Road Trip Warrior
My whole life has been a story that includes travel. When I was a teenager I enjoyed organizing rafting trips for my friends. Later on, I started working as a tour operator for hiking and adventure travel where I fell in love with national parks in Italy, Austria and Germany. Having the opportunity to work for tour operators, travel agents and the media, I moved to the United States to discover America’s great national parks. During my last 11 years, I have traveled over 300,00 miles across the United States by car, alone, but also with friends and families with the mission to visit every national park, state park and national monument in the United States, discovering the best view points, trails and hidden gems nearby rural communities that are off the beaten path. Being a travel and tech geek, I love gadgets and I truly believe that by using the latest information technology we can highlight a national park road trip in a complete new way, to inspire millions about America’s best idea, to plan their vacation of a lifetime.
National Park Outdoor Enthusiast
Whether it’s a high alpine sunset, smoke rising from an ancient city, or the gleeful smile on hiker’s face as they approach a summit, Emily Sierra brings you into the moment. Emily is an ardent traveler and outdoorswoman, and is always crafting her next adventure. Her thirst for new experiences has led her all over the globe and deep into the American west. Emily’s stories are best told over a hot cup of coffee or cold craft IPA. If you don’t catch up with Emily at your local brewery, her photos and writing make for a colorful re-creation of the tales. Emily’s passion for the Rocky Mountains has led her to explore them on foot, mountain bike, a pair of cross-country skis, or anything else you should offer. With her husband, dog and camera by her side, there is no adventure too grand.
Growing up in the heart of the Wind River Range, I have always had a passion for the natural world. I have always wanted to explore the unexplored and see the Earth from new perspectives. This mentality has carried into my photography career, as I now have a passion for capturing these natural wonders of the world. Whether it involves climbing a snowy peak or kayaking to a remote island, I'm always in search of fresh terrain and incredible lighting. I strive to add a unique element to my work by capturing perspectives of places that are less obvious. I want people to see things in a way that they have never even imagined. When I'm not snapping shutters, you can normally find me running a marathon, swimming across a lake, or backflipping off a seaside cliff. I thoroughly enjoy everything the world has to offer and hope to see you out on the trails!
Sarah is a freelance writer, a graduate student of Literature at Colorado State University, and an enthusiastic explorer of her state. She loves to travel and eventually hopes to cross all of the national parks off her bucket list!
I'm Shawn Pahl, and I'm a desert landscape photographer based out of Phoenix, Arizona. I grew up in Orange County California and West Lafayette Indiana where I graduated from Purdue University. Currently I work as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager in the aerospace extruded aluminum field. I fell in love with the Southwest after moving here from Los Angeles. The idea that such an incredible amount of diversity could be contained in a relatively small area of our country was astonishing to me. The more i explore the land around me the more I realize that I'm just scratching the surface of this amazing land. I spend my free time roaming the vast Southwest in search of the ever changing views of places I already know, and ones I'm yet to discover. I believe that education and conservation are the keys to all our State Parks future and my photography is a tool to achieve that. From the highest peak in Arizona (12,633') and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From the Northern Arizona views in Monument Valley to walking the Mexican border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.. it's truly a land like no other and I strive to document it's beauty.
Powder Matt Mosteller
Adventurer, Blogger, Author, Speaker and Freelance Journalist
Canadian Rockies based influencer, lifelong ski bum and outdoor adventurer, and sought after speaker whose work has been published in countless major city newspapers, magazines and outdoor centric websites. When not deep in it- Powder that is, Powder Matt can be found running wild rivers, backpacking long trails and sampling craft coffee in a mountain town near you.
One year, while his friends were busy getting jobs and settling down, a young Matt Mosteller spent 63 days living in his car so he could ski every day. He’s still seeking outdoor adventure daily and his stories can be seen regularly in the Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette,Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Explore Magazine and many others. His first book, described by The Calgary Herald as “a kind of handbook for living life to the fullest,” The Adventurer’s Guide to Living a Happy Life offers 63 daily meditations to help you broaden your horizons and achieve the 'goosebump' moments in life (sleeping in the car is optional). Mosteller is a crusader, constantly trying to find ways to fight childhood obesity and to get people outside to experience the benefits of Nature!
Best-In-Class Social Influencer
Shelli Johnson is a long-time traveler, adventurer, writer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of a thriving tourism publishing company, YellowstonePark.com and National Park Trips. During her 15 years of operating that tourism company, Shelli wrote more than 2 million words of original travel-related content. Shelli is an epic traveler, adventurer and guide, and reports enthusiastically about her travels and adventures to her large social networks, and in her two blogs. She is an expert at travel blogging, and always has media in hand to capture and share her adventures. Shelli is married and has three sons, and lives in her favorite place in the world, Wyoming’s Wind River Range.
Lauren Monitz is a travel/food writer and social media influencer specializing in approachable adventures and offbeat explorations. From becoming a certified viking in Iceland to blackwater rafting in New Zealand and eating her way around Asia, she intentionally seeks out the most unique and photogenic attractions wherever she goes. A Chicago native and a Denverite by choice, her goal is to visit all 50 states and at least 50 countries by 50 and make a bit of a dent in the ever-growing bucket list. A strong proponent of the idea that only experiences can make you richer, travel is the best education you can give yourself.
She has bylines across the web from Thrillist and the Huffington Post to Eater and the Food Network. You can follow her exploits on http://thedownlo.com or on Instagram @lmonitz.
Texas and Beyond
From Texas to Beyond (http://www.fromtexastobeyond.com/) is dedicated to learning about the world and the people around us. David, Rebekah, Isaac and the littlest member, Ephraim love introducing travelers to their home state of Texas, and sharing their journey of exploring the world. David enjoys soaking up natural beauty, history, art, architecture, beer and culture. Whether traveling to the town next door or across 10 time zones, Rebekah loves meeting new people and learning about their traditions, music, food, the local flora, and what brings pride to their community. Isaac enjoys meeting new people, diving in to foreign cultures, and appreciating the view from a different part of the world. And Ephraim enjoys finding a new travel hat to fit his charming toddler style!
Whether they're traveling across the city, state, country or world, there is always something new to learn that will foster empathy and understanding. You can follow their adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Traveler & Storyteller
Andi Fisher is a traveler and storyteller who believes food brings people together. As a military brat, she grew up living all over the US and beyond, from small town to large, exploring the world around her. For the last 10 years, she has been seeking out and chronicling her adventures on her blog Misadventures with Andi. (https://misadventureswithandi.com/) She loves road trips with her photographer husband – they have been known to drive hours to check out an artisanal food or product! Inquisitive by nature, positive, and someone who always finds the good in everything she does, Andi loves framing a good narrative!
Steven and Jazmin
Travel Writers / Social Media
Steven and Jazmin are travel writers and social media influencers who are focused on creating walking guides to new destinations while uncovering all the beauty this world has offer. Steven, a native of Boston and Jazmin, a native Ecuadorian met in college with a mutual love of travel. Our first major trip together was a three month road trip across the United States in 2014 and the adventure has not stopped since. Steven has all 50 US states under his belt and Jazmin just passed her 50th country visited. Together the founded a travel guide website, TravelToBlank.com, a thriving community of explorers who want to see something new whether it is around the corner or across the globe. There is no better way to inspire others to get out and travel than through our camera lens and written word. Besides our love of exploring a city on foot we also enjoy romantic getaways, adventurous escapes and exploring new spots with our chocolate labrador, Gordo.
Christie is a San-Francisco-based travel photographer and writer with a love for colorful landscapes and adventure of any kind. Her over 7 years of experience working in the social media marketing space in Silicon Valley, combined wither her professional photography and genuine love for sharing experiences, make her uniquely positioned to deliver authentic inspiration to her online community of over 150,000.
Social Media Strategist
Erika is quite the outdoor enthusiast, dog lover and a digital nomad who spends most of her time in the American West. As a girl growing up in Colorado she is most passionate about road tripping America and backpacking Europe. In her role as a social media strategist she helps our clients coming up with visual content ideas and stories that will perform best via social media. She has become a dedicated tourism ambassador having studied it at Colorado State University. Her favorite part of the work is to capture random authentic travel moments and is not hesitant traveling the extra mile to South America, Europe and also throughout rural America. We are thrilled to have Erika helping us connecting multiple generations with our tourism communities via social media.
Adventurer & Photographer
Haley Plotkin is an avid adventurer and photographer from Austin, TX. Her thirst for travel started at a young age when she spent her summers exploring Rocky Mountain National Park at summer camp. Then, she spent time studying abroad in London and Glasgow during college and the wanderlust never stopped. She always loves to be on the move and exploring new places, searching for the best photo spots in the world. Some of her favorite places to travel abroad have been the Galapagos, Iceland, New Zealand, and Scotland, but she also loves the beauty of America's National Parks. Someday, she hopes to have visited all 50 U.S. States and every continent! You can follow along with her travels at https://www.readysetjetset.net or on Instagram @readysetjetset.
Travel Writer / Blogger
Brianna Simmons is a travel writer and blogger at The Casual Travelist where she aims to show others how to balance a full time career with a love of travel. A physical therapist during the week and an international jetsetter on weekends, Brianna's travels have taken her throughout the US and across five continents; seeking adventure everywhere from climbing volcanoes in Ecuador, glacier hiking in Iceland and even eating a sheep's eyeball in Marrakech. After a stint in the US Navy Brianna now calls Virginia Beach home where she enjoys stand up paddleboarding, going to the beach and eating oysters straight from the water.
Brianna has written for Southern Living, Afar.com and National Geographic and you can follow here adventures at casualtravelist.com
Laura Lawson Visconti
Laura Lawson Visconti is an author, Sony Alpha photographer, travel writer, entrepreneur and adventure-obsessed visual storyteller based out of Lake Tahoe, California. She is the Founder & CEO of GEOGRAPHY CREATIVE (https://www.wearegeography.com/), a creative agency, and Co-Founder & Creative Manager of DRINK COFFEE DO STUFF (https://drinkcoffeedostuff.com/), a coffee roastery. As a social influencer, her personal audience is over 150,000. Laura enjoys directing and producing projects uniting travel and adventure — ongoing clients include Alaska Airlines, Visit Reno Tahoe, Nau Clothing, Teva and W Hotels. When not consuming copious amounts of coffee in her office or running through an airport, Laura can usually be found exploring the mountains she calls home. Keep up with Laura's adventures on Instagram at @lauralawsonvisconti or on her blog (http://lauralawsonvisconti.com/).