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Lauren Keith

Destination Editor at Lonely Planet

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet

Lauren Keith is the destination editor for the Middle East and North Africa at Lonely Planet, the world's top travel guidebook publisher. She is responsible for commissioning writers from around the world to research and update content for all 18 countries across the region. When she's not project managing as part of the usual 9-to-5, she likes to travel extensively in the area, from weekend trips to Marrakesh or Tel Aviv to longer stints in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. In 2018, she planned and launched Lonely Planet's first foray back into Tunisia (LP's first time visiting in nearly a decade and one of the first companies in the travel industry to return) and spent three weeks on the ground researching what's new in Tunis, Cap Bon and all around central Tunisia.

Abigail Blasi

Freelance Journalist

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Lonely Planet, the Telegraph

Abigail Blasi writes for Lonely Planet, the Telegraph, the i, the Independent, Lonely Planet Magazine, Flux Magazine and more. She is the Telegraph specialist on Mumbai. She has travelled for work across Mali, Mauritania and India, as well as extensively in Europe, and has lived in Rome and Hong Kong; she is currently dividing her time between London and Copenhagen. She has three children and often writes on family travel.

Jake Emen

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: USA Today, AFAR, Maxim, GQ, Barron's, Vice Munchies, Roads & Kingdoms, Whisky Advocate, Wine Enthusiast

Jake Emen is a freelance travel, food, drink, and lifestyle journalist, with a passion for visiting new destinations and sharing that destination with readers through stories about the people and culture of a destination, and everything that makes it unique and memorable. He's interested in pushing boundaries, both physical and metaphorical, in an ongoing quest to experience new things and live life to the fullest.

Jessica Wynne Lockhart

Freelance Journalist

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: EnRoute, Cottage Life, Paddling Magazine, Globe & Mail, Title Magazine, Verge Magazine, Ensemble Vacations, Postcards, CAA Magazine, Delicious Australia, Azure

Jessica Wynne Lockhart is a freelance journalist who splits her time between Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia. An outdoor enthusiast, she has covered everything from heli-fishing in Australia's outback for the Toronto Star, to cycling across Tasmania for Toronto Pearson Airport's AWAY magazine. Her travel writing has also appeared in Chatelaine, enRoute, Ensemble Vacations, Cottage Life, Adventure Kayak and Canoeroots. A former international development practitioner, she is also the contributing editor of Verge Magazine, a publication devoted to "travel with purpose," which covers issues related to ethical and sustainable travel. Currently, she volunteers with She Went Wild, a company devoted to introducing women to adventure sports, and Bike Sydney, a cycling advocacy organization.

Alexis Buxton-Collins

Freelance Journalist

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Australian Traveler, Lonely Planet, AWOL, Wild, Upsider, SA Weekend, Adelaide Review

Alexis is an Australian freelance journalist and editor with more than ten years experience in the publishing industry. With a focus on adventure travel and unique cultural experiences, he has spent years exploring the world in search of the stories that others pass by. His creative, well-researched work has featured in a range of glossy magazines and leading online publications including Lonely Planet, Australian Traveller, AWOL, Wild, The Upsider and Tiger Tales.

Marcia De Sanctis

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Departures, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Roads & Kingdoms, BBC

Marcia DeSanctis contributes to Vogue, Departures and Town & Country magazines and her work has also appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, goop, Roads & Kingdoms, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Creative Nonfiction, Departures, Tin House, Cargo Lit, The Common and Off Assignment. Her travel essays have been widely anthologized, including five consecutive years in both Best Woman’s Travel Writing and Best Travel Writing. She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, including Travel Journalist of the Year, for her essays from Rwanda, Morocco, Russia, Haiti and France. Marcia has a BA in Slavic Language and Literature from Princeton University and was Valedictorian of her graduate school class at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, where she earned a Masters in Global Affairs in 2008.

Caio Vilela

Freelance Reporter

Country: Brazil

Media Outlets: Outside Brazil, The Traveller

Born in 1970 and based in São Paulo since then, Caio Vilela is a geographer, journalist, photographer and, mostly, a fixer for foreign TV directors producing contents in Brazil. As a reporter, he has written and photographed professionally since 1992, as has published text and photo stories on Folha de S. Paulo, Playboy, National Geographic Brasil, Trip, Gol, Tam nas Nuvens, Rolling Stone, Superinteressante, Elle, Travel and Tourism, 4 Wheels, Scoreboard, Geographic Horizon among other prestigious newspapers and magazines. Working on hour long documentaries and docu-drama to hard news live transmissions, has collaborated to several European and North-American TV channels such as ABC News (United States), YLE (Finland) , ARTE (France-Germany), ARD (Germany), CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and CNN Español (based in Miami), besides producers working for the British channels Channel 4, Discovery and BBC.

Carmen Rolle

Freelance Travel Journalist

Country: Italy

Media Outlets: Dove, Io Donna, Style

Carmen Rolle is respected and appreciated freelance journalist who covers travel, outdoor activities and lifestyle for Italian magazines and websites. She is able to write balanced, informative and interesting stories, thanks to 33 years of experience in communication and copywriting and 15 years in journalism. Possessing an inquiring mind that helps to find good contacts for interviews and to scout new fascinating and intriguing locations, events and experiences, she also has an ability to build strong working relationships with photographers and editors. She is also co-author of “100 isole da vedere nella vita”, Rizzoli e “100 spiagge da vedere nella vita”, Rizzoli and winner of the 6th Valais Media Prize.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz

Freelance Travel Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres, Delta Sky, Robb Report, Yoga Journal, Private Clubs, Endless Vacation, Sierra

An award-winning journalist with an ear for music and an eye for adventure, Hannah tells stories for National Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, Delta Sky, Mic, Sierra, Robb Report, Private Clubs, and others. She’s quick to say “yes” — recently to motorcycling across Morocco with a mustachioed stranger — and geeks out on cultural stories and sustainability. While San Diego may be basecamp these days, Hannah is a woman at home in the world.

Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Geographic Travel, B.C. Living, Georgia Straight, lululemon.com

Alicia-Rae Olafsson is a freelance writer and editor based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a journalist by trade, with over eight years experience writing long-form editorial content on travel, health, wellness, nutrition, fashion, and fitness. You'll never catch her with out her pen, notepad and camera in tow. Creating impactful content for brands—big and small—blogs, magazines, and websites is her specialty. Her adventure travel highlights include taking an expedition ship to Antarctica, skiing and snowshoeing to rustic cabins in Colorado, hiking and diving with sharks in rural Fiji, meeting cassowaries and saltwater crocodiles in Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, diving the Great Barrier Reef, immersing herself in Icelandic culture and hiking across the country in search of the best hot springs and active adventures, learning how to vogue in Mexico City, and calling Acapulco her second home, and exploring rural Japan and learning the art of the onsen.

Ian Centrone

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Men's Journal, Maxim, DuJour, Esquire, Tasting Table, Robb Report, Saveur, Hemispheres, Furthermore,

Ian Centrone is a freelance writer, published photographer, and award-winning social media strategist covering all things travel. Formerly based in New York, he recently spent a year living in South America, and now travels full-time. His work focuses on international adventures, culinary travels, gear reviews, and whatever else catches his interest. He currently contributes to publications such as Esquire, Men's Journal, Playboy, Fodor's, Tasting Table, Thrillist, Supercall, and more.

Amy Jurries

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The Radavist, Outside, AFAR, Backpacker

Amy is a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer who is equal parts entrepreneur, writer, and digital media guru. Amy boasts more than ten years of writing, editing, and digital content marketing experience. She's the founder of The GearCaster, a leading outdoor and adventure travel website that tracks the trends in the industry, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Outside Magazine, Backpacker, The Red Bulletin, TNT Magazine, and Pilot Guides. Amy has lived and worked in many countries across the world including Belgium, Canada, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, though currently resides in sunny California. When not on her bike or hiking with her dog, she's usually traveling to explore some far off destination.

Stacey McKenna

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: afar.com, adventure.com, Sierra Magazine, The Denver Post, Horse Illustrated

Based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Stacey writes about travel, adventure, nature, and science. An anthropologist by training, a lifelong equestrian, and an avid climber, she's most comfortable unearthing unusual stories in their wide-angle context and accumulating as much dirt as possible under her fingernails. She writes for Sierra, Hemispheres, Horse Illustrated, Atlas Obscura, and others.

Mark Sissons

Freelance Writer & Photographer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Globe and Mail, Robb Report, Travel Age West, NUVO Magazine, Montecristo Magazine, Vancouver Sun, San Francisco Chronicle

As a travel journalist, Mark Sissons has explored dozens of countries where he's encountered remarkable people, places and creatures. He contributes stories and photography to a number of major North American print and online outlets. His primary focus is adventure travel, wildlife conservation and snow sports. As a strategic content creation specialist, he's also developed numerous successful online and print promotional campaigns, advertorial copy, interactive tutorials and demos, website content, marketing correspondence and brochure copy in the tourism space.

Cristina Goyanes

Freelance Writer + Editor

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Shape Magazine, Yoga Journal, Marie Claire, National Geographic Adventure, Furthermore, MapMyFitness/My Fitness Pal, and more

Cristina Goyanes is a 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.

Malte Clavin

Photographer, Adventurer, Speaker

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: Terra (German travel print magazine), Globetrotter (Swiss travel print magazine), WideOyster (NL-based online travel platform)

Malte Clavin works as a freelance writer/photographer, speaker and photo travel guide with a focus on adventure, travels to exotic, remote, hard-to-get-to locations, family travels and personal challenges. Recently he climbed Mount Sniezka in Poland in shorts only (in a wind chill of up to -19 degrees Celsius), took part in a 5 day expedition into the biggest cave of the world in Vietnam, and documented the activities of WWF and Biosphere in Sumatra/Indonesia to save the world's most endangered tiger. He loves to explore the world's most fascinating sites together with his family. Together, they spent more than 18 month travelling across the world. He shares his experiences, pictures, films, and stories in 'live-reportages': Live shows for travel- and story-hungry audiences up to 800 spectators.

Frits Meyst

Photographer/Owner WideOyster Media

Country: Netherlands

Media Outlets: WideOyster Magazine, AS Adventure Magazine Belgium, Outdoor Magazin Germany, National Geographic Traveler, 4ever.travel,

Frits is a Dutch adventure and travel photographer who earned his spurs in black & white documentary photojournalism in Middle East conflicts. In 2004 he made a total transition to travel and adventure photography. As the publishing industry changed, Frits evolved with it and started writing stories with his pictures. He learned how to create short video items, adapting to the changing demand of the magazines. To convey his intense travel experiences he blends photography, text and video into a rich visual experience. Frits wants to inspire people to travel and experience other cultures. That is why he founded 4ever.travel, a mixed media platform for adventurous people who love to travel and 'the great outdoors'. The stories featured on 4ever.travel are in depth mixed media travel experiences, rich in culture, local color and practical travel info, aiming to fill the big gap between traditional print media and the bloggers and vloggers in the fast track.

Mark Edward Harris

Photographer/Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outdoor Photographer, Black & White, Travel Age West Explorer, Hong Kong Tatler

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. Mark’s latest book, The Travel Photo Essay was released by Focal Press in the fall of 2017.

Ida Plaza

Senior Content Manager

Country: Spain

Media Outlets: El blog de Paco Nadal

Ida Plaza is the Senior Content Manager for Paco Nadal S.L. a Spanish journalist and filmmaker who dedicates his life and professional career to travel around the world. The works can be seen in print, digital and visual media mainly in Spain and Latin America. The travel blog is part of El Pais. Articles are published in printed travel magazines: Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Hola Viajes, El Viajero, etc.

Michelle Juergen

Senior Editor, TravelAge West

Country: United States

Media Outlets: TravelAge West, Explorer, Family Getaways

Michelle Juergen is the Associate Editor for TravelAge West, Explorer and Family Getaways magazines. Though born in Houston, she considers herself a native Southern Californian and loves exploring everything Los Angeles has to offer. Her interests include but are not limited to: correcting everyone’s grammar, playing in an adult dodgeball league, frolicking in the woods and planning her next off-the-grid dream vacation. She formerly worked at a business magazine, but travel was calling much more loudly.

Steve Lyons

Sports Editor / Winnipeg Free Press

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Winnipeg Free Press

A 32 year veteran of newspaper journalism Steve Lyons is current sports editor of the Winnepeg Free Press and writes stories for the paper's weekly travel section, reaching millions of Canadian readers.

Mauricio Oliveira

Travel Blogger

Country: Brazil

Media Outlets: Trilhas e Aventuras Viagens Possiveis Turismo LGBT

Founder and CEO of Trilhas & Aventuras, Mauricio Oliveira is a social media expert, photographer, web designer, videographer, and travel consultant. Mauricio is young entrepreneur sought after by destinations in Brazil and abroad to help leverage social media and use the power of blogging to promote cultural attractions and natural beauty. Some of his international experience include working with the tourism/marketing departments of Canada, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Barbados, South Africa, Iceland, Peru, Chile, Equador, Aruba and Argentina. He is also recognized as an expert about Fernando de Noronha, the archipelago which is Brazil's most famous tropical paradise.

Bernadette Olderdissen

Travel Journalist

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: Reisedepeschen, Globetrotter magazine Switzerland, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Touristik Aktuell, Urlaubsheld, Expedia

Bernadette has been working as a travel journalist since 2012, first part time, since 2017 full time. Her focus is on adventure and active travel, paired with an interest in culture, contacts with locals around the world and peeks into places and traditions that have not yet been written about a million times before. Her photo reports are regularly published on Reisedepeschen, one of the leading travel blogs in Germany, as well as in different German-speaking magazines online and in print (such as spiegel online, Globetrotter magazine Switzerland, ADAC travel magazine, Expedia blog and others) as well as newpapers (such as Stuttgarter Zeitung). The combination of travel and sharing her experiences in writing has been Bernadette's passion for a long time, and she is open to destinations worldwide and adventures of all kinds, which she meets with a great level of physical fitness and eagerness to engage in new experiences and encounters. Her number of clients in German-speaking media is constantly rising as she makes sure to be able to keep up this amazingly wonderful lifestyle for a long time to come.

Hayley Skirka

Travel Writer

Country: United Arab Emirates

Media Outlets: The National, Lonely Planet (UAE)

A dynamic writer and editor with a detailed specialism in travel writing, Hayley Skirka creates copy for a variety of publications predominantly in the Middle East. A lifelong fan of words, her stories are engaging, inspiring and aim to show a 360-degree perspective of a destination, adventure or cultural region. She has regular features in The National newspaper's travel section and in its quarterly UltraTravel magazine, under license from The Telegraph in the UK.

Sue Gough Henly

Travel Writer & Photographer

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: International Traveller, Escape, Get Lost magazine, Signature Luxury Travel & Style, Vacations & Travel, Horizons, Audi magazine

Sue Gough Henly is an award-winning travel writer and photographer who has been published on four continents. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure and all the major Australian travel publications. When she doesn't have sand between her toes, a kayak paddle in hand or a pack on her back, she writes about indigenous culture as well as food and wine. She divides her time between a treehouse in Sydney's Northern Beaches and a farmhouse outside Bordeaux.

Keryn Means

Walking On Travels/Twist Travel Mag

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Walking On Travels. Twist Travel Magazine, WalkingOnTravels.com, Thrillist.com, Verge, TravelAge West Family Getaways, Family Travel (Australian), Trivago

Keryn Means is a freelance writer and digital influencer living outside of Washington, DC. whose work gives hope to parents who see kids as a roadblock to travel, instead of an excuse to explore. In 2016, Keryn launched Walking On Media, LLC, a parent company to her two sites (WalkingOnTravels.com and WalkingOnMom.com), and Twist Travel magazine, a digital magazine directed towards active, stylish millennial traveling parents, as well as digital influencer projects where Keryn works with destinations and brands to create an authentic message that resonates with millennial and Gen X travelers, especially moms who don’t want to let go of their travel dreams. Keryn has laughed at the naysayers by bringing her boys to far off lands like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, back and forth across the USA, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Keryn loves to encourage families to take that first step out the door, the hardest step of all.

Phoebe Smith

Writer, Broadcaster, Presenter

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Wander Woman Podcast, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, The Guardia, Telegraph, BBC Radio 4

Phoebe Smith likes to sleep wild - from caves to mountain tops, disused farmsteads and under giant boulders – if it's in a wild place she want to take her sleeping bag and bivvy and experience a wild night out. She has seen her love of wilderness take her on solo adventures all around the world – from wild camping on the Scottish islands to portaledging in trees in the Bavarian Alps and bedding down inside glaciers in Svalbard – the last stop before the North Pole. By day she is the editor-at-large of Wanderlust, an award-winning travel writer and presenter. By night she is the author of several books including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper. In 2014 she became the first person to camp at all the extreme points of mainland Britain, solo, on consecutive nights. In 2015 and 2016 she was shortlisted for the National Adventure Awards. As of 2016 she was named an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion for her work encouraging everyone into the great outdoors. In 2017 she gave up her Christmas to Sleep the 3 Peaks, solo, to raise money for the young people's homeless charity Centrepoint. She raised over £8,000.

Tamara Elliott

Writer/Photographer, Globe Guide

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Globe Guide, Global News. News Talk 770

Tamara Elliott is a travel writer and photographer based in Calgary, Canada, who has worked in media and communications for over a decade. In 2013 she founded Globe Guide, which offers savvy tips for exploring destinations around the world while showcasing unique experiences. She also has a strong following on social media, especially Instagram thanks to her epic photos usually taken from mountain tops, hot air balloons or helicopters! Tamara is a Lonely Planet Pathfinder, regularly appears in on-air travel segments on Global News, has been featured by Frommer’s and MoneySense Magazine, and written for publications including Global News and AFAR Magazine. She is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada, and an ambassador for multiple brands.

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