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Alexei J. Cohen

Alexei's editorial skills were honed on the pages of Racquet & Golfer, McCall's, and Family Circle. Before leaving Brooklyn he made frequent contributions to TimeOut New York. In London he rode the dotcom wave and was the launch editor of Fine Wine magazine. He returned to the print world in Rome and joined a publisher specializing in art, culture, and cinema. Since then he has translated, edited, and written several books.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where her fiction thesis won the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. Her journalistic work has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and a nomination from the City and Regional Magazine Association. As senior editor at Seattle Met magazine, she covers travel and the outdoors by hiking every trail and driving every road she can find on a map.

Andy Rhodes

Andy Rhodes has been living and traveling in Texas since 1994. He calls Austin home, but regularly explores the Texas Hill Country, East Texas pine forests, and Gulf Coast beaches. His favorite destination is the Big Bend region of far West Texas, where the enormous sky and rugged mountains beckon with solace, serenity, and low humidity.Since 2002, Andy has served as editor of the Texas Historical Commission's magazine, The Medallion, offering him an opportunity to experience the Lone Star State's compelling heritage in colossal cities and tiny towns.Andy's freelance articles have been published in Home & Away, American Cowboy, and Austin Monthly magazines. He has also served as a travel expert for The Guardian. In 2009, Andy was named a featured author at the prestigious Texas Book Festival.Andy earned a journalism degree from Miami University in 1993. He lives in Austin with his wife, Paula, and sons, Max and Daniel.

Ann Marie Brown

Ann Marie Brown made her first solo trip to Yosemite at age 22. Like many first-time visitors, she was immediately inspired by the Valley's sheer granite walls and shimmering waterfalls. Parking her car at the first trailhead she saw, she set off on the Four-Mile Trail. Carrying nothing but a water bottle, she intended to hike only a short distance but was so wowed by the scenery that she kept on walking. Two hours later she found herself at Glacier Point, considered by many to be the grandest viewpoint in the West. Scanning the scene, she noticed tourists dressed in everything from high heels to a nun's habit, and realized that she could have driven to Glacier Point instead of walking. Ann Marie vowed she'd never again go hiking without a map. More than two decades later, Ann Marie has gained substantially more outdoor savvy and is a dedicated California outdoorswoman. She hikes, camps, and bikes more than 150 days each year. She is the author of 13 books with Moon, including several outdoors titles-101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area, Moon California Waterfalls, and Northern California Biking-and is the co-author of California Hiking with Tom Stienstra. Her work has also appeared in Sunset, VIA, and California magazines.

Cameron Hewitt

Born in Denver and raised in central Ohio, Cameron Hewitt settled in Seattle in 2000. Ever since, he has spent three months each year in Europe, contributing to guidebooks, tours, radio and television shows, and other media for Rick Steves' Europe, where he serves as content manager. Cameron married his high school sweetheart (and favorite travel partner), Shawna, and enjoys taking pictures, trying new restaurants, and planning his next trip.

Dana Filek-Gibson

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.

Emily B. King

Emily B. King has been a Pittsburgher all her life. She graduated from the University of Pittburgh with a dual degree in English and Business, and moved to Squirrel Hill where she spent afternoons walking through nearby Frick Park and evenings sipping icy beers in Shadyside. Emily is an avid traveler and city girl, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times' Motherlode blog, XOJane, The Strip, LUX Magazineand Kidsburgh.org. She currently lives in the suburbs with her spouse.

Emily Toman

Emily Toman came of age in the same Dallas neighborhood where her parents met, and today she lives in the same house where her grandparents grew old together. Although a passion for outdoor adventure has carried her from Texas to California to Patagonia, her family's strong connection to Dallas ensures the city will always be "home."After earning her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington, Emily began her writing career at a small-town Central Texas newspaper. She quickly made her way back to Dallas and became the senior editor of the Advocate, a news and lifestyle magazine dedicated to neighborhood issues. No one knows the dynamics of Dallas like these reporters, who always manage to learn something new about their city. Emily now works as a freelance journalist and a Dallas ISD middle school writing teacher. The rest of the time, she's enjoying happy hour at her favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, exploring the woods around the Trinity River or absorbing the burgeoning literary scene.

Erin English

Erin English is a freelance writer who lives in Crested Butte, Colorado. She writes about recreation, travel, and the outdoors for online and print publications. Erin has experience organizing outdoor adventure activities for groups of people with disabilities, working as a nature guide for youth camps and organizations, and coordinating communications for organizations where she interacted with the media and used social media to promote branding and support fundraising initiatives.

Erin Van Rheenen

When Erin Van Rheenan was three years old, her parents moved the family from their native Oregon to a two-year Peace Corps stint in Nigeria. Since then Erin has been fortunate to live outside of the US for extended periods of time in Ireland, Ecuador, Mexico, and Guatemala, among other places. She answered Costa Rica's call in 2000; the first edition of Living Abroad in Costa Rica came out in 2004.Erin earned a BA in Latin American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters in Fiction Writing and English Literature from the City University of New York, and a certificate of proficiency in Spanish from the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador. She has published essays and stories and articles in venues ranging from Fiction Magazine to the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has won several awards, and she was honored with inclusion in the Best Women's Travel Writing.

Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is an American journalist and writer who worked and lived in Jerusalem and the surrounding region for more than three years.

Hilary Nangle

Despite brief out-of-state interludes for college, grad school, and stints as a ski and whitewater bum, Hilary Nangle has never been able to resist the lure of her home state. She grew up on Maine's coast, spending much of each winter skiing in the western mountains. Her sense of wanderlust was ignited when she became a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide on the Kennebec River, which gave her a chance to explore the central and northern regions of the state.

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson learned to surf San Diego waves while living on a nearby military base. The child of a U.S. serviceman, he spent his youth on such bases, traveling the globe from Japan to the UK, through the American South up to Washington DC. But nothing resonated so deeply for him as the Southern California lifestyle.After earning a writing degree from Pomona College, Ian continued to explore the world, yet those West Coast beaches keep luring him home-never judging him for dalliances in Hawaiian, Costa Rican, or European waters. He contributes to national publications (usually writing about beer, music, and travel) has ghost-written a number of books, and even delved into the ecological sciences to co-author An Eco-Friendly Online Shopping Guide.

Jamie Jensen

Jamie Jensen was immersed in road trip culture from an early age. He grew up in Southern California, back when freeways were new, cheeseburgers cost a quarter, and every beach had a beachfront amusement park. After a three-year stint bumming around the country, making hay in Kansas, and ghostwriting a book for the Grateful Dead, Jamie set to work researching and writing Road Trip USA. Since then he's traveled more than 400,000 miles in search of the perfect stretch of two-lane blacktop. When not crisscrossing the country by car, he rides his bike whenever possible. Jamie lives with his wife, Catherine, and twin boys, Tom and Alex, in New York City, at the east end of the Lincoln Highway.

Jason Frye

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.

Jeff Burlingame

Jeff Burlingame is the author of 30 nonfiction books. He has won several high-profile awards for his work, including a prestigious NAACP Image Award and a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Jeff spent a decade working as a reporter and editor for his hometown newspaper in the blue-collar Olympic Peninsula town of Aberdeen, where he won nearly a dozen awards for his writing and cofounded the nonprofit Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation.Jeff lives in Tacoma, Washington, and is currently working on his first novel.

Jennifer Kramer

A Baja California-based tour guide, travel planner, and writer, Jennifer Kramer has been immersed in Baja's culture, history, and natural wonders for over 30 years. From childhood excursions down the peninsula, to her work today as marketing director for her family's company, Discover Baja Travel Club, Jen has made it her life's mission to explore and share all that Baja California has to offer. In this book, her first comprehensive work on the region, Jen not only unlocks Baja's hidden gems, she offers a pragmatic guide for the traveler seeking an adventure off the beaten path.

Joel A. Dombrowski

A native of Buffalo, New York, Joel Dombrowski was introduced to the natural world by his grandfather. Every weekend, he and his five siblings, his mother, and his grandparents would pile into a car and explore the parks, beaches, and monuments of Western New York and Southern Ontario. These trips fostered a curiosity for the region that he could never quite shake.After receiving a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, Joel worked in TV news while performing stand-up comedy on weekends and evenings. After realizing that his true love is storytelling and history, he is now the CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of his own tour company, entertaining visitors to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.In addition to writing, Joel fishes, hunts, and hypnotizes squirrels (you'll need to take his tour to find out how). He lives Clarence Center, New York, with his wife and four children.

John Moretti

A decade ago, John Moretti left his job as a small-town reporter in Vermont in search of fame and fortune in Italy. For years he worked in Milan as an editor at a national English-language newspaper, a joint venture between Corierre della Sera and the International Herald Tribune.Later, as a correspondent in Southern Europe, John covered everything from Lance Armstrong's string of historic Tour de France victories for the New York Sun to the plight of African prostitutes in Turin for the London-based Independent. His brief television career included an interview with Giorgio Armani for A&E's Biography and a documentary on Italian soccer for Australian television.Over the years, John has become an expert on Italian society. He has accumulated a multitude of priceless experiences in Italy to date: racing across the Bay of Naples at about 30 knots in Giovanni Soldini's trimaran, sledding with huskies by the Slovenian border, skiing the summit of Mount Etna hours before it erupted, celebrating Easter with friends in the Maremma...and enjoying long lunches al fresco.

Joshua Lawrence Kinser

Joshua Lawrence Kinser is a native Floridian from Pensacola who spends the better part of each year traveling the entire length of the state's Gulf Coast. After bouncing between jobs for more than a decade-traveling around the world as a writer, a wildlife biology research technician, and a professional drummer on cruise ships-he returned to Florida to write full-time.