Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2019 May Featured Journalist of the Month: Elaine Glusac
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Elaine Glusac:

Elaine Glusac is a Chicago-based freelance writer. She specializes in travel and food and contributes to The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, Private Clubs, Hemispheres, Virtuoso Life and many other publications. She is a connoisseur of back roads, likes underdog cities (go Midwest!), plays the ukulele, favors winter and practices Zen meditation at 30,000 feet.

2019 May Featured Destination of the Month: Visit Buffalo Niagara
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Visit Buffalo Niagara:

Bootstrapping locals, millennial entrepreneurs and resettled immigrants have refreshed Buffalo like a cool Lake Erie breeze and invigorated its formerly fraying neighborhoods like a splash of hot sauce on wings. They’ve transformed once-neglected architectural landmarks into tourist attractions and hotels, turned a formerly industrial waterfront into a haven for kayaking, grain silo zip lining and rock climbing; splashed colorful murals on buildings across the city and infused a regional cuisine previously known only for deep fried drumsticks and flats with flavors from around the world.

2019 April Featured Journalist of the Month: Patrice Raplee
Monday, April 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Patrice Raplee:

Patrice Raplee is an accomplished travel photojournalist and editor of Travel Excursion and Seattle Spotlight for Positively Entertainment magazine. In addition, she writes a monthly travel column for the award-wining site Offbeat Travel and is a regular correspondent for award-winning travel radio shows. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), as well as an award-winner of the Travel Media Showcase, Exhibitor Choice Award. Her articles and photographs have appeared in national newspapers and magazines such as Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Beyond. Patrice travels the globe to cover destinations that feature fascinating culture, art, culinary, history and soft adventure.

2019 April Featured Destination of the Month: Whidbey and Camano Islands
Monday, April 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Whidbey and Camano Islands

Drive off the mainland and cross over by bridge or ferry and find yourself in a different world.  Life is less complicated here.  Easy to get to and easy to explore. Dine on fresh seafood or local farm fare.  Discover art galleries, beaches, historic attractions and state parks.  Settle into comfy, unforgettable lodging ranging from rustic beach cabins to luxury inns. There is a reason why the islands are called "The Shortest Distance to Far Away(C)"

2019 April Featured Member of the Month: Steve Rosenberg
Monday, April 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Steve Rosenberg:

Steve Rosenberg began diving in the early 1970s and quickly became enamored with the beauty and excitement to be found beneath the surface of the ocean. He began his career in 1980 as a professional underwater photographer and photojournalist. Since that time he has produced over 24 destination print guidebooks for international publishers including Lonely Planet, Cruising Guides, and Aqua Quest Publications. He has written hundreds of articles for various U.S. and International publications.

In the late 1980s, Steve put together and operated a retail Scuba Diving trade show named SEAVIEWS, in Oakland, California. Under his direction, Seaviews quickly became one of the largest and most successful scuba shows in the United States and drew over 10,000 divers annually for over 10 years.

2019 March Featured Destination of the Month: Florida Keys & Key West
Friday, March 01, 2019 04:11 PM

Florida Keys and Key West:

Curving below the southern tip of the Florida mainland, the Florida Keys are connected by the famed Overseas Highway’s 42 bridges over the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The region is divided into five unique districts, beginning with the northernmost island of Key Largo, known for its unparalleled diving and snorkeling.

Farther down lies the sport-fishing paradise of Islamorada, the Middle Keys and the historic, iconic Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon; the unspoiled nature preserves of Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and at the southernmost tip of the continental United States, quirky and charming Key West.

The Keys are characterized by a rich seafaring history, flourishing creative community, balmy subtropical climate, natural environment that includes continental America’s only living coral barrier reef and a laidback vibe that seems worlds away from the mainland.

2019 March Featured Journalist of the Month: J.M. Pasquesi
Friday, March 01, 2019 04:07 PM

J.M. Pasquesi:

Author and contributing editor, J.M. Pasquesi's primary focus is on Rome, Italy. Her award-winning guide, "ROME WITH KIDS: an insider's guide" (Second edition, 2014) has won several awards, including the 2014 Silver Medal NATJA award for excellence in travel writing (travel guides). It can be found in bookstores throughout the U.S.A. and Rome, Italy. J.M. has been a contributing editor to CARA (Aer Lingus); Ling Magazine (Barcelona); Northstar's Italy guide, Rome City guide, and Chicago City guide; Travelworld Magazine; City Parent; and She has been featured as a Rome expert for USA Today, and for syndicated radio shows such as Rick Steves Radio, KZBN's "Around the World", WOR's "Joe Reynold's Show, and KFMB's "Travel Talk Radio". Her career in advertising included work for DMB&B Chicago, The Bitter End Yacht Club, B.V.I.
J.M. graduated cum laude from Loyola University, Chicago with a BA in English and a minor in Classical Civilizations.
2019 March Featured Journalist of the Month: Gary Crow
Friday, March 01, 2019 04:02 PM

Gary Crow:

Gary Crow is an adventurous photographer, inventor, and lakeside resort owner. Any day is a good day for boating or diving somewhere in the world. Gary’s goal is to be in the right place at the right time as often as possible.


2019 February Featured Journalist of the Month: Candyce Stapen
Friday, February 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Candyce Stapen:

Candyce Stapen is a syndicated travel columnist (3 million+ circulation) with a Ph.D from University of Maryland, Bindu Trips editor, founder of Great Family Vacations Blog, she won Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Award six times and was awarded the Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America in 2004.

She founded Henny’s Kids, a charity to bring solar-powered laptops to school children in rural Africa. in June 2014 she delivered computers, solar panels, and training to a school in Zambia. In  2015, 2016, and 2017, Henny’s Kids brought additional computers to Zambia, as well as raised money to install solar panels on a school in Zimbabwe that lacked electricity. In 2018, Candyce delivered computers and training to the Zimbabwe school, making that school the first in the country to have computers. Henny’s  Kids also gives soccer balls to the schools so that the children don’t have to play with plastic bags tied with twine.

Candyce raised her family in Washington, D.C., and currently resides there with her husband and two dogs, Cleo, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, and Maggie, a Newfoundland.

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