• 6-9 Oct 2020
  • Adelaide, South Australia

Official Media

Hayley Lewis

A Lovely Planet

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Metro.co.uk, CultureTrip.com, The Telegraph, Flightcentre.co.uk

Hayley Lewis is an adventure loving foodie based in Sydney. Originally from the UK, Hayley runs alovelyplanet.com, a travel blog focused on food and adventure travel. In addition to this, Hayley writes and creates content for a variety of websites, brands and publications including Metro.co.uk, Lonely Planet, Delicious, Destination NSW, Evening Standard and The Telegraph.

Don Mankin

Adventure Transformations

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Active Over 50, The Beacon Newspapers

Don Mankin (a.k.a. the Adventure Geezer) writes about transformational travel and adventure travel for baby-boomers and active seniors. The Wall Street Journal called his most recent book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler (published by National Geographic and co-authored with ATTA President Shannon Stowell), "one of the best travel books [of the] year...A wonderful -- and inspiring – read.” Don has won first or second place every year from 2011 to 2017 in the 50+ Travel Category in the annual competition sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association. His work appears regularly in Active Over 50, a magazine and associated website distributed in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay area, and on his blog, The Adventure Geezer.

Kellee Edwards

Adventure Travel TV Journalist/Host

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Kellee Set Go!, Travel Channel, Hallmark Channel, FOX, Travel + Leisure, Ebony, Essence

Kellee Edwards is a travel expert and television host by land, air and sea. She is a multi-rated licensed pilot, advanced open water scuba diver, explorer and journalist. A pioneer in her approach to adventure travel made her brand Kellee Set Go! become recognized by some of the biggest brands in travel, including that of the biggest TV network in this realm, Travel Channel. Kellee is the host of Mysterious Islands, a series that explores some of the most remote islands of the 100,000 in the world. She was named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Travel” by Conde’ Nast. An advocate for women in aviation, adventure travel, diversity in travel and safety, Kellee has been featured in Forbes, ELLE, Conde’ Nast, Travel & Leisure, Nat Geo Traveller, UPROXX, Essence and named “The Most Interesting Woman in The World” by Outside Magazine.

Meera Dattani

Adventure.com Editor + Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Adventure.com, Travel Weekly, Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent

Meera Dattani is the co-editor of Adventure.com, a freelance travel journalist, and co-author of the Rough Guide to Cambodia. As well as editing, writing and commissioning for Adventure.com, she writes for several UK and international publications, including Travel Weekly UK, Telegraph, Rough Guides, Evening Standard, Bloomberg, Daily Beast and others. Her areas of interest within travel writing include nature, wildlife, sustainability, conservation, emerging destinations, benefit of tourism to local communities, and stories with a strong historical/socio-political angle. She regularly travels solo and enjoys extended trips in one place.

Maggie Fuller

AFAR Magazine

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AFAR Media

Maggie Fuller is an editor at AFAR Media, a multi-platform travel media brand that inspires and guides travelers who want to connect with people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Before joining AFAR in 2015, she traveled the world as a freelancer and blogger with an emphasis on adventure travel and sustainable tourism.

Zhu Wang

Chief Reporter, China Media Group

Traditional Media

 

Country: China

Media Outlets: CRI Online, NewsRadio + Chinese Global Broadcasting, Weibo & WeChat microblog, Himalayan FM

Zhu Wang is a correspondent of China Central Radio and Television Station (Voice of China). She serves as a guest host on tourist programs for several national radio frequencies. With rich experience in tourism and outdoor reporting, she has travelled all over China, and to nearly 50 countries. Ms. Wang has driven along the Silk Road twice, one 15,000 kilometer drive from China to Italy, crossing eight countries, and the other 12,000 kilometers starting from China, across 13 countries and ending in the Netherlands. The official Weibo account (a Chinese version of Twitter) of CRI news agency has 43 million followers and is one of the top three Weibo accounts in China. The official website "CRI Online" reports news stories to the world in 65 languages. The radio program Zhu guest-hosts is a national radio network covering major cities throughout China, which has a great influence in China. Zhu has long been committed to covering travel and sustainable development, and has won many international awards for her work.

Ellie Cobb

Commissioning Editor, BBC Travel

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: BBC Travel

Based in Australia, Ellie Cobb is Commissioning Editor at BBC Travel, where she commissions and writes travel content for a global audience (main markets: US, UK, Canada, France, Germany). BBC Travel has around 3 million monthly UV and a reputation for authoritative, trustworthy journalism. A major focus for BBC Travel in 2020 are the themes of exploration, discovery and adventure.

Lina Stock

Divergent Travel Media

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Divergent Travelers

Lina Stock is half of America's Adventure Couple, lead photographer and editor for DivergentTravelers.com. She is also the Managing Director of Divergent Travel Media, specializing in travel content creation including photography, video, social media and more. Divergent Travelers is an award-winning travel blog and is a trusted resource for adventure travel, award winning photography, destination guides and the 'Top 100 Travel Adventures' in the world. Lina is an award winning photographer whose work has been featured by AFAR, Travel+Leisure, Matador Network, naming a few. Awards include a SATW Bronze Muster Award and 15 NATJA medals across 7 categories.

David Stock

Divergent Travel Media

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Divergent Travelers

David Stock is a travel writer, videographer and photographer who has been exploring the world since 2001 visiting 75 countries on 6 continents. With his wife, Lina, he runs the adventure travel blog Divergent Travelers. He specializes in marketing & social media strategy and is a Getty Images video contributor, GoPro award winning photographer, Commercial/Private Drone (UAV) Pilot, avid outdoorsman and a dedicated Adventure Traveler.

Mindy Poder

Executive Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: TravelAge West, Explorer, Family Getaways

Mindy Poder is the Executive Editor of TravelAge West, the leading travel trade publication in the West; Explorer, the only travel trade publication dedicated to adventure/experiential travel; Family Getaways, the national trade publication dedicated to multigenerational travel; and TravelAgeWest.com, the four-time award winner of "Best Travel Website" from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). NATJA has also awarded her several Gold awards for her stories and named her a Grand Prize winner for Travel Journalism, the top honor.

Sunny Fitzgerald

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic, The Washington Post, Lonely Planet, Fodor's, and elsewhere

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.

Susan Nerberg

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Geographic, Canadian Geographic Travel, The Globe and Mail, Broadview, Air Canada enRoute, Report on Business Magazine

Susan Nerberg is an award-winning freelance journalist with a keen interest in science and the environment, design and architecture, adventure and the great outdoors. She has been a writer and editor for the past two decades, crafting narrative stories and editorial packages for some of Canada’s leading national magazines. When she’s not out exploring (or dreaming about exploring) new terrain on skis, in hiking boots, from a canoe or strapped into a climbing harness, she writes for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Report on Business Magazine, enRoute, Azure and Cottage Life, among others.

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.

Jessica Lockhart

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Postmedia's Canada.com, Paddling Magazine, enRoute, Frommer's, TravelAge West, Outside Magazine, Verge Magazine

Jessica Wynne Lockhart is a Canadian freelance journalist who resides in New Zealand. 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. She is a regular contributor to Postmedia's travel site, Canada.com. Her award-winning travel writing and photography has also appeared in Chatelaine, the Globe & Mail, enRoute, TravelAge West, Paddling Magazine and more. A former international development practitioner, she is the contributing editor of Verge Magazine, a publication devoted to "travel with purpose," which covers issues related to ethical and sustainable travel.

Chloe Berge

Freelance Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Geographic, Fodor's, Explore, ELLE Canada, Conde Nast Traveler, Atlas Obscura, Vancouver Sun

Whether she’s jetting off to a far-flung locale or trekking through the mountains in her own backyard of Vancouver, B.C., Chloe has an insatiable appetite for exploring our world with a notebook and camera in hand. Chloe has worked as a journalist for ten years, and has carved out a niche in active and adventure travel, with a focus on sustainability, wildlife, and culture. A regular contributor to Fodor’s, her work has also appeared in Canadian Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, ELLE Canada, Explore, Vancouver Sun, and Atlas Obscura. When she’s not lost in a novel or scribbling in her journal, you can usually find Chloe by the ocean, planning her next hike, or heading to the airport. Her wanderlust has taken her to the Peruvian Amazon, the jungles of India, and the world’s third largest cave in Vietnam. She’s perpetually planning her next adventure—and her next story.

Alexis Buxton-Collins

Freelance Journalist & Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Australian Traveller, Wild, Qantas, Virgin, Lonely Planet, Upsider

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.

Gigi Ragland

Freelance Travel and Food Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AARP Travel, American Way inflight magazine, AFAR online, Hemisphere's inflight magazine, TravelAge West magazine, Sierra: The Green Life, Denver Life magazine, and more.

Gigi covers soft adventure, food and sustainable topics. She enjoys reporting on diverse subjects from searching for devils in Tasmania, cycling the Camino de Santiago to savoring Cajun cuisine. Credits include: Adventure Cyclist, American Cowboy, National Geographic Traveler, OutsideOnline.com, Plate, TravelAge West Explorer. She served as Travel Editor for Women’s Adventure magazine where she cut her teeth and a few limbs writing on active travel. Currently, she is writing an eco-adventure travel guide on Colorado.

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.

Bernadette Olderdissen

Freelance Travel Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: Spiegel online, Globetrotter magazine, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Touristik aktuell, Reise & Preise, Reisedepeschen, WAVE, 360 Grad Australien, Reisereporter.de

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.

Anja Francesca Richter

Freelance Travel Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: Die Welt, 360 Grad, Gründerszene

At 17, Anja wrote her first article for the local newspaper about telenovelas, and though the topics have changed, she hasn't stopped writing since. After studying journalism and media communication in Cologne, she joined a traineeship at Axel Springer, one of Europe's largest media houses. Since 2014, she has been working as a freelance journalist, still mostly for Axel Springer and its newspaper Die Welt, which is published nationwide. For nearly two years now, she writes her own travel column called Boarding Time.

Theresa Storm

Freelance Travel Journalist/Photographer

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: WestJet Magazine, AAA Traveler, AAA Living, Postmedia Network & Canada.com, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Dreamscapes, Travelweek and more

Travel writer and photographer Theresa Storm is passionate about adventure and ecotourism. Recent media outlets include: WestJet Magazine, AAA Traveler, AAA Living, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Dreamscapes, Calgary Polo Style, WildHope, Travelweek, TravelAge West, Postmedia Network & Canada.com (largest Canadian newspaper chain), Westjetvacations.com, and other publications and sites. She has won seven travel writing and two photography awards, and is a three-time finalist.

Amy Jurries

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Backpacker, AFAR, Bikepacking.com, Adventure Cycling, The Radavist, REI Co-op Journal

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.

Corinna Melville

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Stefan Loose Travel Handbuch Australien, Marco Polo Australien, Reise & Preise, 360° Australien

Corinna Melville is a German travel writer based in Adelaide, Australia. She has authored numerous books on her adoptive home country including the Marco Polo Australien and the Stefan Loose Travel Handbuch Australien. She has also co-authored several Lonely Planet books on destinations in Europe. Corinna regularly writes for popular German travel magazines such as the 360° Australien magazine, and the Reise & Preise magazine as well as cross-regional German newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt. Corinna is currently working on a new book for the 360° publishing house on "off-the-beaten-track" destinations in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Having lived and travelled through Australia for the past 12 years, Corinna greatly enjoys the adventures Australia has to offer, from multi-day hikes through the mountains, camel rides through the desert to cage shark dives off remote South Australian islands. Corinna has had the pleasure to be guided into some of the most remote Australian places with Indigenous guides and has been very impressed with the courage that these Aboriginal tour guides take to tell their story and share their perspective. Corinna aims to promote these authentic experience in her writing.

Carolyne Parent

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Le Devoir, ELLE Québec Magazine, Véro Magazine, CAA-Québec

Carolyne Parent is a Montreal-based professional travel writer since 1995. She has written over 1,000 by-lined travel stories and three books, and visited more than 125 countries/territories while on assignment. Her work at Montreal daily Le Devoir has received many accolades over the years, including a "Best Foreign Journalist 2006 Award" presented by the Ministry of Tourism of India for a series of articles about the destination; a "Grand Reportage 2003 Award" presented by Air France for a story about Japan; and a "Prix de journalisme" awarded by the Conseil du loisir du Québec in 2016 for a feature about regional gastronomy. Carolyne is also a regular contributor to ELLE Québec magazine (travel features, monthly travel column and exclusive web content); Véro, an immensely popular lifestyle magazine where she pens a travel column and travel features; Experience Transat, Air Transat’s blog; and CAA-Québec.

Yves Ouellet

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montréal, Le Journal de Québec, Camping Caravaning magazine, Radio-Canada - Première Chaîne, Espaces et Géo Plein-Air magazines

Two-time winner of the Travel Media Association of Canada annual grand prize for "Best Story in French", French-Canadian travel journalist Yves Ouellet has spent the greater part of his career sharing images and stories from adventures all over the world, as well as promoting the knowledge and appreciation of his home in Quebec, Canada. Author 3200 published stories and 27 travel guide books, he also writes for the travel section of several newspapers and magazines. A lover of history and the outdoors, his approach is characterized by curiosity, emotion, wonder, and meticulous research.

Kassondra Cloos

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside Magazine, Backpacker, Travel Channel, HGTV, Gear Patrol, The Inventory, Pursuits by Enterprise, Warren Miller Entertainment, Gossamer Magazine, Flow Magazine, Denver Post, World Nomads, the Earnest Blog, SNEWS, Shape, The Voice

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.

Andrew Bain

Freelance Travel Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Lonely Planet, The Australian, Australian Geographic Adventure, Outback, Outdoor, Virgin Australia in-flight, Jetstar in-flight

Andrew Bain prefers adventure to avarice and can usually be found walking when he should be working. His writing and photography feature in magazines and newspapers around the world, and his writing has won multiple awards. He is the author of Headwinds, the story of his 20,000-kilometre bicycle journey around Australia, and he specialises in outdoor adventure as one of Australia's leading travel writers. He writes regularly for publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Geographic Adventure, The Australian and Lonely Planet. Other books he has authored include A Year of Adventures, which the BBC turned into a six-part series; Hiking & Tramping in New Zealand; and Where to Ride Tasmania. He is currently writing a book about the world's great bicycle journeys.

Sian Lewis

Freelance Travel Writer/ Influencer

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: The Independent, Sunday Times Travel, Coast, Active Traveller, Snow, Evening Standard, Michelin Travel Guides, Expert Reviews

Award-winning travel and outdoor journalist and influencer Sian Lewis is the editor of Active Traveller Magazine and writes for publications including The Independent, Evening Standard and Sunday Times Travel. She runs her own popular blog, The Girl Outdoors (thegirloutdoors.com), and her first book, The Girl Outdoors, was published in 2018 by Bloomsbury.

Jayme Moye

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Adventure Journal, Alpinist, Bicycling, Conde Nast Traveler, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Men's Journal, National Geographic, Outside

Jayme Moye writes about travel, mountain sports and culture, and pushing the limits of human potential. Her award-winning freelance work appears in National Geographic, Outside, Adventure Journal, and Travel + Leisure, among others. Her writing has been anthologized in The Best Women’s Travel Writing and Vignettes & Postcards from Paris. She is co-author, with climber Hans Florine, of On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb. Jayme is the 2019 recipient of the Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism and the Banff Article Award for Mountain Literature.

Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Canadian Traveller, Canadian Geographic, B.C. Living Magazine, Intrepid Travel, World Footprints

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 without 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.

Max Anderson

Freelance Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Traveller, Gourmet Traveller, Ensemble Vacations

Max Anderson has been in travel journalism for 30 years. He began writing for Ansett’s inflight magazine, Panorama, eventually becoming the travel editor. In 1998, British broadsheet The Sunday Times newspaper appointed him deputy editor of the Travel section. He has won several awards, including AITO British Travel Journalist of the Year, a Canadian Award of Excellence, three awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association and several SA Media awards. He is the author of Digger (Picador, UK) about his time as a prospector in the Goldfields of Western Australia. In 2019 he wrote and co-produced the SBS documentary The Greatest Air Race. Max currently lives in Adelaide where he writes for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Gourmet Traveller. His popular travel industry presentation Five Star F**k-ups has been seen in four states and has set a new benchmark for corporate profanity.

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.

Leslie Anthony

Freelance Writer / Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Mountain Life Annual, Canadian Geographic Travel, Mountain Life Coast Mountains, Mountain Life Blue Mountains, Pique Newsmagazine, Vie en Montagne

Leslie Anthony is an award-winning adventure travel journalist of extensive experience and reach. A former editor at Powder, Skier, Explore, SkiTrax, Bike, and Peak Performance magazines, he is currently the editorial director of Mountain Life Annual and a feature writer for Canadian Geographic, British Columbia, Pique and many other magazines. Working internationally, his stories appear in many print and online magazines in a dozen countries annually in 9 languages; he tends to publish all his stories in multiple countries. He is also the author of four popular books (two science-based, two ski-related). His three areas of particular focus within adventure travel are: 1) science, environment and wildlife-related ecotourism, 2) sustainable adventure travel, 3) winter adventure, particularly skiing.

Andrea Miramontes

Lado B Viagem Editor

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Brazil

Media Outlets: Catraca Livre and Lado B Viagem

Andrea Miramontes, a journalist for 20 years, also worked as a lawyer, and nowadays is an online media specialist and travel writer. She is the winner of a Folha Award of Journalism, one of the most prestigious journalist awards in Brazil. Andrea served five years as a reporter for Folha de S. Paulo newspaper; worked in television, RecordTV, and R7 web portal as an editor for 10 years; and also as editor at the Metro Newspaper, Unesco and in multinationals such as Bayer and Jones Lang LaSalle. She freelances for many magazines, such as Veja SP, Casa Claudia, Estadão, Viagem e Turismo, among others. Nowadays, she is the publisher of Lado B Viagem, a travel website, partner of Catraca Livre, one of the biggest web portals in Brazil. She is also the publisher of Patas ao Alto blog, one of the first blogs dedicated to animal protection in Brazil, for the past 12 years.

Kathleen Rellihan

Newsweek Travel Editor

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Newsweek, AFAR, CNN Travel, Departures, Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveler

Kathleen Rellihan is the travel editor for Newsweek. She covers the intersection of adventure and culture for other outlets as well such as AFAR, CNN Travel, Departures, Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor's, Travel + Leisure and more. Previously, she held roles as the editor-in-chief of Adventure.com, and digital editor/producer at Travel Channel. Kathleen’s love for adventure has inspired her to climb two of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro; search for Shangri-La in Tibet; scuba dive through an underwater prison in Estonia; and take a dip in Siberian drift ice off Japan. She was a co-founder of the Washington, D.C., Travel Massive chapter and volunteers with EIM, an adult language school in Haiti. Kathleen is happiest when she has a remote mountain to hike, ski, or dance on, and strangers to meet.

Emanuele Bompan

Outdoor/Environmental Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: Italy

Media Outlets: La Stampa, Gazzetta dello Sport, Materia Rinnovabile, BioEcoGeo Lifegate, Meridiani

Emanuele Bompan is an Italian journalist and communicator who reports on international travel, climate change, environment, and outdoor. He has published the book "Che cosa è l'economia circolare" (Ed. Ambiente), about the rise of circular economy, "Water-grabbing", about water, rivers and water basin around the world, "The Geopolitical Atlas of Water", about water wars. Emanuele has been awarded with the Middlebury Environmental Journalism Fellowship and four times The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant. In 2015 he was awarded with "Reporter per la Terra"​ 1st prize. In 2016 he got the DNI Google award with La Stampa. Has interviewed prime ministers, industry leaders, environmental gurus, and intellectuals all around the world. Emanuele has visited all the 50 U.S. states but one, 76 countries across the globe, and used twice the Round-the-World Ticket. He is an avid out door trekker and biker, enjoy extreme experience in desert and mountainous areas.

Stephanie Pearson

Outside Contributing Editor, Writer

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, regional Minnesota publications

Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside magazine. After earning her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medical School of Journalism, she served on Outside‘s editorial staff for 12 years. Pearson has also logged many hours in the field. Pearson’s assignments have taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, South America, and throughout North America. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, Lonely Planet books, CNN.com, NationalGeographic.com, Travel + Leisure.com, Discovery.com, and others. Pearson splits her time between northern Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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.

Frits Meyst

Photographer/Owner

Traditional Media

 

Country: Netherlands

Media Outlets: WideOyster Magazine (NL/DE/UK), National Geographic Traveler NL, Newsweek (US), AS Adventure Magazine (BE), Outdoor Magazin (DE), Oxigeno (ES)

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.

Erin Riley

Senior Travel Editor / Outside

Traditional Media

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside Magazine

Erin Riley is the senior travel editor at Outside, an award-winning publication that explores the intersection between our lives and the natural world. She oversees the adventure travel content for both print (3.4 million readers) and online (4.1 million monthly unique visitors). Before joining Outside, she was an editor at Departures. She’s lived in eight countries and is now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Turtle

Time Travel Turtle

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Time Travel Turtle, The Canberra Times

Michael Turtle has been a full time travel writer and blogger for more than eight years. His travel blog, Time Travel Turtle, has more than 250,000 page views a month and has a focus on cultural experiences and adventure travel. Michael tells the stories of the people, the food, and the nature of destinations, to show what makes them unique. It has a social media following of more than 75,000 people. Michael also writes a weekly travel page in the Australian newspaper, the Canberra Times, which is syndicated through the ACM network, reaching a potential 300,000 print readers and 4.2 million online readers each week. Prior to focusing on travel, Michael was a national television and radio reporter for the ABC, based in Canberra and Sydney, and a producer for the Seven Network, based in Sydney.

Amanda Williams

Travel Blogger

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: A Dangerous Business Travel Blog, Cleveland Traveler, Intrepid Travel Journal

Amanda Williams is the award-winning blogger behind A Dangerous Business, a travel blog that aims to inspire people to fit more travel and adventure into the lifestyle they already have. Since starting her blog in 2010, Amanda has traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents from her home base in Ohio, and has been featured by major publications and websites like AFAR, The Huffington Post, and USA Today Travel. In 2018, A Dangerous Business won the Silver Award for Best Travel Blog in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, hosted by SATW.

Sherry Ott

Travel Blogger Ottsworld.com

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Ottsworld.com

Sherry is a blogger, photographer, and freelance writer. She's been blogging about her travels on Ottsworld.com since 2006. She's established a dedicated following of people who are looking for unique destination and adventure ideas. Sherry tends to cover adventurous, hands-on experiences that take her to remote, lesser known areas. Sherry is a long time travel influencer who has built up a large audience of engaged followers. She participates on influencer campaigns with destinations, brands, and media outlets in order to bring more exposure to a destination or product. She has written ebooks on long distance hiking as well as a ebook on photo walks in Spain. She is a frequent speaker at travel industry events and her travels and nomadic lifestyle has been featured in Yahoo.com, CNN.com, USAToday.com, Women's Health Magazine, Refinery 29, BBC Travel, New York Times, and Minnesota Public Radio. She often covers remote areas & cultures, unique road trips, long distance hikes, wildlife viewing, local life, and outdoor adventures.

Hayley Skirka

Travel Journalist

Traditional Media

 

Country: United Arab Emirates

Media Outlets: The National, UltraTravel Middle East, Lonely Planet

Travel and lifestyle journalist with eight years experience, Hayley specializes in first-person travel features but also has experience writing travel news, reviews, special interest and destination-based stories. Currently working full time with The National, the Middle East's largest English news service with readership in the GCC, India, the UK and the US, she is the Lonely Planet local for Dubai and has had work published in World Traveller, GeoSaison, Time Out and more.

Lindsay Nieminen

Travel Writer

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Carpe Diem OUR Way Family Travel Blog, Step Into Jordan

Lindsay Nieminen is a freelance writer, photography enthusiast, lifetime traveller and a lover of learning. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad, and you will likely find her on the soccer field or exploring new ways to enjoy every minute she can with her family, and balancing the pressures of our fast-paced society. Lindsay is the Editor and Founder of Carpe Diem OUR Way (carpediemourway.com), a family travel blog where she shares her passions and encourage and inspire others to travel with their children.

Claudia Laroye

Travel Writer + Content Creator

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Twist Travel Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Explore Magazine, Vacay.ca, The Travelling Mom

Claudia Laroye is a travel writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's been writing and blogging about family, adventure, luxury, sustainable travel since 2009. She's written about travel for BCAA's Westworld and Dreamscapes magazines, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Travelzoo Canada, The Wayward Post, Travel Underwriters, Hayo Magazine, Inside Vancouver, and TravelMamas.

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.

Jackie Nourse

Traveling Jackie/JUMP Experiences

Influencer/Blogger

 

Country: United States

Media Outlets: JUMP Podcast, Traveling Jackie blog, The Budget-Minded Traveler blog

Jackie Nourse is the host of the international hit podcast JUMP with Traveling Jackie, and she is the founder of The Budget-Minded Traveler, an award-winning blog and community designed to encourage and equip US-Americans to travel overseas. She also hosts adventure trips and retreats for her audience, leads mentorship programs for women, and blogs about adventure travel and lifestyle at Traveling Jackie. She is a four-time study abroad alum, linguist (five languages and counting), and serial expat. Her work has been featured by Self, Business Insider, Forbes, and more.

Phoebe Smith

Wanderlust Travel Media

Traditional Media

 

Country: UK

Media Outlets: The Guardian, The Times (of London), The Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Wander Woman Podcast, Calm App, Selling Travel

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 wants 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.

Marco Barneveld

WideOyster | Creative Director

Traditional Media

 

Country: Netherlands

Media Outlets: WideOyster, National Geographic Traveler, Sidetracked, Newsweek.

Marco Barneveld is a Dutch writer that travels, sails, hikes, kayaks, hitches, eats and drinks around the globe, publishing in Panorama (NL), Nautique (NL), National Geographic Traveler NL, De Morgen (BE), Skipper (CH), Sailing (ZA), Lonely Planet Traveler, Get Lost Magazine (AU), Condé Nast Traveler (I & SP), Ignant (DE), Weather Channel (USA), Washington Post (USA), PrivatAir Magazine (USA), The Guardian (UK), Classic Boat (UK), Sunday Times Travel Magazine (UK), Sidetracked (UK) and so on and so on. He also owns his own online travel magazine Wideoyster.

   
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