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Gary WaltherGary Walther

Gary Walther has been a travel journalist for 40 years. He has been editor-in-chief of Departures, Expedia Travels, Luxury SpaFinder, and Forbes Life magazines, and for the past five years a freelancer with a column on called The Hotel Detective. He has passport stamps from 61 countries and is a million-miler on American Airlines. He writes for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Departures Europe, among other publications.

David Gould

David Gould is a writer, editor and consultant with expertise in travel and the transportation industry. He is the former executive editor of Travel + Leisure Golf and the author of several books on golf history and course architecture. He is a Boston native and lives in Massachusetts.

Hayley Phelan

Hayley Phelan is a writer and editor focusing on fashion, retail, shopping, and culture. She was formerly the Features Editor at Lucky and Senior Editor at She lives and works in New York and contributes to publications like New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, Interview, Vogue, Glamour and Business of Fashion.

Paul Rubio

Award-winning travel writer and economist Paul Rubio has traveled to 125 countries in the past two decades in the name of work and exploration. Paul is a Harvard graduate, who worked in the field of wildlife conservation before embracing his writing talents full-time in 2008. He specializes in adventure and luxury travel and contributes to a number of top-tier international, national, and regional publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, LUXURY,, Palm Beach Illustrated, Private Clubs, and Robb Report.

Whitney Friedlander

Whitney Friedlander

Whitney Friedlander is a Los Angeles-based entertainment and lifestyle journalist who has covered everything from the Oscars and the Emmy Awards and celebrity profiles to weddings and pregnancy. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Times, Variety, Vulture, Esquire, Marie Claire, Complex, Toronto Star, Paste, and others.

Katie McElveen

Travel and lifestyle writer Katie McElveen discovered the joy of wandering when, as a teenager, she made a wrong turn in rural South Carolina on the way to a family vacation and ended up taking back roads nearly all the way to the beach.  Since then, she hasn’t stopped exploring, although she now travels with a map and more than $3.00 in cash. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, Katie shares her discoveries in magazines such as Real Simple, Business Traveler, Modern Bride, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Town & Country, Southern Living, Spa, and Tennis.