Al Argueta is an Austin-based freelance photographer and writer specializing in Central America and Texas. He has written and photographed for numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Outside’s GO, Caribbean Travel + Life and Continental. He is the author of Moon Guatemala and Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala as well as the forthcoming Greetings from Texas. He loves traveling in Latin America and the Caribbean but is always happy to come home to Austin in the end.
Joshua Berman is a freelance writer specializing in Central America and Colorado. He is the author of MoonBelize, Moon Nicaragua (both Avalon Travel Publishing), and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Sunset and other publications.
Ian Blair is a freelance photographer who is drawn to the corners of the map. In addition to photographing more than 30 countries, he has worked as a money changer in Bolivia and as a model in the shadow of Mount Everest. He wears his camera on his hip and works without filters or a tripod.
Torquil Dewar, Creative
A Scottish transplant to Texas via London and Chicago, Torquil has made a name for himself as a professional magazine designer with experience across a wide variety of titles and subjects. He possesses a broad knowledge of production processes and techniques, with a particular interest in experimental publishing formats. Currently he owns and operates October Custom Publishing. Torquil and October Custom Publishing were the Creative Team of Centro Y Sur, responsible for the award-winning layout and design, worthy of winning the 2011 min (Media Industry Network) New Publication Design of the Year Award in New York City. In the past, Torquil acted as art director at Ramser Media. With Ramser Media, Torquil produced and designed for some of the hottest music shindigs in the country, including Lollapalloza and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Past experience includes his art direction with Austin Monthly magazine, IPC Media (a leading consumer UK publishing house) and Alliance International Media (XXL Basketball, FIBA Basketball & Champions League magazines).
Michael Fordham has indulged himself all over the planet the last 25 years, trying to convince himself he’s a serious writer and photographer. Along the way, he has surfed a bit and brushed shoulders with Chechen warlords, Kashmiri militants and Palestinian freedom fighters. He now lives between Somerset and London and wonders, “Just what is the meaning of all this?”
Ramona Flume is an Austin-based lifestyle and travel writer specializing in Latin America. She spent the last two summers exploring her favorite country, Colombia, armed only with her notebook, film cameras and an inexhaustible appetite for smash-fried plantains. Researching her first feature story, High on the Andes, made Ramona want to pack up her alpaca scarves and head back to South America to hit the slopes.
Nicholas Gill is a Lima, Peru- and Brooklyn, New York-based writer and photographer specializing in Latin America. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and Frommer’s. He also publishes the ezine New World Review, which covers Latin American food, drink and travel.
Over the course of a 30-year career that has spanned 80 countries, award-winning journalist Buzzy Gordon has worked as a reporter, editor and travel writer on five continents. He has lived in Mexico and Guatemala and visited every country in Central and South America (except the three Guianas). His work has appeared in USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, Hispanic Magazine and Americas Magazine, among others. Buzzy is also the author of Frommer’s Jerusalem Day by Day Guide.
NYC-based writer Margie Goldsmith has traveled to 118 countries and has written about them all. She is a contributing writer for Elite Traveler, travel editor for Women’s Running, blogs travel for Huffington Post, and contributes to Travel + Leisure, ForbesLife, National Geographic Traveler, and many more. While in Peru, her French did her no good, so shortly after Goldsmith returned home, she went to Oaxaca for five weeks to learn Spanish. She says she can use it almost every day in NYC.
Tiffany Harelik is a fourth generation Austinite and trailer food guru. She has a master’s degree in health psychology and is a strong advocate in eating locally and minimizing negative environmental impacts. She has been engaged in a number of visionary projects and enjoys yoga, biking, big dogs and equestrian sports. Her favorite time of the week is cooking Sunday night dinner from her garden and eating dessert in the hammock.
Taking a tip from Hans Christian Andersen, who quipped, “To live is to travel,” bon vivant Becca Hensley never bothers to unpack her suitcase. With more than a thousand articles in hundreds of outlets, Becca has penned stories for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Washington Flyer and American Way.
Lisa Loverro’s passion for travel has led her around the globe. Whether exploring ruins in South America, tracking leopards in Africa or 4-wheeling through the Arabian Desert, her thirst for adventure is never-ending. As a seasoned travel journalist, Lisa has more than 10 years of experience as a contributor for both consumer and trade publications, including George, Elle and Latina magazines.
Jon Lucksinger is an editor and writer who has cycled, driven and principally eaten and drunk his way through most of Latin America. He has lived in Mexico and Colombia and has visited 14 other countries in the region. His adventures have recently taken him to Europe, Africa and Asia, but he somehow keeps returning to Central and South America. He can, for the moment, be found in Austin,Texas.
Christia Madacsi Hoffman
Christia Madacsi hails from the salty banks of the Mystic River in southeastern Connecticut. She has worked in the travel industry as a graphic designer, copywriter, copy editor, associate publisher, media coordinator and Himalayan trekking guide—not necessarily in that order. An avid traveler, she has lived in Costa Rica, Canada, Hungary, Switzerland and Nepal. In addition to audio interviews, Christia has been heard voicing commercial spots and documentaries.
A recent Austin transplant, Jennifer McCutchen is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Austin Monthly, Filter, Celeb Life and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines. Aself-proclaimed grammar maniac, she currently serves as a content manager for an online media company. When she’s not writing or diagramming sentences, you can find her wandering the streets ofL.A., though to be frank, she’ll always consider herself a tried-and-true Austinite.
Ariane Moshayedi is a landscape and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California who loves to travel and capture real life on camera.
Larry Olmsted in an award-winning journalist specializing in golf and luxury travel. A member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the Golf Writers Association of America, he has written on golf in nearly 30 countries, played on every inhabited continent and is a columnist for USAToday.com and Forbes.com. He is the contributing travel editor for Cigar Aficionado magazine and is the author of Golf Travel By Design. His other claim to fame: breaking the Guinness World Record for golf travel.
Matt Rainwaters was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He found his way to still photography through the hobbies of his youth: skateboarding (which led to a lot of broken bones) and making skate videos of his friends. So far, Matt has spent a year of his life on crutches, lived abroad, worked as a teacher in LA, helped make monster movies and had his nose broken by a veggie patty in an epic food fight. He graduated photography school at 23, and now lives in Austin taking pictures for a living, which makes him very happy.
Jennifer Segelke Jeffers
A native Houstonian, Jennifer moved to Austin for college and decided to stick around long after graduating. With well over a decade in her favorite city, she hopes she can finally call herself an Austinite. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, she landed a job as an editor at Brilliant magazine. She later became the editor-in-chief ofAustin Monthly Home and the style and beauty editor of Austin Monthly magazine. Additionally, she has served as a freelance editor and writer to several publications, including Latina magazine, Modern Luxury and the Austin American Statesman newspaper. After a brief stint on the marketing side of the communications world, Jennifer served as the editor-in-chief of Centro Y Sur during 2011-2012. With a love of travel and exploration, she continues as a voice for Centro Y Sur.
Lavanya Sunkara is an animal lover and freelance writer living in New York with her adopted dog Indu. Her favorite book is “The Dogs of Proud Spirit” by Melanie Sue Bowles. She enjoys hiking with her furry friend, and traveling to exotic places. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, GQ, MSN, Yahoo!, and Time Out among others. She blogs for JeffCorwinconnect.com and runs an eco blog featuring tree huggers around the world.
Holly Wilmeth is a documentary photographer and photojournalist whose love for travel and cultural observation has taken her to more than 50 countries. Her work has appeared in international publications such as National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure. She is currently based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
California-based Joe Yogerst writes travel, business and entertainment articles for newspapers and magazines around the globe as well as travel books, novels and television drama. He has also edited more than a dozen magazines and 20 books on three continents.