Triporati's team of travel experts has decades of experience exploring and writing about the world's most interesting destinations. Now they are sharing that insider information with you.

  • Aaron Anderson
    Aaron Anderson

    As a Lonely Planet author and freelance travel journalist, Aaron Anderson's travels have taken him to places such as South Africa, Tahiti, Latvia, Australia, and Madagascar, where he co-authored the Lonely Planet guide to the country with his fiancee and writing partner, Becca. His other Lonely Planet titles include the Austria chapter of Western Europe, Central Europe, and Europe on a Shoestring; Thailand; and a Washington DC City Guide. He also has contributed to guidebooks covering the western states for Lonely Planet's USA and Southwest titles. In addition to traveling for Lonely Planet, Aaron has written about Washington DC for the Discovery Channel and the Australia Zoo for 9MSN Australia. Before he became a travel writer, Aaron was known to brew the odd pint with a history as a professional microbrewer at beer houses across the USA. When he's not on the road, Aaron lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he enjoys snowboarding and biking, although he often dreams of moving to a beach town and trading his snowboard for a surfboard. He counts growing a handlebar mustache, training in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and amateur bear wrestling among his lifetime achievements.

  • Kate Armstrong
    Kate Armstrong

    Freelance travel writer Kate Armstrong is co-author of Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring; Bolivia; Mexico; Greece; Greek Islands; and South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland. Her freelance travel articles have been published in magazines and newspapers, including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Sun-Herald, and The Australian. She has written several children's educational texts and a book for teenagers, All This Talk About Careers (Allen & Unwin, 2003). When she's not eating, chatting, or dancing her way around the world's diverse destinations, she has her itchy feet grounded in Sydney, Australia.

  • Christopher Baker
    Christopher Baker

    Christopher P. Baker, the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 "Travel Journalist of the Year," has made his living as a professional travel writer, photographer, and lecturer for three decades. He has contributed to more than 200 publications worldwide, including Caribbean Travel & Life, Islands, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, and Robb Report.

         His many books include Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba (National Geographic, 2001), a two-time national book award winner; Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles (Interlink, 2004); plus almost 20 guidebooks about the Bahamas, California, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, and Puerto Rico for such publishers as Dorling Kindersley, Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Moon, and National Geographic. He has also contributed to dozens of other books.

         Christopher has been profiled in USA Today and has appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows, including CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR, and Fox Television's "Fox Magazine." A gifted public speaker, he has been privileged to address the National Press Club, the National Geographic Society (televised Live...from National Geographic), and the World Affairs Council, among others. Christopher has also lectured aboard numerous cruise ships and currently is a National Geographic Expeditions' resident expert.

         His dozens of awards include twelve Lowell Thomas Awards, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 2005 "Travel Writer of the Year."

         He is acknowledged as the world's foremost authority on Cuba travel, and he promotes himself through his websites: www.travelguidebooks.com and www.cubatravelexpert.com.

  • Sara Benson
    Sara Benson

    The author of more than 20 travel and nonfiction books, Sara Benson has also written for Lonely Planet's Peru and South America on a Shoestring guidebooks. Her writing has appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Salt Lake Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Los Angeles Times and National Geographic Adventure. She also writes for several popular travel Web sites, including LATimes.com.

  • Wayne Bernhardson
    Wayne Bernhardson

    Most Argentines couldn't pick out North Dakota on a map, but when they learn that Wayne Bernhardson was born in Fargo, all the moviegoers in Buenos Aires bow down in homage. He grew up in Washington state, though, and made his first venture into Latin America at age 13, when he crossed from San Diego to Tijuana.

         Since then, before and after finishing a PhD in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, he has visited every South American country except Venezuela, and has lived and traveled for extensive periods in Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands. He married an Argentine, owns an apartment in Buenos Aires, and has authored Moon Handbooks on Argentina, Buenos Aires (including coastal Uruguay), Chile, and Patagonia (including the Falklands).

         Wayne resides in Oakland, California, with his wife Maria Laura Massolo, their daughter Clio (when she's not at university in Santa Cruz), and their Alaskan malamute Malbec (named for Argentina's rich red wine). Every year after the World Series he packs his bags to spend four to five months roaming southern South America. He can be reached by email at southerncone@mac.com.

  • Michele Bigley
    Michele Bigley

    Michele Bigley comes from a long line of intrepid travelers. Her itchy feet started young ? by the time she was ten, she had been to every state in the U.S.; by the time she was 30, she had visited more than 30 countries. She turned her wanderlust into a career when she got pregnant with her son Kai, wanting an excuse to keep traveling and writing. She is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide (Countryman Press) and Great Destinations Kauai (Countryman Press). She is the San Francisco Hotels and Attractions expert for www.tripvine.com. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Away.com, Examiner.com, Islands, Moxie, Girls Life, and more. When she and her family are not on the road, they nest in San Francisco with their fat cat. Visit her website at www.michelebigley.com.

  • Joe Bindloss
    Joe Bindloss

    Joe Bindloss has been writing about travel for most of the last decade. His work includes more than 50 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers with an emphasis on London, India, Nepal and Southeast Asia. He lives in London, where he works as a restaurant critic and writes regular articles on travel and education for newspapers, magazines and the Internet. He can occasionally be seen and heard on British television and radio.

  • Michael Blanding
    Michael Blanding

    Michael Blanding is editor of New England Travel magazine and coauthor of Moon New England, Moon Vermont and Moon Rhode Island. His travel writing has also appeared in such publications as The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Yankee, and Continental.

  • Victor Borg
    Victor Borg

    Victor Paul Borg has authored whole guidebooks to Malta and Gozo for Time Out and Rough Guides, and has contributed to other guidebooks on Libya and China, where he lives.

  • Ben Box
    Ben Box

    Ben Box has been editor of Footprint Travel Guides' South American Handbook since 1989. In addition to writing for Footprint on Peru, Cuzco, Brazil, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Ben also submits articles to the British travel press.

  • Celeste Brash
    Celeste Brash

    Celeste Brash has contributed to more than 30 Lonely Planet guidebooks mostly on the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Her travel writing has appeared in publications from Travelers' Tales anthologies to Islands magazine and Gadling.com. She recently moved from her home of 15 years in French Polynesia to the chilly Pacific Northwest in the U.S. Follow her explorations at www.celestebrash.com and www.coconutradio.blogspot.com.

  • Philip Briggs
    Philip Briggs

    Born in Britain and raised in South Africa, Philip Briggs caught the Africa travel bug on a backpacking trip through East Africa in 1986 and has been an addict ever since. A full-time travel and environmental writer since 1991, he is the author of ten Bradt travel guides covering destinations as diverse as South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Northern Tanzania Safari Guide, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda. Other publications include Southbound Guides to the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg and Greater St. Lucia World Heritage Sites, the coffee table book Africa: Continent of Contrasts (in collaboration with photographers Martin Harvey and Ariadne Van Zandbergen) and a Bradt guide to East African Wildlife. He is also a regular contributor to magazines such as Africa Geographic, Africa Birds & Birding, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. Philip is married to the photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen and recently relocated from suburban Johannesburg to the Drakensberg foothills, where he lives in dotage to an assortment of dogs and cats.

  • J.D. Brown
    J.D. Brown

    J.D. Brown is a contributor to Frommer's China and Frommer's Beijing, coauthor of Frommer's China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips, Berlitz Shanghai, Berlitz Singapore, and other books. He recently converted the most far-flung of his China travels to a novel, In the Middle of the Middle Kingdom.

  • Stuart Butler
    Stuart Butler

    Based in the French Basque Country, Stuart Butler writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet and Bradt on France, Spain, Norway and large parts of Africa and South Asia. He also contributes articles and photographs to numerous magazines, newspapers and websites including the Independent newspaper in the U.K., The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and a number of airline magazines. He also works with numerous international surf magazines exploring the remoter coastlines of the world in search of uncharted waves. See his blog at stuartbutler-journalist.blogspot.com.

  • Rick Carroll
    Rick Carroll

    Rick Carroll has published articles and books on dozens of topics related to Hawaii and the Pacific: voyaging canoes, hula, the supernatural, vanishing rainforests, endangered species, total eclipses, erupting volcanoes, tsunamis, and Hawaii's quest for sovereignty. His best-selling biography, IZ: Voice of the People, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book of 2007. His other books include Huahine: Island of the Lost Canoe, Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Chicken Skin: True Spooky Stories, Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess, Best of Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales, and Travelers' Tales Hawaii.

         A former daily journalist, Carroll wrote headline stories for the San Francisco Chronicle from the Haight-Ashbury to Silicon Valley, covering Black Panthers, Angela Davis, and Cesar Chavez. In 1983, he returned to Asia and the Ryukyus Islands of his youth to photograph and write about life and times on the changing Pacific Rim. He sailed the Sulu Sea with medical missionaries, encountered a New People's Army hit squad during a ceasefire on Negros Island, ventured into Vietnam with eye surgeons, photographed the first installation of the eyes of Easter Island. He profiled the King of Tonga, the Sultan of Sulu, the Premier of China, Imelda Marcos, and John Waihee, the first native Hawaiian governor. In Hawaii, he found remains of the Honolulu meteorite (it was rusted), discovered Alan Lau's' 1000-year-old herbal cold remedy for the Emperor of China (which worked) and danced the last dance at The Palace, the last taxi dance hall in Chinatown.

         "The slim Chinese girl in the clingy white dress wanted a dollar to dance, I had a dollar so we danced," he wrote. The story appeared in Travelers Tales Hawaii, which critics called "the best of contemporary Hawaii non-fiction."

  • Joe Cummings
    Joe Cummings

    Joe Cummings began traveling in Southeast Asia shortly after finishing college, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and teaching English in Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan. He later earned a master's degree in Thai language and Asian art history from the University of California, Berkeley. Joe has contributed to more than 35 guidebooks, maps, atlases, phrasebooks and photographic books, including his bestselling Lonely Planet Thailand and Buddhist Stupas of Asia: The Shape of Perfection. Joe has twice been honored with the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for his work on Thailand, as well as the Peace Corps Best Travel Writing Award. He makes his home in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  • Donna Dailey
    Donna Dailey

    Donna Dailey is a travel writer and photographer whose work appears in major newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. Her articles have won several prestigious travel writing awards, including the runner-up Travel Writer of the Year award from the British Guild of Travel Writers. She has written or contributed to more than 40 guidebooks and inspirational travel books to destinations in Europe, Africa and America for such publishers as Thomas Cook, AA Publishing, Fodor's, Insight Guides, Berlitz and Dorling Kindersley.

         Donna is based in Cambridgeshire, England, and escapes the British winters with her husband, travel writer Mike Gerrard, at their home in southern Arizona. Together they publish three travel websites: www.pacific-coast-highway-travel.com, www.beyond-london-travel.com and www.greece-travel-secrets.com. Learn more about Donna at www.donnadailey.com.

  • Marc Di Duca
    Marc Di Duca

    Marc Di Duca has written and updated more than 40 guidebooks, mainly for Lonely Planet but also for AA, Thomas Cook, Berlitz and Bradt. Having spent the last 20 years exploring the former communist world, Marc's main field of expertise is Eastern Europe and Siberia, though he's also managed to become a well-established Madeira specialist and occasionally dabbles in Sardinia and the Southeast of England. Learn more about him at marcdiduca.com.

  • Martin Dunford
    Martin Dunford

    Martin Dunford is a cofounder of the Rough Guides and has worked in travel publishing for more than 25 years. He currently works as consultant publisher for the Rough Guides. He is the author of more than ten guidebooks and also works as a freelance writer and as a publishing and digital consultant to the travel industry. When not on the road, he lives in Blackheath, London, with his wife and two daughters, where he also spends time cooking for his sister's catering business and watching his local football team, Charlton Athletic. He also has a house in Norfolk, where he and his family go to canoe and sail and mess around on the beach, and he is currently writing a guide to Norfolk and Suffolk.

  • Lara Dunston Terry Carter
    Lara Dunston & Terry Carter

    Travel writer-photographer team Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have experienced over 60 countries in the 20 years they been traveling together. The Australian-born, UAE-based couple have authored, contributed to and updated 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, AA Publishing, and Thomas Cook. That long list included some 25 books for Lonely Planet alone, contributions to coffee table books The Blue List and The Asia Book and hundreds of hotel reviews and digital content for the website. Their travel stories and Terry's photos have been published in scores of newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, Lifestyle+Travel, Paperplane, Get Lost, The Independent, and USA Today, along with a multitude of in-flight and hotel magazines. Lara blogs about the things she finds cool about travel at Cool Travel Guide, while Terry writes about his passions at Wine, Wide Angles and Wanderlust. Their shared blog is Grantourismo! The perpetual globetrotters currently call their Samsonites "home," having been on the road traveling continuously for more than three years.

  • Joanna Ebbutt
    Joanna Ebbutt

    Joanna Ebbutt's travel assignments have taken her from houseboating in Srinigar to camel-riding in Alice Springs. Her guidebook credentials include authoring and/or updating three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthoring Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada.

  • Connie Emerson
    Connie Emerson

    Connie Emerson specializes in telling readers how to get the most out of both time and money, wherever they may travel. "To my mind," she says, "a great trip involves getting maximum value from your travel dollars. Cut-rate doesn't necessarily mean bargain, nor does spending a bundle ensure a good time." Among her more than a dozen published books are Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide - Las Vegas, The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and The Family Fun Guide to Paris. When she's not traveling, Connie's at home in Nevada.

  • Steve Fallon
    Steve Fallon

    Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Steve Fallon worked an assortment of menial but character-building - so his parents told him - jobs as a youngster to finance trips to Europe and South America. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in modern languages and then taught English at the University of Silesia near Katowice in Poland. After he had worked for several years for a Gannett newspaper and obtained a Master's degree in journalism, his fascination with the "new" Asia took him to Hong Kong, where he lived and worked for 13 years for a variety of publications and in television, and owned and ran a travel bookshop. Steve lived in Budapest for 2 1/2 years from where he wrote the Lonely Planet guides to Hungary and Slovenia before moving to London. He has written or contributed to dozens of Lonely Planet and other books. Steve is a qualified London Blue Badge guide.

  • Jackie Finch
    Jackie Finch

    Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in The Great Lakes States, The Insiders Guide to Nashville, and Off the Beaten Path in Tennessee. She also was named Travel Writer of the Year a record four times by Midwest Travel Writers Association - in 2006, 2003, 2001, and 1998.

  • Bill Fink
    Bill Fink

    Bill Fink is coauthor of Pauline Frommer's Italy, contributing the introduction, sections on Tuscany and Umbria, and chapters on Italian food, arts, and history. His writings on Italy have also been included in the books 30 Days in Italy and Italy from a Backpack. He writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Frances Folsom
    Frances Folsom

    Frances Folsom is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based travel writer who has written CitySpot Palermo and has contributed to nine travel guides. Her writing has also appeared in magazines: Antiques and Fine Art, Hispanic Professional, Relish, Heart of New Hampshire, Woodstock Magazine; and newspapers: New York Post, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Herald, New Hampshire Telegraph, Boston Globe, Maine Sunday Telegram, New Bedford Standard Times, Toronto Sun, New Hampshire Telegraph, and the Maine Switch.

         She is a contributing writer for travel websites: TravelLady.com, LiveLifeTravel, the Cultured Traveler and the Heart of New England.

  • Sandra Friend
    Sandra Friend

    A Central Florida resident for more than 20 years, Sandra Friend grew up on road trips to classic Florida attractions. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, Sandra enjoys immersing herself in her research, and has written more than 20 books over the past decade. Her audiences range from kindergarten students to backpackers. She's spent time in every corner of the Sunshine State while researching and writing several series of books on Florida, including three books in both the 50 Hikes series and Explorer's Guides series for Countryman Press. Frequently either on the road or on the trail, she's Florida's acknowledged hiking expert (www.floridahikes.com) and shares her passion for her home state through a variety of websites and blogs, accessible via www.genuineflorida.com.

  • Mike Gerrard
    Mike Gerrard

    Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website (www.Greece-Travel-Secrets.com). Learn more about Mike at www.mikegerrard.com.

  • Conner Gorry
    Conner Gorry

    Author of more than a dozen Lonely Planet guides, freelance writer Conner Gorry's first foreign adventure was to Vieques at age 8. The formative experience ignited a fascination with Latin America which, three decades on, is a way of life.

         Following her mother's advice that money spent on education and travel is money well spent, Conner received a BA in Latin American Studies from NYU and an MA in Political Science from the Monterey Institute of International Studies - both unforgettable in part because of the monster monthly bills that continue to roll in. A little too much money well spent perhaps.

         After writing encyclopedias for a time and churning out features for the San Francisco Chronicle and others, she landed on Lonely Planet's roster, realizing her traveling-working dreams. Her guidebook writing duties have taken her all over the Western Hemisphere, from post-civil war Guatemala to post 9/11 NYC; up Big Island Volcanoes and down Bolivia's (and the world's) "Most Dangerous Road." She paddled her way along the Na Pali Coast in a kayak and picked along Cuba's secret beaches barefoot. She has frolicked with leatherbacks in the Galapagos and spotted Harpy eagles in Venezuela. In 2006, she finally made it to Panama.

         Conner currently calls Havana home, where she smokes a daily cigar and works as a journalist and editor for MEDICC Review, Cuba Health Reports, Cuba Absolutely, and other publications. Future travel itineraries include The Yucatan, Panama, and Ireland.

  • Larry Habegger
    Larry Habegger

    Larry Habegger is Triporati's editor-in-chief and cofounder and executive editor of Travelers' Tales, where he has edited dozens of books including Travelers' Tales Australia, India, Ireland, and Thailand. He is a writer, editor, journalist, and teacher who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for three decades and syndicated columnist since 1985, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. In 1993 he cofounded the award-winning Travelers' Tales Books where he has helped oversee the development of the company's publishing program and has worked on all of its 100-plus books. He is also coauthor of the safety and security column World Travel Watch that since 1985 has appeared in newspapers in five countries and on travel web sites. Habegger is an inspiring writing teacher and coach, emphasizing the craft and art of the personal travel story. He regularly teaches at writing conferences and in private workshops. He is also a founder and principal in The Prose Doctors, an editors collective. Get more information at LarryHabegger.com, TravelersTales.com and BestTravelWriting.com.

  • Julie Hatfield
    Julie Hatfield

    Julie Hatfield spent 22 years as a staff reporter/fashion editor for The Boston Globe and now is a freelance writer, of mostly travel stories, for The Globe and numerous other newspapers and websites. She contributed the Seychelles chapter to National Geographic 500 Journeys of a Lifetime.

  • Andrew Hempstead
    Andrew Hempstead

    Andrew Hempstead has authored, coauthored, and updated more than 60 guidebooks that have sold over 750,000 copies. His books are available worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages. Major clients include Avalon Travel, Frommer's, Michelin, Odyssey, Dorling Kindersley, and Sasquatch Books. His writing has also appeared in dozens of different magazines and online for clients such as Alaska Airlines, Expedia, and Microsoft Automaps. He also writes and edits for corporate clients such as Parks Canada and Travel Alberta.

         He is an academy member of S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants; has spoken on guidebook writing to a national audience; has contributed to a university-level travel writing textbook; joined Tony Wheeler and Tim Cahill as an interviewee of Rolf Potts; and is called on by CNN Travel as a Canadian travel expert.

         Hempstead's photography has appeared in a wide variety of media and hundreds of graphic products ranging from international golf magazines to a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. He is also co-owner of Summerthought Publishing, specializing in publishing regional non-fiction books, including the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide. Learn more about Andrew at escapecentral.com and westerncanadatravel.com.

  • Linda Hoffman
    Linda Hoffman

    American-born Linda Hoffman's adventures abroad began when she moved to Singapore in 1986. Three short years later she relocated to Indonesia, where she has remained happily ensconced ever since. Her career as a freelance travel writer, tour leader and guest lecturer for study groups has taken her to cities and remote villages throughout Indonesia and also to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

         She has been a contributing editor for five Periplus Editions/Tuttle (Singapore) guides - Bali (two editions), Papua, Java and Nusa Tenggara - and eight Insight Guides (London) editions of Indonesia and the Indonesia section of their Southeast Asia guidebook. She also authored two books on Central Java temples and adventure travel as well as a large format photographic essay for Indonesia's National Zoo in Jakarta.

         Linda lives in a bungalow in the rice fields on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, Java Island, Indonesia. Not far from her home are Borobudur monument, Prambanan temple and the magnificent Mt. Merapi, whose worst eruption in its recorded history occurred in November 2010 as she struggled to meet a deadline for a new Periplus/Tuttle guidebook.

  • Myra Ingmanson
    Myra Ingmanson

    Myra Ingmanson is a writer and educational travel planner who was born a Northwesterner and keeps her roots in Washington state. She has worked with Daniel C. Schechter on various titles for Lonely Planet, particularly on the Pacific Northwest and Mexico books. Together they coauthored chapters for Lonely Planet's Eastern Caribbean. When not writing, Myra is a freelance educational travel planner and Daniel does translations.

  • Virginia Jealous
    Virginia Jealous

    Virginia Jealous is coauthor of Lonely Planet guides to Micronesia and Indonesia. Writing guidebooks has taken her from the steamy wonders of Southeast Asian rainforest to the staggering temples of Southern India to the stunning food of Vietnam. In between, she's island-hopped from tiny specks of atolls in the vastness of the Pacific - think Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu - to the vastness of Australia's outback where she realized that yes, this can be a lonely planet indeed. Home is wherever she is at the moment, and Australia's the place she returns to when the moment passes.

  • Judy Jewell
    Judy Jewell

    Judy Jewell was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where crossing a busy street was a typical outdoor adventure. Someone told her she could escape the Baltimore summer doldrums if she worked as a camp counselor, which turned out to be more or less true. After she broke her leg falling from a treehouse at the camp where she worked, a small cash settlement prompted her to pack up her stuff and move to Portland, Oregon.

         Her path to travel writing was not without detours (that's the safest thing that can be said about the variety of jobs she has held), but over the years she has collaborated with Bill McRae on a variety of projects, including the Moon Handbooks to Montana, Utah, and Oregon. She also contributed to 1000 Places to See Before You Die: USA and Canada and wrote the Compass American Guide to Oregon, as well as a splendid (though out-of-print) guide to Oregon's campgrounds.

         Between travel writing projects, Judy works as a technical and scientific editor (perhaps you've caught her work in the journal Avian Diseases) and teaches yoga.

  • Evelyn Kanter
    Evelyn Kanter

    After a first career chasing news headlines for ABC Television and CBS Radio, Evelyn Kanter switched to travel writing. She has written, edited or contributed to more than a dozen travel guidebooks, including Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, Fodor's Canada, and Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley. Her articles have been published in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and Travel & Leisure. An outdoors enthusiast, she's a serious skier, hiker, whitewater rafter and scuba diver, which means she's a regular visitor to the places she's written about for Triporati: Switzerland, Canada and New York State. Evelyn lives in New York City.

  • Robert Kelly
    Robert Kelly

    Robert Kelly is the two-time author of the Lonely Planet Taiwan guide, and coauthor of such titles as Tibet and China. A Canadian citizen, he has lived in Taiwan for the past 12 years.

  • Laura Kiniry
    Laura Kiniry

    Though currently residing in San Francisco, California, Laura Kiniry is a Jersey Girl born and bred. She's a Bruce Springsteen fanatic, loves hitting up the diner for breakfast when she's back visiting family and friends, and never leaves the state without visiting the Shore. In 2005 she drove more than 2,800 miles throughout New Jersey researching Moon Handbooks New Jersey, 1st Ed. (Avalon Travel Publishing), a guidebook to the state, and produced its second edition, in the spring of 2009.

         In addition to writing guidebooks, Kiniry works as a freelance writer, fact checker, and proofreader. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Via, Westways, South Jersey Magazine, Backstreets (a magazine dedicated to Springsteen), Bicycling, Sunset, and more. Numerous travels have taken her tramping in New Zealand, attending cooking class in Thailand, touring Scandinavia, traversing the U.S. by Amtrak coach, bicycling in Austin, Texas, building a mud-brick schoolhouse in Australia, and working a summer at Glacier National Park, Montana, to name a few.

  • Steve Knopper
    Steve Knopper

    Steve Knopper is the Denver-based author of Moon Handbooks Colorado as well as a contributor to numerous Fodor's city guides. In addition to covering the music business for Rolling Stone for many years, he has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, Chicago, Esquire, Wired, New York and many other magazines. He is also the author of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age.

  • Michael Kohn
    Michael Kohn

    A California native, Michael Kohn has spent the past ten years living and working abroad, mainly as a freelance journalist and travel writer. After finishing a degree in literature from UC Santa Barbara he packed his bags and took off for Japan where he spent nearly a year teaching English in Osaka. Itchy feet sent him backpacking across Asia for nine months, during which time he stowed away on a few cargo ships en route to New Zealand. Back in the San Francisco Bay Area Michael watched his friends jumping into the dot-com craze and decided to get as far away as possible, so he went to Mongolia to work for a local English newspaper, the Mongol Messenger. The job paid just $60 a month but it opened Michael up to the fascinating world of the Mongols, to which he has been addicted ever since. Michael's three year stint in Mongolia included freelance work with the Associated Press and the BBC, plus articles published by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Baltimore Sun. His work came together in a book, Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomads Land, (RDR Books). Michael also became interested in Gobi lore and wrote Lama of the Gobi (Maitri Books), a biography of a well known incarnate saint, Danzan Ravjaa. Michael now works as a full time author with Lonely Planet and has worked on more than 10 LP books, including Israel & the Palestinian Territories, Tibet, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka. Michael has traveled widely in Asia, with reporting trips to Afghanistan, Burma and Nepal among others. His website www.michaelkohn.us contains an archive of some of his articles. Stories of his more recent travels can be read on his blog: www.datelineworld.blogspot.com.

  • Debra Landau
    Debra Landau

    Deb Miller Landau is a travel writer and journalist. Born in Nova Scotia and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Deb inhaled that first breath of salty air and was hooked on all things coastal. Her travel articles - from fishing in Belize to motorcycling through the Deep South - have appeared in numerous publications and she has written eight guidebooks for Lonely Planet publications. She has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2005 and now teaches magazine writing to journalism students at the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband and twin sons.

  • Piers Letcher
    Piers Letcher

    Piers Letcher is a writer, journalist and photographer, living in France and contributing occasionally to The Guardian Unlimited along with numerous other travel, arts and culinary publications. He is the author of numerous books including Croatia, the Bradt Travel Guide; Dubrovnik, the Bradt City Guide; and Eccentric France. He is also coauthor of Zagreb, the Bradt City Guide, and his stories have appeared in Travelers' Tales Provence and Travelers' Tales Turkey.

  • Sandy MacDonald
    Sandy MacDonald

    Sandy MacDonald has written three original guidebooks (Access Cape Cod, Frommer's Cape Cod, and Globe-Pequot's Quick Escapes Boston) and updated many others; for many years she has covered Nantucket for Fodor's. Having contributed travel articles to many national magazines over the past two decades, she now focuses primarily on theatre, as a critic for the Boston Globe and TheaterMania.com. She and her husband, the painter John Devaney, divide their time between Nantucket, Cambridge, and New York City.

  • Russell Maddicks
    Russell Maddicks

    Russell Maddicks is a BBC-trained journalist who lived in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador for many years: traveling, writing, and learning how to cook like a South American. He is the author of the Bradt Guide to Venezuela (2011), Culture Smart! Venezuela (2012), and he is currently working on a book about Ecuador.

  • Vesna Maric
    Vesna Maric

    Vesna Maric has contributed to Lonely Planet guides since 2004, including titles such as Croatia, Cyprus, Sicily, Sardinia, Andalucia, Italy, and London as well as sections on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia for Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. She has also written travel articles for The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, The Intelligent Traveller, and Time Out, among other publications. Her memoir of escaping the Bosnian war as a teenager, Bluebird, was published in the UK and US.

  • Bradley Mayhew
    Bradley Mayhew

    Bradley Mayhew is the author of more than 25 guidebooks for Lonely Planet Publications including Central Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Jordan, and is coauthor of the Odyssey guide to Uzbekistan.

  • Rowan McKinnon
    Rowan McKinnon

    Freelance writer and musician Rowan McKinnon has been a long-time author for Lonely Planet Publications and has written many books on the islands of the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Australia. He is particularly passionate about Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and he's been regularly visiting there for 20 years. Rowan lives in Melbourne, Australia with his partner and children and a house full of Melanesian art. He plays bass in a band that was nearly famous in the late '80s and early '90s and still occasionally gets together for festival gigs and special events.

  • Joanne Miller
    Joanne Miller

    Joanne Miller is the author of Little Black Book Maui and Kaua'i (Peter Pauper Press), Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, Maryland-Delaware Handbook (all Moon/Avalon Travel Publishing) and Best Places Marin (Sasquatch Press). She has contributed to Eyewitness USA, San Francisco Eyewitness Guide (both Dorling Kindersley) and Travel Holiday magazine. Six of Joanne's fictional short stories have appeared in national publications. She is currently working on Shaketown, or the Wh*re and the Chinaman, a novel of old San Francisco, and a book of inspirational poetry. Joanne says: "It's such a gift to be able to travel, see different parts of the world, and write about it so others may share the experience. I seek out locally owned businesses and odd little things to see because those are really why we value and cherish a place.

         "I've been traveling across America since I was big enough to hoist myself up to a car window and watch the asphalt roll by. This is an amazing country - the diversity of the landscape and the people are endlessly exciting. I have so many incredible memories: a humid evening watching fireflies swarm like found souls over a field where Civil War soldiers lost their lives; hundreds of tank-like horseshoe crabs scrabbling over the rocks in the moonlight on a Delaware beach; standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia and knowing that the wonderful freedoms and rights we appreciate were hammered out in that very room.

         "Exercise your freedom to travel and make some memories of your own." Her website is www.aboutjoannemiller.com.

  • Charlie Morris
    Charlie Morris

    Charlie Morris is a professional writer and musician. His lifelong love of travel began when he went to Amsterdam at the tender age of 15. Since then he has visited 45 countries, mostly in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean basin. Many of his trips have been for business, while others have been strictly for fun. This has given Charlie a double perspective on the travel and tourism scene. His interests include languages, art, wildlife, and scuba diving.

         Charlie is the author of four guidebooks for Open Road Publishing: Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide. He lives in Florida with his Swiss wife. They travel frequently throughout the U.S., Europe and Central America.

  • Alan Murphy
    Alan Murphy

    Alan Murphy is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Britain, Scotland, India and North India. He has been writing and updating travel guidebooks for the past 12 years and has also been a regular contributor to Amnesty International's Human Rights Defender magazine. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

  • John Noble
    John Noble

    John Noble is a coauthor of Lonely Planet's Spain, Andalucia, and Mexico as well as many other LP titles from Indonesia to Belize to Brazil.

  • Caroline Osborne
    Caroline Osborne

    Caroline Osborne has traveled all over the world and now lives with her husband, Rough Guides cofounder Martin Dunford, and their two daughters, in Blackheath, London, and Horning, Norfolk. She has visited Denmark since she was a child, mainly to see family, and still travels there regularly as co-author of the Rough Guides to Copenhagen and Denmark.

  • Danny Palmerlee
    Danny Palmerlee

    Danny Palmerlee is a freelance writer and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He is the main author of numerous Lonely Planet travel guides, including Argentina, Best of Buenos Aires, South America on a Shoestring, Ecuador and Baja California & Los Cabos. His travel articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News, as well as other publications throughout the U.S. and the world. Palmerlee has been interviewed for the "Travel with Rick Steves" radio show and has appeared on Lonely Planet Television and local news stations. On his most recent research assignment in Baja California, he drove 4800 miles in 42 days, ate 111 tacos and was bitten by a black widow spider. His current obsession is baking bread. See his blog at www.travelburro.com.

  • Norbert Paxton
    Norbert Paxton

    Norbert Paxton has been traveling the world for a decade and is unlikely to settle down anytime soon. He has been a Rough Guide author for several years: he's the sole author of the Rough Guide to Korea, and his work can also be seen in the Rough Guides to China and Vietnam, as well as a number of the company's side-projects.

  • Paige Penland
    Paige Penland

    Paige R. Penland is a Costa Rica-based freelance writer specializing in travel, automotive, history and science. She's currently working on her tenth book, Great Destinations Costa Rica, which will include coverage of Lake Nicaragua's Solentiname Islands and the spectacular trip down the Rio San Juan, as well as Southwest Nicaragua, including Granada, San Juan del Sur, and Isla Ometepe, perhaps her favorite place on Earth, all convenient to the Costa Rican border.

         She previously updated portions of Lonely Planet Costa Rica (2004), after which she took her first "visa vacation" to Granada and Isla Ometepe. This inspired her to write her own travel guide, A Week or Two in Southwest Nicaragua, which sold out in six months. She was subsequently hired to write the Nicaragua portion of the first edition of Lonely Planet Nicaragua & El Salvador. One of her side projects written while working on this book remains, to her knowledge, the only online English-Spanish-Miskito Phrasebook.

         She's also written or updated guidebooks for Santa Fe, New Mexico; California Highway 1; Alaska; and Florida; as well as a book on the history of lowriding, Lowrider: History, Pride, Culture.

  • Eric Peterson
    Eric Peterson

    A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has written and contributed to numerous Frommer's guidebooks covering the American West, including Montana & Wyoming, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, Colorado, Texas, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the USA. He has also written numerous travel features for in-flight magazines and newspapers. He's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam). His personal website is www.kindguides.com.

  • Don Pitcher
    Don Pitcher

    Don Pitcher has written or photographed 10 travel guidebooks to Alaska, Wyoming, Yellowstone-Grand Teton, and the San Juan Islands for Avalon Travel Publishing, Random House, and Sasquatch Books. Details at www.donpitcher.com

  • Jens Porup
    Jens Porup

    Jens Porup is a freelance writer based in Cali, Colombia. He is coauthor of Lonely Planet Venezuela.

  • Darwin Porter Danforth Prince
    Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince

    Globe-trotting Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince are known as "the classic Frommer authors," having written best-selling guidebooks to the Caribbean, England, Italy, Germany, and France, among numerous other titles. They travel extensively every year in Germany and France, among other countries, checking to see if what's old is still the same. They are always on the lookout for new and trendy developments in any destination.

  • Robert Reid
    Robert Reid

    Robert Reid spent 15 years working for Lonely Planet, the last several as U.S. Travel Editor. He has written or updated two dozen of the company's guidebooks, including Romania & Moldova, Eastern Europe, and Trans-Siberian Railway.

  • Simon Richmond
    Simon Richmond

    Travel writer and photographer Simon Richmond penned his first guidebook on Malaysia for Rough Guides in 1996. He followed that up by co-writing the Rough Guide to Japan and Rough Guide to Tokyo; the former won the Travelex Guide Book of the Year award and a prize from the Japanese government. For Lonely Planet he has contributed to many guides on countries as diverse as India, South Africa and Russia, to its walking guides (Australia and Britain) and to its travel literature anthology Lonely Planet Unpacked Again. For the same publisher he's the author of the Cape Town city guide and the Trans-Siberian Railway guide. For Thames & Hudson he is the author of StyleCity Sydney and a contributor to StyleCity Europe. For AA in the UK and Frommer's in the U.S., he contributed to four adventure travel guides on Australia, India, South America and Southeast Asia. His travel features and photographs have been carried in publications around the world including the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and Times newspapers in the UK and the Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian newspapers, and Australian Financial Review Magazine, Vogue Entertaining & Travel, and Travel & Leisure in Australia.

  • Jill Robinson
    Jill Robinson

    Jill K. Robinson divides her time among writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles and photos have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Journey, Westways, World Hum, Gadling, Frommer's, Lonely Planet, AOL, Washington Times, The Travel Guide to California (2011, 2012, 2013), Luxury Latin America, Shermans Travel, Athleta, Buick's B Magazine, a variety of travel anthologies and more. Her favorite trips include tequila tasting in Mexico, hiking Peru's Amazon jungle, kayaking in the Caribbean, hiking in Patagonia and absolutely everything in New Orleans. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and is also building a home on a beach in Honduras way off the beaten track - which explains why she knows a lot about hurricane ties and the proper ingredients for making concrete from scratch. Even when traveling, she can always be found online at dangerjillrobinson.com.

  • Miles Roddis
    Miles Roddis

    Miles Roddis has written or contributed to more than 50 Lonely Planet titles including country and regional guides to Spain, France, their Mediterranean island offshoots - and little Andorra, high in the Pyrenees, squeezed tight between its two big brothers.

  • Barbara Rogers
    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

  • Juliette Rogers
    Juliette Rogers

    Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

  • Stillman Rogers
    Stillman Rogers

    Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

  • Susan Fox Rogers
    Susan Fox Rogers

    Susan Fox Rogers is the editor of eleven books including Antarctica: Life on the Ice and Alaska Passages: 20 Voices from Above the 54th Parallel. She traveled to Antarctica for six weeks in 2005 on a National Science Foundation award for writers and artists. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York where she teaches writing at Bard College and spends summers in the southwest of France. See more of her work at www.susanfoxrogers.com.

  • Daniel C. Schechter
    Daniel C. Schechter

    Native New Yorker Daniel C. Schechter taught English in Portugal, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City before becoming an editor at The News, the daily paper for Mexico's English-speaking community. After a subsequent job as editor of Business Mexico, the monthly magazine of the American Chamber Mexico, he became a Lonely Planet author in 1999. Since then, he has contributed chapters to more than a dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Andalucia, Guatemala, and Pacific Northwest guides. In addition to travel writing, Daniel has translated Spanish text for numerous publications, including The Stray Bullet, a non-fiction work by Mexican author Jorge García-Robles, scheduled for publication in fall 2013. He currently resides in Amsterdam. See his blog, netherlandsbikeways.blogspot.com.

  • Lura Seavey
    Lura Seavey

    Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

  • Simon Sellars
    Simon Sellars

    Simon Sellars is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in The Age newspaper's Good Weekend, A3 and travel supplements, as well as the Sydney Morning Herald, overland magazine, Inside Film, RealTime magazine, and the Big Issue. Simon has performed extensive work for Lonely Planet Publications, and he's a coauthor of their Micronations and Netherlands guides. Simon publishes Ballardian.com, a website recording the career and influence of J.G. Ballard. He's the founder of Liquid Architecture, an Australian festival of sound art. As a writer, Simon has specialized in travel, sound art/music, film/animation, J.G. Ballard, and in social welfare, but he continues to be inspired by everything from the topography of cereal boxes to the anthropology of non-place urban fields. See his work at www.simonsellars.com.

  • Catherine Senecal
    Catherine Senecal

    Catherine Senecal is the author of Pelicans to Polar Bears, a wildlife viewing guide to Manitoba, and award-winning Canadian bestseller. She has written about Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and other places for Michelin Green Guides, Rand McNally, and Reader's Digest Atlas. She has also written and illustrated hundreds of travel articles for the Globe and Mail, enRoute, The Washington Post and numerous other newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. Her Twitter handle is CathySenecal.

  • Paul Smitz
    Paul Smitz

    Paul Smitz has coauthored a dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, covering destinations from the middle of the Pacific to the middle of Europe, including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysian Borneo, Brunei, various Pacific Islands, Prague, and Brussels. He has also written numerous print and online articles about his travels and other topics.

  • Michael Sommers
    Michael Sommers

    Born in Texas and raised in Canada, Michael Sommers is a freelance travel writer/photographer who has been living in Salvador, Brazil since 1999. A specialist in Brazil, he is the author of the guidebooks Moon Brazil and Moon Rio as well as the blog Thrill of Brazil.

  • Roberta Sotonoff
    Roberta Sotonoff

    Roberta Sotonoff is an award-winning travel junkie who writes to support her habit. She can be found anywhere - in a plane feasting on pretzels, in the water exploring the deep, destroying her body while swinging from jungle canopies or stumbling up and down mountains. At other times, she is chained to her computer trying to meet deadlines.

         Bobbi writes about a variety of travel destinations. Her specialties include ecotourism, soft adventure, the Caribbean and cities. Her work has appeared in nearly 60 guidebooks, newspapers, magazines and online sites and is a regular contributor to many of them. She is also a member of Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA). To learn more about Bobbi, visit her website at: www.robertasotonoff.com or email her at: rsotonoff@aol.com.

  • David Stanley
    David Stanley

    David Stanley has spent much of the past three decades on the road. He has crossed six continents overland and visited 207 of the planet's 245 countries and territories. His travel guidebooks to the South Pacific, Micronesia, Alaska, Eastern Europe, and Cuba opened those areas to budget travelers for the first time.

         For his first trip across the Pacific in 1978, Stanley bought the longest ticket ever issued in Canada by Pan American Airways. Since then he has returned many times, visiting and revisiting the islands. His career as a travel writer began with the letters he wrote to Bill Dalton and Tony Wheeler, the pioneers of budget travel to Asia in the 1970s. That feedback soon led to guides of his own, published by Avalon Travel Publishing and Lonely Planet. With over a million copies sold, he's still on the road writing guidebooks.

         Though Stanley has traveled widely and become a specialist on many parts of the world, he always keeps returning to his favorite area, the South Pacific. One of the biggest treats for a guidebook writer is meeting people who are using a handbook. David researches his books incognito and the "mystery shopper" approach means he can't always admit who he is, but it's still fun hearing what unsuspecting readers think of the book. The author of Moon Fiji, Moon Tahiti, and Moon South Pacific, Stanley enjoys receiving mail from those who have used his guides. His website www.southpacific.org provides contact details. Also see his photo site, Pacific-Pictures.com.

  • Kap Stann
    Kap Stann

    Kap Stann has written or contributed to many guidebooks to the American Southeast for such publishers as Moon, Avalon Travel, Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, and Mobil Guides. Go to www.travelmatters.com for more information about Kap and her books.

  • Richard Sterling
    Richard Sterling

    Richard Sterling is a writer, editor, lecturer, and insatiable traveler. Earlier in life he was a Silicon Valley engineer, but stability and respectability lost out over wanderlust. Since taking up the pen he has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for his food writing, and by the Lowell Thomas Awards for his travel literature. He has been dubbed "The Indiana Jones of Gastronomy" by his admirers, and "Conan of the Kitchen" by others. He is the author of many books, including The Fire Never Dies, How to Eat Around the World, five books in Lonely Planet's World Food series (California, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain, Vietnam), The Unofficial Guide to San Francisco, and Eyewitness Travel Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat. He is the editor of the award winning Travelers' Tales Food: A Taste of the Road, and The Adventure of Food: True Stories of Eating Everything. He is also coeditor of the Travelers' Tales book The Ultimate Journey: Inspiring Stories of Living and Dying. Read an interview with Richard. He divides his time between Oakland, California and Saigon, Vietnam

  • Alex Stewart
    Alex Stewart

    Alex Stewart has been addicted to Latin America since a backpacking trip in the mid 1990s and has been a frequent visitor ever since. He has been writing guidebooks for more than 10 years with the emphasis on trekking, outdoor adventure and the natural world. He is the author of the Bradt travel guide Peru Highlights and the Inca Trail trekking guide The Inca Trail, Cusco and Machu Picchu, published by Trailblazer. He has also authored guides to New Zealand's Great Walks, climbing Kilimanjaro, crossing the Alps on the Haute Route and, in contrast, the spectacularly flat expanses of Norfolk in the UK. He has updated other material for Rough Guides, Thomas Cook and Trailblazer while his writing and photographs have also appeared in national UK newspapers and magazines including Adventure Travel, Travel Africa, Traveller and Wanderlust. When not trekking or eating his way around the world, he can be found in London, where he is online editor for www.wexas.com, tinkering with travel websites as a displacement technique.

  • Lynne Sullivan
    Lynne Sullivan

    Lynne Sullivan is a freelance journalist and the author of Adventure Travel Guides and Pocket Guides (Hunter Publishing) to dozens of Caribbean islands, and a contributor to DK Eyewitness Guide to the Caribbean. She travels throughout the world in search of adventures, good food and an occasional spa treat. Her books and travel articles encourage independent travelers to explore the history, culture and lifestyle of every destination, while allowing ample time for aimless wandering, spontaneous detours and afternoon naps.

         When not in the eastern Caribbean, working toward her goal of exploring every island, she lives in Sedona, Arizona, and often writes about the American Southwest. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). She encourages readers to send questions, suggestions, and opinions to her through her web site, www.IslandGecko.com or lynnezen@ymail.com.

  • Suzanne Swan
    Suzanne Swan

    Suzanne Swan learned Turkish in Toronto so she could pursue a journalistic and writing career in Turkey. In 1991, she hopped on the wave of Turkey's newly discovered export potential and became the Turkish correspondent for a number of trade and business magazines. After updating a minor guide book on Turkey, she was Dorling-Kindersley's main author for their Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey published in 2003. Suzanne has worked on the book through three reprints and a relaunch (2008). She updated and contributed original copy for the DK city guide, Eyewitness Travel Guide Istanbul.

         She was the tourism and editorial consultant on the Southeast Anatolian Cultural Heritage Program, a European-Union funded project in eastern Turkey. She also highlighted Turkey's cultural kaleidoscope with her book on Turkey's traditional raw-milk cheeses, The Treasury of Turkish Cheeses, which was translated into Turkish and published by Boyut Yayin Group in Istanbul. A second book from Boyut (September 2007) is Hot Springs and Spas of Turkey, available in English and Turkish.

         Learn more about Suzanne's work, new projects and her amazing Med-side life on her web site: www.suzanneswan.com.

  • Carol Timblin
    Carol Timblin

    Veteran guidebook writer Carol Timblin has contributed to numerous guidebooks and authored four editions of Houghton Mifflin's Best Places to Stay in the South. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she currently serves as the managing editor of Retirement Lifestyles TM magazine and is a regular contributor to several other publications.

  • Ryan Ver Berkmoes
    Ryan Ver Berkmoes

    Ryan Ver Berkmoes has written guidebooks for destinations worldwide, from England to Russia, from Sri Lanka to Bali, from the Yukon to Chicago and on to New Orleans. His publishers include Lonely Planet and numerous magazines and newspapers.

  • Mara Vorhees
    Mara Vorhees

    Mara Vorhees is a food and travel writer who writes for Lonely Planet Publications. She has written or contributed to guidebooks covering Brazil, Morocco, Costa Rica, Russia & Belarus, Moscow, Trans-Siberian Railroad, New England, Boston and Washington, DC. Her stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and other publications.

  • Chelle Walton
    Chelle Walton

    Chelle Walton is coauthor of Fodor's Gold Guides Florida and Bahamas and author of Fodor's Compass American Guides: Florida; The Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples Book: A Complete Guide; Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay & Florida's West Coast; Fun with the Family in Florida; and Caribbean Ways: A Cultural Guide. She also writes for many major publications including the Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, FamilyFun, and she is a writer and producer for WGCU-TV in Fort Myers, Florida.

  • Bill Weir
    Bill Weir

    Bill Weir got his start in the travel business first by contributing suggestions to a guidebook author, then updating a guidebook at a pay scale of five cents a word. In 1984, while looking for a place to write about, he realized that a great destination lay under his feet - Arizona. Bill wrote a best-selling guide in the Moon Handbook series to his home state, then branched out with guides to Utah and the Grand Canyon. You might meet him bicycling across the Tibetan Plateau or driving an Arizona back road, or more easily at his website, www.arizonahandbook.com.

  • Ben Westwood
    Ben Westwood

    Ben Westwood is the author of Moon Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Moon Galapagos Islands and Moon Cusco & Machu Picchu. He also contributes to the Rough Guide to South America and freelances for UK publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent. He has lived in Ecuador for five years. Prior to that, he was a journalist in London.

  • Gabrielle Yetter
    Gabrielle Yetter

    Born in India and raised in Bahrain, Gabrielle Yetter is a freelance writer who has been living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since 2010. A former journalist in South Africa, she writes the LeBoost Phnom Penh guidebook, completed a book on traditional Cambodian desserts and wrote the chapter on Cambodia for a 2012 book about moving to Southeast Asia, A Definitive Guide to Moving to Cambodia.

  • Sascha Zuger
    Sascha Zuger

    Sascha Zuger is the author of the New York State Moon Handbook, the travel novel Girl Overboard (under the pseudonym Aimee Ferris), and is a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.