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), International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Susan is also 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, Arizona—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. You can follow Susan on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. 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.

Tracy Ellen Beard

Senior Editor

Senior Editor Tracy Ellen Beard is also a freelance writer and photographer and is based in Longview, Washington. She is an avid traveler, wine connoisseur, foodie, hiker, cyclist, and kayaker. Tracy is the “Out and About” columnist for the Columbia River Reader and writes monthly for Upscale Living Magazine. She also contributes regularly to LuxeGetaways, Northwest Travel & Life, Country, Country Extra, and several other magazines. Her stories focus on luxury and adventure travel, fine dining, wine, libations, road trips, and recipes.

Tracy shares a unique perspective on the world from her personal journeys and the excursions she took as the founder and past president of an international children’s nonprofit. Her twenty years of experience writing in various genres, and her culinary training in San Francisco, California, have added to her knowledge and expertise.  You can follow Tracy on her website or on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Read all of Tracy's Wander articles here.

Regular Contributors

Alice Alech

Contributor

Alice Alech writes from her home in the South of France. She has lived and worked in the UK, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Australia. A former health care worker, she is passionate about travel, food, health, wellness, and wine.

Alice is the author of 7 Wonders of Olive Oil. Follow Alice on her website and on Twitter. Read all of Alice's Wander articles here.

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Barbara Barielle

Contributor

Barbara Barrielle is a long-time publicist who began travel and wine writing several years ago and has been roaming the world since. Barbara also acts and produces films. She has a feature film “Break Night” out on Amazon Prime and a documentary on the California wildfires called “Crushed.” Her favorite destination is the Cook Islands and she spends time learning wine and languages in Europe.

At home in Healdsburg, CA, Barbara manages a small vineyard and Airbnb and dotes on her Corgi puppy Pickles. You can follow Barbara at her website or on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Read all of Barbara's Wander articles here.

Teresa Bergen

Teresa Bergen

Contributor

Teresa Bergen is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer and web content developer specializing in sustainability, fitness, vegan and sober travel. Her articles appear on inhabitat.com, Spirituality & Health, Whole Life Times Magazine, Pique, Bluedot Living, the South China Morning Post,travelandleisure.com, and other print and online publications. She’s the author of Easy Portland Outdoors and co-author of Historic Cemeteries of Portland, Oregon, and writes a blog called Veg Travel and Fitness.

Teresa belongs to the Society of American Travel Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow Teresa on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramRead all of Teresa's Wander articles 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.

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

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Sandra Bornstein

Contributor

Sandy Bornstein is a Colorado-based, award-winning travel and lifestyle writer who focuses on active adventure, food and beverages, history and culture, cruises, luxury boomer travel, family travel, health and wellness, worldwide Jewish culture, and the importance of embracing life when faced with an incurable cancer diagnosis.

After living as an expat international teacher in Bangalore, India, Sandy wrote May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A memoir as a resource for people contemplating an expat lifestyle. In the fall of 2022, Sandy's second book, 100 Things to Do in Boulder Before You Die, will be published by Reedy Press.

Connect with Sandy online at The Traveling Bornsteins and SandraBornstein.com. Read all of Sandy's Wander articles here.

Kathy Condon

Contributor

Kathy Condon is a journalist and travel writer with immense curiosity. It has taken her to 29 countries, 16 islands, and 49 states (Alaska is on the bucket list). Her motto: Let me help tell your destination's story to the people throughout the world.  She is the author of two books: Face-to-Face Networking: It's All About Communication and It Doesn't Hurt to Ask: It's All About Communication, which was named Best Book Finalist by USA Book News.

Visit Kathy online on her website, Palm Springs Insider Guide, or follow her on social media on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Read all of Kathy's articles on Wander here.

Michael Cullen

Contributor, Specializing in Asia

Thailand-based Aussie Michael Cullen's first career saw him working in hospitality, from vice royal households to boutique and big brand hotels across Australia. He welcomed new assignments and challenges with open arms and took that same enthusiasm and expertise for hospitality into his freelance travel writing.

Asia always beckoned, be that backpacking from Hong Kong into Southern China's Guangzhou, a north-to-south honeymoon tour of Vietnam (well before mass tourism), Lombok touring, Cambodian explorations, or boating around the little-visited Andaman Islands of India. Looking for further adventures, Michael moved to Thailand full-time in 2015.

The culture, food, people and history, local architecture, and design inspire Michael to keep traveling and sharing his experiences. He seeks places that can bring those elements together in hotels or guesthouses with a strong design aesthetic. Sustainable, eco-friendly, community-based tourism and wellness are also areas of interest.

Michael is a member of TravMedia and IFWTWA (International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association).

See more of Michael's work online, or follow him on Instagram. Read all of Michael's articles on Wander 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. In 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, LinkedIn, or Pinterest. Read all of Lisa's articles on Wander here.

Kurt Jacobson

Contributor

Kurt Jacobson is a former chef and current freelance travel writer. His writing covers restaurants, destinations, hotel features, farms, and wine. When not hanging out at home, Kurt loves exploring the Mid-Atlantic area with his wife and dog Sophie. 

You can find Kurt's published articles at Trip101.com, GoNOMAD.com, Mother Eart News Magazine, Edible Delmarva Magazine, TasteofTravel2.com, and more than 40 other publications worldwide.

You can find Kurt online at his website, TasteofTravel2, as well as on Twitter. Read all of Kurt's articles on Wander here.

Jessica James

Contributor

Jessica James is an award-winning author of historical fiction and suspense/thrillers, whose passions include history and travel. When not writing books, she enjoys wandering the backroads of America and blogging about our nation’s almost-forgotten past at PastLaneTravels.com.

Read all of Jessica's articles on Wander here.

Judy Karnia

Contributor

Judy Karnia currently enjoys living in the desert of Scottsdale, AZ. She grew up in Chicago and practiced veterinary medicine for 28 years. She has traveled throughout the United States and a few foreign countries and enjoys exploring cities and natural areas. She is a freelance travel writer and certified nature therapy guide. You can follow Judy on her website and Instagram

Read all of Judy's articles on Wander here.

Allison Levine

Allison Levine

Contributor, Specializing in Wine

Allison Levine is the owner of Please The Palate, a boutique agency specializing in marketing and event planning for the wine and spirits industry. With over 20 years of experience in communications, marketing, and event planning, Allison is passionate about the world around her and its diverse people. Allison holds a WSET Level 3 Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), an Italian Wine Specialist Diploma from the North American Sommelier Association, a Certified Meeting Professional Certificate (CMP), and is BarSmarts Wired certified.

As an industry expert, Allison works with wine regions worldwide, organizing trade and media events around the United States. She has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in Italy, Spain, and Mexico, where she developed her passion for food and wine. Her work allows her to live life to the fullest. As a freelance writer, Allison communicates her experiences in articles and on her blog. She is a columnist for the Napa Valley Register and a regular contributor to California Winery. She is the host of the podcast WineSoundtrack USA. Her work has also appeared in ATOD Magazine, Wine Industry Advisor, Drizly, WineTouristMagazine, Thrillist, LA Weekly, LAPALME Magazine, BIN (Beverage Industry News), FoodableTV, Drink Me Mag, WeSaidGoTravel.com, Wine Country This Week and The Tasting Panel.

Follow Allison on Instagram and Twitter. Read all of Allison's articles on Wander here.

SJ Morgensen

Contributor

SJ Morgensen is a freelance writer based in Omaha, specializing in travel and food. Whether she's on an undiscovered beach in Florida or an off-the-beaten-path trail in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona, SJ likes the unexpected travel experience. She especially enjoys exploring sunny U.S. destinations, chatting with locals, and digging into creative cuisine.

Follow SJ's travels on Instagram and on her website. Read all of SJ's articles on Wander here.

Gretchen Pahia

Contributor

Gretchen Pahia has more than two decades of journalism experience. She is an award-winning television news producer and when she isn’t writing for several local publications, she enjoys spending time with her family. Gretchen is an Arizona native, born and raised in the Valley, and continues to live there with her husband and two teenage sons.

Read all of Gretchen'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.

Jill Robbins

Contributor, Specializes in Family Travel

Jill Robbins is a Texas-based freelance writer, wanderer, and photographer. Jill is a mom of three and nana of one. She lives outside San Antonio with her husband and two sons, but she's usually somewhere else. She has a biological daughter and two sons adopted from China. 

Jill's words have been published in The Washington Post, TravelingMom, Scary Mommy, and other places. She's also the producer of Listen to Your Mother San Antonio, a stage show that features live readings about motherhood as told by their original authors in celebration of Mother's Day.

Follow Jill on her website, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals. You can also follow along on Facebook  and Instagram. Read all of Jill's articles on Wander here.

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Dena Roche

Contributor

Dena Roché is an experienced travel journalist focusing on wine, wellness, and luxury travel. She’s published with BBC, American Way, United Hemispheres, Marriott, Trivago, and more. 

Follow Dena on her website. You can also follow along on Instagram. Read all of Dena's articles on Wander here.

Katherine Rodeghier

Katherine Rodeghier

Contributor

During her extensive career as a travel journalist, Katherine Rodeghier has researched destinations in nearly 100 countries and has taken cruises across the globe. Her travel experiences span all seven continents, including close encounters with penguins and leopard seals in Antarctica, lions in Tanzania, and tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. She has waded into a cranberry marsh in Wisconsin, danced the two-step in the Texas Hill Country, and hiked into Havasupai Canyon in Arizona.

Katherine's travel journalism career began in suburban Chicago, writing and editing an award-winning newspaper travel section for the Daily Herald. She continues to write about travel as a freelancer for the Daily Herald as well as for other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Dallas Morning News.

Katherine's work also can be found in Global Traveler magazine, Cruise Travel magazine, and auto club publications and on websites FoodieTravelUSA.com and GoNOMAD.com among others. She’s a member of Society of American Travel Writers and is on the board of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association.

Follow Katherine on her website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Katherine's articles on Wander here.

Elizabeth R Rose

Former Senior Editor & Contributor, Specialized in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest

Elizabeth Rose passed away in May 2022. After more than a decade of living in New Mexico and Washington state, she returned to the Phoenix (Arizona) area in 2018. She traveled throughout the West and beyond and wrote about destinations, accommodations, festivals, and restaurants, especially farm-to-table cuisine. She was an expert in cultural tourism and her writing always reflected that passion.

Over the years, she won awards for her photography and accompanied her articles with her own images. She also provided 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 and on Instagram. Read all of Elizabeth's articles on Wander here. We were honored to have had Elizabeth as part of our team and treasure the many years she spent writing about wow moments. We hope you enjoy reading her work.

Theresa Russell

Contributor, Specializes in Cruises

Theresa Russell thrives on the thrill of travel and the excitement of visiting new destinations and experiencing the local culture whether she is in Anchorage or Zihuatanejo.

Cruising has a special place in Theresa's heart, but she is no stranger to other types of travel including hiking and cycling. She has hiked and cycled in several countries. She includes hiking the Inca Trail and cycling across the North American continent as some of her most memorable trips. Theresa is the editor of EssentialCruising.com and is a member of SATW, ASJA, MTJA, and NATJA.

You can follow Theresa on Twitter and Instagram. Read all of Theresa's articles on Wander here.

Jill Schildhouse

Contributor

Jill Schildhouse is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Oxygen, Amazing Wellness, MSN, The Arizona Republic, and Phoenix Home & Garden. She caught the travel bug while serving as editor-in-chief of AAA Arizona's Highroads magazine and has explored more than 30 countries so far — highlights include attending culinary classes in Italy, cruising the fjords of Norway, and touring windmills in the Dutch countryside.

Jill also creates content for well-known brands such as The Vitamin Shoppe, The Rich Dad Company, and CVS Health. Additionally, the Phoenix resident and self-proclaimed foodie shares her insatiable appetite for world travel on her own blog, The Global Glutton.

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

Mimi Slawoff

Mimi Slawoff

Contributor

Mimi Slawoff is a native Angeleno and seasoned journalist who has traveled the world since she was a child. A first-generation Bulgarian American, Mimi spent a few summers in Bulgaria and traveling around Europe. That got her hooked on travel. She enjoys taking photos and writing about other cultures, cruising, skiing, snorkeling, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.

A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi is a regular contributor to L.A. Parent magazine, where her former travel column earned an award from the Parenting Publications of America. In addition, Mimi has bylines in AAA, Travel + Leisure.com, Eating Well magazine, Hilton's Club Traveler magazine, TravelingMom.com, The Expedition, and more. She also wrote for the Big Bear Visitors Guide, and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Mimi is the author of Oldest Los Angeles, released by Reedy Press in 2022.

You can follow Mimi on Twitter and Instagram. Read all of Mimi'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.

Julie Dee Suman

Contributor

Julie Dee Suman is a Maryland-based freelance travel writer and photographer. She has traveled extensively through 45 countries across five continents. In addition to featuring the Mid-Atlantic Region, Julie enjoys destination travel with a focus on nature and wildlife excursions. She is a member of the Travel Writers Café, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and TravMedia. Julie is also a pharmaceutical scientist and co-editor of Respiratory Drug Delivery. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines. You can follow Julie on Instagram and Twitter. Read all of Julie'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, placing fourth 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 265,000. 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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  • Ages 25 - 34 22.39% 22.39%
  • Ages 35 - 44 20.66% 20.66%
  • Ages 45 - 54 16.84% 16.84%
  • Ages 55 - 64 15.38% 15.38%

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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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