San Francisco Bay Area-based writer Melanie Haiken covers travel, science, food, and the outdoors and her award-winning stories have appeared in National Geographic, CNN, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Sierra and many other publications. She also runs Health-Conscious-Travel.com and road-trips as often as possible with her Australian cattle dog Cassidy.
Jesse is a writer and photographer, an artist and a teacher. She co-founded Write, a workshop for writers on Orcas Island. She's been a contributor to the Huffington Post, and a guest columnist for The News Tribune. Her photographs have twice earned an "editors pick" on National Geographic's Your Shot and she's served as the official photographer at the Doe Bay and Timber! Music Festivals. Currently, Jesse is creating a feature-length screenplay based on the life of her 8x great-grandmother. She makes her home on Vashon Island, Washington, with her wife, four almost-grown kids and two, very expressive dogs.
Shawna Bethell is an essayist/journalist with a heart for the wildlings. The bulk of her work resides in publications from the western US including The Denver Post, The Durango Telegraph, Mountain Gazette and High Desert Journal. This story, Reclaiming, represents her beginning explorations of what it means to go "home" and the role that land plays in this journey. You can follow her work at shawnabethell.wordpress.com.
Elisa Shoenberger is a journalist and writer in Chicago. She was written for the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Business Insider and others. She has written about dog sports for Deadspin, Input Magazine, the podcast In This Climate, Roadtrippers, RootsRated, and Book Riot.
Kelly Duhigg is originally from New York City and is the owner and operator of Girl with the Passport travel blog. Three years ago, she decided to ditch the traditional 9 to 5 and travel the world while blogging full time. When she's not traveling, she indulges a serious addiction to avocados, unicorns, and Netflix.
Debra Smith is a travel writer and photographer from Calgary, Alberta. A true blue Canadian, she heads for warm beaches in the winter as often as possible. She has written for WestJet Magazine, NUVO, AAA’s Home & Way and Journeys, the Vancouver Sun, GoNOMAD, Getting on Travel and her own website WhereToLady.com, among others. When she’s not on the road, you can find her in her messy office eating chocolate or out taking her cat for a walk.