Contributors

Amy Graff

amy_graff120.jpgI'm a girl on the go. I'm a working mom who isn't afraid to travel with my kids and bring them along on business trips. Sometimes I get away with just my husband or girlfriends. In my blog, I share my travel experiences--the good and the bad--and invite you to share yours.
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Bryson Forbes

bryson bio.jpgBryson has always had a passion for travel but never intentionally set out to make it a career. However, the industry found him and he considers himself lucky to have a career intertwined with his love of travel. Bryson has his own Marketing Company and has been affiliated with Best Western since 2009. Prior to that, Bryson held senior positions in both the corporate and leisure travel sectors, at American Express and Sears Canada. He also spent time at Travelweek, one of Canada's leading travel trade publications. He has his MBA from York University in Toronto and is an avid sports fan. Bryson lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Ruth and their two children Caira and Ethan.
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Cesar Millan

Cesar_Junior_Birnbach_March2011-2.jpgWith more than 25 years of experience, renowned dog behavior expert and New York Times best-selling author Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after authorities in the field of dog behavior and rehabilitation. In March 2014, Millan brings his unmatched canine abilities to communities terrorized by unruly hounds in Nat Geo WILD's new series "Cesar 911." During his nine-season run as host of the hit series "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan," he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs' quirky traits.

Chris McGinnis

Chris_McGinnis.jpgChris McGinnis hit the roads and skies early on and has never let up. As a kid on family vacations in the 60's, you'd find him in the airplane galley chatting with flight attendants, scoring airline wings or decks of cards and begging for visits to the cockpit. Later, Chris pursued a degree in international business....Why? Because of the opportunities to travel that such a career would bring.
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Claudia Kunkel

Claudia2.jpgMy idea of the perfect travel day is waking up in a fabulous boutique hotel somewhere I've never visited, searching for that perfect morning cup of coffee in a sidewalk cafe, watching the people go by, finding the museums, art galleries and quaint shops - and at the end of the day searching for that perfect glass of wine! As a "newbie" empty nester, I'm looking forward to new beginnings, new challenges and many new places - hope to see you there!
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James West

JWest.jpgTraveling is my favorite hobby. Anytime there's an opportunity to take a trip, I will do everything I can to make it happen. Volunteering for work trips, any type of family event, and leisure travels with my own family are all my idea of fun. I love staying in hotels, finding local hot spots from the city natives, and taking lots of pictures to document our fun. I've been to many places from the Philippines to Finland, but I still have a lot of unexplored destinations I'm hoping to get to. I look forward to visiting more amazing places throughout the world and sharing them here.
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Jason Fogelson

FogelsonHeadShot.jpgJason Fogelson is a freelance writer and creative director. The current Vice President of the Motor Press Guild of America, he has covered cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles for a variety of print, web and broadcast media, including Forbes.com, About.com, AOL Autos, CNN.com, the Los Angeles Times, Mazdasport Magazine and Fine Living Network. Jason also writes music, theater and film criticism, in addition to the occasional screenplay. Before working as a writer, Jason was an agent at the William Morris Agency in New York, representing writers and directors for film, television and theater. Prior to that, he was the Director of Play Development for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. He is based in North Hollywood, California, where he lives with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and his motorcycle, a 1993 Harley-Davidson Sportster Deluxe named "Manny."
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Julie Drossos

JulieGreece.jpgBorn and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I grew up in an incredibly diverse city and from a young age was keen to learn about different cultures and parts of the world. I was fortunate to be born into a family that loved to travel . By the age of 10 I had visited the Carribean, Italy, France, Korea, Japan, Thailand and a number of destinations throughout Canada and the United States. My thirst for traveling and exploring new places continued into my adult years, and these days while most of my travels have been business-related, I manage to squeeze in as much personal traveling into my busy life as possible! My idea of a perfect vacation includes fine wine and fresh local food, a massage at the spa, exercise - preferably outdoors, a decadently comfortable bed, and some excitement, such as a local show or a sporting event. My favorite vacation to date is a tie between Mykonos, Greece and the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
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Manny Ruiz

Thumbnail image for Manny Ruiz Headshot.jpgManny is the Chairman of the Hispanicize brand of Latino social media platforms, including the annual Hispanicize event, Hispanicize Wire, the Latina Mom Bloggers network and the Hispanic PR Blog. In addition, he is a major shareholder in the Being Latino platform and publishes his own personal family blog PapiBlogger.

Matthew Clyde

mattclyde_new.jpgEver since my parents threw me in the back of the car at the age of five on a road trip through Arizona, I've been hooked. Travel Junkie. The wonder of travel for me is finding the unique aspects of each destination that gives it character. My ideal travel itinerary includes a lot of meandering, unscheduled exploration, and surprising discoveries - the hidden streets of the Barrio Gothic in Barcelona, a traditional Chinese fishing village on a distant island near Hong Kong, a leisurely boat ride through the deltas in Tigre, Argentina. Destinations that are meant to be explored again and again: New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Vienna.
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Mike Mason

mike2.jpg A perfect travel day for me is landing in a city I have never been and just exploring, hoping on the bus, taking the subway, or strolling through the sites. Being a Dad in my 30's also involves some juggling and balance...I mean, who watches the kids while I'm out exploring, right? And though I prefer to travel for leisure, I've had my fair share of business adventures too. Red eye to Wichita anyone?
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Sam Lowe

sam.jpgSam Lowe is an almost-native Arizonan who has been writing about travel and curious things for more than 45 years. Over the years, he has shaken hands with Prince Phillip, Roy Rogers, Linda Lovelace and Johnny Cash; wingwalked on top of an airplane; portrayed a wax dummy; acted as a circus clown; written twelve books; driven the Goodyear Blimp; and been stranded in Zambia without a passport. Outside of that, he leads a fairly normal live in Phoenix with his wife, Lyn, and a large dog named Zachary. See all posts from Sam Lowe