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Media Roster

Don Mankin

Adventure Transformations

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Active Over 50

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.

Melissa DeVaughn

Adventure Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Coast Alaska Magazine, Alaska Beyond (Alaska Airlines in flight magazine), Japan Times, Globe and Mail, Anchorage Daily News

I have been a working journalist since 1990 and have focused on outdoors and adventure writing since 1995. I have worked exclusively in the outdoors, fitness and adventure-writing realm since leaving newspapers in 2008 to free lance full time. My goal is to fully experience and appreciate this world we call home and share those joys with readers who might be inspired to do the same.

Maggie Fuller

AFAR 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.

Phoebe Smith

Author, Editor

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: Wanderlust, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, Sidetracked, Calm App

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.

Norie Quintos

Editor at Large, Nat Geo Travel Media and NQ Media

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Nat Geo Travel Media, Washingtonian, Local Palate, Skift, Adventure Travel News, Mountain Life, Frommers, Washington Post Brand Studio, in-house magazines of Signature Travel Network and Preferred Hotels, AARP: The Magazine

Norie Quintos is an Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel Media, contributing content and representing the iconic brand. She is also an independent freelance writer/editor, and consultant for the travel industry on editorial packaging, communications, media relations, and custom content. She is the former executive editor of National Geographic Traveler and was an editor at U.S. News and World Report and Caribbean Travel and Life. She is on the advisory board of several travel companies and organizations.

Arnie Weissmann

Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel Weekly (U.S.)

Arnie Weissmann has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism, publishing and media for the past 30 years. His writing has won more than 40 national awards, he created the industry's first destination information service (Weissmann Travel Reports), authored a best-selling textbook and has served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry in the U.S. and U.K. Weissmann was also a web pioneer, creating the first core destination content for America Online and licensing web content to Apple, Time, Inc., CNN and Marriott International, among others. Weissmann Travel Reports was sold to Reed Elsevier in 1996, after which Weissmann also took responsibility for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and a dozen OAG-branded publications in the UK. In 1999, he took on the role of senior advisor for business development with RTG's successor company, Northstar Travel Media. In October 2001, he was appointed editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the primary source of news, research, analysis and opinion in the U.S. travel industry. He is also a Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for its parent company (Northstar). Weissmann’s comments have appeared on NBC, CNN, BBC and NPR, and he is often quoted in newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is a board member of the non-profit Tourism Cares, sits on many industry advisory boards and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Marco Barneveld

Editor-in-Chief, Wideoyster

Country: Netherlands

Media Outlets: Wideoyster, NatGeo Traveler NL, Sidetracked

As a Dutch writer I travel, sail, hike, kayak, hitch, eat and drink 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. I also own my own online travel magazine Wideoyster.

Eric Stoen

Family Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel Babbo, Travelocity

Eric is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, providing first-hand information through travelbabbo.com to inspire families to travel to unique, adventurous destinations. He’s traveled with his three kids (8, 10 and 12) to 54 countries on 7 continents. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip. Eric is an Ambassador for AFAR Magazine, Universal Orlando, Capital One and Travelocity, and has won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award. In 2017 Eric was named the world’s 4th most influential traveler by Forbes Magazine.

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.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, Delta Sky, Sierra, Mic, Private Clubs, Endless Vacation, Robb Report, Aspire

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.

Shannon Melnyk

Freelance Journalist

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Dallas Morning News, Postmedia Newspapers, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Montecristo Magazine, mysavvytraveller.co, Present Magazine, Globe & Mail, National Post, Conde Nast Traveler

After spending my storyteller beginnings in television news, holding a microphone on street corners somehow eventually morphed into swimming with sharks. I’m a freelance journalist in the luxury adventure niche based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ve never met a horse or a helicopter I didn’t like, and I’ve spent over a decade riding them across six continents. From spa marathons in the South Pacific to leopard-lurking in the Sabi Sands, my adventures in word-slinging can be seen in Conde Nast Traveller UK, CNT USA, CNT Dubai, CNT India, CNT Turkey, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, The Dallas Morning News, The National Post, BC Business Magazine, Present Magazine, MONTECRISTO Magazine, Westworld Magazine, mysavvytraveller.co and The Huffington Post.

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Freelance Journalist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Travel + Leisure, Delta Sky, the Boston Globe, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Hemispheres, Virtuoso Life

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi is a New York-based adventurer, storyteller, and nature girl. Chronicling journeys on land, water, and snow, her words and photographs have appeared in Sierra, Delta Sky, Travel + Leisure, Virtuoso Life, The Boston Globe, Islands, Yankee, Lonely Planet, and more. Ever curious, Gina’s recent travels include hiking ancient forest in British Columbia, exploring the jungle near an abandoned Panamanian penal colony, and shucking bivalves with oyster farmers in coastal Maine. She is a writer for Ski Vermont’s family ski and ride guide, All Mountain Mamas, and also created the blog Kids Unplugged with the mission of helping families abandon their screens in favor of exploring the world. Gina lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a very good dog.

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.

Elve Liu

Freelance Journalist & Digital Influencer

Country: China

Media Outlets: WeChat @elveliu, Weibo: @郭小懒

Elve is a top Chinese travel blogger, freelance journalist, and editor with over ten years experience. She has traveled to more than 60 countries, and spends over 260 days on the road every year, sharing helpful tips with her readers about traveling responsibly while experiencing nature and culture. Her work is featured across her social platforms including WeChat, Sina Weibo (the most popular social media platforms in China) and Instagram, as well as features in travel and lifestyle magazines including: Voyage 新旅行, National Geographic Traveler China, 时尚旅游, ELLE China, Marie Claire China 嘉人, Conde Nast Traveler, China 悦游, Vogue China 服饰与美容, GQ China 智族, AD 安邸, Lifestyle 精品购物指南, Esquire 时尚先生, The Robb Report 罗博报告, and more.

Caio Vilela

Freelance Reporter

Country: Brazil

Media Outlets: Go Outside Brasil, The Traveller, Viagem & Turismo

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 since1 992, as has published text & 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.

Gigi Ragland

Freelance Travel and Food Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: AARP, AAA EnCompass, Adventure Cyclist, American Way (American Airlines), Cheese Connoisseur, Cowgirl, Live Naturally, Sierra Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, TravelAge West

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.

Ann Abel

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Forbes, AFAR, Robb Report, Well + Good

Ann Abel has been a travel writer and editor for 14 years written about more than 450 luxury destinations and hotels in 77 countries (and counting). Her focus is the intersection of luxury and adventure. Her writing has appeared in Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Luxury SpaFinder, Well + Good, and other print and online publications. In the name of lifestyle journalism, she has gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.

Sauro Scagliarini

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Italy

Media Outlets: Turisti per Caso, SportWeek, 4bicycle, vacanzattivajournal.com

Sauro Scagliarini has lived his life pursuing the pleasures of outdoor activities and travel experiences, and enjoys telling the stories of places and people. Sauro has a particular passion for triathlons, mountain biking, road cycling, and bikepacking, but also writes about culinary adventures and gear and equipment.

Mark Sissons

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: Canada

Media Outlets: Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Robb Report, NUVO Magazine, Montecristo Magazine, Dallas Morning News, EXPLORE Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Present Magazine, Vacay, Men's Journal, Huffington Post, Ensemble Vacations Magazine

As a travel journalist I have explored dozens of countries where I’ve encountered remarkable people, places and creatures. I contribute stories and photography to a number of major North American print and online outlets. My primary focus is adventure travel, wildlife conservation and snow sports. As a strategic content creation specialist, I’ve 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.

Ian Centrone

Freelance Travel Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Men's Journal, Esquire, Tasting Table, Playboy, Fodor's Travel, The Globe and Mail, Saveur, Thrillist, Supercall, and more.

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.

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.

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.

Stephanie Pearson

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Outside, Wired, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine

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.

Joey Parr

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: New York Times, AFAR, Town & Country, Lonely Planet, Runner's World, Travel Age West, Everett Potter's Travel Report, and other national print and online outlets

Josephine (Joey) Parr is a freelance writer, based in New York City. She writes about travel, food, adventure and culture and has been featured in The New York Times, Town & Country, Lonely Planet, Runner’s World, Matadornetwork.com and other national outlets. She looks for quirky, authentic stories and always returns from her adventures with recipes from a local’s kitchen.

Eric Hiss

Freelance Writer

Country: United States

Media Outlets: New York Times, Delta Sky, Conde Nast Traveler, TravelAge West

Award-winning travel writer Eric Hiss regularly navigates the world in search of unexpected and enlightening stories. In a career spanning nearly two decades, he has contributed to dozens of publications and websites, including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Sky, The New York Times, Outside.com, Robb Report, Sierra, The Travel Channel, Variety, Men’s Journal and others. Even after logging hundreds of articles and passport stamps, travel remains his ultimate rush.

Cristina Goyanes

Freelance Writer, Editor, Content Strategist

Country: United States

Media Outlets: National Geographic Adventure, Shape Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Furthermore by Equinox, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue

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.

Dave Lee

Go Backpacking

Country: United States

Media Outlets: GoBackpacking.com

I began publishing my travel advice on gobackpacking.com in 1999, and later began the blog in 2007, at which point it grew into one of the world's best known independent travel blogs. From 2007-2009 I traveled around the world, documenting my adventures to inspire and challenge others to travel abroad too. From 2009-15, I based myself in Medellin, Colombia where I began a second blog, Medellin Living, which I grew into the #1 website for tourists, expats, and retirees looking to visit or live in Medellin. I sold this website in 2016. I've also been actively involved in educating travelers on how to run their blogs professionally. This was primarily done through an online community called Travel Blog Success, which after 8 years, I recently sold so that I can re-focus on creative pursuits, including writing and publishing for Go Backpacking. I've traveled to 65 countries, with a special emphasis on Latin America. I speak Spanish. I've participated in numerous press trips and campaigns, including trips to promote tourism in Rwanda, Indonesia, and Turkey. I've also worked with global brands including Allianz, Turkish Airlines, and G Adventures.

Annie Kodzhaivanova

Journalist

Country: Bulgaria

Media Outlets: Capital.bg, Bacchus.bg

2005 - 2010 Journalist and editor of a professional (b2b) magazine for travel, hospitality and restaurant management (HoReMag). My special points of interest were wine and culinary travel, adventure travel, eco and sustainable tourism business models. 2011 - till now Editor at the business weekly newspaper and website “Capital” (capital.bg). I am responsible for economics topics, including tourism and travel industry, agriculture, green economy and others. I am also contributing to the “Capital Light” magazine (part of the newspaper), writing articles covering different aspects of leisure, travel and lifestyle. 2010 - till now Author and contributor to a wine & gastronomy & culinary travel magazine and website Bacchus (bacchus.bg). 2017 - till now Head of the jury of the annual national competition Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino Restaurant of the Year.

Kristen Gill

Journalist & Founder / Kristen Gill Media

Country: United States

Media Outlets: BBC’s The World, Public Radio International (PRI), NPR, Seattle Times, The Guardian, Adventure Travel News, Travel Weekly, National Geographic, Wanderlust, Travel Pulse, Bored Panda, SUP the Mag, AFAR, NBC, Irish Radio International, Medium, & Time Out.

Award-winning writer and photographer Kristen Gill produces content for various publications such as The Guardian, Seattle Times, Adventure Travel News, Travel Weekly, and more. Featured as a travel expert on MSN, CBS Travel, and BBC’s “The World” on NPR and PRI, she runs Kristen Gill Media (www.kristengillmedia.com), is a Board Member of Travel Massive Seattle (www.travelmassive.com), and is Founder of Preserving Cultures (www.preservingcultures.com).

Thorsten Keller

Keller Media Office, Bonn/Germany

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: Touristik Aktuell, TopHotel, Badische Neueste Nachrichten, Nordwest Zeitung, Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, Rheinische Post, Mannheimer Morgen

Based in Germany’s former capital city Bonn, Thorsten has been working as a freelance journalist for more than a decade, exploring parts of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Antarctica. He specializes in portraying extraordinary people, impressive sceneries, and adventurous trips--underlining his stories with his own photos. Wildlife, sustainability and tourism stakeholders‘ approach towards sustainable tourism have become spotlights of Thorsten‘s work. Intending to get closer to people, their way of living and their narratives, Thorsten moved into a local Norwegian community for the first time in 2018 to intensify his research, while simultaneously working as a tour guide.

Kicki Lind

Nanoq Media

Country: Sweden

Media Outlets: Dagens Nyheter, Vagabond, Göteborgsposten, Utemagasinet, Hufvudstadsbladet, WWF eko, Allt om Resor, M magasin, Sydsvenskan

Incurably curious, with a special love for the outdoors and a genuine interest in people, Kicki has travelled to some 80 countries around the globe. Author of a novel set in Cambodia and twice the winner of the Swedish Publishing Prize, her stories, travel guides and people's portraits have been published in Sweden’s most widely read newspapers, magazines and web sites, including National Geographic Nordic, Scandinavia’s largest travel magazine Vagabond, and Sweden’s largest daily papers.

Sherry Ott

Ottsworld

Country: United States

Media Outlets: Ottsworld.com, Glamping.com, AFAR.com, Intrepidtravel.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.

Francisco Javier Gonzalez

Oxígeno magazine

Country: Spain

Media Outlets: Oxígeno magazine

I am a adventure travel and sports journalist from Spain and Editor in Chief of Oxígeno Magazine. I have travelled around the world to write about many different outdoor sports experiences, but my specialty are winter sports like ski touring (splitboard), alpinism and trekking expeditions. In the summertime I also love to write about surfing and sea kayaking trips with camping involved. I love to share with our readers my love for the outdoor, new places, different cultures... and the food and wine too!

Frits Meyst

Photographer / 4ever.travel

Country: Netherlands

Media Outlets: National Geographic Traveler (NL), WideOyster Magazine (NL), 4ever.travel, Outdoor Magazin (Germany), AS adventure magazine (Belgium)

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.

Martina Santamaria

PimpMyTrip

Country: Italy

Media Outlets: PimpMyTrip.it, Argentina360.it

PimpMyTrip is the only Italian travel blog that focuses entirely on adventure travel, responsible, and solo female traveling. Martina Santamaria is a curious traveler, passionate about adventure, nature and outdoor sports, who has visited more than 40 countries. Martina shares recommendations for responsible travel, choosing mainly local transport, small guest houses, hostels and traveling as much as possible in contact with the locals.

Wolfgang Greiner

RoadTrip / SkiPresse

Country: Germany

Media Outlets: RoadTrip Magazin, SkiPresse

A magazine editor since 1992 (snowboarder MBM, MountainSports, IQ A&S) and web editor since 1999 (extremesports.com, Powderhausen), Wolfgang Greiner launched the company die denkbar in 2001 with ISPO News b2b sporting goods industry magazine. Today, he is the publisher and editor of SkiPresse (2003; print & digital) and RoadTrip (2013; digital) magazines, and editor of Charity München magazine. He is also a copy writer for various PR and marketing agencies with a focus on travel and sports. He specializes in North America and Scandinavia, outdoor activities, winter and summer, text and photography.

Valerie Chen

Senior Editor / TravelAge West, Explorer, Family Getaways

Country: United States

Media Outlets: TravelAge West, Explorer and Family Getaways

Valerie Chen is Senior Editor for TravelAge West, Family Getaways and Explorer magazines. Though her ship-to address has always included a Southern California zip code, each and every new destination she visits — no matter the distance from Los Angeles — somehow manages to exude a familiar “home sweet home” feeling. She will admit that tasting as much local food as possible is of utmost importance when traveling. Plus, the more adventurous her trips, the better: When Valerie is not on the road, up in the air or penning stories about her trips, she’s likely hiking, camping, practicing yoga or exploring the great outdoors with her pup in tow.

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.

Amy Jurries

The GearCaster

Country: United States

Media Outlets: The GearCaster, Outside, Backpacker, Expedition Portal

Amy is a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer published in Outside, Backpacker, Adventure Projects, Adventure.Travel and more. She is the founder and editor at The GearCaster, an outdoor and adventure travel website, and runs the blogs for numerous outdoor brands such as Columbia Sportswear. Equal parts entrepreneur, writer, and digital media guru, Amy Jurries 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.

Archana Singh

Travel See Write

Country: India

Media Outlets: Travel See Write, Food and Wine, Lonely Planet, Jet Wings, Sakal Times, The Hindu, Malindo Air

A travel writer by passion and brand strategist by profession, Archana Singh's 15+ years of work experience in the communications industry at a global state has come in handy to tell the stories with a local soul and global packaging. Her niche lies in visiting and writing about offbeat places and untold human stories. She is an adventure seeker, who rarely says no to anything. Writing and Photography are her key strengths. In addition to her blog, she has contributed to dozens of newspapers, magazines, and digital news outlets in Asia, Europe and the US. She has also spoken at conferences like the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and TBEX along with other local conferences. She has worked with dozens of tourism boards, destinations, travel companies, NGOs, brands and independents around the world to use her writing and influencer skills in creating awareness and a positive image about the projects she is associated with. Currently, she is working with emerging markets like Asia, Central and Eastern Europe to reach a global audience.

Caroline Pemberton

Travel TV Presenter & Writer

Country: Australia

Media Outlets: Australian Geographic, Travel Play Live

I've spent over a decade as a broadcast television presenter/producer on free to air and cable television specialising in travel and adventure. I've made countless travel documentaries, TV series, microdocumentaries and engaging online content. I have been travel writing for the past 5 years and served as a Senior Contributor for Australian Geographic, Outdoor Magazine with a 5-7 page column titled 'MissAdventure' in every issue and I currently write features for Travel Play Live Magazine and have a newly forming relationship with WILD magazine.

Yvonne Gordon

Travel Writer

Country: Ireland

Media Outlets: The Irish Independent, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, AFAR.com, RedBull.com, Independent.co.uk, Cara Magazine, TravelDK.com, Outside, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

Yvonne Gordon is an award-winning travel writer whose features have been in publications worldwide including The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, AFAR.com, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, RedBull.com, Outside, Cara magazine and Fodor's Travel. A contributor to many travel guides, she co-wrote DK Eyewitness Travel - Back Roads Ireland and is Ireland expert for AFAR.com. Her awards include Irish Travel Writer of the Year 2016 and Travel Media Travel Photo of the Year 2016. An experienced sailor and adventure traveller, Yvonne has explored remote islands in Burma and in Norway on assignment, snorkeled in winter in Iceland's Silfra fissure, trekked on camels in India's Thar Desert, whitewater rafted in Colorado and trekked across a glacier into an ice cave in Alaska.

Jonathan Thompson

Travel Writer

Country: United Kingdom

Media Outlets: The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Metro, Esquire, Mr Porter, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Suitcase, British Airways High Life, National Geographic Traveller, British GQ, Australian GQ, MiNDFOOD, Travel & Leisure.

Awarded the prestigious BGTW British Travel Writer Of The Year title in 2015, Jonathan's career in travel writing has encompassed everything from ice surfing and Olympic ski jumping to cliff camping and wing walking. He visited all 50 US States in 30 days with American Airlines, then all 28 EU countries in 28 days in partnership with Mini Cooper. To date, he has visited more than 100 countries across seven continents. A former reporter at The Independent, then Senior Editor at Britain's best-selling men's magazine, Men’s Health, Jonathan now works as one of the UK's most prolific freelance travel writers, contributing to publications including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Metro, GQ, Esquire, Mr Porter, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Suitcase, British Airways High Life and National Geographic Traveller, as well as US publications including Travel & Leisure. He relocated from London to Dallas TX in 2016.

Jackie Nourse

Traveling Jackie

Country: United States

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

(MEDIA & BUYER) 'I design trips because my group adventures provide a means to travel with my blog readers and podcast listeners in person. I host my group trips in what many would consider to be difficult or intimidating destinations, whether that's due to distance from home, unfamiliarity with language or culture, bureaucratic obstacles, or a destination with so much to offer that they have no idea where to start (sometimes all of the above). I like to take the intimidation factor out of the equation by handling the logistics and simply inviting my readers and listeners to show up, so we can explore the destination smartly and sustainably, together. I believe India has great potential to fit into this category. In 15 years of traveling the world, I've never been to India because of these very reasons. Perhaps I can be the one to show my guests the way.' / / / / / / Jackie Nourse is the founder and host of The Budget-Minded Traveler, an award-winning blog, podcast, 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, author, linguist (five languages and counting), and serial expat. Her work has been featured by Self, Business Insider, Forbes, and more.

Elizabeth Heath

Writer & Editor

Country: Italy

Media Outlets: Frommer's Travel Guides, Frommers.com, TripSavvy Italy, LuxeGetaways, Citizen-Femme, Huffington Post, EatSipTrip/USATODAY

Elizabeth Heath is a US-born writer and editor now living in Umbria, Italy. She writes about family and luxury travel, soft adventure, wellness retreats and culinary traditions. Liz is a longtime editor of Frommer's Travel Guides, and writes the Rome content for all Frommer's books. She is the Italy Expert for TripSavvy (formerly About.com Travel) and in that capacity, writes about all things Italian when it comes to travel, culture and culinary. She has written for Huffington Post, Frommers.com, Bon Vivant, Eat Sip Trip/USA Today's #10Best, TimeOut Venice, and Citizen-Femme, and is a contributing editor to LuxeGetaways.com. Her commissioned guidebook on the architecture of Rome will be published in 2019. She is passionate about history, archaeology, and cultural traditions, and discovering new corners of Italy, Europe and beyond.

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