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Laurence Norah – President
Laurence is a photographer and writer who started his life of travel in 2009, leaving his technology consultancy career to do so. He documents his travels primarily through photography on his blog Finding the Universe. He’s also a part of the photography services partnership Lightmoves Creative. Laurence joined the PTBA as a founding member and served a year on the board before running for President. He can found on Twitter as @Lozula.
Matt Gibson – President Elect
Matt Gibson is CEO of Xpat.Media, the adventure blogger behind Xpat Matt, and a longtime travel writer and photographer who has worked with many well-known travel publishers, such as En Voyage and AFAR. Matt also frequently speaks on the topics of blogging and social media in travel marketing and has appeared at conferences such as Arabian Travel Market, Digital Innovation Asia, and ITB Asia.
Although Matt still contributes writing and photography brands such as Trivago, Hipmunk, and About.com, and occasionally appears in content marketing campaigns (most recently with Keen shoes and Tourism Calgary), he spends most of his days providing content marketing consulting and training and services to travel companies through Xpat.Media.
Craig Martin – Outgoing President
Craig and his wife Linda have been travelling full-time since 2006: the same year they founded the Indie Travel Podcast. He was one of the first travel bloggers to go pro, forming a company in 2008 after starting to experiment with generating income. Indie Travel Media Ltd runs the Indie Travel Podcast, their ebook publishing division, managed WordPress hosting, and site and graphic design in addition to social media and content consulting. A Kiwi, he loves wine, coffee and hiking and can be reached on twitter at @IndieTravel.
Caroline Eubanks – Secretary
Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer and travel blogger from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s been published by National Geographic Traveler, AFAR and US Airways Magazine. She started traveling more long term in 2010 after graduating from university. Since then, she’s volunteered in Thailand, sailed in Croatia and spent a year on a working holiday visa in Australia. She runs the blogs Caroline in the City and This Is My South.
Jessica Norah – Treasurer
Jessica is a cat-loving American writer and travel blogger who runs the blog Independent Travel Cats. Trained as a professional clinical psychologist, she uses her research skills to write savvy and helpful articles to help independent travelers around the world. She focuses on couples and romantic travel, luxury travel, and independent travel experiences. Currently based in San Francisco, CA, she is planning to move to Scotland in 2016 with her British husband and fellow blogger Laurence Norah. You can find her on Twitter @TravelCatsBlog.
Stephanie Yoder – North America board member 1
Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can’t sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She’s lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Twenty-Something Travel and frequently freelancing for other sites like RoamRight and Trivago. Stephanie now lives in Seattle with her husband Mike and adorable dog Leo.
Matt Long – North America board member 2
An experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents.
Michael Turtle – European board member 1
After working in broadcast journalism for a decade in Australia, Michael left Sydney to travel the world indefinitely and write about the places, people and experiences he discovers. You can read about his adventures at Time Travel Turtle.
Janicke Hansen – European board member 2
Janicke Hansen has been a travel blogger at norskereiseblogger.no since 2011. After combining blogging with a traditional job as a Shopping Center Manager for some years, she is now aiming to become a full time travel
blogger. Janicke thinks that sharing content is one of the best ways to contribute to a greater awareness of the knowledge and quality travel bloggers provide to the public. That is why Norske Reiseblogger is, besides being a travel blog, also a blog portal for over 250 Norwegian Travel Bloggers. You can also find Janicke on Twitter @janicke_hansen and instagram: norskereiseblogger.
Ian Ord – Rest of world board member 1
Having spent more than half his life on the road, Ian has developed an insatiable thirst for travel. His love for the road less travelled is only surpassed by his passion the planet, its people, and the place tourism will responsibly fit within that realm. Travel blogger for Where Sidewalks End, board member of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective (#RTTC), Chapter Leader for Travel Massive Chiang Mai, advisor to the Travel Bloggers for Change charity, and Founder of the boutique positive impact travel company: WSE Travel, Ian plays a very active role in helping bring global awareness, education and experience to those looking to travel sustainably and responsibly. Ian is also a robot-costume enthusiast and can be found on twitter @globe_trottah.
Erin Bender – Rest of world board member 2
Erin’s an experienced travel blogger and gifted communicator. She travels the world looking for adventure and shares those exciting stories and helpful tips on her blog, reaching tens of thousands of avid readers each month. Her passion and expertise in social media, coupled with a Marketing and Public Relations degree, positioned her perfectly as a teacher, mentor and social media strategist. Erin’s love of blogging has rocketed her into the spotlight with features on primetime TV, national newspapers and more. With her husband and 2 young children, she’s been on a nomadic journey since 2012 across 60+ countries so far.
Amanda Williams – Rest of world board member 3
Amanda is a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to discover the world beyond her Midwest bubble. Through her blog, A Dangerous Business, she hopes to prove to people that traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach. Amanda has degrees in journalism and tourism management, and has been writing for the web as a travel blogger and freelancer since 2010. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @dangerousbiz.
Anton Diaz – Rest of world board member 4
Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.
OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 hits in a 1.5 months, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome!
He was recognized as Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo’s 7th book: “Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs” in 2011.
Travis Ball – At Large board member 1
Travis Ball gave up on the corporate rat race in 2005 and, after spending four years working in Entertainment, decided to leave Los Angeles for greener pastures abroad. Along the way, he has worked as a photographer in Ibiza, taught English in Japan, tended bar in Sydney and created the blog Flashpacker HQ – a blog catering to those 25-40 year olds who continue to travel with the mentality of a backpacker but have more money to spend on nicer rooms and better experiences. He’s spent time all over Asia, Europe and Australasia, and is currently planning his next big trip – a circut around South America by road. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in photography from UCSD and currently resides in Los Angeles where works as a production coordinator, photographer, travel blogger and editor of the Underwater Photography Guide. Find Travis on Twitter as @FlashPackerHQ.
Kate McCulley – At Large board member 2
In September 2010, at the age of 26, Kate quit her job to travel Southeast Asia for six months. Six months turned into 4.5 years across more than 60 countries, and she’s only now slowing down in 2016. Kate blogs about her travels at Adventurous Kate, and can be found on Snapchat at adventurouskate.
Historical board positions:
Year 1: 2013 – 2014
President: Michael Hodson
President Elect: Craig Martin
Secretary: Travis Ball
Treasurer: Ayngelina Brogan
At Large: Daniel Noll, Dalene Heck, Shannon O’Donnell, Kate McCulley
North America: Dave Bouskill, Jen Miner
Europe: Laurel Robbins, Laurence Norah
Rest of World: Cole Burmeister, Juno Kim
Year 2: 2014-2015
President: Craig Martin
President Elect: Laurence Norah
Secretary: Lisa Goodmurphy
Treasurer: Thomas Dowson
At large: Travis Ball, Fiona Harper, Matt Gibson, Raymond Walsh
North America: Katie Aune, Matt Long,
Europe: Katja Presnal, Janicke Hansen
Rest of world: Anton Diaz, Juno Kim