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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria De La O – Executive Editor
Magazine editor. Documentary filmmaker. Copy expert. Mother. Traveler. Maria brings it all to the pages of ROAM. email@example.com
Didrik Johnck – 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.
Dina Harrison – Contributing Editor
Like ambassadors of adorable, Dina’s two-of-the-cutest-kids-you’ll-
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.
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).
Jessica Edelen – Editor
Jessica is a part-time writer, substitute teacher, full-time mom of three, and community volunteer. And tired. She’s tired 🙂
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.
Patrick Yore – Web Design
This captain of Marin County industry moves and shakes the worlds of advertising, digital design, guitars and music gear, while adoring his lovely family – even more than his MSU Spartans.
Wendy McKinley – Web Production
Once upon a time, Wendy could be found deep in the waters of the Caribbean with her doting husband. These days, with 3 fast-growing children and their demanding work, they find themselves focusing more on relaxing on quiet beaches or in the verdant forest of their Oregon getaway.
Karla Clayton – Print Design
Karla absorbs every new design request with a smile as she juggles multiple clients from around the world. However, this brand-new mom is now as focused on car seats and diapers as she is on InDesign.
ROAM Team of Contributors
Valentine J. Brkich
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.
Wife, Mom of 3, and 2nd Grade Teacher. Leading a busy life with the kids all playing different sports. Loves running and Bootcamp, and is always dreaming of the next vacation spot!
Originally from Ukraine and now based in Spain, Liliia has traveled literally across the world with her husband Jose and their two young daughters. Follow their intrepid walkabouts at Bring_Baby_Abroad and see Liliia’s amazing photos on Instagram at or on ROAM where she won Best Family Photo of 2019.
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
Heather is mama to a rambunctious five-year old with a wild, free-spirited wanderlust-filled heart. She’s a U.S. Navy spouse living in Italy who’s a coffee junkie, red wine lover, and mom who loves to sleep in.
Stephanie is a professional travel writer, blogger and photographer. She’s mom and wife in a nomadic family, The Frias Family Nomads, who’ve been slow traveling through South America since May 2017.
Together with her husband and sons, Jodi jumps in a plane whenever possible for weekend getaways to snowboard, backcountry ski, sail, surf, camp, and adventure. She has traveled around the world but her “happy place” is a special off-the-grid cabin in Central Oregon where she can perfect her mixology talent with great cocktails and fabulous friends.
Dennis & Jennifer Harrison
These lifelong intrepid travelers have covered some remote and fascinating ground, from their days living on before-it-was-crazy Santorini to biking, hiking and skiing with their kids near home in Northern California, to time in Bhutan, Sicily, Botswana, and beyond.
Even though she makes it look easy, Jill’s life with two teenage daughters, a perfect husband, countless golf trophies and a gig marketing the PGA Tour have her dreaming of weekends and weeks away from her D.C. home.
Nobody plans it better. Margaret’s job and two little ones keep her busy but if she spies downtime, it is filled with the best-organized afternoon, getaway, week on the road, or – their favorite – day at the beach in Santa Monica.
Amy Jordan Jones
This L.A. wife, mom, and elementary school teacher keeps the full crazy at bay by keeping her work and home life perfectly organized, saving the extra fun for their family trips.
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.
Like ROAM, Claire believes family travel is a mix of beautiful, scary, glorious, luxurious, and nerve-wracking. Based in Toronto, she blogs about exploring the world with her husband and two kids at dropofgoldensunca.ca
Erin is the busy journalist and Anchorage-based mother of two guidebooks on Alaska with kids, as well as AKontheGo, the only website dedicated to Alaska family travel.
Rachel’s extensive experience as a journalist and traveler has only partially prepared her for vacations with a toddler.
Christine has always been drawn to global travel, initially though foreign studies programs, then throughout her career in international business. In 2018, she traded career and Connecticut for a South American family odyssey. She continues to follow the road-less-traveled with her husband and three boys.
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.
The Colorado native and her husband feared having kids would mean sacrificing their love of travel. Instead, they realized they could enjoy traveling just as much with our two boys in tow. Relaxing? Not really. But she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Belinda packed up her car in Charlottesville, Virginia and headed west. Twenty years later she calls California home with her husband and three kids. The O’Neil’s love family vacations and find many are to the East Coast to visit family. Belinda enjoys hiking, tennis, pilates, and mostly skiing with the family.
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-
Junior high teacher extraordinaire. Self-proclaimed “super commuter.” Loving mother of two biracial daughters who clings to her European and Asian roots and tries to make every day, every vacation, and every car ride a field trip and an adventure.
This California mom of two does everything right. If Leah recommends you should celebrate your anniversary in Ravello, Italy, please trust her.
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.
The Weingarts have trekked their four kids on some of the world’s most challenging bucket-list expeditions – but spend most days trekking across town to their countless sports and activities at home near San Francisco.
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.
Cully’s incredible photos and hilarious commentary documented his family’s transformation from Marin County residents to “trailer people” when they spent a month towing an Airstream around Oregon.
In Loving Memory
Dennis & Carolann Jones – Inspiration
Family travel experts from the pre-Trip Advisor days, Dennis and Carolann were an inspiration to traveling dads and moms everywhere. Read: A Tribute to My Traveling Parents
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