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Adam Costa is a travel writer and author of Business in a Backpack: How to Build and Run a Profitable Business While You Travel the World.
Number of posts: 1
Amandah Blackwell is a creative, freelance and ghost writer for industries that include but are not limited to the arts & entertainment, travel, publishing, real estate, pets, personal and professional development, and much more.
Amandah's personal writing projects include screenplays, teleplays, YA, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry.
You can follow Amandah on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/savvy_writer
Angie Picardo is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance site that helps aspiring writers plan their careers and learn when to pay off debt and when to save.
Number of posts: 1
Ben Holbrook writes for a number of travel sites, including HotelClub and his own travel blog. When he’s not at his computer you’ll find him riding his motorcycle or eating his way around the world – Tapas and vino, anyone?
Follow Ben on Twitter: @Ben_Holbrook
Billie Frank is a freelance writer covering Santa Fe and beyond. Her work has appeared in Colorado and New Mexico print publications and on the web.
Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Rocky Mountain House, Canada.
In addition to being published in a number of different travel related magazines, he also runs one of the more popular travel blogs on the internet “Brendan’s Adventures: The World is my Jungle Gym”. Brendan lives by his own personal words of wisdom, "...in the world I live in, the world of travel, I try to find the moments that make me feel insignificant in a greater world, and I hope my blog gets that message across.”
Bryan Cassidy is an avid adventure traveler who enjoys hiking, mountain biking and heli-skiing. His travels have taken him to summits of snowy peaks within the Monashees and Selkirk mountain ranges of British Columbia, Canada, to the ancient remnants of Pompeii near the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
He's always felt that the more you travel, the more you realize how little you’ve seen.
Bryan is also the co-founder of Endless Bucket List, and an occasional guest blogger on several travel related websites.
Cheryl Probst is an award-winning photojournalist who spent more than 25 years working for newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, New York and China.
She retired from her job at a local law firm last year to concentrate on freelance writing, and now writes mainly about travel in China and the Pacific Northwest, as well as about motorcycles (she’s married to a motorcycle fanatic).
She has also created her own guidebook line, Cheryl’s Guides, to cover all the travel areas she wants to write about. Books about local wineries and motorcycle museums are on the drawing board.
Cheryl and her husband, Jon Teal, live in Washington State.
Cheryl’s Guides on GuideGecko:
Cheryl’s China website: http://www.cherylschina.webs.com
Chris Backe is the blogger behind Chris in South Korea, dedicated to travel and life in Korea.
Since arriving three years ago, Chris has made it a point to visit one new place, event, or festival around Korea every week. He recently finished writing an e-book entitled 'Korean Made Easy', which makes learning Korean quite easy for anyone coming to Korea. It's available for the Kindle, the Nook, and anywhere PDF's are readable; a paper version is coming soon!
In addition to being a talented photographer, Chris Christensen is the host of "The Amateur Traveler", an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations, stories, and tips. It includes both a weekly audio podcast and a twice monthly video podcast.
Chris also co-hosts the popular podcast "This Week in Travel" (along with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt). Both podcasts can be subscribed to via iTunes.
He's recently left the corporate life of an Executive VP for a Silicon Valley company to focus on his media empire.
Christopher Lin resides in Orange County, CA where he and his partners run a wedding photography studio called Lin and Jirsa Photography.
Canada’s Adventure Couple, Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil have been in high gear since meeting in 1991. Married for 11 of their 18 years together, they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents and over 30 countries. Their adventures have taken them to the far corners of the earth where they have embraced new cultures and ways of life, while learning about the traditions of the indigenous people that they meet along the way.
They explore the world with a broad view by seeing it from two different perspectives, allowing them to experience different activities that they would otherwise avoid if traveling alone, and have come to respect the value of compromise. They believe that they've only scratched the surface of what this world has to offer and look forward to more great journeys. Their goal is to teach the world about other ways of life and raise awareness of social issues that different communities face each day.
In November 2009 they will be leaving on yet another epic travel starting in India and working their way through Central Asia and the Middle East.
You can follow their travels around the world at http://www.theplanetd.com
Their YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/wegobyebye
You can follow them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/theplanetd
Derbhile Graham is a freelance writer, originally from Clonmel. Co Tipperary, but now living in Tramore, Co. Waterford. She is the author of The Pink Cage, first published by Book Republic in 2011, now self-published.
Derbhile loves nothing more than to help other people tell their story. She has given creative writing classes for the Bealtaine Festival, Waterford Festival of Learning and Waterford Healing Arts.
Derbhile also runs a writing and editing service called WriteWords, which offers content creation, editing, training and writing consultancy services. She blogs at World of Writing, www.writerlyderv.wordpress.com. You can Follow Derbhile on Twitter, Find WriteWords on Facebook, or connect with Derbhile on LinkedIn.
Dianne Sharma Winter has been living On The Road for sixteen years and describes herself as a literary traveler. One line in a book will send her somewhere; she has lived in the jungles of India with her guru ji, rescued herself the nick of time from the tsunami of 2004 and hunting tigers in the Sunderbans.
A freelance writer, Dianne is currently living in India and working on three books. Her short stories have been published in her native country of New Zealand.
Follow Dianne on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Dibundy
Donna L. Hull specializes in writing travel and human interest content for online and print publications.
Donna's popular blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, (http://myitchytravelfeet.com) explores the world of active travel for baby boomers, encouraging boomers to get up off the couch and go.
Gary Arndt is the man behind one of the world's most popular, independent travel blogs, Everything-Everywhere.com.
He has been traveling non-stop since March, 2007 and has visited over 60 countries and territories.
In addition to posting regularly to his travel blog, Gary co-hosts the popular weekly podcast "This Week in Travel", where he offers his opinions on what's going on in the travel industry, travel technology, and the world of travel blogging.
James Hills is the creator of ManTripping.com, a destination for guys looking for awesome mancation and guys weekend travel ideas. He started Man Tripping while working with two other niche travel websites and discovered that while there was tons of stuff for "moms" and "women" there was nothing out there for men. So he started one!
In addition to being an avid writer, a lover of trying new things, and helping people find new ways of doing business, James runs a social media and PR agency in Chicago, mhn PR & Internet Marketing.
Friend James on Facebook: http://facebook.com/jameshills
As publisher of Solo Traveler, Janice Waugh offers solo travel stories, tips, safety advice and destination ideas.
A professional writer and entrepreneur, she is also co-founder of the Global Bloggers Network, an interactive, online service for travel bloggers.
You can follow Janice on Twitter: http://twitter.com/solotraveler
Subscribe on StumbleUpon:http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/solotravelerblog
Janna Graber has written for almost 50 publications. She is the executive editor at Go World Travel Magazine.
She also serves as director/instructor at Travel Writing On Location, which offers travel writing workshops in top destinations around the world. Travel Writing On Location provides not only classroom learning, but on-the-job experience. Writers tour each destination with local experts— visiting attractions, interviewing experts, and experiencing the culture— while learning the skills needed to be a travel writer.
Jen Westmoreland Bouchard is the owner of a freelance writing, editing and translation company, Lucidité Writing, LLC.
When she’s not galavanting around the world collecting literary and journalistic fodder, Jen writes daily from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). She blogs at www.luciditewriting.wordpress.com.
Jennifer Neves is the owner of Mad Dash Publishing and author of Backpack Like You Mean It - A crackpot tale of travel through South East Asia. She lives in Olympia, Washington with her partner, and four pygmy goats.
Over the course of five years, Jennifer and David Raezer traveled the world, read tons of books, followed hundreds of guides and took copious notes. This travel marathon culminated in the creation of Approach Guides, cultural travel guidebooks to Italy, India, China, Turkey, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Approach Guides provides more than just dates and facts; it draws connections among sites and across geographies.
Jennifer and David have also developed Approach Guides Wine, an Italian Wine Guide iPhone App that helps anyone choose a great wine anytime, anywhere in less than a minute.
When not traveling or devising new iPhone applications, David runs Cleantech Approach, a sustainable technology research & advisory organization. Jennifer is the Director of Regional Marketing for United Way (liveunited.org), one of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S. They live in New York City (for now…).
She'll happily pass on advice to just about anyone about things like train travel in Italy or where to stay in the Cinque Terre, but if you really want to get her rambling bring up either Venice or Naples.
Jill Pertler is a self-syndicated columnist and author of The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self Syndication, which gives a practical, hands-on, step-by-step approach to self-syndication and outlines numerous ways that syndication can benefit freelance writers. Available online (paperback and ebook) at booklocker.com or through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com.
In addition, Jill’s Slices of Life columns have been touching people’s hearts and tickling their funny bones since 2002. They are currently published in over 75 newspapers in the upper Midwest. You can read them on Facebook: Slices of Life
For more in-depth writing advice, visit Jill’s website: Marketing by Design and click on the Helpful how-to information at the upper right corner of the home page.
Follow Jill on Twitter: jillpertler
JoAnna Haugen is a creativity connoisseur, idea inventor and freelance writer with a professional background in copywriting. A former Peace Corps volunteer and avid world traveler, she is the community news editor for WorldView, the publication for the National Peace Corps Association, and managing editor for Journey Beyond Travel, an online guide about travel in Morocco. JoAnna’s writing has appeared in more than 40 print and online publications including Caribbean Travel & Life, American Way, WestJet’s up!, Vegas Magazine, Pathfinders Travel, TravelSmart, Diamond Resorts International Magazine and Las Vegas Review-Journal. She also writes the popular travel blog, Kaleidoscopic Wandering.
When she’s not on the road or writing about travel, JoAnna also works as a ghost writer, blogger, copywriter and editor for clients and projects spanning a variety of genres. Learn more about her professional work and follow her on Twitter for updates on her latest travels.
Karen Gibson is a freelance writer with more years of writing experience than she wants to admit. In addition to writing fiction for adults and nonfiction for children, she writes travel articles and features for various publishers. Her destination articles often focus on the southern or southwestern United States.
Karen has been published in magazines and websites for publications such as Midwest Traveler, Home & Away, Southern Traveler, Backpacker, Military Times, Camping Today, Oklahoma Today, and Motorhome. Additionally, she has provided writing and editing for Fodor Travel Guides, including The Old West, USA Guide, Gold Guide, and Road Guide series.
You can connect with Karen on LinkedIn.
Kim Palacios is a Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance. While not mourning the death of free markets, she enjoys television and film.
You can read more of Kim's writing at Examiner.com:
Number of posts: 2
Web site: http://kimpalacios.webs.com/travelwritingsamples.htm
Enthusiastic world traveler Kimberly Juchnowski fell in love with Southeast Asia five years ago. Thailand especially holds a special place in her heart. The culture and people keep her going back each year and she plans to relocate to Northern Thailand in the fall. She is even starting to learn Thai in anticipation for her big move!
If you want to know about where to go and what to see in Southeast Asia, or even read about common misconceptions about the people and how they live (what Thai girls are really all about?!) you can check it all out on her website Tikikiki.com.
In 2001 Lisa Gerber escaped the city life and found the dream life she had envisioned from her Seattle office cubicle. She now lives on a mountain outside of Sandpoint, Idaho with her husband and two dogs, where she telemark skis, mountain bikes and practices yoga (all so she can indulge in her passion of fine food and wines), and where she has been telling the story of organizations small to large since 2004.
Her firm, Big Leap Creative, is a mountain lifestyle public relations and strategic communications firm catering to the outdoor, hospitality, recreational real estate, food and wine industries.
Maralyn Hill is currently serving as President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, and as Co-Chairman of the Conference and Press Trips Committee for the IFWTWA.
She is also CEO of NoraLyn Ltd. and was Host / Producer of over 90 Time Warner Cable food shows; Editor and Columnist, Where & What in the World; Columnist, Big Blend Magazine; Co-author "Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel;" contributor, Meetings Mexico & Latin America; Contributor, Global Writes; Contributor, SOGONOW.com; Co-author, "Cooking Secrets the Why and How;" Co-author, "Success, Your Path to a Successful Book,".
Maralyn also writes with her husband Norman Hill.
You can follow Maralyn on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/MaralynHill
Margo Millure is a professional freelance writer, with many travel publishing credits, and former editor of a women's lifestyle magazine and local tourist publication. She contracted the travel bug in the early 90s, when she and her husband had the opportunity to live in Holland and France for several years.
In December 2008 Margo started her a personal humor blog, Life in the Short Lane. On one of the days that she didn't think she or her blog were funny at all, The Travel Belles was conceived. Scheduled to launch in March, this magazine style blog is intended to be an encouraging and lively place for women to find travel stories with personal style and inspiration in the voices of many different women.
Margo lives with her family in Myrtle Beach, SC.
You can follow Margo on Twitter: http://twitter.com/gomarwrites
Author, geek and world-explorer, Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands where she studied construction engineering and became a specialist in architectural history. Her love of travel led her to embark on not one, but two ocean crossings on container ships, which in turn led to an impromptu job working for a shipping company writing guidebooks for passengers. Her latest book, 'Times Zones, Conainers and Three Square Meals a Day' is a narrative travelogue and an account of the time she spent working on the ships.
Maria also blogs about her experiences as a writer and world traveler at http://www.mariastaal.com/ and about her quest to learn more about a saintly ancestor at a new site set to launch very soon.
Mariellen Ward is a Toronto-based freelance travel writer, traveler and blogger. Traveling in India – and writing about it – is her passion. Over the course of three trips, totaling 11 months, she has been to 12 states, five ashrams and one Ayurvedic resort.
Mariellen will be heading back to India this winter for three months (Feb-May 2010) and invites you to follow her adventures by subscribing to her blog BreatheDreamGo.com.
You can follow Mariellen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BreatheDreamGo
Mark Labrow is the founder and director of World Retreats, a website dedicated to helping people find inspiring holidays worldwide. World Retreats hand picks yoga holidays, painting holidays and activity holidays from across the globe, helping holidaymakers to indulge their passions and explore their creative selves.
Mark is also a freelance creative consultant and writer and has worked extensively in the U.K. with schools, theatre companies, public sector and not for profit organisations.
He runs his own training courses and is a published author, having recently released ‘Creative Activities For The Secondary Classroom’ published by Pearson and available at Amazon.
To find a truly inspiring holiday for 2010 visit http://www.worldretreats.co.uk
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Martina Vyskocova is author of Girl's Trip Tips and small business owner based in Bratislava, Slovakia, but feeling like at home just about anywhere. She loves to explore the world either by traveling or reading lots of books.
As a solo female traveler, she would like to encourage more girls around the world to travel. Her bucket list is endless, but her current goal is to explore Asia, learn to dive and get her book published.
Matthew Barker is a Peru-based wannabe writer who combined his love of travel and writing with his career in marketing to create the Travel Content Network, an online marketplace for professional travel writers and online publishers who recognise the value of high quality writing.
Number of posts: 3
Meghan Ivarsson is a freelance writer and leads Scholar Advisor, an education portal for students, where she regularly contributes articles on education, careers and writing.
You can follow Meghan on Twitter: @MeghanIvarsson
Michael Falk is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Gear Up and Play, a community driven Travel Blog. Gear Up and Play's simple shared platform offers travelers and outdoor adventure seekers the opportunity to share their experiences in a shared revenue setting. The community provides a social networking atmosphere where travelers can interact and follow other members in a fashion similar to twitter. Each member has a unique profile where they can share information about themselves, submit articles, travelogues, photos, and even bookmark links to interesting yet relevant content around the web with digg style member voting.
In addition to indulging his love of travel and adventure Michael enjoys cooking, playing guitar, bike riding, camping, backpacking, kayaking and incessantly checking his website analytics. Michael has worked on a number of other travel related projects including Best Travel Guitars and is continually working to foster the dream of one day being a travel writer.
Nancy Brown is a lover of all things travel-related. She has combined her passion for travel with her professional writing career.
Nancy writes a travel column, “What a Trip” for the Contra Costa Times Lamorinda Sun, a publication of Media News Group. She is the Lodging Editor for Uptake.com. She writes an on-line travel column for Diablo magazine and the "Traveler Making a Difference" column for Escapes magazine.
Horse lovers will find her on the Writing Horseback blog. She is a BootsnAll Insider for California and has contributed to InsideBayArea, Uptake.com and Write to Travel blogs. She is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW), BlogHer, Matador and Travelwriters.com. She also owns a public relations consulting business.
Prime Sarmiento is a southeast Asia-based journalist, travel blogger and expert on solo female travel. Her blog, The GypsyGals, offers inspiring stories and practical advice to women who want to craft their own journeys.
Randall Davidson is a co-founder of ProofreadingServices.Us, a proofreading service that offers essay proofreading. Randall enjoys discussing proofreading tips and best practices with writers and other individuals.
Rensina van den Heuvel lives on a remote property, when she is not traveling.
Rensina and her partner run “grass roots…off the tourist tracks” expeditions to Mongolia and Outback Australia.
Russian Documents…Mongolian Dust is Rensina’s first book. She also writes travel articles for E-zines and magazines.
You can order Rensina's book at http://www.wilderness-agencies.com.au/page7.html
Robyn Vinter is a former journalist who has worked on both local and national newspapers and magazines in the UK over the past few years. Having graduated top of her class with a First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Leeds Metropolitan University, she now works as a travel blogger at looking4parking.com.
Number of posts: 1
Rose Walker is an internationally published freelance writer, columnist, writing instructor and owner of Rose Walker Writing Consultants where she consults with writers on traveling, movie screenplays, freelance, novels and research.
She has written a five article miniseries for the British magazine, The New Writer and taught writing classes at University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.
You can learn more about Rose at her website: http://rwalkerwritingconsults.webs.com
Shannon O'Donnell recently finished a yearlong backpacking trip around the world that took her from diving in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef to teaching English to monks in Nepal.
Her travel blog, A Little Adrift, shares stories, pictures and videos of the places she saw and the people she met along the way.
Although her former life as an actress in LA is calling to her, she plans to stay on the road for several more years with breaks back to her home state of Florida to visit family.
Shelley Seale is a freelance journalistic writer based in Austin Texas, with 10 years of experience in professional writing. She's been published in National Geographic, Globe Pequot Press, CNN, The Seattle Times, Austin Business Journal, Hotelier International and Andrew Harper Traveler, among others.
Shelley's also the author or a contributing author of six books, including the popular "How To Travel For Free".
You can learn more about Shelley at her website, www.ShelleySeale.com. You can follow Shelley on Twitter, or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn. You can also find out more about her most recent book at http://travelforfreebook.wordpress.com/
Susan Farewell is the editor-in-chief of FarewellTravels.com, a travel information and planning site drawing on the experiences and insights of passionate travelers all over the world. It features animations, videos, photography, artwork and of course, words, to showcase travel destinations, experiences and products.
A former travel editor and staff writer at The Condé Nast Publications in New York City, Susan is a widely known digital, print and broadcast travel journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications (and sibling websites) including Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, Gourmet, Cooking Light, Travel and Leisure, Outside, Metropolitan Home, McCall’s, Child and Bride’s. She also writes for newspapers such as The New York Times and The New York Post, newsletters (BottomLine Personal) and numerous in-flight and regional magazines as well as various websites.
In addition to writing, Farewell has also developed countless products both in digital and traditional media from travel guides to online magazines.
She is the author of several books including "How To Make A Living As A Travel Writer", "Hidden New England" and "Quick Escapes from New York City" (the latter two have had multiple editions). She has also co-authored many books.
Susan is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the New York Travel Writers, the North American Snowsports Journalists and the Eastern Ski Writers Association.
Susanna Quinn is a former Guardian journalist who now writes novels about the sex industry in Asia. She lives in Brighton with her partner, daughter and many flocks of seagulls.
You can follow Susanna on Twitter
Teresa Roberts likes living on the edge of who she is while anticipating who she is becoming. She has reinvented herself more than once in life. From teacher/principal to world traveler and international house sitter to certified hypnotist, she simply loves being on a learning curve.
Her first published book, Finding the Gypsy in Me, was written to appease the multitude of people who wanted to hear more about her adventures abroad. She hopes it is at once inspiring and practical. Teresa constantly seeks creative routes to freedom. She could be the poster girl for finding adventure at any age and on any income.
Visit http:// to find out more about how Teresa travels the world as an international house sitter and how you can, too!
Based in San Diego California, Tiffany Matthews has been a professional writer for over 5 years, including 2 years of freelance work. She believes that anyone can succeed in the freelance world with hard work, talent and perseverance.
Tiffany also blogs about travel, fashion, and anything under the sun at wordbaristas.com, a group blog that she shares with her good friends. In her free time, she likes to travel, read books, and watch movies. You can find her on Twitter as @TiffyCat87.
The Travel Tart (sometimes known as Anthony Bianco) is a self-proclaimed travel addict who will find any feeble excuse to go traveling. Anthony discovered he really enjoyed traveling the world when he was sent to a former war zone for work - Kosovo - as his first venture outside of Australia and New Zealand. This created a habit of visiting places that most package tourists avoid like the plague. He has since traveled to almost 40 countries over six continents - nowhere near enough!
While traveling, he likes risking his life by utilizing barely road-worthy forms of transport such as African mini-buses, suicidal Cairo cabs, and flatulent camels.
His foray into the travel writing world happened by accident - his dodgy friends thought it was a good idea to convert his humorous travel emails into something more substantial - like articles and books.
Anthony likes to write about the funny, offbeat, and downright strange aspects of world travel today, which can be seen on his website at http://www.thetraveltart.com. He also guest blogs for other sites if people are silly enough to take up his offer.
Trisha Miller Editor-in-Chief, TravelWritersExchange.com - Trisha joined the Travel Industry in 1996 with a background in telecommunications and helped to build (and later sell) one of the industry's top inbound call centers specializing in air travel.
Her career in Travel Writing began with creating destination-specific content for a corporate travel intranet, and continued as she contributed content to a large number of travel-related companies that were establishing an online presence throughout the late '90's and early '00's.
Currently she is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a board member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. Still a frequent world traveler, and occasional guest-blogger on a number of other Travel Blogs, Trisha writes about travel and technology, sometimes both at the same time.
You can follow Trisha on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/TravelWriting
After studying film in Uruguay and Cuba, and receiving her Master´s in Screenwriting in Spain, she has just completed her first feature film, a documentary co-produced with the United States, which will premiere this year. In the past, Veronica has been an English literature teacher, a cruise ship Youth staff, and a music producer.
Her poetry page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=43755923056.
You can follow Veronica on twitter at http://twitter.com/verozoneuy
Wendy VanHatten left the corporate world to become a professional freelance travel writer and author. In addition she is an editor, travel business owner, author of a variety of published books, and photographer.
Currently, Wendy is writing several books on such topics as women and success, positive travel experiences, and recipes combined with destinations. She continues to write several times a week on her blog www.travelsandescapes.blogspot.com. Her website, www.travelsandescapes.com, features sample articles, photos, services and links, and her newest ebook can be found at www.mylifethesequel.com.