Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes is a writer, photographer, and a passionate traveler.  She is the Editor and owner of FamilyTravel.com. Each week she writes a syndicated travel column that originated with the Dallas Morning News.  She also contributes to other print, online and broadcast outlets.  A leader, she believes travel has the power to change lives and to serve as a pathway to personal growth and self understanding. She has spent more than 25 years writing and speaking about travel and family issues.

Teddy Hayes

Teddy was born in Washington DC but grew up in a travel loving family in Arizona. He has rafted the white waters of the Colorado River, hiked to Machu Picchu, explored the Amazon, sampled sushi in Japan and traveled to London and Paris. His world further expanded when he spent five months living in Cuenca, Ecuador learning Spanish and salsa dancing while teaching English. He studied Economics in Montana and graduated from Portland State University in Portland, OR. He and his wife, Kalli, currently plan adventures from their home in Billings, MT.

Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker  is a law professor at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. She is also the author of eleven children’s books, most of them up-close and personal looks at fascinating Americans. Lisa contributes regularly to outlets like the New York Times’ Motherlode and Parenting magazine, as well as many print, web, and broadcast outlets.

She and her books have appeared on the Today Show, CNN, the Satellite Sisters, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and many other radio and television programs; they have been featured in People, Time, Parents, and other newspapers and magazines across the country. Her essay for NPR’s This I Believe was published in an anthology about parenthood.

Lisa is the parent of two wonderful daughters, whose adventures and observations inspire her writing. She and her dog-loving family live in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Chase Guttman

Chase Guttman is a passionate and talented photographer, political junkie, intrepid explorer, and world traveler. Chase visited more than 35 countries, 45 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces by the time he was 12.

He's crossed Saharan dunes by camel in Morocco, dogsledded with an Iditerod legend in Wyoming, taken wagon trains across the Dakotas,

Peter Potterfield

Adventure journalist Peter Potterfield, author of Classic Hikes of the World, spends more time outdoors than in. He has hiked on seven continents, traveling from Mount Everest to Antarctica, New Zealand to Arctic Sweden, the Grand Canyon to the Scottish Highlands, Alaska to Africa.

Diana Shelton Scherr

Diana accepted a job in Dublin, Ireland after college and never looked back. Her wanderlust has taken her to more than 30 countries and through countless adventures in the States. Diana's professional career includes roles in public relations and marketing in a diverse range of industries - all with the common theme of saving up for the next trip. She recently returned from Cuenca, Ecuador where she enjoyed a 2-year family sabbatical with her husband and their two junior explorers, Piper and Duncan, where every day is a new adventure.

Matt Scherr

Before bailing out of the workaday world for a two-year sabbatical with his family in Ecuador, Matt was the director of a community-based sustainability organization promoting green building, renewable power, and waste reduction in Vail, Colorado.

He and his wife, Diana, have traveled extensively, so it was inevitable that they would want their children to become global citizens.

Paula Panich

Paula Panich, a journalist, teacher, writer and speaker, has been writing about travel, food, plants and gardens for two decades.

She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, California), among other horticultural venues, and at Boston University.


Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Gastronomica, Better Homes and Gardens, and other publications.

She is the author of Cultivating Words, coauthor with Nora Burba Trulsson of The Desert Southwest and Desert Southwest Gardens (Bantam Books) and was editor of DiRT: A Garden Journal from the Connecticut River Valley.

 A recent transplant to light-filled New Mexico, she thinks she has the best job in the world.

Susan Pohlman

Susan is a freelance writer.  Her essays have been published in The Washington Times, Family Digest, The Family, Raising Arizona Kids, Guideposts Magazine, Homelife Magazine, AZ Parenting, Goodhousekeeping.com, and Italiannotebook.com.

She has written three, award-winning short films. The latest of which, The Misadventures of Matilda Mench, won best screenplay in the 2010