ROAM Editorial Team
After a thousand years in publishing as a business journalist, ghostwriter, content strategist and market researcher, Maryann brings her experience traveling as a backpacker, businessperson, expat and mom to writing and editing for ROAM. email@example.com
Maria De La O – Executive Editor
Magazine editor. Documentary filmmaker. Copy expert. Mother. Traveler. Maria brings it all to the pages of ROAM. firstname.lastname@example.org
Didrik Johnk – Photographer at Large
What’s tougher: Climbing Everest? Getting your photo on the cover of Time? Producing a world travel series? Or traveling with two energetic boys? Ask Didrik Johnk, professional husband, dad, travel photographer, producer. director, and judge of ROAM’s Family Travel Photo Contest.
Sarah’s first job out of college was as a travel writer who wasn’t paid nearly enough to travel. She and her family love outdoor adventures, dance parties, and big meals with friends and family. She prefers packing to unpacking and enjoys butchering Spanish and French equally. Read: A Return to Italy – con Bambinis, Buenos Aires for Families, and The Perfect Time in Pagatonia.
Megan Harvey – Director of Strategic Partnerships
Megan and her family lived every traveling parent’s dream by exchanging a year of their everyday Northern California outdoor adventures for a year of around-the-world outdoor adventures. Now they’re back – but still traveling every chance they get. Read: Time to Take the Kids to Cuba
Dina Harrison – Contributing Editor
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Emily Janowsky – Contributing Editor
This San Francisco native is mom to two teenage boys and a dog that makes puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Favorite travel moments include summitting Kilimanjaro, hiking the Inca Trail, exploring Patagonia, safari-ing in Sabi Sand, backpacking through Indonesia and NorCal getaways with her hubby. Emily edits ROAM’s “parents-only” escapes and writes about family trips like South Africa, Cape Town, and Dubai.
Don Thompson – Contributing Editor
When he’s not running Carbon Five, Don is researching ROAM travel options and teaching valuable life lessons to his kids (like how to survive for a month in Ireland on $20 by hitchhiking, camping in backyards and eating peanut butter off a Swiss Army knife without slicing your mouth). Read: 1 Day, 2 Volcanoes, 3 Islands, Heaven in Hell’s Canyon and Winter Yellowstone Road Trip.
When not surfing, biking, SUPing, kayaking or chopping ridiculously large piles of wood, Paul teaches in Sonoma County, travels in the summer, and knows a worthy travel gear expenditure when he sees one. Read: SUP/Skate/Stroll Vancouver Island, Sure! Pack Your Board, Action-Packed Snowpack in Soda Springs, ROAM Gear & Gift Guide, and ROAM’s 2018 Holiday Gift Picks.
This social worker, professional photographer, Packers fan, and mom wanted something to fill her spare 13 minutes each day so ROAM snagged Crystal to be our photo expert and judge of ROAM’s Family Travel Photo Contest. Click here to see her incredible portrait portfolio.
ROAM Team of Contributors
Hailing from the charming town of Beaver, Pa., Val and his wife enjoy discovering other small towns and dragging their two young children along for the ride (sometimes literally). Read his blog SmallTownDad.com and follow him on Twitter @valentinebrkich.
Tina’s Australian upbringing taught her to appreciate a good beach, a good run, a good party and a good glass of wine – making her the perfect Northern California transplant. Read: Exploring the Crazy Beauty of Moab, Cruzing the Boardwalk
As a SoCal mom with active teens, Kelly and her husband spend most of their time running around town like their hair is on fire. “Over-planned” vacations provide balance. “Life’s about the experiences – no matter how small – so we are always on the lookout for the next bit of fun.” Read: Fast Times in SLO Country, Beach Daze in the OC
Valentina is living our dream life as an Italian journalist who covers food and travel. She’s mama to two kids, including 3-year-old Matilda, who met Santa for the first time in Govone, Italy. Read: The Magic of Santa (and Wine) in Northern Italy
Shelley is a genuine, honest-to-goodness soccer mom who takes every chance she gets to travel farther afield than Manteca for a tournament. Read: The Californians Do Nantucket
Jodi has snowboarded, sailed, flown and driven many, many miles with her husband and sons but her favorite family destination is a certain off-the-grid cabin in Central Oregon with a good book, great cocktails and fabulous friends. Read: The Last Days of “Old” Havana
A trained chef, ice skater, sports mom and karaoke artiste, Carolyn is religious about the Thursday Marin Farmer’s Market, her family and escapes to their Lake Tahoe cabin. Follow her cooking on her blog and her food photography on Instagram at #gatherweekly. Read: Ski-Free Fun in Tahoe
After visiting Greece in 2015, Bob and his wife, Lisa, caught a serious case of wanderlust. Now they drag their three teenagers on trips whenever they can. Aside from running a business and coaching high school wrestling in Southern California, Bob posts his amazing travel photos on Instagram @Traveling_Strong. Read: 5 Hotels for 5 in Italy, 5 Photography Hacks for Family Trips, Adventure on the Ladder Canyon Trail
Growing up in NYC and attending the UN International School gave Darya a head start as a global citizen. But her extensive travel and media experience now takes a back seat to raising two boys in San Francisco. Darya loves the outdoors, cooking, teaching yoga and the fact that her boys have taught her to be a sports fan. Follow her travels on Triporati. Read: To Thailand with Twins
Debra is always planning her next getaway – which is kinda odd for someone who lives in an especially glorious part of San Francisco. Read: Not Taking the “God” Out of Israel.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Bethany is a doctor who applies professional rigor to her family-travel planning (and writes under a pseudonym). Read: A Prescription for Planning Yellowstone; A Big Week in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons
Nicola “Poz” Poswillo
After many years traveling the world as a backpacker, Poz now adventures with her husband and three children away from home in New Zealand to anywhere they can embrace their love of cultural, educational outdoor, wildlife and culinary experiences. Read: Family Galapagos on a Budget, Going Local in Ecuador
This Berkeley, Calif. yoga teacher and psychotherapist is skilled in the art of booking multiple hotels for the same dates and the finer art of cancelling-extra-rooms-before-being-
After volunteering in African hospitals and voyaging around the tip of South America, Maggie stays closer to home now as a doctor and mother of one. She and her husband focus on weekend escapes and a yearly big trip. Read: No Coat, No Problem in Vienna
Though home is Washington, DC with his wife and daughter, Lawrence is an admitted “travel divo” and loves an awesome hotel, a secluded beach, and unique culinary experiences. He has a home in Greece and is a well-experienced traveler of that beautiful country following in the footsteps of Henry Miller and Lord Byron as foreigners who fell in love with Greece – and in Lawrence’s case, also with a Greek woman. Follow his travels all over the world on his Instagram page. Read: A New Year’s Blast in Panama
Karen is a writer, editor, comedy nerd, yoga enthusiast, doting aunt and expert in the art of making staycations feel like vacations, and vice versa. She lives in San Francisco. Read: April! In Paris!, Taking It Slow in Bordeaux, Some London Fun for Everyone, El Niño and Travel with Los Niños
A northern Minnesota teacher with a passion for the outdoors, Sarah enjoys finding micro-adventures in hiking, biking, climbing trees and making maple syrup with her partner and two kids. After six months of family van life in South America, she is happy to spread out and cozy up to the fire whilst planning her next adventure. Read: Kayaking Chile’s Comau Fjord
In Loving Memory
Dennis Jones – Founder & Inspiration
A family travel expert from the pre-Trip Advisor days, Dennis was more than our founding news editor; he was an inspiration to traveling dads everywhere. Read: A Tribute to My Traveling Parents
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