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 appears in the likes of the Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Newsday and many more. She also contributes to other print, online and broadcast outlets. She believes travel has the power to change lives and to serve as a pathway for personal growth and self understanding. She has spent more than 30 years writing and speaking about travel and family issues.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
Paula Panich, a journalist, teacher, printmaker, writer, and speaker, has been writing about travel, food, history, plants and gardens for two decades.