Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2021 January Featured Journalist of the Month: Steve Tambosso
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 03:32 PM

In 1981-82 I studied film and fine art photography at Ryerson University in Toronto but left in my second year to pursue a lucrative business opportunity as the official publicity photographer for the Standardbred division of the Ontario Jockey Club.  I was responsible for providing the numerous trade magazines and Toronto city newspapers with action photography of their harness racing operations.  After leaving the track in 1985 I went to work as a staff photographer for the Mississauga News, a small community newspaper near Toronto but left in 1986 when I was hired on as a full-time firefighter.  I had already begun skydiving in 1979 at the age of 19 and by 1986 I had developed the first wing strut mounted camera skydiving photography operation in Canada selling souvenir photographs to first jump student static line skydivers. That business operated for 28 years from 1986 until 2012. During that time I also personally logged over 6,500 skydives and a thousand or more of those jumps were as a tandem videographer/photographer providing first time tandem student skydivers with images of their jump.  From 2006-2012 I also operated a successful hockey photography business selling action images of minor league tournament hockey games throughout Ontario to the parents of the players.  Those two photographic operations were conducted concurrently with my 30.5 year career as a full time city firefighter. I retired from the fire service on January 31st, 2017 and my only interests now are in traveling the world photographing (and now also writing) about my travels as "The Wandering Fireman.”  My website is: www.thewanderingfireman.com

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2021 January Featured Journalist of the Month: Janice Mucalov
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 03:20 PM

Previously a lawyer, I'm an award-winning freelance travel writer who writes about luxury travel, cruises, culture and soft adventure. Over the past 25 years, I've had hundreds of travel articles published in outlets like NUVO, Globe and Mail, enRoute, Islands, South China Morning Post, AAA Carolinas GO and Interval World. I also publish an award-winning travel blog (with husband and writing partner George), where we write about luxury travel with a twist of adventure. See: https://sandinmysuitcase.com/

 

 

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2020 December Featured Journalist of the Month: Jenn Smith Nelson
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 03:37 PM

Jenn Smith Nelson is a multi-award-winning freelance travel writer, photographer, and new author. She's been published in four countries and in four languages, contributing hundreds of articles to 25+ outlets including enRoute, Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Toronto Star Explore Magazine, Best Health Magazine, Nuvo, VIA Rail, Just for Canadian Doctors/Dentists, A Birder's Guide to Travel and more. She also appears as a travel expert on CBC Saskatchewan's The Morning Edition and Global News Morning Regina. Jenn often writes about connecting with nature, wildlife, family, and adventure travel. She co-published her first book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in April 2019. Find her online at travelandhappiness.com.

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2020 December Featured Journalist of the Month: Alexander Kallimanis
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 03:12 PM

Currently based in the Washington, DC area, Alexander is co-founder, writer & editor of the travel website, wanderlustmarriage.com which focuses primarily on destinations in North America and Europe. He has resided abroad for 7 years between Australia, The Netherlands, and Ireland.

Alexander has previously contributed to major outlets like the Irish Independent, Ireland's largest newspaper, and continues to contribute to other travel outlets on a regular basis.

His work has been shared by tourism boards from Tasmania to Washington, DC. One of his most memorable assignments has been covering a 7-day small ship adventure cruise in Alaska aboard UnCruise.

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2020 December Featured Destination of the Month: Visit Kitsap Peninsula
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 02:47 PM

Visit Kitsap PeninsulaThe Kitsap Peninsula is located a 30-minute ferry ride away from downtown Seattle. In 2009, we branded the region as the "Natural Side of Puget Sound" (TM) and promoted the region's natural assets to attract visitors from across the water, the region, and around the world. The Kitsap Peninsula is home to the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails, designated as part of the US National Water Trail System by the US Dept. of Interior in 2015, the only official US Water Trail in WA State.

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2020 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Jason Rupp
Monday, November 02, 2020 12:00 AM

Jason Rupp enthusiastically presents his popular travel and food vlog on YouTube. He looks for the unusual in his travels around the U.S. and the world, and his fans enjoy his quirky sense of humor and adventure. He is a fine arts graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with an emphasis on global studies and photography. He spends part of the year in Southeast Asia and is a regular travel presenter and announcer reporting on travel tips for the Pattaya Channel, a regional television station in Thailand. Jason's stories and pictures have appeared in Never Stop Traveling, Offbeat Travel, and the Ingredients issue of Asterisk Magazine

 

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2020 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Jacqueline Swartz
Sunday, November 01, 2020 12:00 AM

My writing career has been varied, with topics ranging from European politics and culture to health and relationships. I have written about politics from Greece, philosophy from France, health from California, where I grew up. Now based in Toronto, I have written for most of the major Canadian publications, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, CAA, Macleans. I also contributed to CBC radio programs. In the US my work has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and eastwestnewsservice.com. In the UK, my articles have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler and Philosophy Now. I am interested in many topics, from cuisine to art, wildlife to history. I always search for what is authentic.

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2020 October Featured Destination of the Month: Florida's Historic Coast
Thursday, October 01, 2020 03:27 PM

St. Augustine Ponte VedraFlorida’s Historic Coast, also known as St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Our destination was settled by Spanish explorers in 1565, but it has also been home to many cultures—Native American, Greek, Minorcan, French and British. You’ll find this diversity influences everything from food to architecture, shopping to entertainment and, of course, the many festivals and special events enjoyed year-round by visitors and locals alike.

 

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2020 October Featured Journalist of the Month: Jennifer Coleman
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 03:50 PM

Born and bred in Colorado, Jennifer spent much of her professional career in the adventure travel industry. She taught skiing and pro-patrolled at many of the premier mountains in the western US for 20 years. In addition, she guided white water rafting for 7 years, and spent many years working as a rope course facilitator. Jennifer is also highly experienced in the service industry with over 20 years of resort and spa experience, including being part of the opening team as the Spa Lead/ Brand Standards Learning Coach with Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and a Concierge at Hilton Torrey Pines.

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