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Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, editor, and blogger. He publishes five online magazines and blogs including Perceptive Travel, the Cheapest Destinations Blog, and Hotel Scoop. He is the author of several books including Travel Writing 2.0, A Better Life for Half the Price, and The World’s Cheapest Destinations, now in its fifth edition. … Read more

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Judy Cooper is a photographer/writer living and working in New Orleans. She earned graduate degrees in English and French and taught at the college level before becoming a professional photographer. Born an only child in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1938, Cooper grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where her father taught economics at the University of Alabama … Read more

Eric Seiferth from the Historic New Orleans Collection

Eric Seiferth is curator and historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection focusing on 20th-century New Orleans and the musical heritage of the city. Since joining the Collection he has co-curated a number of exhibitions including Storyville: Madams and Music, awarded “Exhibition of the Year” by the LEH in 2017 and Dancing in the Streets: … Read more

Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin McKenzie is an ex-airline employee who is now a travel content creator, author, and speaker. He’s worked in various capacities at four U.S.-based airlines for 14.5 years. He’s flown 181 airlines and visited 137 countries/territories (105 UN). Kerwin is originally from Jamaica, and the first country he’s ever visited is Martinique. He writes up-to-date … Read more

Gabby Salazar, photographer, National Geographic Exploer

Gabby Salazar is a National Geographic Explorer, a nature and conservation photographer, and a social scientist. As an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, she has worked on environmental photography projects across the globe, spending months at a time living in tropical rainforests and on tropical islands. Gabby Salazar has an MSc … Read more

Bruce Poon Tip

Bruce Poon Tip – Founder, G Adventures Passionate about the power of travel to change the world for the better, Bruce Poon Tip is a global leader in social entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, and innovation. He is best-known as the founder of G Adventures, the world’s largest small group adventure travel company and pioneer of … Read more

Tiffany Tolbert

TIFFANY TOLBERT is Associate Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In her position, she directs high-profile national preservation campaigns associated with African American cultural heritage such as the Nina Simone Childhood Home, John, and Alice Coltrane Home and the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative, will … Read more

Dr. Yvette McQueen, the Travel Doctor & Global physician

Dr. Yvette McQueen  (aka “The Travel Doctor”) is a global physician on a mission to educate about health, travel wellness, and disease prevention.  She is a nomadic Emergency Medicine physician who travels to work across the US and the Caribbean.  Dr. McQueen also serves as a travel group physician ensuring healthy and safe travel of … Read more

Author Karen Gershowitz / Travel Mania

Karen Gershowitz has been traveling solo since age seventeen when she flew to Europe and didn’t return to the US for three years. She got severely bitten by the travel bug and since then has traveled to nearly ninety countries and visited all fifty states—many of them multiple times. After studying ceramics in college and … Read more

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Kimberly Stone is a Plus-size model who took to entrepreneurship at a young age after being encouraged by her family to start something of her own. She began sewing as a child and started off selling designs and accessories to friends at church and school. During her gifted classes as an anchor, she learned to … Read more