• 15-17 May 2017
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Attending Media

Kirsten Alana


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.

Jen Murphy

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Men's Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, Bloomberg Pursuits, Yoga Journal, Travel + Leisure

Jen Murphy is a Boulder-based freelance writer covering adventure travel, fitness and lifestyle stories. She spent eight years working at Food & Wine magazine and served as the deputy editor of AFAR. 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.

Emma Thomson

Freelance Journalist

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: The Daily Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller UK, The Independent, Wanderlust, Evening Standard, The Times, Financial 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.

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.

Anja Mutic

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Croatia

Media Outlets: Preferred Travel, Washington Post, BBC Travel, New York Times, Lonely Planet, Mic, National Geographic Traveler, Jetsetter, Tasting Table, Adventure, AFAR, Travel + Leisure

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. Anja frequently speaks about travel and hospitality at events worldwide, such as the New York Travel Festival, Weekend Media Festival in Croatia and the Boutique Hospitality Conference in Athens, Greece. 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.

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.

Louise Southerden

Freelance travel writer

Media Outlets: Fairfax Traveller, Escape, WellBeing, Australian Geographic Outdoor

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.

Sarah Staples

Freelance Travel Writer

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.

Sarah Reid

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: 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, ecotravelist.com, 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.

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.

Michaela Trimble

Freelance Writer + Photographer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vogue, National Geographic, GQ, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, Tasting Table, Suitcase Magazine, Robb Report, Condé Nast Traveller, Jetsetter, Hemispheres, Rhapsody, and more

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.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Geotraveler Media

Country: Sweden

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, BBC, Travel + Leisure, 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.

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

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 correspondent / New York Times contributor

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, New York Times, Men's Journal, Departures, Robb Report, Financial Times

Freelance writer who tends to focus on longer narrative stories about emerging destinations, unique ways to visit established areas or people trying - often with some personal risk - to share their passion for adventure.

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.

Suzanne Morphet

Suzanne Morphet Writing & Photography

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, Dallas Morning News

Suzanne Morphet is a Canadian travel journalist who loves to combine words and photos. She writes mostly about adventure travel, from climbing via ferrata in the Dolomites to hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro. Her Canadian markets include CAA magazine, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic Travel, Westworld and the Vancouver Sun. She also writes for the Dallas Morning News and The Australian. She’s based in Victoria, BC.

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.

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

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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