Carly Allen, executive vice president/associate publisher
Carly started with Global Traveler in 2010 and, after a hiatus to join the private jet industry, returned to GT in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Marketing from San Francisco State University. During her time at university, she got the bug for sales and marketing while working for BMW Group North America, which led nicely into her career at Global Traveler.
She has traveled to Asia twice annually to visit partners from Seoul to Singapore since 2010, and annually to Mexico City, Seattle and Denver. Her leisure travels have taken her to the beaches of Hawai’i and Tahiti, along with exploring the wineries of Napa Valley and crabbing in Galveston, Texas.
Allen enjoys spending time with her sisters (she is a triplet — all girls!) and family in Los Angeles, reading as many books as possible and attending spin class to help her clear her mind.
Tracey Cullen, art director
Tracey Cullen came to work as the art director of Global Traveler magazine in 2007. A graduate of Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., in 1995, she began her career at the York Daily Record. She was a graphic designer responsible for layout, illustrations, maps and infographics for the newspaper.
In 2005, in a new role as creative and design editor, she helped launch Smart and Spaces magazines, which were new publications by the York Daily Record. She realized that her passion was more for magazine design than newspaper, which led her to the job at Global Traveler magazine.
She stepped into the shoes of art director and continued using the familiar design of Global Traveler magazine — with a few slight design tweaks of her own. Then, in 2011 and 2017, Cullen debuted complete redesigns of the print magazine.
As art director, Tracey enjoys reading the articles and choosing interesting, engaging photos to accompany them for every issue of Global Traveler magazine. She prides herself in showing the readers the best of every location, and inviting them to visit far-off places through the use of photos.
Tracey and her husband, Jim, reside in York, Pa., and have a daughter, Alli.
She loves spending time in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she has a vacation home. She enjoys wine tasting, boating, hiking and exploring new places with her family.
In her free time, she has done design work for a number of charities, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Chesapeake Support Our Heroes.
Dick Evans, senior vice president
Dick Evans has been involved in newspaper and magazine advertising for 30-plus years with a focus on international newspapers, one of which was based in London and another in Paris. Because of the international nature of his experience, Evans has worked extensively with advertising executives around the world.
He comes from a family with newspaper/magazine roots, so media is in his DNA. One of his grandfathers was a political cartoonist whose career started at the Kansas City Star, covering Teddy Roosevelt’s cross-country campaign tour. His great grandfather was a newspaper publisher and editor in the Midwest.
Evans firmly believes that democracy is dependent on a free press and a well-informed electorate, two things needed as much today as when the country first started.
Janice Hecht, senior editor
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Jan discovered a passion for reading and writing at an early age. She studied English and theater at Southern Connecticut State University and earned a master’s degree in liberal studies/writing at Wesleyan University.
Joining Global Traveler as senior editor in 2008, Hecht enjoys “traveling” the world every day and learning about other countries and cultures through the articles submitted by GT’s team of inspired writers. She brings a wealth of teaching, writing and editing experience to her current role: teaching college English composition; tutoring students with learning disabilities in writing; directing an adaptive technology lab for university students with disabilities; writing software documentation; freelance writing and editing for business startups; and — a lifelong dream — owning and operating an independent bookstore.
Hecht and her husband, Stuart, live outside of New Haven, Conn., where they raised their two sons and now spend time with their grandchildren. Their location provides easy access to New York and Boston, but they also enjoy exploring New England’s beaches, cities and countryside. When at home, Hecht finds time for creative interests — gardening, quilting, writing fiction and reading.
Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO
Francis X. Gallagher decided to pursue his lifelong dream in 2004 when he launched Global Traveler magazine. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, Pa., he began his career at Knight Ridder Newspapers, followed by a brief tenure with Cresmer, Woodward, O’Mara & Ormsbee (represented more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers across the country).
He launched Business Traveler and served as the publisher for 17 years (a British-owned, monthly publication), growing the circulation and revenue year after year and taking it from a British rewrite to a true American voice for travelers.
In February 2004, he settled into his true calling – owning and running Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited monthly magazine for the business and luxury traveler. Yardley, Pa., nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, is home to Global Traveler’s world headquarters. Since its inception in 2004, FXExpress Publications Inc.’s growth has included globaltravelerusa.com, digital newsletters, a jump to 16 annual issues, respected annual surveys and awards, and two sister web publications, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
Francis and his wife, Michele, also reside in Yardley and have two children, Nate and Laura.
Francis is involved with a number of charities, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which he serves on the Board of Trustees, and The Mentor Foundation. Over the years, he has been actively involved with youth athletics and coaching. He is a long-standing patron of Villa Joseph Marie High School, a private girl’s school in suburban Philadelphia.
He is an avid golfer, playing rounds wherever he touches down worldwide and shares these experiences in Global Traveler’s monthly golf column, often teeing up with key global clients. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia.
Gallagher frequently travels around the world — from China to Los Angeles and from India to Europe. He often settles in the Outer Banks, N.C., where he has a second home. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, gardening and spending time with his family.
Kimberly Krol, editor in chief
Kimberly Krol joined Global Traveler in 2006 as circulation and public relations executive. She attended Syracuse University, with a bachelors of science in magazine journalism, and is a die-hard Orange fan. Krol received her Masters degree in Writing Studies from St. Joseph’s University in 2012.
After deciding her true passion was on the editorial side of the publishing industry, Krol moved into the role of managing editor in 2011. In 2016, Krol became editor in chief, and today serves as editor in chief of Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
A 2005 study abroad semester in London sparked Krol’s love of travel, and since then, she’s enjoyed the good fortune to travel to some of the best places in the world. Favorite experiences include hiking the Liwa Desert at sunrise in Abu Dhabi; a waterfall helicopter landing in Kaua’i; watching the Philadelphia Phillies win the 2008 World Series; floating in the Dead Sea in Israel; and watching the bulls run in Pamplona.
Krol is heavily involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Krol resides in Bucks County, Pa. Krol is interested in reading, cooking, visiting new restaurants, attending Philadelphia sporting events, entertainment and pop culture and exploring the city.
Bill Lodzinski, director of sales
Bill Lodzinski recently joined Global Traveler after spending 27 years as an executive in the out-of-home industry. A graduate of the University of South Carolina-Coastal Carolina, he spent most of his career managing billboard companies throughout the East Coast. Building client relationships, developing people and making a difference are what fuels him. His extensive experience in advertising sales and his passion for travel makes him a perfect fit for Global Traveler.
Lodzinski was born and raised in the Philippines. Since moving to the United States at the age of 16, he has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad — China and Japan being two of his favorite destinations. He is looking forward to expanding his global experience by working closely with Global Traveler‘s many international partners.
He is an accomplished artist and has been featured in various publications, as well as in various art shows and galleries. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, kayaking and collecting artifacts from around the world. He is also a die-hard college football fan. But his true passions are his four children and spending time with them.
Lodzinski and his wife, Kelly, live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with their youngest son, Grant. Daughter Tisha lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and twin sons Ryan and Tyler recently moved to Los Angeles.
Stephanie Makowski, account executive
Stephanie Makowski is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a double major in philosophy and studio art with a concentration in photography. She also studied at the International Center of Photography and enjoyed building her portfolio with shots from her travels.
After working in corporate sales in the hotel industry and four years with a multimedia newspaper company, she joined the Global Traveler team in 2018. She values the process and the clients she works with. She loves to learn more about the history of their businesses and plans for their future.
In her spare time, Makowski is heavily involved with the Lungevity Foundation, which raises funds for lung cancer research and awareness. You can usually find her in a boat fishing in her free time. She frequents Los Angeles and Boston to visit friends and loves to relax at her family’s lake home near the Poconos. Traveling is a source for inspiration for her and she is happy to have a new destination to visit whenever possible.
Erich Martin, assistant editor
Erich Martin graduated from Temple University in 2016 after majoring in journalism and joined Global Traveler in 2018 as an assistant editor.
Martin was born and raised in Bucks County, Pa., where he continues to reside. Martin discovered travel as a young child while visiting family members in different parts of the country. The spark grew when he traveled to Argentina in high school with a school group.
Besides writing, working and traveling, Martin enjoys spending his time reading, hiking and going on runs.
Mary Melnick, social media and editorial coordinator
Mary Melnick graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in May 2019 with a major in communication studies and a minor in emergent media. She was also a member of the Communication Honors Society. Melnick joined the Global Traveler team in August 2019 as social media and editorial coordinator.
Melnick grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A former field hockey player, in her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Every summer, she looks forward to spending time with her family in Ocean City, New Jersey, one of her favorite places to visit.
Yasser Ogando, production & advertising coordinator
Yasser Ogando was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in New York City for seven years. She held managerial positions in her jobs in the Big Apple and developed a natural skill to deploy, organize and conduct operations with the goal of increasing profit. Working at one of the city’s busiest transportation hubs—Pennsylvania “Penn” Station—and more recently in the Upper West Side where tourists are the main customer base led her to an interest in culture and travel.
Ogando is currently enrolled in Bronx Community College studying Liberal Arts with a focus in Psychology. With experience studying business management as well, Ogando joined Global Traveler as a sales planner in May 2018 and hopes to bring those two strengths to the table.
During her free time, Ogando enjoys cooking, hosting family dinner parties, spending time with her little brother and exploring New York with her friends.
Angelique Platas, associate editor
As a recent Temple University graduate with a major in communication studies, Angelique Platas joined the Global Traveler team in 2015 as the assistant advertising and marketing coordinator.
Her interests in art, history and music set her on the path to travel early in life, first with quick trips to museums, then music festivals that developed into a passion for travel and exploring new places and things.
She was born and raised in New Jersey and outside of work continues to enjoy live music as well as reading, running and hiking with her dog, Vixey.
Chris Sager, account executive
Chris Sager graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a major in economics.
After graduating, Sager worked for two years in the staffing industry and joined the FX Express Publications, Inc., team in October 2018. He was first introduced to international travel in college, when he spent four months studying and working in Rome, Italy.
Sager’s favorite world destination is Lagos, Portugal, where he spent time surfing, kayaking and enjoying the scenic beaches.
He grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and now resides in Philadelphia where his free time is spent on the golf course, at the gym and at 76ers games.
Katie Skrzek, vice president/digital director
Katie Skrzek joined the Global Traveler team in 2011. She grew up in Bucks County, Pa., before venturing to Manhattan to attend Fordham University. During her time at Fordham, she was heavily involved with the university’s Global Outreach service program. Over her four years, Skrzek participated in service projects to Washington, D.C.; Waynesburg, Pa.; Immokalee, Fla.; and New Orleans. She also served on the student board for two years, including as co-president during her senior year.
While at Global Traveler, she had the good fortune to travel to destinations including Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Aruba.
Outside of work, Skrzek is interested in exploring new places, trying new food, attending seasonal festivals and spending time with family and friends.
She currently resides in Collingswood, N.J. with her husband, Anthony.
Patricia Vanikiotis, associate editor/copy editor
Born and raised in Portland, Ore., Patty majored in Language Arts and Drama at Oregon College of Education (Western Oregon University) before pursuing graduate work in Theatre at Ohio State University. Marrying and returning to the Pacific Northwest, she spent the next 20-plus years teaching and raising two daughters.
She parlayed a lifelong love of the written word and her time as a high school English teacher into a second career as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. Over the past 15 years Vanikiotis has worked with a small publishing house and several clients in the travel industry, including Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises. Since joining the staff of Global Traveler in 2008, she has taken on the occasional writing assignment in addition to her copy editing duties and blogging weekly on the GT website.
When not reading about exotic locales and cultures, Vanikiotis enjoys traveling with her husband, Harry, and indulging in great wine and food around the world. Now residing in Southern Oregon, she finds satisfaction in tending her own private paradise — her garden — and spoiling her grandson.
Kristy Alpert is a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist with a passion for savoring the local flavor of a destination. Kristy is also an RYT200-certified yoga instructor, and has won numerous national awards for her writing. She has written for Food & Wine, Esquire, Men’s Health, American Way, Fodors and more.
Margaret Backenheimer, based in Oregon, writes about cruises worldwide for Global Traveler. For three decades she has covered festivals and special events for the Chicago Tribune.
Travel writer Susan B. Barnes is based out of Tampa, Florida. Her bag is always packed and passport at the ready to hop on the next flight and discover new destinations with print and online media outlets. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @travlin_girl, and on Facebook (facebook.com/travlingirl).
Ari Bendersky is a lifestyle journalist specializing in food, wine, spirits and travel. The former founding editor of Eater Chicago, Bendersky has written for 20-plus years and his work has appeared in The New York Times, WSJ magazine, Associated Press, Men’s Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Departures, RollingStone.com, Crain’s Chicago Business, Liquor.com and many more publications. A lover of discovering new food and cultures, Bendersky travels whenever possible, recently visiting Finland, Argentina, Portugal and Mexico. He lives in Chicago with his husband and their super cute, scruffy dog, Eddie (the girl!).
Ron Bernthal is an award-winning print and broadcast travel journalist. His weekly program, Borders, airs on WJFF public radio. He is also a professor of business and tourism management at SUNY/Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.
Teresa Bitler is an award-winning travel writer specializing in culture, history, road trips and light adventure. Her work appeared in National Geographic Traveler, American Way, AAA publications and Wine Enthusiast, to name a few, and she’s the author of several guidebooks. In her spare time, she hones her photography skills locally in Arizona.
The recipient of numerous honors, including a 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, Debra Bokur has been the travel editor at national publications including Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine, Fit Yoga Magazine and American Cowboy Magazine. She’s written for Global Traveler since 2007 and is the digital content producer. Bokur holds degrees in both English literature and drama and has traveled the world for decades as a writer and filmmaker. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers since 2002, her work has appeared in domestic and international media outlets including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Spa Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, Montage Magazine, Loews and Women’s Adventure Travel Magazine. She’s been a repeat guest on Wine Country Network’s national radio program and has been widely published in literary journals. She and her husband divide their time between Colorado and coastal Maine, where they’re renovating a late-1800s Victorian inn to be used as a gathering space for writers and artists. See what she’s up to on Twitter at @SpaTravelPro, Facebook at @MachiasBroadwayInn and Instagram at @debrabokur.
J.D. Brown has written about China since 1984, when he taught English there at a medical college in Xi’an, the ancient capital. He is the author of many guidebooks to the Far East for Frommer’s, The Wall Street Journal and Berlitz, and he has published accounts of his Far East travels in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Traveler and International Herald Tribune. His books address a range of topics, from boat building to the author Henry Miller, as well as his travels in the Far East. His next book, Lime Kiln, is a novel set both on an island in Puget Sound and Shanghai.
Mark Chesnut is a New York City-based journalist, editor, content producer and public speaker with nearly 20 years of experience covering travel and tourism. Always on the lookout for new and exciting travel experiences, Mark is the founder and editor of LatinFlyer.com, a website focusing on travel in Latin America. He’s written for Fodor’s travel guides and the New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, and also contributed to media outlets including American Way, The Huffington Post, Latin Trade Magazine, Miami Herald, Passport Magazine, Travel + Leisure Mexico and Travel Weekly.
Los Angeles-based travel writer and photographer Ellen Clark has dreamed of traveling for as long as she can remember. Always willing to go anywhere at a moment’s notice, she’s traveled to places she’d only dreamed about and has shared her adventures through pictures and stories. She’s won numerous awards, including being twice named Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. She has traveled extensively, particularly in North America and Asia, and her award-winning stories and photographs have appeared in magazines, newspapers and guidebooks. She is represented by Danita Delimant Stock Photography.
Denver-based writer Laura Daily specializes in consumer advocacy and travel strategies, as well as travel industry trends. She contributes regularly to Global Traveler, AAA World, Westways and The Denver Post and is the owner/publisher of milehighonthecheap.com and executive editor of livingonthecheap.com. Daily is a past president of the Society of American Travel Writers. See more of her work at dailywriter.net.
Susan Finch is a freelance travel and business writer splitting her time between Atlanta and New York City. Susan grew up in an airline family and spent her youth airport hopping and exploring new cities and countries. After working for 10 years as a video editor on national advertising campaigns, she turned her attention to writing full-time. Susan loves writing about overlooked attractions and how to blend business travel and pleasure.
Eunice Fried is Global Traveler’s wine columnist and the director of GT’s annual Wines on the Wing Survey. A New York-based wine and travel writer, Fried’s last book, Burgundy: The Wines, The People, won three writing awards. Her articles have also appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including American Way (American Airlines), National Geographic Traveler, Elle, Private Clubs, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News and others. She has traveled through most of the world’s wine regions.
Mary Gallagher, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Gallagher, MSN, RN, CCRN, is a patient health educator serving our veterans at the Wilmington, Delaware, VA Medical Center. Gallagher teaches veterans and staff and coordinates an online health portal, My HealtheVet, and 31 mobile apps to empower and engage our veterans in their healthcare. Gallagher has been a registered nurse for many years, working in various medical centers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her clinical background includes medical, surgical, critical care and trauma nursing in a variety of clinical and management positions. She has written articles for the Nursing Spectrum and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. As Global Traveler’s Health columnist, Gallagher offers information and advice related to health issues and concerns readers may face while traveling.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (she is one of seven children) and her friends. Gallagher reads a lot and enjoys discussing current events and good books. She likes to try out new restaurants in the Pennsylvania and Delaware areas. She currently resides in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
Elyse Glickman, who began writing for Global Traveler and its sister titles in 2017, traveled to more than 50 countries on assignment. Subjects she reports on include food and beverage, MICE topics, business profiles, marketing trend reports, family travel, local arts and culture, wellness and interior design.
While earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in French business studies, she co-founded a college newspaper (The Chicago Flame) with a group of fellow students. This led to acceptance in the magazine journalism program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School, where she earned her master’s degree. After graduation, she headed to Los Angeles, where she worked in public relations for several years.
Glickman returned to journalism in 2002 when she was hired as a contributing writer for several high-end lifestyle print magazines serving Southern California, editor-at-large for a national hospitality trade magazine, and food editor for local lifestyle magazine Boulevard. Her regular assignments ultimately led to extensive domestic and international travel and growth of her writing portfolio.
In her free time, the Chicago native enjoys hiking, yoga, spinning and experimenting with food and cocktail recipes collected in her travels.
Marlene Goldman is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and photographer. She authored The Little Black Book of San Francisco (Peter Pauper Press). Her stories have been published in Open Skies, Morning Calm, American Way, Alaska Airlines Magazine, BBC Travel, National Geographic Traveler, Meetings Today magazines, Via magazine, AAA Traveler, San Francisco magazine and Global Traveler. Marlene has won a number of photography awards with the Society of American Travel Writers, including the silver award for Photographer of the Year 2014.
Jack Guy is a freelance reporter and travel writer who focuses mainly on Latin America. After growing up in London, England, Guy has spent considerable amounts of time living in Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and many other countries across South and Central America.
A bon vivant journalist who believes travel is the ultimate celebration of life, full of lessons waiting to be learned, widely published, Texas-based, Becca Hensley contributes frequently to Global Traveler. Her work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and journals in a career that spans nearly three decades. An expert on spas, wellness, cuisine, wine and worldliness of all kinds, she’s on a relentless magic carpet ride in search of stories. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @beccahensley and on her website beccahensley.com.
Megan Hill is a Seattle-based freelance writer. Her work covers topics of food, travel and the outdoors for publications including Sierra, Hemispheres, CNN Travel, Robb Report and more.
Sharon King Hoge
A former radio and television broadcaster and daily newspaper columnist, Sharon King Hoge writes about travel, lifestyle, interiors and other feature topics and is a regular contributor to Luxury Web, Global Traveler and the Cottages & Gardens publications.
A passionate tourist, she aims to travel at least once a month to a first-time destination. While residing principally in New York City, she maintains nine small homes in the United States, Canada and Ireland.
Her work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, New York Daily News, AARP Magazine, the Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal and other print and online outlets.
A full-time freelance travel writer since 1990, Steve Jermanok has written more than 1,500 articles on more than 90 countries. He’s also authored or co-authored 11 books, including Outside Magazine’s Adventure Guide to New England. With his wife, Lisa Leavitt, Steve launched a boutique travel agency, ActiveTravels.com, in May 2012. His clientele includes many people in the travel business, including Steve Kaufer, founder of TripAdvisor, and Mark Snider, owner of The Winnetu Resort on Martha’s Vineyard and The Nantucket Hotel. You can follow Steve @ActiveTravels.
Ilona Kauremszky is an award-winning travel writer and a prolific contributor to many publications. She regularly pens stories for Global Traveler, interviewing key industry players while traveling to far-flung places in pursuit of new stories. A syndicated travel columnist for 13 years and co-producer of mycompass.ca, you can follow her on Twitter and YouTube @mycompasstv.
Eugenia Lazaris is a freelance writer of travel and fiction. In addition to Global Traveler, her work appeared in Islands and WhereverFamily. She studied psychology at the University of La Verne and worked extensively in the healthcare industry. She currently calls Los Angeles home and spends her free time exploring the city’s amazing culinary and cultural scenes.
Freelance travel writer Dale Leatherman has written about golf, adventure, equestrian sports and the Caribbean for more than 25 years. A past president of the Society of American Travel Writers, she has completed an impressive bucket list of places and adventures, including swimming with humpback whales and whale sharks, rafting legendary whitewater rivers, playing the world’s most famous golf courses and riding in a racecar with the late Paul Newman. She is a former private pilot and an avid scuba diver.
Tim Leffel is the author of five travel books and has dispatched articles from five continents. He edits the award-winning narrative publication PerceptiveTravel.com and has contributed to Outside, Imbibe, Travel + Leisure, American Way, and USA Today.
Karin Leperi is a multi-award-winning travel writer and photographer based in the land of terra cotta soils and turquoise skies — Albuquerque, N.M. With more than 1,500 articles published in more than 100 outlets, Leperi embraces the natural world but also savors the spirit of people and place. Her specialties range from aviation, culture, cuisine and cruising to luxury, lifestyle, photography, nature and wildlife. Leperi has traveled to more than 115 countries and is still counting. To view more of Leperi’s photography, visit travelprism.com.
Irvina Lew, an author and freelance contributor to guidebooks, magazines and websites, introduces global business travelers to the world’s best venues in a multitude of destinations. Her expertise extends from hotels, restaurants, spas and museums to resorts, cruises and safaris. Lew, a Travel Classic alumnus, is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers. Her articles have been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.
Felicity Long has covered the travel industry for more than 15 years. She is a contributing editor at Travel Weekly and travelweekly.com, and her work has appeared in Porthole, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, USA Today, AOL Travel, Family Circle, Child, Parents.com, the L.A. Times, Shermans Travel, Northshore magazine, S
Kim Foley MacKinnon
Kim Foley MacKinnon is an award-winning, Boston-based editor, journalist and travel writer. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, AAA Horizons, Travel + Leisure and USA Today, among others. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and has several guidebooks to her credit. You can follow Kim @escapewithkim
Kelly Magyarics, DWS, is a wine, spirits, cocktail, food, travel and lifestyle writer in the Washington, D.C. area. Her articles also appear in Lonely Planet, Wine Enthusiast, Food Network, Liquor.com, Cheers, Nightclub & Bar, Modern Luxury, Capitol File, The Tasting Panel, The SOMM Journal, Alcohol Professor and WhereverFamily, among others. Magyarics holds a diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is BarSmarts Certified. You can reach Magyarics through her website, kellymagyarics.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @kmagyarics.
Greg McCluney has written about wine, beer, spirits, food, travel and restaurants since 1988 from his home bases in Atlanta and Tampa Bay. He has contributed to USA Today, Shanken Publications, AirTran Arrivals, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Tampa Tribune, Wines and Vines, Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Life, Tampa Bay’s Best, Edible Atlanta, Zagat Guides, James Beard Publications and he writes for the Atlanta Wine School. He is a contributing editor to the Underground Wine Letter, Vino Venue and Go Aiken Magazine.
McCluney served as associate editor for The Wine Report magazine in Atlanta and wine manager for the South’s largest consumer wine event, WineSouth. He has traveled most of the wine world to research and taste for his reports.
He has served as a consultant to restaurants including Ruth’s Chris, Houlihan’s and The Hollywood Diner. McCluney’s memberships included the Society of Professional Journalists; National Press Club; International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association; Society of Wine Educators; and Society of American Travel Writers.
Sharon has whale-watched in the Azores; taken cooking classes in India, Thailand, Italy, France and Mexico; cruised the Amazon; toured wine regions from Santorini to Germany; and admired classical gardens in China. A San Francisco resident and New York native who once lived in New Orleans, her travel and food/beverage stories have appeared in in-flight, wine, food, history and cruise magazines and The New York Times.
Travel and lifestyle writer Katie McElveen discovered the joy of wandering when, as a teenager, she made a wrong turn in rural South Carolina on the way to a family vacation and ended up taking back roads nearly all the way to the beach. Since then, she hasn’t stopped exploring, although she now travels with a map and more than $3 in cash. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, McElveen’s work has appeared in Real Simple, Islands, Sherman’s Travel, AAA Go, Modern Bride, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Town & Country, Southern Living, Spa, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Montage Magazine, among others.
Allie Moore is a Virginia-born freelance writer and editor based in Barcelona, Spain. Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism with a minor in French from East Carolina University. After various publishing roles in Washington, D.C. and Cambodia, she now enjoys a slower pace of life in the capital of Catalonia. When she is not writing or running along the Mediterranean beaches, she is planning her next trip and posting all about it on her travel/expat blog, AllieWanders.com.
Allie’s work has been published in The Washington Post, CBS Local, Pink Pangea, TravelMag.com, and Expatica.com. To read more, visit AllieWrites.com.
Rina Baraz Nehdar was an award-winning broadcast journalist before motherhood. Since having children, she madly rushes around trying to finish everything before her kids get out of school. In between trying to find zen in downward-facing dog and chasing her kids around the planet, she writes about connecting the world through travel. Her work has appeared in L.A. Parent Magazine, WhereverFamily, GoNomad, The Acorn and many others. She also writes and edits www.lafamilytravel.com and can be found at @lafamilytravel on all social media.
Richard Newton has been a travel writer since 1992, and has been a regular contributor and columnist for Global Traveler since its inception in 2004. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, and also reported for BBC Radio. He and his wife divide their time between England, Spain and Africa.
Irene Rawlings has written for Luxury Magazine, Robb Report, Sunset, the Wall Street Journal, Art & Antiques, Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, Global Business Travel Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine. Rawlings is the author of four books, including Sisters on the Fly about women, fly-fishing, vintage trailers and the joys of the open road. She hosts an award-winning radio show on iHeartMedia stations and divides her time between her home in Colorado, a small vineyard in California and an extremely small windmill in Greece.
Holly Riddle joined Global Traveler in 2015 as assistant marketing coordinator and later assistant editor, before relocating to central Pennsylvania. She now acts as editor at large and contributes to Global Traveler, globaltravelerusa.com, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
Beyond frequent travel, Riddle enjoys cooking, reading, camping and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Her favorite travel destinations include Chicago, Amsterdam and Edinburgh.
During her career as a travel writer, photographer and editor, Kathy has visited, researched and photographed destinations in nearly 100 countries and 48 U.S. states and has taken cruises across the globe. Her travel experiences span all seven continents, including close encounters with penguins and leopard seals in Antarctica, lions in Tanzania and tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. She resides in suburban Chicago where her travel journalism career began writing and editing an award-winning newspaper travel section. Having given up the editor’s chair for a career as an independent travel journalist, she now writes for newspapers, magazines and websites. She’s a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Writers Association and has won numerous awards, including SATW’s highest, named for author and intrepid traveler Lowell Thomas. When she travels, she does more than look at sights. She learns about the culture of the destination and gets to know the people. In cities, she loves poking about in shops, walking through neighborhoods, taking in the architecture and historic sites and stopping at a neighborhood cafe. When she’s in the countryside or at the beach, she likes to be active snorkeling, boating, hiking and biking.
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers is the co-author of CitySpots Milan, Travellers Lanzarote & Fuerteventura, AA Sardinia and eight other guidebooks to Spain, Portugal and Italy. She covers Italy for Planetware and writes regularly for Global Traveler, Destinations, WhereverFamily and BellaOnline, and blogs about culinary travel at Worldbite.
Stillman Rogers is the co-author of CitySpots Munich, Travellers Milan & Italian Lakes, Signpost Portugal and eight other guidebooks to Spain, Portugal and Italy. His photographs and travel articles appear in Global Traveler, Destinations, New Hampshire Magazine, Planetware and other publications and websites.
An award-winning journalist and book author, Jan Schroder is an Atlanta-based travel writer and editor. She is editorial director of The 100 Companies, a digital publishing company, editor-in-chief of The Travel 100 and a freelance contributor for magazines and online outlets. As a former magazine and newspaper editor, she has written hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper columns, blog posts and people profiles, but struggles with signing birthday cards.
Schroder is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. You can follow her on Instagram @JanSchroder and on Twitter @GirlontheGoJan.
Brandon Schultz is a travel and lifestyle writer who still can’t believe his job is to experience the world and tell others about it. He loves everything from luxury resort getaways to couchsurfing adventures, and believes where you travel is often less important than how you travel. As The Savvy Traveller, he’s the travel advice columnist for Outpost Magazine, and contributes to more than a dozen publications including Fodor’s, Out Traveler and Global Traveler. Brandon is the author of four books, including three cookbooks and Bookstore Cats.
WorldHotels is slated to introduce a new property in Peru this January: Casa Andina Premium San Isidro is set to open early next year. The Lima-bound property is the brand’s first in Peru. The 16-floor hotel houses 157 guestrooms, a gym, spa, swimming pool and rooftop terrace. The on-site restaurant, La Plaza Bar and Grill, uses local ingredients and rich traditions to serve delicious options.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Wheel the World, backed by booking.com, is a new accessible travel startup and one-stop shop for travelers with disabilities, regardless of age. The site curates accommodations, transportation and tour activities suitable for those living with disabilities.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.