Authors

  • Heide Brandes is an award-winning journalist who focuses on travel, adventure, outdoor experiences, culture and more. She has bylines in such magazines as National Geographic, BBC, The Smithsonian, Cowboys & Indians, Southern Living, AAA Journeys and more. Her work can be seen at www.heidebrandes.com. When not traveling and writing, Heide is an avid hiker, caver, professional belly dancer, medieval reenactor and kind of a quirky chick living in Oklahoma.    

  • Sangeeta Waldron has a rich cultural background – born and raised in London, then going on to complete her University life in India.  She is also widely travelled. Today, Sangeeta is a recognized, respected, award winning Public Relations and media professional with over two decades’ worth of publicity, branding, communications, crisis management, media and social media experience.  She is a frequent speaker and spoke alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan in December 2017 about being both a London and a woman in business. Sangeeta started out her career writing speeches for previous UK Prime Ministers and Ministers and has also worked at the top level with big, powerful global brands such as the Economist Group; The Times; Cass Business School; including charities such as Breast Cancer Campaign. She now runs her own successful London based PR agency, Serendipity PR and Media, working internationally across business, arts, culture and books [...]

  • Ryan Hichens is a freelance writer, digital nomad, and sucker for a good time. He’s a native Californian but has spent the last five years backpacking and road-tripping throughout North and South America. Check out his Instagram to follow along with his travels and writing.

  • Georgella Razi is a Greek native. She began working in the tourism industry as soon as she had finished her studies in tourism and hospitality administration. She made the decision to write articles, as a freelancer, after many years of working in numerous tourist-related industries and locations. She has been blogging primarily about various Greek locations throughout the past year. She aims to write articles that are educational and simple to read, and as a native, she always work to show readers how beautiful Greece is. She truly believes that reading an article may inspire and motivate you, especially if it talks about beautiful places.

  • Casey Wohl, also known as The Getaway Girl®, is the author of two books:  Girls Getaway Guide to Orlando and Girls Getaway Guide to Key West.  She is the travel correspondent for the nationally-syndicated TV show, Daytime, as well as the new, all-women radio network, Heartbeat Radio for Women.

  • Kirsten Harrington has been a freelance food and travel writer for over 12 years, chronicling adventures in the US and China. Her work has appeared in WhereTraveler, The Seattle Times, Edible Orlando, The Beijinger and numerous other publications. When she’s not writing, you can find her scoping out new adventures, hiking or enjoying a meal with her family. Follow Kirsten on her blog.

  • Austin Clinkenbeard has been traveling the world with his wife for the past several years exploring food, history and culture along the way. He is a passionate advocate for stronger social science education and informed global travel. Austin holds degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from San Diego State and recently spent three months traveling across Europe. When he’s home there’s a good chance you can catch him cooking allergy friendly food that not only tastes great but makes you feel amazing. You can follow along Austin's travel adventures and food allergy journey on his personal website www.NowWeExplore.com.

  • Lana Van Cleave is a retired CPA having survived 43 tax seasons. She is now embarking on an encore career — freelance travel writing. Her trips include glamping in the RV to indulging in luxury hotels; hiking in National Parks to cruising on a catamaran. She has traveled in the United States, in Italy and other foreign countries. She is a member of the IFWTWA, TravMedia, and Travel Writers’ University. She has written for various online publications. Follow her at www.createsomedaytoday.com and on Instagram @lanavancleave.

  • Julie Dee Suman is a Maryland-based freelance travel writer and photographer. She has traveled extensively including over 46 countries across 5 continents. In addition to featuring the Mid-Atlantic Region, Julie enjoys destination travel with a focus on nature and wildlife excursions. She is a member of the Travel Writers Café, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and TravMedia. Julie is also a pharmaceutical scientist and co-editor of Respiratory Drug Delivery. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines.

  • Catherine Parker has a passion for travel that’s driven her across North America, visiting all 50 U.S. states along with seven Canadian provinces and top destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Logging close to 100,000 miles behind the wheel, Catherine and her three kids have explored 43 of the 63 U.S. national parks and 10 Canadian national parks. She is an awarding-winning journalist who has written for U.S. News and World Report, Trip Advisor, Popular Science, Chron.com and Meredith Media’s Family Fun and Chicago’s Suburban Family. Her writing was featured in onboard travel guides: Compass—The Onboard Magazine of Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line Wonder Onboard Guide.  Catherine publishes a travel website, CarfulOfKids.com. She lives in Central Texas in a 100-year-old house with a menagerie of animals and adult-sized kids. 

  • Thomas Später, PhD, is an experienced backpacking traveler that specializes in adventurous trips around the globe. He has traveled to remote and exotic places, such as Namibia or Mongolia and focuses on landscape and wildlife photography to share the beauty of our planet with others. In 2021, Thomas published a (German) book about Overpopulation and Over-consumption (Die Überbevölkerung). With his awareness of current global issues, he uses his travels to support particularly local hotels and restaurants to raise awareness for the nature and culture of his destinations. Follow Thomas´ adventures on Instagram as well as on his website, World In Frames.

  • Susan Powell, an ASU graduate with a degree in News-Editorial Journalism, is a freelance writer, who spends her free time with her kids and at the gym.