Meet Our Team

Administrators

Toni Frazer

Toni Frazer

Marketing Manager

Toni is a Melbourne born high school teacher and travel writer who hopes to move into tourism.

A film & tv nut, she plans her travels around seeing the world’s most iconic filming locations; whether its carrying a watermelon at the Mountain Lake Hotel in Virginia just like baby in Dirty Dancing, or walking along Hellbrunner Allee in Salzburg like Maria in The Sound of Music. 

Toni loves the USA and travels there yearly, but she has been lucky enough to explore most of Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She has lived abroad as an expat in London and Vancouver, but Melbourne will always be home.

Connect with Toni on her site Enchanted Serendipity

Jess Shetler

Jess Shetler

Pinterest Manager

Jess is a cat loving, mountain climbing, cowgirl boot wearing travel blogger from Colorado, USA.

She is a recent graduate from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies. When she’s not teaching the future of her country, she’s usually on her laptop doing Pinterest Consultation for bloggers and small businesses, working on her blog, or sharing funny cat videos and memes.

Within the next 5-10 years, she hopes to be location independent so she can see as much of the world as possible. If you’re looking to talk cats, country music, mountains, wine, or Pinterest with, Jess is your gal.

Connect with Jess on her site Thrifty Traveler Tips

Susanna Kelly

Susanna Kelly

Instagram Manager

Susanna Kelly is an adrenaline junkie from Alaska, on a quest to explore the great outdoors.

However, she openly admits to being a total geek at heart. Her blog, the Wandering Chocobo, focuses on adventure travel and eco-tourism, while hitting pause for what she’s defining as hipster city travel. Her hipster city guides explore craft cocktail bars, boutique hotels, markets, local businesses and geek hideouts.

When she’s not creating content for her travel blog or freelance ventures, she likes to work on her fiction novel, LARPing and gaming, volunteering and getting to level 99 in life. She currently lives in Munich.

Connect with Susanna at her site Wandering Chocobo

Sophie Sanchez

Sophie Sanchez

Twitter Manager

Sophie is a biologist and science writer who blogs about commercial spaceflight, space tourism, and space destinations.

She travels the USA and the world to bring space to her readers as editor of Cosmic Chicago with ChicagoNow – a blog network with the Chicago Tribune Media Group.

Currently, she is working on a book and off chasing rockets!

Connect with Sophie on her site Cosmic Chicago

Lottie Reeves

Lottie Reeves

Website Manager

Originally from the UK, Lottie has traveled extensively across 6 continents & lived in Australia, Canada & South Africa.

She ditched the bright lights of primary classrooms to embark on an adventure exploring South Africa in a caravan as a location independent freelancer. Her next adventure is taking her, temporarily, back to the UK where she will be living in a narrowboat and bobbing around on the waterways.

A self proclaimed princess who loves all things pink and sparkly; connect with Lottie at her site Princess In A Caravan

Moderators

Jacklyn Shields

Jacklyn Shields

Moderator

Jackie has been a self-employed consultant for seven years and currently owns and operates a consultation business.

In 2013, year two of successfully owning an operating her business, Jackie began to travel more and somewhere between Bali in January and Italy in June; Jackie was bitten by the wanderlust bug. She created an Instagram page to feature her abundance of travel photos on the popular app – and in just 4 short months she had exceeded 5,000 followers which was amazing!

With a business background Jackie knew that this was much more than an ‘Instagram travel page’ and she launched her travel blog and brand as a result. She now has expanded her consulting business offering services to brands and bloggers alike. To say travel has changed Jackie’s life would be the understatement of the century!

Connect with Jackie on her site Get Lost With Jackie

Kelly Duhigg

Kelly Duhigg

Moderator

Kelly Duhigg currently lives in the suburbs of New York and works as a full time nanny. However, she has always been passionate about travel and has yearned to get away from home ever since she was a child.

Because of this eternal wanderlust, she has even lived abroad, as an English teacher, in South Korea. Recently though, she has discovered that her true passion lies in her travel blog. She hopes to use her blog as a vehicle to not only change careers but to help inspire others to travel, even if they are constrained by a full time job and a limited budget. Kelly currently concentrates her travel in Europe, but is always up for an exciting new adventure anywhere in the world.

Connect with Kelly on her site Girl With A Passport

Nicole Kimmerle

Nicole Kimmerle

Moderator

Nicole’s blog showcases her love for travel, adventure, food, and checking things off of her never-ending bucket list.

Her love for travel has brought her to 3 different continents and over 20 different countries. Her love for adventure has brought her bungee jumping in Costa Rica and to the top of a mountain in Switzerland. Her love for food has brought her to Italy, where there is no such thing as too much pasta, pizza, or wine!

When she’s not traveling the world, you can probably find Nicole in her navy blue scrubs working as a Registered Nurse, her other big passion in life.

Connect with Nicole on her site The Wandering Brunette

Katalin Waga

Katalin Waga

Moderator

Katalin is a travel blogger born and raised in Budapest. Now she lives in Rovaniemi, Finland, with her husband and son. She works remotely completing her Ph.D. in forestry. The remote work allows her running travel blog and experiencing many destinations every year including living for an extended period of time in other countries.

Her blog, Our Life Our Travel, presents a lot of off the beaten path adventures and hiking trips she had with her husband. Also, they like to explore together forgotten and abandon places. Now she starts learning how to travel with a small baby. City trip or mountain hike, she always gets great photos to show the beauty of the places. Even the ruined ones.

Katalin likes to try new things and she is open to new experiences. She does not hesitate when tasting local food delicacies nor she is afraid of spending the night in the woods!

Connect with Katalin at her site Our Life Our Travel

Cory Varga

Cory Varga

Moderator

With a Bachelors with Honours in Law from The University of Manchester, Cory has a strong background in writing and cultural studies. Not wanting to become a lawyer, she became a self-taught designer and pursued a career in the digital industry.

She is highly skilled in UX Design, SEO, digital marketing and social media. In 2013, together with her husband, she created her own digital agency which is now a flourishing, successful business. 

In 2016, Cory became a travel writer and photographer for a blog geared towards soft adventure travel, off the beaten path destinations and culinary affairs. 

Connect with Cory on her site You Could Travel

Moderators

Bridget Kent

Bridget Kent

Moderator

Bridget has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for all of her 27 years. She is a nanny/house manager and also works at the Cincinnati Museum Center in a converted historic train station (You should totally Google it!)

Growing up, her family traveled quite a bit and some of her fondest memories are from those trips.

Bridget’s blog, Travel Is My Everything is about exploring wherever a flight deal or road trip will take her next! She has many favorite cities, but she loves Sydney, Rome, Seattle and Athens most. 

Connect with Bridget on her site Travel Is My Everything

Naomi Nathalie

Naomi Nathalie

Moderator

Naomi is a travel blogger from the Netherlands.

She works full time but travels as much as possible. She struggles with a chronic illness called Crohn’s disease, but this doesn’t stop her from travelling. Via her Chronic Illness chronicles, she offers other travel bloggers with a chronic illness or health issues a platform to talk about travel with illness.

On her blog, she shares her travel plans for epic adventures like her travels to Mongolia, Tibet and Iran. She often goes away for little weekend trips around Europe and offers tips to help keep people spending within a budget. Naomi writes about her travel failures, inspiration and dishes out helpful tips for independent travelers to make the most of their time and travel funds. 

Connect with Naomi on her site Probe Around The Globe

Ellie Lauren

Ellie Lauren

Moderator/Proof Reader

Elise is one of our helpers, actively promoting the site and our values on a daily basis. She is an editor for our guest posts and an advocate of our group.

She’s lived on three different continents in the past 5 years and is definitely a sloooow traveller. So much so, that she’d rather move somewhere new than go home! Her blog Travel, Work and Play is filled with insight about travelling and living in Southeast Asia.

For information about visas, ESL teaching, travel fitness and itineraries head over to her site to learn all about it!

Connect with Elise on her site: Travel, Work & Play.

Cristina Puscas

Cristina Puscas

Moderator

Cristina hails (mostly) from Romania. She has been passionate about traveling and travel writing since she was a kid. Cristina is proud to have written her first travel article when she was 14.

Having specialized in business administration, she soon began to focus on travel management. Currently, she focuses mostly on social media management and travel writing.

Cris runs two blogs: a couples travel blog focusing on Europe; and a blog specialized on travelling in Greece (and all you need to know about it).

Connect with Cristina on her site LooknWalk

Valerie Hansen

Valerie Hansen

Moderator

Valerie is originally from Vancouver, Canada but the Seattle area has been her home for many years. A reading teacher by day, and a blogger by night, Valerie’s love of fashion started in her early teens. She learned to sew at age 13, and hopes to design a collection soon.

Valerie’s blog is where style and wanderlust meet; featuring style tips, reviews, travel guides and stories. It is also a community to share inspiration and find beauty in everyday life. Valerie is passionate about inspiring ladies to feel beautiful, confident, and to take more travel breaks. She believes style has no age or size.

Travel is another passion and Valerie is always planning the next adventure. She likes to learn as much as possible about the places she visits, so she can share the best tips with her audience. Valerie’s favorite vacations spots are Oahu Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, The Canadian Rockies, and Southern California.

Connect with Valerie on her site Maple Leopard

Sheila Berrios-Nazario

Sheila Berrios-Nazario

Moderator

Sheila is a small business owner and Master’s Student based in Florida (but native of Puerto Rico).

As an almost 30, biology major, travel writer, night owl and pseudo-photographer owner of the blog Golden Age Trips; which was created to address the need for more travel websites targeted to the growing senior population.

The focus is in ‘Superagers’, those who look further than cruises, and are on the hunt for travel experiences that take them where they have never been before.

Connect with Sheila on her blog Golden Age Trips

Priya Rajendran

Priya Rajendran

Moderator

Priya is a passionate writer with an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places all over the globe. She worked in the software industry for more than 8 years before calling it quits to take up full-time travel and writing.

Her blog Glorious Sunrise offers travel guides, itineraries and also yummy food recipes. She also enjoys reading mystery books and writing about them on the blog. Priya also offers freelance writing services (blog posts, guest posts, ghost-writing, ebooks, product/hotel/tour reviews) and does custom travel planning too.

She also loves writing fiction in the fantasy genre. Her published works do very well on Amazon.

Connect with Priya on her site Glorious Sunrise

Kris Morton

Kris Morton

Moderator

Kris is a Michigan native who spends about 25 weeks a year traveling throughout the USA on business trips. In between, she tries to see and do as much as she can near home and abroad.

A lifelong traveler, Kris had visited four continents and 39 states by the time she started college. In the years since, she’s continued to travel solo, with friends, and with family. When not on the road, you can find her watching her favorite hockey and baseball teams on tv and chasing her goofy dog in search of cuddles.

Kris’ blog focuses on fun for the kid at heart. Whether touring a new city or exploring her hometown, she’s always on the hunt for a new adventure.

Connect with Kris on her site: Nomad By Trade

Thread Managers

Vicki Garside

Vicki Garside

Instagram Thread

After working full time and traveling through 39 countries over 8 years, Vicki fulfilled her childhood goal of becoming a lawyer…and promptly walked away from the job just 3 month later!

Following her passion for travel, her website became her business. With a focus on part time travel, she uses her own travel experiences to create short term travel itineraries for cities and countries across 6 continents. She shows busy people that you can travel with a full time job and hopes to inspire everyone to take time out of their busy lives to explore this incredible world that we live in.

Connect with Vicki on her site Make Time To See The World

Diana Chen

Diana Chen

Web Wed Thread

Diana recently “retired” from her job as a lawyer in Chicago to travel the world and make an income online. Having experienced the struggles of trying to make travel happen with a demanding career, she, along with her sister, blogs about how to travel while navigating life’s responsibilities, like work or school.

As of September 2017, Diana has traveled to 48 countries on four continents. Her next big adventure is hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and she plans to make that country #50.

When she’s not traveling, Diana dedicates her time to serving inner city kids and helping defend immigrants against unfair treatment. She is also passionate about music and one day hopes to create a record label for young, talented inner city musicians.

Connect with Diana on her site: MVMT Blog

Simona Stanescu

Simona Stanescu

Twitter Thread

Simona is passionately in love with travelling and everything travel related. She started a travel blog as a hobby and transformed it into a full time job. 

She lives by the notion: “I like to challenge what I think I know! I like to travel for the challenge! I travel because it makes sense. I travel because this is life for me.”

Connect with Simona on her site Sloths On The Run

Social Media Assistants

Lindsay Mickles

Lindsay Mickles

Pinterest

Lindsay is a freelance writer and photographer, who funds her travels by moving abroad to teach English.

Lindsay has a BSc in Photography and an MA in Intercultural Communication. She is from the USA but has also lived in Italy, England, and South Korea.

She will move to Bulgaria in September to try her hand at teaching English to high school students. Her travel and photography blog invites mid-range travelers to join her on cultural, culinary, and photographic exploration.

Connect with Lindsay on her site The Neverending Wanderlust

Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Pinterest & Proof Reader

Allison is Sydney born and bred, and as much as she loves the spectacular harbour city she calls home she escapes as often as she can to explore the globe.

Managing an insatiable lust for travel and holding down a senior full-time position in the corporate world is a juggling act that Allison has mastered. She takes full advantage of every minute of her leave and can often be found hanging around the fabulous beaches in SE Asia, Oceania and Australia.

Her pet peeve is paying full price for travel and she is always on the hunt for the best travel bargains. Follow along with Allison’s adventures as she explores the world a week at a time in luxury for less.

Connect with Allison on her site Flights For Fancy

 

Carol Guttery

Carol Guttery

Pinterest

Carol is a travel writer, photographer and philanthropy consultant who loves nothing more than going someplace new.

Travel came early for Carol. She was just fifteen when she left the family road trip in the rear view and started to travel on her own terms. When she hit 50, she committed to making travel a more deliberate pursuit and she redesigned her life to make more room for it.

Carol provides philanthropy consulting and helps companies design and scale volunteering and grant programs. She is also the chief wordsmith at the Wayfaring Views travel website where she helps people travel on their own terms with advice on independent travel and alternative itineraries.

Carol is also an avid devourer of books, and a flaneur who can often be found nibbling tasty cheeses.

Connect with Carol on her site: Wayfaring Views

Gretchen Oris-Chong

Gretchen Oris-Chong

Pinterest

Gretchen Oris-Chong is a graphic/web designer specialising in creative branding.

She works with illustrious international & Australian powerhouses in fashion and digital marketing, designing beautiful brands that stand out.

She also mentors creative business owners on how to do this on their own brands. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and travels, photographs, and writes about their adventures every chance she gets.

Connect with Gretchen on her site Eight Corners