David Farley, the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town, has written travel articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, AFAR magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and Slate.com, among other publications. He has taught writing at Columbia and New York University. @davidfarley
Fresh out of Emerson College, Dana Filek-Gibson moved to Saigon as an English teacher in 2010 and never left. Though she only intended to stay for a year, Vietnam's phenomenal street food and breakneck pace of development hooked her from the very beginning. Over the next few months, she learned to speak Vietnamese, drive a motorbike, and safely cross the street: no easy feat in Ho Chi Minh City. Since landing a job with AsiaLIFE, a local magazine, Dana has written about Vietnamese culture and tourism as well as the daily adventures that come with being a redheaded expat. In 2012, she cycled from hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Her wanderlust has taken her beyond Vietnam to other corners of Southeast Asia, as well as Europe, Latin America, and Africa. She is an avid runner and hopes to one day complete a marathon in Southeast Asia.Whether ringing in the lunar new year like a local or learning the finer details of how to judge a chicken beauty contest, she counts every day in Vietnam as a new adventure.
Martin Fletcher arrived in Northern Ireland in 1997 after seven years as Washington Correspondent of THE TIMES. His previous book, ALMOST HEAVEN WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE 1999 THOMAS COOK TRAVEL BOOK AWARD. He is now European Correspondent of THE TIMES.
Tom Fremantle's restless career has included time as a teacher, journalist, dustman, bar tender in a Hong Kong nightclub and jackaroo on an Australian sheep station. He is the author of Johny Ginger's Last Ride.
Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA's Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.