Renee Blodgett is founder and managing editor of We Blog the World and founder of branding & communications consultancy Magic Sauce Media, where she develops creative marketing strategies & campaigns for travel, lifestyle & tech companies. Having lived in 10 countries and traveled to over 85, she is an avid photographer, producer and curator. Her vision for WBTW is focused on Transformative Travel; her hope is take you on one enriching transformative journey and experience after another so you view the world and your place in it, in a brand new way.
Aline Dobbie is an author of four books on India and a travel writer. She lives in Scotland but travels widely throughout the year with an annual visit to India where she was born & grew up. Aline’s earlier life was in the corporate world but now lives a rural life with emphasis on travel, gardening, cooking, and family. India, South Africa, England, Scotland, Greece and other lovely places are a constant delight to her.
Anthony Compagnone is the Culture & Language Editor of We Blog the World. By day, he is the founder of Speech Synergy and a bilingual speech and language therapist. Anthony has been helping kids and adults with their speech and language needs for over 20 years in both New York and San Francisco. He is also a prolific martial artist and loves to cook and do yoga.
Beth Blecherman started her career in application development and as a Senior Manager of Computer Process Integrity for Deloitte. After senior management, she took on family management blogging as her career 2.0. She is Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, a collaborative of mom blogs across the country, and their first international blog Canada Moms Blog. She writes about technology and family travel and lives in Silicon Valley.
Carol Barbier Rolnick grew up in Japan and Southeast Asia, traveling extensively as a child through Asia, the Middle East and Europe on family vacations. Travel has continued as a priority through raising kids and into retirement, extending adventures through the Americas, southern Africa, Asia, and repeat trips throughout Europe.
Cheryl Lock is a former magazine, newspaper and website editor turned full-time freelance writer. She has worked on staff at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, More and Parents magazines, as well as for Learnvest, the leading women’s financial website. Her work has also appeared in Newsweek, Forbes, Ladies’ Home Journal, the Huffington Post, AOL Travel and more.
Chris Banducci is a pastor and missionary in Taiwan. He has, at other times of his life, been a white-water rafter, rock climber and adventurer. Chris left the corporate world of Solid Waste Recycling in 1996 and pioneered a church in Riverside, California for the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship and is now engaged in the same endeavor in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. He writes on the culture, religion, tradition, and day-to-day life in Taiwan.
Francis has an MBA from Harvard Business School and co-founded a successful Silicon Valley company that did robotic vision. He left his technology life to walk across America four times and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and became the first to do a round-trip on the Continental Divide Trail. Francis has authored several books including The Hidden Europe and took a few years to drive through Africa where he documented his travels.
Jessica Festa is the editor of the travel sites Jessie on a Journey and Epicure & Culture. Along with blogging at We Blog The World, her byline has appeared in publications like Huffington Post, Gadling, Fodor’s, Travel + Escape, Matador, Viator, The Culture-Ist and many others
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He’s the inspiration for her first published children’s book, “Park Avenue Pound Puppy.” The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories. She largely writes about New York City’s cultural and food activities as well as fun getaways from the city to interesting parts of the Northeast.
Jim Bamboulis has held several posts over the past 12 years, including National Sportscaster, Food Host and Writer, Talk Show Host, Olympic Researcher and Travel Film-maker. He is based in Toronto and is the founder of the blog Travel Mammal, where he writes about Toronto and the surrounding area as well as Greek culture in and out of Canada.
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green–eco business, non-profits and conscious businesses. She then took off and traveled extensively with her son Miro, writing about their adventures on her blog Raising Miro, including stints where they lived in various parts of South America. She has also authored content on home schooling which she has done with success with Miro on the road.
Marcia Gagliardi is a freelance food writer in San Francisco. She writes a weekly column, Foodie 411 for the SFCVB on their “Taste” site; a monthly gossip column, “The Tablehopper” for The Northside; and regular features for Edible San Francisco.
Megan Eileen McDonough is writer, blogger and social media specialist and founder of the lifestyle blog Bohemian Trails, which is designed for the savvy and stylish traveler. Through her adventures, she focuses on must-see places around the world, covering everything from revamped neighborhoods and vibrant street art to innovative tech hubs and everything in between.
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu, travel enthusiast and the author of Adrift: A junket junkie in Europe is the youngest of four siblings born into an aristocratic family of Punjab. Dogged in her resistance to conform, and with parental pressure easing sufficiently over the years, she had plenty of freedom of choice. And she chose travel.
Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who has been roaming the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as “CNNGo” and “Shanghaiist” along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, provides a mix of travel advice, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.
Sambrita Basu is a food-fascinated travel writer and photographer based out of Bangalore India. A background and a degree in hospitality and restaurant management paved her interest in food, and as the secretary of the institution’s editorial club, she contributed regularly and wrote about food in their annual magazine, A la Carte.
Tom Foremski is the Editor and Founder of the popular and top-ranked news site Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on business, arts, events and the culture of innovation. He is a former journalist at the Financial Times and in 2004, became the first journalist from a leading newspaper to resign and become a full-time journalist blogger.
Canadian expat Carrie Kellenberger has kept a home base with her husband in Asia since 2003. A prolific traveler, Carrie has funded her travels primarily as a writer, editor, travel blogger and photographer, but she has also worked as an educator, voice over artist, model and nightclub singer.
A career-long tourism, destination, hotel sales and marketing pro, Laurie Jo Miller Farr is a dedicated urbanite who loves walkable cities and has a knack for always finding the best public restrooms. As a San Francisco-based travel and copywriter, she enjoys views from its crazy signature hills following half-a-lifetime promoting her dual hometowns, a couple of oh-so-flat places: NYC and London. Her work is found online at USA Today, Yahoo, Eater, CBS, Where Traveler, and more.
April Hope is the founder and lead writer for LoveLustorBust, a travel community for those who want to add romance to their lives through exciting adventures around the globe. Whether you're a couple longing to explore together, you're in a long distance relationship looking for travel and dating tips, or a solo traveler looking for love, April is dedicated to helping people make their travel fantasies a reality. She's an industry expert with a passion for sharing stories of love, lust and catfish confessions. April has spent over 25 years traveling, exploring and falling in love around the world. When home in NYC, she also works as a writing couch and has led the Women's Writing Workshop for over 15 years.
Nancy D. Brown writes the What a Trip blog, and reviews lodging at hotel-scoop.com. Her articles have appeared in Shape magazine, Alaska Airlines, At Home Tennessee, Diablo magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune newspapers in addition to online publications. An avid equestrian, Nancy reviews horse properties at writinghorseback.com. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she specializes in active adventure and luxury travel for baby boomers.
Malika Bowling is a freelance food and travel writer based in Atlanta and Editor at Roamilicious.com. She's the author ofCulinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and Food Blogging 101. She has been featured on HGTV and The Huffington Post and has been a contributing writer to USA Today. Malika has also served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals.
Dr. Eva Selhub is an internationally recognized resiliency expert, physician, author, speaker, scientist and consultant. Dr. Eva engages her clients and her audiences with her powerful energy, words of wisdom and scientific knowledge to activate the five pillars of resilience–physical, mental, spiritual, relationship and team– to achieve optimal resilience, success, health and happiness. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Eva served as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and as a Clinical Associate of the world renowned Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital for nearly 20 years. She is the author of The Love Response and the co-author of Your Brain on Nature, and her latest book Blow up or Bliss Out will release in 2018. Dr. Eva has been included in national media such as The New York Times, USA Today, Self, Shape, Fitness, Health, The Dr. Oz show and more. In addition to We Blog the World, she also writes for Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Steven Aitchison, Success Stories, Rebelle Society, Good Men Project and Human Spaces.
Marcello Carrera-Forte started traveling as a newborn and hasn’t stopped. He has lived in Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Ecuador and has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and South America. He spent most of his adult life in New York City and has been living for in San Francisco for the last decade with his husband, H'erman, their dog, Romeo and their cats, Suave and Amore. Marcello has worked in the non-profit world as a marketer, branding, and fundraiser. For the Carrera-Forte household, traveling is not a luxury but a life necessity and a passion. Being foodies, experiencing local cuisine and learning to cook with local ingredients is one of their musts on each trip, having taken cooking classes across the globe. Both Marcello and H'erman have high stress helping professions and traveling is integral to their self-care.