Maria Angeles, account executive
Maria Angeles has built her career in travel, crafting marketing strategies and strong partnerships across the industry. She joined the Global Traveler team in 2021 as the account executive for the West Coast and Asia. As a member of Millennials in Travel since 2014 and volunteer with Tourism Cares she thrives in blending her interests. In the office, Angeles is excited to position your premium brand with the most desirable luxury travelers and MICE executives. Truly passionate about account management, if you don’t already know her, you can expect a warm working relationship ahead.
Born in Mexico City, raised in Los Angeles and as a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she fueled her love of traversing the world with a degree in International Relations and Sociology. Her top three travel experiences so far: swimming with iguanas in The Galapagos; exploring the hillsides of Sa Pa; and swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon river of Peru.
Currently, Angeles is finishing her MBA with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a true West Coaster, based in Los Angeles, Angeles and her partner enjoy exploring California’s coast on two wheels, finding the latest food event, tasting the great wines of the world and trying new recipes to pair.
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.
Haley Fogarty, account executive
Haley Fogarty graduated from Drexel University’s Hospitality Management program in June 2020. Shortly after her COVID graduation celebrations, Fogarty joined the Global Traveler team as an account executive in December 2020. Her exposure to hospitality and tourism at Drexel sparked her interest in luxury travel and client satisfaction.
When she clocks out at Global Traveler, you can find Fogarty center court at Wells Fargo Center dancing for the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team. Other interests include cooking, relaxing at the beach in Margate City, New Jersey, and spending time with her family.
Fogarty was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but has always been exposed to the world of travel. Her favorite destination so far has been South Africa, but she is eager to expand her travels and one day make it to Dubai.
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.
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.
Kimberly Krol Inlander, editor in chief
Kimberly Krol Inlander 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 Inlander 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 Inlander moved into the role of managing editor in 2011. In 2016, Krol Inlander 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 Inlander’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 Inlander is heavily involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Krol Inlander resides in Bucks County, Pa. Krol Inlander is interested in reading, cooking, visiting new restaurants, attending Philadelphia sporting events, entertainment and pop culture and exploring the city.
Amanda Jones, account executive
Amanda Jones joined the Global Traveler team in 2021. Born and raised on the West Coast, Jones set off for Florida in January 2021, with her fiancé for new opportunities and a change of scenery.
Jones graduated from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in winter 2018. Prior to transitioning to the magazine publishing industry, she worked for a major U.S. book retailer doing merchandising and book-buying management. She has a fierce love for the printed word, so trading books for magazines has been a welcome venture.
Always having a desire to see the world, Jones has had the good fortune thus far to travel out of the United States to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. Her favorite place she has traveled to, though, remains stateside — New York City. She looks forward to the opportunities she will have to meet clients from all over the world through the GT brands and building strategic relationships with them.
Jones currently resides in sunny Sarasota, Florida, with her fiancé and their rescue chiweenie, Arthur. She spends her free time reading, writing, trying new foods and observing the birds of the Gulf Coast.
Audrey Lee, assistant editor
Audrey Lee returns to FXExpress Publications, Inc. as assistant editor. After spending time as an intern at FXExpress, Lee pursued a career in the dating app world as a social media guru and event planner. She enjoys travel, trying new foods, experiencing different cultures and diving into all the world has to offer. Currently living in Old City, Philadelphia, Lee plans to explore as much as she can, taking her dog Sniper with her when possible.
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.
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 journalist with bylines in Food & Wine, Global Traveler, Men’s Health, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Fodor’s Travel and more. Her passion for savoring the local flavor of a destination led to her unearthing ancient bread-baking secrets on Muhu Island to becoming a registered yoga instructor in Bali. Alpert has traveled to 84 countries on seven continents, but her biggest adventure has been her recent journey into the world of parenting. Follow her on Instagram @kristyalpert and pick up a copy of her latest book, Road Trip Activities and Travel Journal for Kids, at www.kristyalpert.com
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.
Susan B. Barnes is as comfortable bicycling through Italian olive groves and SCUBA diving the wall of sharks in Fakarava as she is sipping bubbles at a Champagne house and dining at Michelin-starred restaurants. With 20 years of editorial experience, Barnes’s recent bylines (in addition to Global Traveler) include AARP, allrecipes, Condé Nast Traveler, Go Escape, USA Today and more. She’s an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Society of American Travel Writers. Barnes lives in Tampa with her husband and energetic Miniature Schnauzer, Scout, and recently co-launched FloridaBeyond.com
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 has authored two books, Saturday Night in Havana and Puerto Rico Off the Beaten Path, and covers architecture and design topics at www.travelwritersmagazine.
Teresa Bitler has harvested grapes at Sonoma Grape Camp, “flown” a T-6 Texan and sampled the cuisine at all nine stops on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail in New Jersey. She likes to write about culture and history in new destinations, but covers everything from food to architecture. When she’s not traveling, she loves to explore her home state of 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.
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.
Los Angeles-based editor and writer Elyse Glickman covers numerous subjects in the travel space, including business travel, food and beverage, interior design, wellness, fashion and family travel. The Syracuse University/Newhouse School alumnus has visited more than 60 countries on assignment, with articles appearing on the pages and/or websites of Global Traveler, Travel Age West, Intermezzo, SIP, Taste & Travel, Beau Monde Traveler, Good Food (U.K.), La Reppublica (Italy), Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia & Singapore), Lucire (New Zealand/Australia), Food & Beverage, Tasting Panel, C-Suite Quarterly and In The Mix.
Marlene Goldman is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and photographer who has written for BBC Travel, National Geographic Traveler, Prevue, Recommend, Meetings Today, Healing Lifestyles and Spas, Via, AAA Traveler and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Her travel adventures have spanned all corners of the globe. At home, she is either out rollerblading or in a hot room teaching yoga.
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 an award-winning freelance travel writer based in Seattle. Her work covers topics like food, adventure travel, sustainability and conservation, and more. Hill has contributed to publications like Sierra, Robb Report, Hemispheres, Saturday Evening Post and more. When she’s not writing, Hill enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest by hiking trail or paddleboard.
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.
Steve Jermanok’s first assignment for Global Traveler was on Suva, Fiji, in the September 2008 issue. He has since written more than 35 articles for the publication on such far-flung locales as Sydney, Nairobi, Medellin, and, lastly, Cappadocia. His latest book is New England in a Nutshell, published summer 2020. He currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts, with wife Lisa, who co-owns a boutique travel agency with him, ActiveTravels.com.
Eugenia Lazaris is a freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She spent her life traveling and hopes to one day check every country off her bucket list. Some of her favorite travel memories include hitchhiking across a Greek island, riding a camel through the Egyptian desert, exploring the wilds of Kenya on safari and riding through Old Delhi on a rickshaw. When she isn’t traveling, she is either writing about it or planning her next big trip. Still on her must-see list are Antarctica, Alaska, Newfoundland, Morocco and Brunei. In her free time she also writes fiction and edits fiction novels. She is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Editorial Freelancers Association. More than 150 articles written by Lazaris have appeared in print in publications such as Global Traveler and Islands Magazine, as well as numerous websites including WhereverFamily and Trazee Travel. She currently lives with her husband and their beloved Jackahuaha, Max.
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 a veteran travel writer who won several best travel writing awards for his stories published in Global Traveler and elsewhere. He is the author of five books, including the living abroad guide A Better Life for Half the Price, now in its second edition. He is on the advisory board of the North American Travel Journalists Association, is conference director for the longest-running travel bloggers conference, and is editor of the online magazine Perceptive Travel. See more at TimLeffel.com.
Karin Leperi has canvassed the globe with pen and camera in hand looking for insights, experiences and revelations about why our plant rocks. She has been to 115 countries, many more than once, while seeking adventure, culture, cuisine, nature, wildlife and the outdoors – and anything off the beaten path. Hers is a path less traveled. Likening herself to a gypsy with wings, she seeks out her next journey through a process of synchronicity and going wherever the winds of opportunity might take her.
Irvina Lew, a Long Island-based author and freelance writer, contributes to dozens of domestic and international media outlets, including guidebooks, magazines, websites, TV, radio and podcasts. Her lifestyle expertise introduces global business travelers to the world’s best art, culinary, family, heritage and spa destinations. The Travel Classic alumnus is a long-term member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers, and an award recipient from the Society of American Travel Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists. Follow her @sipsupstayspa and @irvinalew and on her website, irvinalew.com.
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 been writing about wine, spirits, food, travel and restaurants for more than 30 years from his homebases in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tampa Bay, Florida. He has contributed to USA Today, AirTran Arrivals, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Kansas City Star, Tampa Tribune, Wines & Vines, Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Life, Edible Atlanta, Zagat Guides, James Beard Publications and Atlanta Wine School at Vino Venue.
McCluney served as associate editor for The Wine Report 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.
McCluney also writes about fly fishing and boating, with his work appearing in Outdoor Life, TWA Ambassador, Destination Fish and other outdoor publications.
McCluney’s memberships have included the Society of Professional Journalists; National Press Club; International Food, Wine & Travel Writers’ Association; Society of Wine Educators; and Society of American Travel Writers.
Katie McElveen got her start as a travel writer reporting on what to see and do in the small towns of her home state of South Carolina. Since then, she has slurped eels in Chile, donned a dry suit for ice diving in France, crushed grapes with her feet in Portugal and crash-landed a hang glider in a cow pasture in Peru. In addition to Global Traveler, McElveen’s work has appeared in Islands, Fodor’s, Sherman’s Travel, Virtuoso (online), Reader’s Digest (online), Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, AAA Go & Traveler, Town & Country, Real Simple and other publications.
Allie Moore is a Virginia-born writer and editor who has contributed to Global Traveler and trazeetravel.com since 2015. After living in Cambodia and Barcelona, Spain, for the past seven years, she is now based outside Atlanta, Georgia. Moore received her bachelor of arts in print journalism with a minor in French from East Carolina University.
Moore’s work has been published in The Washington Post, CBS Local, Pink Pangea, TravelMag.com, Expatica.com, and TheMighty.com. To read more, visit AllieWrites.com.
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer specializing in travel, business and personal finance. Her work has appeared on and in CNTraveler.com, TheDailyBeast.com, Travel & Leisure, Fodors.com, Newsweek.com, ShermansTravel.com, among others.
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.
Award-winning journalist, radio personality and book author, Irene Rawlings’ work has been published in Luxury Magazine, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, WSJ, Art & Antiques, Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, Global Business Travel and O, the Oprah Magazine. She has visited 134 countries and all seven continents. 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 (which she shares with her photographer husband and two rescue dogs), a small vineyard in California and an extremely small windmill in Greece.
Holly Riddle is a freelance lifestyle and business journalist who also dabbles in ghostwriting and fiction. Her work appears in publications ranging from Global Traveler to Golf Magazine, Mashed to Forbes and Bloomberg. When she’s not writing, you can find her exploring the mountains near her home in the Adirondacks.
During her career as a travel journalist, Rodeghier has traveled to nearly 100 countries and cruised across the globe. Her experiences span all seven continents, including close encounters with penguins in Antarctica, lions in Tanzania, king crab in Norway and tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. She has waded in a cranberry marsh in Wisconsin, sipped spiced wine at Christmas markets in Europe, danced the two-step in the Texas Hill Country, posed with Half Dome in Yosemite and hiked into Havasupai Canyon in Arizona. Her travel journalism career began in suburban Chicago, writing and editing an award-winning newspaper travel section for the Daily Herald. She continues to cover travel as an independent journalist for several metro newspapers, as well as a variety of travel magazines and websites. A long-standing member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she is active on social media, including Instagram @traveljournophotog and Twitter @KRodeghier.
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has been an enthusiastic traveler ever since moving to Italy shortly after college. She is the author or co-author of guidebooks to Italy, Portugal, Spain, as well as to her native New England, and her travel articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and other newspapers and magazines.
A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Radcliffe Rogers is the former news editor of Global Traveler and currently writes features for both the magazine and WhereverFamily. She covers her home state in a monthly column for New Hampshire Magazine, is luxury travel editor for BellaOnline and covers several regions for PlanetWare. Her favorite travels are to little-known places off the main tourist routes.
Stillman (Tim) Rogers is a travel photographer/writer and co-author of more than a dozen guidebooks covering Spain, Portugal, Italy and Eastern Canada. In addition to Global Traveler, his photographs and travel articles appear in Destinations, New Hampshire Magazine, SideOfCulture, Planetware and other publications and websites. Rogers is an avid skier, and his interest in history prompted his latest book, It Happened in New Hampshire.
An award-winning journalist and book author, Jan Schroder is an Atlanta-based travel writer and editor. She is editor-in-chief of The Travel 100 and a freelance contributor for magazines and online outlets. She also founded Girl on the Go travel blog in 2008 and has accidentally become an expert on treehouse rentals. 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. He’s a Forbes Travel Expert, travel advice columnist and contributor to more than a dozen other publications, including Fodor’s Travel, TripSavvy and Out Traveler. Schultz is the author of four books, including three cookbooks and Bookstore Cats, with two guidebooks on the way.
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) last week. To welcome travelers back to French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui offers fares starting as low as $775 round-trip from Los Angeles, and $789 from San Francisco (SFO). The airline also allows a free date change on all of its tickets.
Turkish Airlines, already flying to more countries than any other airline, announced its 10th U.S. gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport. Service will launch May 21, with four flights per week between EWR and Istanbul (IST). Beginning June 1, the frequency increases to daily.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.