Susan has been writing and speaking about luxury food, wine and travel destinations for more than two decades. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles.
Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS), an A+ Certified Technician, an iNet+Certified Technician, a Certified Help Desk Support Engineer, and a Certified Help Desk Manager.
Susan is an ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer where she takes readers along on journeys of a lifetime through the Canadian Rockies. She has also been an official ambassador for Travelocity, offering tips and inspiration to fellow travel enthusiasts. Susan’s work regularly appears in print and online in WHERE Arizona, WHERE Phoenix + Scottsdale, Alamo.com travel guides, Luxe. Interiors + Design, AAA Highroads, AAA EnCompasse, Luxe Beat Magazine, So Scottsdale, Uptown, AAA Home & Away, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Fairmont.com and more. She writes for Experience Scottsdale and is the editor of Grapevine Today, the visitors guide for Grapevine, TX. Read Susan’s articles on Wander here and see her portfolio of other writing here.
Susan has lived all over the country. She was born in Virginia, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in high school, and then traveled around the U.S. and Europe with her husband during his time in the US Air Force. Susan 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, Colorado. She taught community college and high school for about a decade before devoting full time to writing. Susan and her husband Bill called Arizona home for more than 25 years before relocating to the Dallas area in January 2018—although they now split their time between Arizona and Texas. They have one son who obviously didn’t enjoy being an only child and has graced their lives with five grandkids who love the Wander lifestyle.
Barbara Barrielle is a long-time publicist who began writing four years ago with a specialty in food, wine, travel, and entertainment. Barbara also acts and produces films and has a feature film “Veracruz” releasing in early 2017. She also has two documentaries in production, including one on motorcycle road trips and another with a wine angle on the harvest.
Barbara worked in the wine business for years and owns a small vineyard in Sonoma County. She loves to cook and bake and try foods from around the world. Extensive travel throughout the world, especially as a single mother, has been formative for Barbara and Charlotte, her incredibly savvy college student daughter. She lives in Healdsburg and Los Angeles. Read all of Barbara’s articles on Wander here.
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 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. Read all of Teresa’s articles here.
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.
Ruth Wertzberger Carlson has been writing international luxury travel articles for two decades and still has not found a better place to live than San Francisco. A native of Iowa, she has nine siblings and loves taking visitors to explore San Francisco.
Her articles have appeared in American Way, Bon Appetit, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and several anthologies.
Denise Dubé, Contributor
Denise J. Dubé is a longtime writer who lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, an aeronautical engineer. They share left and right brain attributes. She started her writing career decades ago by writing an annual automobile price book. Later, she was a beat staff reporter for CNC. She spent more than seven years working as a Boston Globe regional reporter. Like her mother, Denise is an avid cook and baker and spends her spare time reading and researching food and its cultural background. About 14 years ago she transitioned from news to food and travel and has never looked back. Her work appears in national print food and travel magazines.
Denise is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and New England Travel Writers Network. Denise can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter. Read all of Denise’s articles on Wander here.
Lara Dunning lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and freelances for a variety of travel magazines. Her work can be found at Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, The Crossing Guide, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, RealFoodTraveler.com, WaggonerGuide.com and Whidbey Life Magazine. She also owns the travel site Small Town Washington & Beyond, where she shares her passion for small-town travel. Lara has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, writes young adult novels, nonfiction essays, and likes to hike with Hazel, her Australian Cattle Dog.
Laurie Jo Miller Farr is a career-long tourism, destination, hotel sales and marketing pro. As a dedicated urbanite, she loves walkable cities and has a knack for always finding the very best public restrooms.
She enjoys views from the crazy signature hills of San Francisco following half-a-lifetime promoting her dual hometowns, a couple of oh-so-flat places: NYC and London. Her work is found online at CBS, USA Today, Yahoo, Eater, Where Traveler, and more. She tweets @ReferencePlease and is more than a bit smitten with posting and following fabulous landscapes and food shots on Instagram at @lauriejmfarr.
Kamilla Graham has been writing for WanderWithWonder.com for the several years, where she specializes in everything Arizona. As a Phoenix native, Kamilla loves finding the best wow moments in the Grand Canyon State.
Kamilla and her husband both believe having five kids (ranging in age from 3 to 13 years) and living on a budget is no reason to not travel and expose their kids to the world’s cultures.
When she is not shuttling kids and working on local events for Wander or contributing to So Scottsdale, Uptown and Green Living AZ, Kamilla enjoys spa days, great ethnic food and music festivals. You can follow Kamilla on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Read all of Kamilla’s articles on Wander here.
Vickie Lillo is a Florida-based freelance travel and birding writer and stringer for the local Gadsden County newspaper. She enjoys globetrotting with her husband Gustavo and son Nicolas to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.
Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only one state left in her quest of seeing all 50. 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 55,000 miles behind the wheel, Catherine has explored 40 of the 60 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 Family Fun and Suburban Parent. She’s also a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA).
Ann Randall is a Poulsbo, Washington-based freelance travel writer/blogger who spends her time venturing to out of the way locales from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, sometimes wandering and other times serving as a volunteer observer for international elections and doing NGO work in India. When not traveling and writing about it, she fulfills her wanderlust by exploring her home turf; usually with a sketchbook in hand.
You can follow Ann online at www.ann-randall.com and on her blog at www.Peregrinewoman.com. Follow Ann on Facebook, Twitter with Peregrine Woman, Twitter with Ann Randall, and on Instagram. Read all of Ann’s articles on Wander here.
Robyn Roehm Cannon is a career journalist who has been writing across a broad cross-section of lifestyle topics for more than thirty years, focusing on the small details in life that bring us the most pleasure: a beautifully designed room, building or garden and the creative force behind it; a perfectly-made bed and the style of thoughtful hospitality that makes all the difference in a memorable travel experience; a deliciously crafted meal or glass of wine and the culinary journey of the chef or the vintner who presents it. For Robyn, feature writing is about the discovery and she relishes sharing conversations with inventive people who make our world a more colorful place in the stories she tells.
Robyn writes about European, North American and tropical travel itineraries that are designed for sharing with a human companion…and sometimes, with a canine one in tow. (Her breed is Tibetan Terrier.)
A native of western Washington but a part-time resident of the eastern side of her state, she writes from two unique locations: one overlooking Seattle’s Elliott Bay and the cruise ship terminals and the other on a forested canyon of 14,000 acres above the Spokane River and the state’s largest park.
Elizabeth Rose, based in the Portland, Oregon area, travels throughout the West and beyond writing about destinations, services, accommodations, events, and restaurants. 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 Internet). Examples can be seen on Fine Art America.
When not out exploring, she can be seen at Vancouver, Washington dog parks with Cinnamon and Francesca, the Blogging Coonhounds. You can see more of Elizabeth’s work online at SouthwestLiz.com. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Elizabeth’s articles on Wander here.
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.
Cori Solomon is a freelance writer/photographer residing in Los Angeles, California. Cori is well versed in travel, art, food, and wine as she has done extensive traveling and has collected wine since the 1980s. Cori’s background is real estate and art. Cori looks for the story that is behind a restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker or artist. As Cori often travels with her dogs, 4 Salukis, some of her travel articles deal with pet-friendly hotels and locations.
Cori is a member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Learn more at http://www.writtenpalette.com. Follow Cori on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Cori’s articles on Wander here.
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.D. 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.com, Midwest Living, four AAA magazines, and other clients. Visit Lisa online on her website or follow her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Read all of Lisa’s articles on Wander here.
Nancy Zaffaro is a freelance travel and food writer based in Portland, Oregon. She spends her time traveling locally throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as to far-flung international locales. When not exploring, she’s active in her community and hikes, kayaks, does yoga and spends time with friends and family.
Nancy is the Editor of ConfettiTravelCafe.com and a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Read all of Nancy’s articles on Wander here.