About Wander

Wander Around the World or Across the Street™

Wander With Wonder is all about life's “wow moments”. There's wonder everywhere. We are storytellers who love helping you see life from a new perspective…whether you travel Around the World or Across the Street™.

Here at Wander, we define wow moments in many ways. Perhaps it's the wonder you feel when you discover great places to eat. Or it's finding that quiet corner to sit and reflect. Perhaps you feel that tingle of excitement in a hotel room that wraps you in luxury—or one that transports you to another time and place. Maybe your ideal wow moment is sitting in a local coffee shop while people-watching. We help you uncover those moments when you join us on Wander.

Come along with the Wander With Wonder team of storytellers as we help you discover wow moments where you might least expect them…whether you travel Around the World or Across the Street™.

Our Team

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham and her team of travel experts bring you the best of food, wine, and travel from around the world. Each contributor offers a unique look at their experiences as they travel. Wander With Wonder exists because of this amazing team of writers. Interested in writing for us? Please see how you can join the Wander team.

Editorial Staff

Susan Lanier-Graham

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere.

She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. You can see her complete writing portfolio online here.

Susan has lived all over the country—Virginia, Maine, California, Colorado, Texas—and in Germany. She graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, with a degree in Government & Politics/Comparative Economics. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts with honors from Regis University in Denver. Susan taught community college and high school for about a decade before devoting full time to writing. Susan and her husband Bill met in high school in Colorado. They moved to Arizona in 1994 and, despite a brief stay in Dallas from 2018-2020 and traveling around the USA in an RV for two years from 2001-2003, they call the Desert Southwest home.

Bill and Susan have one son who obviously didn't enjoy being an only child because he has graced their lives with five grandkids. They all love the Wander lifestyle. Read all of Susan's Wander articles here.

Bill Graham

Affiliate Manager | Outdoor & Adventure Editor

While pre-packaged experiences like tours, parks, and museums with well-marked sights and interpretive signs are great, the experiences that Bill Graham craves are those where you can escape the crowds and be with nature and history untouched. Whether it is an adrenaline rush like driving a dune buggy across the wilds of Baja or the humble experience of discovering the variety of mushrooms in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he seeks opportunities to be as close to the experience as possible.

Bill was inspired by his father who was an avid outdoorsman and spent time as a Ranger for the National Forest Service. Bill has hiked and backpacked in dry deserts below sea level and in mountains above 12,000 feet. He has explored deep into caves where he saw fish with no eyes and spent long nights studying the night sky to see the rings of Saturn and the spiral of distant galaxies. Bill went diving to explore tropical reefs and hiked mountains to cross glaciers.

In addition to the natural world, Bill is a student of history and seeks out experiences that connect us with the past. He has walked among the ruins of a Bronze Age village in France, stood before petroglyphs carved by ancient Americans, and read graffiti left by citizens of the Roman Empire. He has trod in the footsteps of crusaders, outlaws, and explorers. In the technological world, Bill has traveled onboard vintage railroads, driven race cars, and 18 wheelers, gazed at the antennas of the Very Large Array, and even flown an F-15 fighter.

Bill’s passion now is to share these experiences with others in a responsible way that will allow future generations to have the same experiences. Follow Bill on Facebook, and LinkedIn. Read all of Bill's articles on Wander here.

Elizabeth R Rose

Senior Editor

Elizabeth Rose, Wander's Senior Editor, is back again in the Phoenix (Arizona) area after more than a decade living in New Mexico and Washington state. She travels throughout the West and beyond writing about destinations, accommodations, festivals, and restaurants, especially farm-to-table cuisine. As an expert in cultural tourism, her writing reflects that passion.

She has won awards for her photography and accompanies her articles with her own images. She also provides photos for magazine covers, websites, and magazine articles (both print and online). Examples can be seen in Fine Art America.

You can see more of Elizabeth's work online at SouthwestLiz.com. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Elizabeth's articles on Wander here.

Teresa Bitler

Features Travel Editor

Teresa Bitler is an award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, American Way, Wine Enthusiast, and AAA publications. She's also the author of two guidebooks (Great Escapes Arizona and Backroads and Byways of Indian Country) and a contributor to Fodors Arizona & The Grand Canyon. While she'd never miss a must-see attraction, such as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, her favorite travel experiences are the unexpected ones: KoolAid with a Hopi medicine man, lobster prepared by a local on a Belizean beach, or a ride in a World War II-era bomber. Teresa writes about her travels at www.teresatravelstheworld.com.

You can follow Teresa on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Read all of Teresa's articles on Wander here.

Regular Contributors

Tracy Ellen Beard

Contributor

Tracy Ellen Beard is a Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon based freelance writer specializing in travel, dining, wine, adventure, non-profits, and alternative medicine. She is an avid outdoorsman who takes pleasure in hiking, skiing, backpacking, and cycling. As the founder and past president of an international children's non-profit, Tracy's travels have taken her all over the world. Her fifteen years of experience writing in various genres has added to her expertise.

Tracy writes for Northwest Travel & Life, Meeting News Northwest, Luxe Beat Magazine and several other publications. She is a member of the AWAI (American Writers and Artists Inc.) and the ITWPA (International Writers and Photographers Alliance). You can follow Tracy at her website or on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Read all of Tracy's articles here.

Teresa Bergen

Contributor

Teresa Bergen is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer and web content developer who specializes in health, fitness, and travel. Her articles appear on/in MSN.com, Spirituality & Health, India Currents, Whole Life Times Magazine, Pique, Yogi Times, the South China Morning Post, travelandleisure.com, and many other print and online publications. She’s the author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide and Meditations for Gym Yogis and writes a blog called Veg Travel and Fitness. She’s also the vegetarian/vegan editor of Real Food Traveler.

Teresa belongs to the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. In addition to writing, Teresa is a yoga teacher and ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Instagram. Read all of Teresa's articles here.

Mary Charlebois

Contributor

Mary Charlebois recalls that her mom called her Mary Go. One had only to mention ‘going' and she would be waiting at the door. Today, her life as a travel writer/photographer suits her well. Her favorite travel destinations are ‘off the beaten path', ‘not well-known', and ‘in the shadow of' locations. There she delves into art, music, food, libations, architecture, museums, parks, well-curated tours, history, agriculture, and the unexpected in micro-towns and big cities, domestically and internationally. Mary has been a photographer since the age of nine when she received a Brownie camera for her birthday. Photography is one of the biggest reasons she travels. She has begun tackling video the last few years—something describes as the perfect skill for an OCD person such as herself.

Follow Mary on Facebook and InstagramRead all of Mary's Wander articles here.

Lisa Waterman Gray

Contributor, Specializes in Green Hotels

A Kansas City-area resident, Lisa Waterman Gray has savored Quebec's finest cuisine, ridden in a pickup before a Kansas buffalo herd, and toured natural Arizona landmarks with Native American guides. In June 2011, 18 months of driving, research, and writing ended with the national publication of Lisa's book, An Explorer's Guide: Kansas. During October 2014, she was a U.S. delegate for Terre Madre and Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy—a conference for Slow Food International.

Lisa has written for Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle (a Canadian magazine), USAToday.comMidwest Living, four AAA magazines, and other clients. Visit Lisa online on her website or follow her on social media on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Read all of Lisa's articles on Wander here.

Vickie Lillo

Contributor

Vickie Lillo is a Florida-based freelance travel, birding, and reptile writer. She is also a stringer for the local Gadco Times and Calhoun/Liberty Journal weekly newspapers. She enjoys globetrotting with her husband Gustavo, and now that her son Nicolas has left the nest, is glad to have given him the gift of the love for travel. Read all of Vickie's articles on Wander here.

Catherine Parker

Contributor

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel that's driven her to visit all 50 U.S. states. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, she’s landed in nearly every North American airport at least once.

Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, Catherine combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. Logging over 75,000 miles behind the wheel, Catherine has explored 41 of the 61 national parks so far. Loaded an over-packed SUV, she’s driven through the lower 48 and six Canadian provinces with her three kids. Catherine also contributes to print magazines, including Texas Farm and Home and her local newspaper, The Taylor Press.

You can follow Catherine online at CarfulofKids. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read all of Catherine's articles on Wander here.

Penny Sadler

Contributor, Specializes in Lifestyles and Wine

Penny Sadler is on a quest to document the world's wine regions and explore beauty along the way. Her background as a professional makeup artist has honed her eye for fine detail, which complements her work as a travel and wine writer and photographer. She is Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certified and is currently pursuing the level three certification. In addition, she hosts wine tastings for both private and retail customers. Find Penny behind the scenes with a film crew, or wandering through vineyards with her camera. If she's not traveling, she’s planning her next trip.

Follow Penny on her blog, Adventures of a Carry-on. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Penny's articles on Wander here.

Cori Solomon

Contributor

Cori Solomon is an award-winning freelance writer/photographer, based in Los Angeles, California, who focuses on travel, art, food, wine, and pets. She often highlights the story behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker, or artist.

Her background in real estate and art both play a role in her writing, whether it is the architectural splendor of a building, a historical-artistic rendering, or the artistry of a winemaker or chef. Since Cori often travels with her dogs, Salukis, she has a keen eye for pet-friendly stories.

Wine is central to Cori, who founded the 50-member LA Wine Writers. Cori has earned her WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, received the NASA American Wine Specialist Certification and a NASA Spanish Wine Specialist Certification.

Cori is a member of the IFWTWA, NATJA, SATW, TWC, TravMedia, CWA and DWAA. You can see Cori's website at www.writtenpalette.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Read all of Cori's articles on Wander here.

2021 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award Winner

Wander With Wonder is a winner in the 2021 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, taking an honorable mention in the Travel Journalism Websites Category. The annual competition is sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

According to the judges, Wander With Wonder “is a rich website with deep content from freelancers covering the gamut of experiences. With easy navigation and broad coverage of everything from eat and drink to product reviews, this site is a feast for travelers. Readers can re-experience places once visited long ago or find new discoveries.”

Website & Social Media Stats

Wander With Wonder reaches thousands of households around the globe. Readers enjoy good food, great wine, and wow moments when and where they travel.  We have a total monthly audience of more than 450,000. Please check out a selection of some of our partnerships below. Let us know if you want to write for us or advertise on Wander

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Selected Partnerships

Wander With Wonder works with a variety of partners, including destinations, brands, hotels, airlines, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and more. You can view detailed partnerships here.

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