Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

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.

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.

2018 February Featured Member: Lina Stock
Friday, February 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Lina Stock is one half of America's Adventure Couple, lead photographer and writer for Divergent Travelers is one of the top adventure travel blogs on the web with a focus on outdoor adventure, travel photography and affordable luxury travel. A trusted resource for adventure travel features, award winning photography and destination guides.

Home to the 'Top 100 Travel Adventures' in the world. With her husband, Dave, the founders behind Divergent Travelers are on a mission to complete and document the most sought after, attainable and top adventures on the planet, sharing their progress and showcasing the adventures through award winning photography, compelling video projects, social media campaigns and engaging editorial.

2018 February Featured Destination: Fayetteville Area CVB
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Greater Fayetteville is proud of its rich role in our nations history and holds fast to the friendly feel of a true hometown, while providing the cultural and entertainment amenities of bigger cities. You name it, weve got it: sophisticated restaurants, museums, unique shopping, musical and sporting events, kid-friendly fun, elegant and quirky art galleries, gardens, trails and parks, not to mention nearby Fort Bragg that solidifies the citys deep roots in all things military. We are a deeply patriotic community. Lester Holt from NBC News said it best "The patriotism in Fayetteville frames an undying faith in democracy that transcends partisan politics."

December 2017 Featured Journalist: Debra Schroeder
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

 Debra Schroeder is a former 12-year travel industry executive, flies over 180,000 miles a year, and has been collecting frequent flyer miles since 1994. She is a freelance writer, editor and content creator with a penchant for adventure, loves active travel, discovering off the beaten path destinations, and finding the hidden gems in every city.

December 2017 Featured Journalist: Kase Johnstun
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Kase JohnstunKase Johnstun  lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. 

His travel writing has appeared in Southwest Magazine, Coldnoon: A Journal of Travel Poetics, and Like the Wind Magazine. 

Forthcoming, beginning in December 2017, The Ogden Standard Examiner will publish his bimonthly travel column and blog on their VISUALS page where he will chronicle his travel experiences by blending narrative and research into travel pieces.

He is the author of recently released "Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis" (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner, and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times. It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015.

His work has been published widely by literary journals and trade magazines, including, but not limited to, Yahoo Parenting, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Coldnoon: Travel Writing and Traveling Poetics, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-editor/author of "Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front (The History Press), which was name the Salt Lake Tribunes book of the month for August 2014 and the League of Utah Writers Recommended Read in Nonfiction 2015 (Third Place). His essay collection "Tortillas for Honkies" was named a finalist for the 2013 Autumn House press Nonfiction Awards (most of the essays in the collection have found homes in places like The Watershed Review, Label Me Latino/a, Prime Number Literary Magazine, and Animal Literary Magazine).

For six years, his work has appeared multiple times in The Good Men Project and The Ogden Standard Examiner. In January 2016, he was the artist in residence at JIWAR International Artist Residency in Barcelona, Spain.

2017 December Featured Destination: Santa Rosa Tourist Development Office
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 02:24 PM

Navarre Beach is one of ten designated National Seashores. Historic Milton is known as the Canoe Capital of Florida. Together, these two towns - along with every scenic minute and mile connecting them - make a destination that's bigger than any one Florida vacation. Visit Florida's Playground!

November 2017 Featured Journalist: Durhl Caussey
Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Durhl Caussey Durhl Caussey followed a long career as an educator by publishing in two weekly newspapers (Oak Cliff Tribune and Archer County Advocate) covering cars, sports and some travel for various publications, including The Epoch Times, Focus Daily News, Baylor County Banner and Daily Commercial Record among others.

November 2017 Featured Journalist: Carrie Dow
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 12:00 AM

Carrie Dow is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in, Islands, Artisan Spirit, Go World Travel, Go Nomad, International Living, and Interval World. When not traveling, she is the Local Editor of, part of The Drink Nation, where she writes about Denver's best happy hours (not a bad gig, eh?). She uses her expertise on Colorado's beer, wine, and spirits industry to travel the world looking for unique craft breweries, distillers, vineyards, and cocktail bars, places where she can learn about a destination through food and drink. Believing Mahatma Gandhi,s statement that 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,' she founded What's Pawsitive, a website that profiles animal-based travel, animal rescue organizations, and animal welfare advocates around the world. She has a degree in Language Arts from the University of Nebraska and when writing she is supervised by her editorial staff, a vocal Siamese cat and a contemplative Siberian husky. 

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