PTBA Board Members:

Meet your Board of Directors

If you have any ideas or opportunities that you would like the board to consider, just get in touch via e-mail, We can’t stress enough how the success of the association depends on our ability to spread the word.

Michael Hodson – President

Michael Hodson was an attorney from the United States that set off at the end of 2008 to circle the globe without getting on a single airplane. After succeeding in that quest, he just kept going. He has been a permanent traveler and blogger for the last five years blogging at He was one of the Founding Members of the PTBA and now serves as its first President. He also is a founding member of the Navigate Media Group, which consists of eight bloggers that manage marketing campaigns for destinations and select companies. His email address is and you are welcome to email him directly about any PTBA issues, ideas or concerns. He can also be found on twitter as @GoSeeWrite.


Craig Martin – President Elect

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.


Travis Ball – Secretary

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.


Ayngelina Brogan – Treasurer

With a Bachelor of Public Relations and major in Marketing Ayngelina brings over ten years experience in marketing. Formerly an Account Director in advertising working at DraftFCB and Ogilvy her client roster has included Food Network, IBM and Kraft with work receiving national and international awards including a Cannes Gold Lion. Today she runs the travel site Bacon is Magic,which consistently ranks in top independent travel sites and is a founding member of both the Navigate Media Group and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. Find Ayngelina on Twitter as @Ayngelina.


Dave Bouskill – North America board member 1

Dave Bouskill is a photographer and the male half of the travel couple ThePlanetD. Married for 15 years, he’s visited 80 countries on 7 continents inspiring people to follow their dreams and push their boundaries. Currently he’s a 2013 American Express Ambassador. He’s been featured in the Expedia Find Yours media Campaign and is a Travel and Escape New Nomad and HouseTrip Diplomat. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Dave’s appeared on TV as a regular travel expert, been featured in several publications and online media such as The National Post, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet Traveller and National Geographic and has spoken around the world about pursuing your passion. Find Dave on Twitter as @theplanetd.


Jen Miner – North America board member 2

Jennifer Miner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and the co-creator/editor of The Vacation Gals, a popular, multiple award-winning travel blog featuring family friendly destinations, tips for traveling with kids, romantic getaways, and more. Jennifer has been a speaker about travel and/or SEO at several national conferences including BlogWorld Expo, BlogHer, Type A Parent, the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, Society for American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Western Chapter Conference, and the Travel Bloggers Exchange. Jen is on Twitter as @JenniferMiner.


Laurel Robbins – European board member 1

Laurel gave up a career in university management and moved to Germany more than three years ago and has never looked back.  Most weekends you can find her in the mountains, hence the name of her blog, Monkeys and Mountains.  In addition, she also provides social media consulting and training services.  You can reach her on Twitter as @Laurel_Robbins.


Laurence Norah – European board member 2

Laurence started his life of travel in 2009, after quitting his corporate management consultancy career. 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. He joined the PTBA as a founding member and is currently responsible for the tech side of things – do reach out to him with any issues you may be having with your account or the site. He can found on Twitter as @Lozula.


Cole Burmester – Rest of world board member 1

Cole is a Kiwi who has been traveling the world and chasing adventure at every turn for a number of years. He blogs at Four Jandals and can be reached as @fourjandals on Twitter.


Juno Kim – Rest of world board member 2

Juno Kim, travel writer, photographer, and social media advisor. She left the cubic farm from her hometown, Seoul, Korea to reclaim her creativity and inspiration. Now she travels the world while looking for a place where she can call ‘home’. Her passion toward the travel led her to work location independently from more than 20 countries including North America, Europe and Asia for last two years. Juno writes, photographs, videographs on, and freelances at travel-related publications.


Shannon O’Donnell – At Large board member 1

Shannon O’Donnell left to travel solo in 2008 and has continued since then (and sometimes with her tween-aged niece in tow). She blogs at A Little Adrift with a focus on culture, food, and volunteering. She tweets as @ShannonRTW.


Daniel Noll – At Large board member 2

Blogging and new media veteran:  writer, storyteller, speaker, consultant, integrity advocate.  Lesser half of the dynamic duo at Uncornered Market. Daniel has provided social media and strategic marketing consulting to tourism boards, DMOs, ecolodges and global organizations like the UNWTO-backed Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).  Inaugural member of G Adventures’ Wanderers in Residence (WIR) program.  Made speaking appearances at ITB Berlin, INDABA, TBEX, TBU, ESTC and inspirational venues like WDS (World Domination Summit) and TEDx Warsaw. Along with his wife, Audrey Scott, he is co-founder and editor of one of the world’s top travel blogs, Together, they have been traveling around the world for more than seven years, telling stories about destinations’ more personal and human dimensions, often challenging stereotypes and shifting perceptions along the way. After visiting more than 75 countries, they are still going…and still married. Daniel’s aim on the PTBA board is to represent the voice of integrity and quality in an evolving industry. Find Daniel on Twitter as @umarket.


Dalene Heck – At Large board member 3

Dalene was schooled in business and spent her 20s as a corporate climber before leaving western Canada in 2009 to travel the world. She is now one half of the blog, which chronicles her worldwide journey with her husband. You can find her at @HeckticTravels on Twitter.


Kate McCulley – At Large board member 4

Kate is about to embark on an epic RTW journey with her boyfriend and will be documenting it all, along with her many other adventures, at Adventurous Kate, her website. You can also reach her by on twitter as @adventurouskate.