Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2018 June Featured Journalist of the Month: Eric Stoen
Friday, June 01, 2018 06:00 AM

2018 June Featured Member: Eric StoenEric Stoen:

Eric is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, providing first-hand information through travelbabbo.com to inspire families to travel to unique, adventurous destinations. He’s traveled with his three kids (8, 10 and 12) to 49 countries on 7 continents. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip. Eric is an Ambassador for AFAR Magazine, Universal Orlando, Capital One and Travelocity.

 

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2018 June Featured Journalist of the Month: Lois Alter Mark
Friday, June 01, 2018 06:00 AM

2018 June Featured Member: Lois Alter MarkLois Alter Mark:

Lois Alter Mark is a Travel Expert for USA Today 10Best.com and a contributor to Forbes.com, where she writes seven travel columns a month. She writes about everything from luxury spas, cruises and hotels to quirky museums and street food, and is also a regular contributor to AAA Midwest Traveler and Southern Traveler.

 When she’s not traveling around the world – and even when she is – Lois blogs at Midlife at the Oasis, her award-winning website for baby boomers. Because of her blog, Oprah Winfrey selected Lois to accompany her on the Ultimate Australian Adventure in 2010. Since then, Lois has won three BlogHer Voices of the Year awards, was twice named a Finalist in the NATJA Awards and was named Humor Writer of the Month by Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. 

Lois is a former publicist who loves helping destinations tell their stories. Native New Yorkers, she and her husband are empty nesters now living in Southern California, where they’re still searching for a good slice of pizza. 

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2018 June Featured Destination: Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office
Friday, June 01, 2018 06:00 AM

2018 Featured Destination: Santa Rosa CountySanta Rosa County Tourist Development Office:

 Located between Pensacola and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida's Most Relaxing Place – whose communities include Navarre Beach, Gulf Breeze, historic Milton -- is an easy drive from most anywhere in the Southeast. It features Florida’s most relaxing beaches, spectacular sunsets and inland waterway adventures to savor at an un-rushed pace in an uncrowded atmosphere. Pensacola International Airport is just 30 miles away with air service provided by American, Delta, United, US Airways and Southwest; while Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is 25 miles away and is serviced by Allegiant Airlines, American and Delta. Accolades 2017: Navarre Beach rated #6 out of 365 worldwide beaches by Travel+Leisure magazine, and listed one of “The South’s Best Tiny Towns” by Southern Living Magazine. For more information, please visit www.GetRelaxing.com

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2018 May Featured Journalist: Melody Pittman
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

2018 May Featured Member of the Month: Melody PittmanMelody Pittman:

Melody Pittman is one half of the Wherever I May Roam blog team. Along with her daughter, Taylor Hardy, they write about luxury travel, culture, and food with a side of smart spending. Melody freelances for both online and print publications as well as belonging to NATJA, TBIN, and TravelingMoms. She most recently started her second blog, Travel the South Bloggers, with daughter Taylor, to showcase Southern state travels, CVB’s, and local businesses. Melody resides in Vero Beach, Florida and Boquete, Panama.

 

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2018 May Featured Journalist of the Month: John Dwyer
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

2018 May Featured Journalist: John DwyerJohn Dwyer:

John Dwyer served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala in 1991-92.  For the past 22 years he has worked as either a volunteer or employee for international development and election observation organizations.  He also serves as a reservist with FEMA and responds to domestic disasters. As a writer his work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Orange County Register, Huff Post, Peace Corps Online, International Travel News and various other online and print publications.

 

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2018 May Featured Destination: Springfield, MO, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

Springfield, MO CVB

Springfield is rooted in the celebration of family, friends and life's genuine moments. A regional hub with large city amenities and small town hospitality the city is filled with intriguing attractions, a diverse culinary scene, unique shopping and an ode to classic Americana heritage, Springfield is a destination you will enjoy while feeling right at home.  

Celebrate the great outdoors at the brand new Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium and the original and largest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. 

Springfield is home to North America's only ride-through cave, Fantastic Caverns, where you will journey through natural wonders in a Jeep-drawn tram; Smallin Civil War Cave, with an 11-story opening and unique history and geologic features; Dickerson Park Zoo; Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Springfield Cardinals AA baseball and many other attractions. Check out #LoveSpringfield to see what some of our members were up to during their post-press trip in Springfield!

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2018 April Featured Journalist: Dennis Littley
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:42 PM

Dennis Littley
Food & Travel Blogger, Chef, Content Creator, Digital Strategist and Conference Speaker-
Dennis is a retired Chef and Culinary Instructor, now enjoying life traveling and eating his way around the world sharing his recipes and adventures along the way. A native Texan living most of his life in the Philadelphia area, Dennis now resides in Kissimmee, Florida with his wife Lisa.

During the new phase of his culinary journey as a Food & Travel Blogger, Dennis has amassed an impressive combined following of over 1.7 million followers on his social channels. Dennis regularly speaks at Conferences around the country on the topics of Live Streaming and Social Media for Small Business.

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2018 April Featured Journalist: Jody Halsted
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:34 PM

Jody Halsted is an award winning writer specializing in Ireland, camping, and RVing.

Based in the Midwest, Jody is a rambling soul who would love nothing more than to call her RV home, but until then she ‘lives the dream’ in Iowa with her husband and two daughters. Never one to follow the path most traveled, the family’s adventures usually involve quite a bit of driving, a lot of hiking, and some sort of meal cooked over fire.

Jody publishes three websites- Ireland Family Vacations, Camping Tips for Everyone, and Family Rambling -and keeps busy as a freelance writer, Ireland vacation coach, and aspiring genealogist in her 'spare' time.

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2018 March Featured Destination: Visit Syracuse
Thursday, March 15, 2018 02:03 PM

 

Visit Syracuse.jpgVisit Syracuse:

Visit Syracuse, Inc. is Onondaga County's official marketing organization for tourism related economic development. We support the city that wants you to rally your passions, find life’s shining moments and celebrate them in a place where true colors never fade; a place where independent spirits and an energetic community come together in perfect harmony. As the oldest convention & visitors bureau in New York State, Visit Syracuse, Inc. aims to strengthen the positive awareness of the Greater Syracuse area as an all season destination even in our famous snowy winter months, we are the Official Home of Winter after all. Most importantly we invite you to live our brand promise of Do Your Thing.

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