebook or travel reference book for various publishers, including The Solo Travel Handbook, published by Lonely Planet in January 2018.

Sarah Staples

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Dreamscapes, Postmedia, Driving.ca, Sharp mag, Canadian Traveller, Metroland chain, Ottawa Style, Luxe Ottawa, JustLuxe.com

I'm an ex-senior tech beat journalist for the national desk of Postmedia newspapers turned travel writer. I’ve been published in every major Canadian daily newspaper, along with newspapers, magazines and websites internationally. I’ve received 28 writing awards for travel and science journalism. My interests are wide-ranging: from adventure travel and extreme sports to car culture. This year, I'm writing a Canadian drive travel series for Postmedia Driving and Driving.ca.

Paul Clammer

Freelance Travel Writer

 

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, Bradt Travel Guides, Wanderlust, AFAR

Paul Clammer is a travel writer and guidebook author based between the UK and Morocco. Since 2003 he has contributed to more than two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, covering South and Central Asia, the Middle East, and North and West Africa. For Bradt Travel Guides he has written pioneering guidebooks to Haiti and Sudan. He is currently a co-author of Lonely Planet's Jordan guidebook.

Charmaine Noronha

Freelance travel writer and journalist with The Associated Press

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: The Associated Press, The Toronto Star, Flare Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Washington Post, WestJet Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Salon Magazine, Montecristo Magazine and more

I'm a journalist with The Associated Press, covering Canadian news for an international audience out of Toronto. When I’m not writing about our beloved PM or the state of our economy, I travel to lands far and near to pen stories about intriguing destinations. My work has been published in The Washington Post, New York Times, Men’s Journal, Toronto Star, WestJet Magazine as a cover story, Flare Magazine, The Globe and Mail and more.

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.

Jen Murphy

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Editor at large of Sunset Magazine, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, contributor to Outside, Men's Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, Airbnb Magazine, Town & Country, Food & Wine

Jen Murphy is a Boulder-based freelance writer covering adventure travel, fitness and lifestyle stories. She spent eight years working at Food & Wine magazine, served as the deputy editor of AFAR, and is currently an editor at large for Sunset Magazine. She regularly contributes to Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Men's Journal and Men's Health. She is always looking for new ways to experience a destination, whether it's cross-country skiing the sand dunes of Namibia or island hopping around Mozambique via SUP. She believes great characters are the heart of a great story and is always keen to learn about people making a difference in a destination. She covers a mix of luxury travel and adventure travel and is always looking to share stories involving conservation efforts.

Suzanne Morphet

Freelance Writer & Photographer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, The West Australian, Boulevard magazine

Suzanne Morphet is a Canadian freelance journalist based on Vancouver Island. For the last decade she’s focused on travel writing, but she started her journalism career in radio with Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC. After a couple years in Ottawa, she longed for more adventure and headed north to a job in the CBC newsroom in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. There, she took up whitewater canoeing, x-country skiing, camping and even tried her hand at dog mushing, placing third in the three-dog race at the winter carnival one year. (She returned the borrowed dogs and the prize money, but kept the trophy!) After nine years in Yellowknife, Suzanne relocated to Victoria, BC where she began her freelance writing career.

Michaela Trimble

Freelance Writer + Photographer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure

Michaela Trimble is a travel writer and photographer previously based in New York. Now on the road full time, she traverses the Earth for inspiring, transformational stories, primarily focusing on luxury adventures, hotels, female adventure travel, and culinary travel. She thirsts to experience cultures and traditions different from her own, and she loves feeling small beneath a blanket of mountains. She currently contributes to publications like Vogue, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Refinery 29, Tasting Table, Vice, Jetsetter, and more, and she enjoys submitting her original photography with each of her features. In addition to writing and photography, Michaela participates in a range of social media activations. Whether taking over Conde Nast Traveler's Snapchat for the day to show the audience Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval celebration or posting photos of her travels through Antarctica on AFAR's Instagram, Michaela loves sharing her travels on social media while on the road.

Aaron Gulley

JJAG Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Bicycling, Virtuoso Life, Sport Diver, Islands, DestinAsian

I was destined to a life of travel and writing. My parents, intellectuals and pedants for impeccable English, no doubt read aloud during my incubation. And my mother still likes to grouse about our first international trip together back in 1975, when she dragged me, her 20-pound, 14-month-old ballast, around the Colosseum and Rome’s other ancient, stroller-averse sites. I was already a seasoned traveler by then, having made my first flight just a month after leaving the maternity ward, in a four-seater Cessna from the hospital in Plateau State, Nigeria, back to our village on the Benue River. Before you ask, my parents were in agriculture, not oil or the military. The result was the same: a life of vagabonding that’s seen me traipse across West Africa, bake bread for a living in the Rockies, develop an addiction for Cafés Viennoises living in Switzerland, and—miraculously for such a hopscotch life—cultivate a career as a writer along the way. I see the latter as the natural progression of all those wandering experiences: No matter how deep I’ve hiked into the highlands in Laos or how cut off I’ve felt in the Moroccan Sahara, I’ve always come across people with stories that enrich my life and resonate in the broader world.

Dr. Nancy Bouchard

Journalist, Backpacker Magazine

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Backpacker Alaska/Horizon Rock and Ice blog.columbia.com

Nancy Prichard Bouchard is a prolific outdoor and travel writer, former professional climber, and avid skier. Her by-line has appeared in numerous U.S. national and international publications and she has worked as a T.V. host, event announcer, sports model, and even expert witness. Her areas of focus are outdoor sports, with special interest in adventure travel, family-friendly sports, off-the-beaten-path international destinations, backpacking, hiking, water sports, rock climbing and skiing. She met her husband, noted alpinist turned educator, John Bouchard, while they both were competing in the X-Games. She and her husband have raised their three children with the same enthusiasm for nature and outdoor sports that they both share. Bouchard holds a Ph. D. in history from the University of Colorado, and enjoys intertwining a solid sense of history with her reporting on outdoor sports, equipment and travel.

MaSovaida Morgan

MaSovaida Morgan

 

Country: United States

Tim Neville

Outside Magazine / Freelancer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Via, Journey, Men's Journal, Ski, New York Times

Tim Neville is a full-time freelance writer, correspondent for Outside magazine, and frequent contributor to the New York Times. Through his 17 years as an adventure travel writer, he's produced hundreds of stories for some of the most respected publications in the English-speaking world. His magazine work has been included in anthologies like Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best Food Writing. The Society of American Travel Writers once named him the "second-best" travel writer of the year.

Candace Dempsey

Stories & Photos

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The New York Times, Slate, Quora.com, Chicago Tribune, BBC Travel and Alaska Airlines Magazine.

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning, Italian-American journalist/travel writer and author of Murder In Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox (Penguin). Media outlets: The New York Times, Slate, Quora, Chicago Tribune, Art & Antiques, BBC Travel and Alaska Airlines Magazine. She has appeared on CNN, BBC TV, MSBNC and Sky Italia. Her adventure tales have been collected in Travelers' Tales Women in the Wild, Gifts of the Wild (Seal Press), Solo: On Her Own Adventure, Travelers' Tales Turkey and other anthologies. She is looking for journeys that combine adventure and wildlife with cultural experiences, cuisine and meeting locals. She loves to ski, kayak, trek, hike, snorkel, rock scramble and rappel. Seattle is her home-base.

Louise SOUTHERDEN

Sustainable travel writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Traveller (in The Sydney Morning Herald), Travel to Change the World, Adventure.com

Louise Southerden is an award-winning Australian travel writer originally from Sydney and now based in northern NSW until she figures out how she can live in a cabin by the beach and still make a living. She has won the ASTW's Travel Writer of the Year award four times and has written three books including a women's guide to surfing and an adventure travel anthology. Louise specialises in nature-based travel and has a particular passion for simple and sustainable living.

Brandon Presser

Travel Expert, TV Host, Writer

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Bravo TV (NBC), The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, Out Magazine, Travel + Leisure

Brandon Presser is a bona fide travel expert who has visited over 100 countries, written over 50 travel books, and has firmly accrued a lifetime’s worth of experiences along the way. He can currently be seen on Bravo's television series Tour Group, where, as Head Tour Guide, he fearlessly leads a group of eclectic American travelers on an elaborate world tour. Brandon earned his stripes as a professional nomad in Paris while working at the Louvre museum, in Tokyo as an architectural apprentice, and in Thailand as a scuba diving professional. From there, he secured his reputation as an adventure prodigy when he became the youngest person to join the coveted team of writers at Lonely Planet, the world’s most prominent travel brand. He crossed the globe authoring books to far-flung destinations like Iceland, Turkey and Malaysia, and was awarded the prestigious SATW Lowell Thomas gold prize for his outstanding achievements in guidebook writing. Today, Brandon contributes to a variety of high-profile publications including Travel + Leisure and The Daily Beast, and leads worldwide expeditions for elite jetsetters. Brandon has become one of the foremost authorities on both five-star luxury and grass roots travel—he is just as comfortable trekking through the backwaters of Borneo as he is on the beaches of Bora Bora. Brandon has a knack for turning his knowledge of the planet into fun and meaningful experiences. Originally from a small town in Canada, Brandon holds a degree in art history and architecture from Harvard University, and when he's not on the road he calls New York City home. He speaks fluent French, and can order food in six other languages.

Kim Brown Seely

Travel Journalist

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Virtuoso Life, Coastal Living, Sunset, Departures, Travel + Leisure

Kim Brown Seely is an award-winning writer and contributing editor at "Virtuoso Life" magazine. She was named a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year in 2016.

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Travel Writer + Photographer

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Sweden

Media Outlets: Adventure.com, National Geographic Traveller, BBC, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Fodors.com, and many more.

Award-winning writer and photographer Lola (Akinmade) Akerstrom has photographed and dispatched from over 60 countries for various publications. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, National Geographic Channel, several in-flight magazines, amongst others. Some of her articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner. She was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe. She also owns and runs Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and she is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award winner. She is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Caitlin Bitzer

Venture Magazine

 

Country: Jordan

Media Outlets: Venture Magazine

Editor for Venture Magazine, Caitlin recently graduated with honors from George Mason University, having also completed additional courses at Oxford University and Sciences Po. She earned a degree in International Relations and Conflict Analysis & Resolution, including further studies in economics and Arabic. With love of Jordan's natural beauty and the desire to highlight promising sectors within Jordan's economy, Caitlin is in charge of reporting on the importance of this sector and the ways in which governments, locals and businesses can participate in its growth.

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.

Jocelyn Chavy

Wider Magazine

Traditional Media

 

Country: France

Media Outlets: ALPINEMAG FRENCH TRAVEL AGENCY MAGAZINE : TERRE from Terres d'aventure.

I tell stories through words and still photography, now with video - when there are little to no words needed. French citizen aged 42, I wrote stories for most of the mountain and adventure magazines in France. Nowadays I run ALPINEMAG.FR as associate and editor in chief. ALPINE has a growing and quality-based audience (700000 seen pages in 11 months) with strong partners in France including travel agencies. With ALPINE we also produce content for brands. With the media our aim is to talk about adventure world from hiking to paragliding, trail running to climbing. My passion for the wilderness drove me to remote corners of Niger, Patagonia, Bhutan or Tibet. I documented more than 30 countries, with a focus on the Himalayan world. Licensed french DGAC Drone Pilot since 2015, I use drones to capture wild places or action in video. Also author of 4 books, I am living in the Alps, France, with my wife and two kids.

   
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