Contributors

Emma Thomson
Emma Thomson WriterLondon

Emma Thomson is an award-winning travel writer and guidebook author who often covers countries recovering from natural disaster or political upheaval to help travelers regain trust in these places.

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Shafik Meghji
Shafik Meghji WriterLondon

Shafik Meghji is an award-winning travel journalist and broadcaster, and the co-author of over 30 Rough Guides. Recent adventures have taken him down the Mekong, across the Amazon, and through Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego.

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Jo Stewart
Jo Stewart WriterMelbourne

Jo Stewart is an Australian travel writer who lives in Melbourne, but spends an inordinate amount of time at airports. She has visited all seven continents and is comfortable mixing it up at both ends—and everywhere in between—of the travel spectrum.

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Nicola Bailey
Nicola Bailey Photo EditorSydney

Nicola is an award-winning photographer who lives between her homes in Sydney, Australia and New York City. She has a particular interest in remote and challenging locations, and the visual stories that come out of them.

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Susan Portnoy
Susan Portnoy Photographer & writerNew York

Susan Portnoy is an award-winning photographer and freelance travel writer as well as the creator of The Insatiable Traveler. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Mashable, The Globe & Mail, and Today.com, among others.

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Ben Groundwater
Ben Groundwater WriterSydney

Ben Groundwater is an award-winning travel writer, author, and broadcaster, whose ideal day on the road involves good food, interesting people, and the feeling that he doesn’t fully understand what’s going on.

John Borthwick
John Borthwick WriterSydney

One of Australia’s leading travel writers, John Borthwick’s work appears in The Weekend Australian, Fairfax Traveller and many others—all of which keeps him too long away from surfing good waves or hiking some gob-smacking coastline.

Tayla Gentle
Tayla Gentle WriterMelbourne

Tayla Gentle is a freelance writer and producer specializing in adventure travel. Her work has featured in outlets such as Lonely Planet, AFAR, AWOL and Red Bull Australia. Her spirit country is Myanmar.

Sarah Reid
Sarah Reid WriterSydney

Sarah Reid is an Australian travel writer, currently living out of a backpack somewhere in Africa. She specializes in sustainable travel and writes for a range of travel publications in Australia, the UK, the US and beyond.

Erik Trinidad
Erik Trinidad WriterNew York

Travel journalist and video producer Erik Trinidad may be based in Brooklyn, but he spends a lot of time criss-crossing the globe in search of high adventure, exotic food, and scientific curiosities. Credits include National Geographic and Discovery.com.

James Shackell
James Shackell WriterMelbourne

James Shackell is a freelance journalist with words in The Huffington Post, Red Bull, Canadian Traveler and Smith Journal. One day, he’ll be bumped to business class, and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Paula Froelich
Paula Froelich WriterNew York

Paula Froelich is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and creator and host of ‘A Broad Abroad’ web series. Originally from Ohio and Kentucky, she currently lives in New York with her lactose-intolerant dachshund, Karl.

Marco Ferrarese
Marco Ferrarese WriterPenang, Malaysia

Marco Ferrarese is a Penang-based author, travel writer and former punk rock star. He has reported from the lesser-known tracks of 60+ countries, hitchhiked from China to Italy, and written guidebooks for Rough Guides and Fodor’s.

Huw Kingston
Huw Kingston WriterSydney

Writer and environmentalist Huw Kingston has spent over 30 years undertaking long, human-powered journeys in wild places, and has long been involved campaigning against single-use plastics.

Luke Waterson
Luke Waterson WriterWales, UK

Luke is a Wales-based writer and author whose latest novel, Song Castle, is set in 12th-century Wales. He writes primarily on wildernesses, specializing in Britain and the Andes/Amazon. As well as bylines for the BBC, Independent, Telegraph and others, he has contributed to 50+ travel/reference books.

Alex King
Alex King WriterAthens, Greece

Alex King is a British freelance journalist based between Athens and London. Before moving to Athens, he was staff writer at Huck Magazine. He now contributes regularly to Huck, Vice, Noisey, Dazed & Confused, VolteFace, If You Leave, Bikevibe Journal & more.

Graeme Green
Graeme Green WriterMexico

Graeme Green is a UK travel writer, photographer and editor, currently based in Mexico. He writes about adventure travel, wildlife and culture for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Wanderlust and BBC Travel.

Andrew Eames
Andrew Eames WriterLondon

Travel writer, broadcaster and ex-newspaper journalist Andrew Eames writes for UK publications from the Financial Times to the Sunday Mirror. He’s also the author of five books and often speaks at travel writing seminars.

Nicola Zolin
Nicola Zolin Photographer & writerVenice/Rome/Athens

Nicola Zolin is a photojournalist and writer, interested in the social and environmental transformations at the borders of Europe, Middle East and Asia. His stories deal with the idea of freedom and liberation from society’s structures.

Corinne Redfern
Corinne Redfern WriterPhnom Penh, Cambodia

Corinne Redfern is an award-winning roving journalist with a focus on women’s rights and human interest stories. Ex-features director for Marie Claire, bylines include The Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Stylist, and ELLE.

Shoshi Parks
Shoshi Parks WriterSan Francisco

Shoshi Parks is a San Francisco-based anthropologist and freelance writer sharing stories of travel, history and culture. Her work has appeared in publications including Smithsonian Magazine, Fodor’s, and YES! Magazine.

Cam Hassard
Cam Hassard WriterBerlin

Cam Hassard is managing editor at Caddie Magazine and features writer for Junkee, AWOL, Carryology, Fairfax Media, and more. He’s eaten ant salad in Laos, hauled trucks from NYC to Vegas, and destroyed himself on the Camino de Santiago. Originally from Melbourne, he currently calls Berlin home.

Kristin Kent
Kristin Kent WriterBritish Columbia

Canadian travel journalist Kristin Kent is not one to pass up a quest—She’s slept on sea ice in polar bear country and sailed the roaring Pacific Ocean. When not on assignment, she’s often exploring her home province, beautiful British Columbia.

Kerry Walker
Kerry Walker WriterBrecon Beacons, Wales

Kerry Walker is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, prolific Lonely Planet guidebook author, and the Telegraph’s expert for Wales where she’s based. An adventure addict, she loves mountains, cold places and wilderness.

Steve Madgwick
Steve Madgwick WriterSydney

Steve Madgwick has been a travel writer, digital editor, news editor and jaunting journeyman journo across online, magazines and newspapers for a wee while. His CV is full of un-sensible adventures which he hopes to expand ever onward.

John Malathronas
John Malathronas WriterLondon

John Malathronas is a London-based travel writer whose foreign language skills allow him to get under the skin of a destination. He has authored or co-authored 20 books and has bylines in CNN Travel, National Geographic Traveller and the Daily Telegraph.

David Whitley
David Whitley WriterSheffield, UK

British travel writer David Whitley spends a lot of time on the far side of the world, with a passion for all things outback and out-of-the-ordinary. Bylines include National Geographic Traveller, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Sydney Morning Herald.

Brooke Nolan
Brooke Nolan WriterSydney

Brooke Nolan is a writer and adventurer from the UK who’s recently made Sydney her home. She’s happiest camped on a mountain under the stars, and is a firm believer that nature is all the medicine we need.

Ash Bhardwaj
Ash Bhardwaj WriterLondon

Ash Bhardwaj is a travel writer, adventure filmmaker, and motivational speaker. Based in London, he has filmed in mountains, jungles and deserts around the world, and is now on a quest to meet his heroes and learn new skills.

Holly Tuppen
Holly Tuppen WriterLondon

Holly’s passion for travelling the world responsibly started in 2008 when she set off on a 20-month around-the-world-without-flying adventure. After sailing, cycling, walking and hitchhiking oceans, deserts and mountain ranges, Holly returned to London to spread the word about sustainable travel.

Jennifer Ennion
Jennifer Ennion WriterSydney

Starting her career in Sydney radio, Jennifer Ennion has worked as a politics and crime reporter, a snow reporter, a news sub-editor and a travel editor. She now happily divides her time between travel writing and TV news reporting.

Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson WriterToronto

Toronto-based writer Tim Johnson spends most of his days searching for a new story and a good adventure—he’s visited 135 countries on all seven continents, and written for CNN Travel, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and more.

Mark Stratton
Mark Stratton WriterDartmoor, UK

An award-winning journalist who’s roamed the most obscure corners of the earth, Mark Stratton has written for Wanderlust, The Independent, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and can also be heard on BBC Radio 4.

Caroline Eden
Caroline Eden WriterEdinburgh

A regular contributor to The Guardian, FT, Telegraph and BBC Radio 4, Caroline specializes in emerging destinations, mainly in the ex-USSR. She’s also the author of ‘Samarkand—recipes and stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus.’

Lottie Gross
Lottie Gross WriterLondon

Formerly web editor for Rough Guides and loveEXPLORING, Lottie Gross is a travel writer and photographer published in AFAR, National Geographic Traveller UK and World Travel Magazine. Living in London, she’s happiest eating local specialities in warmer climes.

Stacey McKenna
Stacey McKenna WriterColorado

Stacey McKenna is a Colorado-based freelance writer who covers travel, nature, science and adventure. Whether airing out family roots or excavating the truth behind a Bahamian wild horse extinction, she’s always seeking deep stories with wide-angle context.

Claire Boobbyer
Claire Boobbyer WriterLondon

Travel writer, photographer, and Cuba expert, Claire regularly writes about Latin America, Vietnam, and Laos. She fell in love with Latin America some 20 years ago after backpacking from Chile to the Colombian coast.

James Stewart
James Stewart WriterLondon

James Stewart is an award-winnning journalist who writes for UK newspapers and magazines such as the Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, and Wanderlust. A sailor, surfer and diver, he practically has salt water for blood.

Mike MacEacheran
Mike MacEacheran WriterEdinburgh

Mike MacEacheran is an award-winning Edinburgh-based travel writer and guidebook author who has filed stories from 107 countries for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, The Independent, Rough Guides and CN Traveller UK.

Jenny Hart
Jenny Hart WriterNew York

Jenny Hart is a travel writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She contributes to a variety of publications, including Travel Weekly, Southwest: The Magazine, and VICE. She loves scuba diving, horseback riding, and singing karaoke.

Jon Holmes
Jon Holmes WriterLondon

Jon Holmes is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster. Aside from travel writing, he’s a double BAFTA-winning comedy writer, has strings of Radio Academy awards for his shows on BBC and commercial radio in the UK, and is an Amazon-bestselling author.

JoAnna Haugen
JoAnna Haugen WriterKyiv, Ukraine

JoAnna Haugen is a writer, public speaker, and founder of Rooted, a storytelling platform at the intersection of sustainable travel, environmental conservation, and community-based advocacy efforts. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, international election observer, and intrepid traveler, JoAnna currently lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Jini Reddy
Jini Reddy WriterLondon

Eco-spiritual by nature and a cultural cocktail by birth, Jini Reddy is an author and features writer who contributes to UK national media. Her first book, Wild Times, was published in 2016 and she is working on her second, for Bloomsbury Books.

Kristen Pope
Kristen Pope WriterWyoming

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor who writes about outdoor adventure, travel, science and wildlife. She is a media member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and is always planning her next adventure.

Sue Watt
Sue Watt WriterLondon

Sue Watt is an award-winning London-based writer with a passion for African travel and conservation. Her bylines appear in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Luxury Travel Magazine.

Tracey Croke
Tracey Croke WriterSydney

Tracey Croke is an award-winning travel journalist addicted to roughty-toughty off-track adventure and gallivanting on her mountain bike. She is a highly-qualified expert in following whims and getting lost.

Lizzie Pook
Lizzie Pook WriterLondon

An award-winning wildlife and adventure travel writer, Lizzie is obsessed with predators and criss-crosses the globe in search of the next wildlife sighting. Bylines include The Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.

Annapurna Mellor
Annapurna Mellor PhotographerManchester, UK

Annapurna Mellor is a travel photographer and writer based in the UK, published in the likes of Lonely Planet Magazine and National Geographic Traveller. Her work focuses on people and culture, and she has a particular love for India.

David Farley
David Farley WriterNew York

Travel writer and author David Farley contributes regularly at AFAR magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and BBC Travel, among others outlets.

Joey Tyson
Joey Tyson WriterLondon

Born in Yorkshire and based in London, Joey Tyson is a freelance travel writer for a variety of consumer and trade publications. He enjoys the unusual, loves the outdoors and thinks it’s people that make travel worth writing about.

Juliet Rix
Juliet Rix WriterLondon

Juliet Rix is an award-winning travel writer and journalist for The Times, Telegraph, Independent, The Guardian, and BBC Radio. She’s also the author of the latest Bradt guide to Malta & Gozo, published in January 2018.

Karen Gardiner
Karen Gardiner WriterEdinburgh/Baltimore

Karen is a freelance writer from Scotland, whose articles have appeared in publications including Condé Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, The Guardian and Canadian Geographic Travel. She is particularly drawn to remote places, the far North and cold islands.

Alex Robertson Textor
Alex Robertson Textor WriterLondon and Lisbon

A California-born travel writer and editor who splits his time between between London and Lisbon, Alex Robertson Textor has written for numerous publications and is also the publisher-editor of new travel magazine Fields & Stations.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent WriterLondon

Antonia is a travel writer who loves to wander alone in remote regions. Her latest book, Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains. was shortlisted for Stanford’s Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2018 and she writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph and others.

Nori Jemil
Nori Jemil PhotographerLondon and Perth

Award-winning photographer and travel writer Nori Jemil lives between London and Perth, Australia. She writes for numerous publications including Rough Guides and National Geographic Traveller UK, and teaches travel photography courses.

Kellie Lafranchi
Kellie Lafranchi PhotographerMelbourne

Kellie Lafranchi is a freelance photographer who’s always chasing the light with camera in hand. Inspired by nature and generally curious, she specializes in documenting compelling visual subjects and the stories that unfold through them.

Mary Novakovich
Mary Novakovich WriterHertfordshire, England

Mary Novakovich is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in Italy, France and Eastern Europe. With bylines in The Guardian, Independent and Telegraph, she has also written guidebooks for Insight Guides and Frommer’s.

Bill Fink
Bill Fink WriterOakland, CA

From biking the backroads of the Philippines to sipping cognac in French chateaus, Bill Fink’s global adventures have appeared in over 50 outlets, including National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, Frommer’s and BBC Travel.

Tamara Hinson
Tamara Hinson WriterSurrey, UK

Tamara Hinson is a freelance travel writer whose favorite places include India, Vietnam, Singapore and Zambia. A former snowboard instructor, she has a soft spot for the mountains and is also a keen mountain biker who’s cycled around Aruba, Tanzania and Gozo.

Anja Mutic
Anja Mutic WriterNew York and Croatia

An award-winning travel writer and guidebook author, Anja Mutic is always seeking the beauty between the cracks. She writes for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and BBC Travel, among others.

Richard Mellor
Richard Mellor WriterLondon

Having started off in public relations for travel companies, Richard Mellor realized he preferred writing about foreign lands to promoting them to journalists—and swapped sides. London-based, he chiefly covers less-trodden parts of Britain and Europe.

Gavin Haines
Gavin Haines WriterLondon

Gavin Haines is a freelance scribe specializing in travel and environmental reporting, with bylines in BBC Travel, National Geographic Traveller and the Telegraph. His favorite destinations are Scotland, The Netherlands and Rwanda. He was once mauled by an otter in Dudley.

Shaney Hudson
Shaney Hudson WriterSydney, Australia

Shaney Hudson is an award-winning travel writer based in Sydney, Australia. She is a contributor to a variety of Australia, UK and US publications, and likes to go where the wild things are.

Matthew Teller
Matthew Teller WriterOxfordshire, UK

Matthew Teller is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. He writes for media in Britain and around the world, is a long-standing author for Rough Guides, and produces and presents documentaries for BBC Radio.

Paul Clammer
Paul Clammer WriterNottingham, UK

A one-time molecular biologist, travel writer and guidebook author Paul Clammer has written or contributed to over 30 Lonely Planet guides including Jamaica, Jordan and Morocco, and is the author of Bradt’s Haiti guidebook.

Ariel Sophia Bardi
Ariel Sophia Bardi WriterNew Delhi

Ariel Sophia Bardi is a Japan-born, British and American-raised journalist and non-fiction writer. Happiest when crossing borders, she has been published in The Atlantic, Roads & Kingdoms, BBC Travel, VICE and The Guardian.

Louise Southerden
Louise Southerden WriterAustralia

Louise Southerden is an award-winning Australian travel writer and author with a passion for simple, sustainable living—at home and away.

Nicole Trilivas
Nicole Trilivas WriterLondon

Nicole Trilivas writes about travel, food, and drink. Her work has appeared in Forbes.com, Time Out London, Condé Nast Brides, NYTimes.com, Fodor’s, HuffPost, Wanderlust, Afar, and Suitcase. She’s the author of the novel, ‘Girls Who Travel’.

Jody MacDonald
Jody MacDonald PhotographerIdaho

Award-winning adventure sport and documentary photographer Jody MacDonald spent the last decade as resident photographer on a 60-foot catamaran on a global kiteboarding, paragliding and surfing expedition.

Jenna Schnuer
Jenna Schnuer WriterAnchorage

Jenna Schnuer is an Anchorage-based New Yorker and freelance writer whose writing credits include The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Delta Sky, and Extra Crispy. In 2017, she joined the podcast fray with Life (After Cancer).

Michele Herrmann
Michele Herrmann WriterNew York City

Dividing her time between New England and New York City, travel and culture writer Michele Herrmann’s bylines have appeared in BBC Travel, Orbitz, Travelocity, amNewYork and Budget Travel.

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