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Nancy Zaffaro loves to travel and explore. At home and away, she loves to hear people’s stories and feels at home just about anywhere. She grew up in inner-city Chicago, has also lived in Vancouver, Canada and Bellingham, Washington, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
In past work lives, she’s been a managing partner in a telecom construction company; as an artist, she sold her wire art and crafts at festivals and in shops throughout the West Coast; she edited a natural health newsletter and managed a natural health site in the early days of the internet; was a software technical writer; a freelance editor and writer; and an editor for two medical journals, working with an international editorial board. She received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College in Chicago and has published some fiction, poetry and photography in various, small literary journals. She is a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). Nancy is Confetti Travel Cafe’s Editor. Contact her at email@example.com.
Tam Warner Minton is the travel blogger, writer, and photographer behind the adventure travel blog, TravelsWithTam.com. She has traveled to all seven continents and is an advocate for citizen science, the environment, and getting out of one’s comfort zone. An avid scuba diver, Tam goes on many ocean research expeditions, and is an amateur underwater photographer. She challenges her perspective, confidence, and knowledge by traveling the world and sharing what she has learned and seen with others. She is the author of All Fish Faces, which introduces amazing, colorful underwater creatures many have never seen before, but are crucial to our oceans. As a former University Lecturer and college consultant, Tam is a believer that knowledge is power, and education is always a positive force. Showing kids of all ages the amazing life beneath the waves is the way to preserve our oceans for future generations.
Stephanie Anderson is a modern soul seeker, storyteller, and explorer. A trained journalist and once upon a time a chef who chose to leave the kitchen and meet the world to indulge her passion for adventure. She now works as a freelance travel writer and photographer finding the places and people you want to know more about. Currently a member of the ITWPA (International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance), SATW (Society for American Travel Writing) and Food Bloggers Association.
Arliss Veldhuizen is the Managing Editor at Trekbible, as well a social media editor at IncomeStore. She is also a writer and aspiring novelist. Arliss has family all over the world including the Ivory Coast, Denmark, Germany, and the Dominican Republic—a fact that greatly contributes to her passion for travel and culture.
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
Jaimi Truhler is a recovering marketer with a passion for food, travel, and new adventures. She is an ITWPA member residing in Portland, Oregon. That is, when she’s not out chasing her next travel fix.
At sixteen, Patricia Conover fell in love with travel on a school trip to France. She’s had wanderlust ever since. She’s smitten by the experience of being lost in a completely unknown place and seeing the world through a fresh lens. Born and raised in a suburb of New York City, Patricia spent her early career at G.P Putnam’s Sons and Random House. She cut her teeth on biographies, memoirs, novels and travel books written by the best in the business. Her recent writing has ranged from an overview of women in architecture to expat strategies for an international education. She’s written essays, features, profiles and criticism for publications including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and Community Newspapers.
Patricia is currently a project editor and writer for Going Global, publisher of guidebooks on culture, careers, economies, education, health, and travel. She also teaches English, journalism and new media at EFAP Paris, l’école de communication (the School of Communication) in Paris. Read about her adventures @ParisRhapsody.
Professional travel writer and photographer Christopher P. Baker (www.christopherpbaker.com) has written and photographed six books on Cuba, including Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba. He has written and photographed for more than 200 publications, from Motorcyclist to National Geographic Traveler and Playboy.
The daughter of a free-spirited, surfing waitress and a professional cross-country mover, Jessica discovered most of the country from the dog trot of an eighteen-wheeler before turning 5 years old. She was raised along the banks of the Sabine River and was fortunate enough to be able to call both Texas and Louisiana home. She embraces her naturally curious soul, love of nature, and appreciation for culture. After marrying a 4th generation farmer who had never taken a vacation, an entirely new adventure began. They now split their time between farm chores and traversing the globe. You can join them on their many (and sometimes muddy) adventures at TheRootedGypsy.com.
Kaylene Chadwell is a southern American saving her pennies to see the world. She took her first international trip a little over two years ago and now can’t help but plan her life around traveling. A year ago, Kaylene combined two of her favorite activities, traveling and writing, by starting CheersToTraveling.com.
Together Betsi and Jim craft lifestyle, history, culture and cuisine content and photography for each destination they visit.
Tomeka Allgood is a freelance travel writer and travel blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the founder and managing editor of Short Weeks–Long Weekends, a travel blog dedicated to the weekender. She writes on a broad range of topics that includes but is not limited to: art, history, culture, travel, music, food and wine. She specializes in places and attractions that relate to African American heritage and history.
Justin and Tracy Uselton are the writers of A Couple for the Road, a couples travel blog that focuses on food, drink and culture written from a personal and artistic perspective for the avid traveler.
Rick Goulian and his wife Mary have been passionately traveling the U.S. and Europe for over 30 years. Rick is from New York and Mary is from Chicago, though Phoenix has been their home for 20 years. Their passion is seeing different places and experiencing different cultures every chance they get. You can reach Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynne Curry is a frequent contributor to Fine Cooking, Zester Daily and Civil Eats. A freelance food journalist, professional cook and blogger, she lives with her family in the mountains of eastern Oregon. Lynne is the author of Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut and is working on her next book on pasture-raised meats and poultry.
I am an adventurer at heart, love the outdoors, and prefer exploring the natural wonders of our world to large cities. I like volunteering and learning about different cultures through spending time with locals. In short, I am consumed by my passion for travel.
I was introduced to traveling in my first year at Oregon State University. I was able to travel out of the U.S. for the first time for a volunteer trip to Guatemala, providing micro loans to local entrepreneurs to start small businesses. Since then, I have been hooked. In four years at OSU I traveled to over 20 countries spanning four continents. A lot of my traveling was centered on volunteer trips, and a majority of it is done with my partner, Weston (he’s pretty fun to travel with). One of our most memorable trips was to Uganda where we not only went gorilla trekking (it was remarkable, by the way!), but we got to work with an amazing nonprofit, TERREWODE, supporting women with obstetric fistula in Uganda.
Recently married in Switzerland, Weston and I are taking a year (or three!) to travel the world and are documenting our experiences along the way. We hope you will join us on this journey at WestByAdventures.com.
Chelsea Martin is a Communication Coach and Organizational Development Consultant in independent practice. Learn more about her work at 4CProfessionalCommunication. Chelsea travels with friends, family, or solo and interest in Spanish and Latin American culture. She resides near Portland, Oregon.
Leslie Hayertz received her BA/ed. from Central Washington University and her MA from Middlebury College. As a Spanish teacher and interpreter, she’s traveled throughout Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and Spain. After a gritty day of conjugating verbs with her students, she reverts to her native English to write plays, articles and fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Calyx, Clinton St. Quarterly and Red Rock Review, and her one-act plays have had staged readings and a production in Alaska, Washington and New York. She lives in West Linn, Oregon.