Contributors and Travel Curators

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heathernameplate Heather Cannady

Heather Cannady has some serious weary girl wanderlust. A busy corporate lawyer, Heather finds a tiny bit of time in an otherwise packed schedule to hop a flight out of her homebase of New York City. Having visited 27 countries (and laid over in several more) in her 30 years the planet, Heather considers herself a foreign travel expert. For sure she’ll continue to travel world, but she’s also interested in seeing much more of the good ole’ USA.

Favorite destination thus far:”Morocco, for sure! Africa meets the Middle East meets Europe meets the beach and mountains all in one place.
Favorite traveling partners: “Surprisingly, my parents. It just works.

When she’s not traveling or working, Heather blogs about healthy living and fashion over at pass the dressing, running half marathons, and continuing the search for a permanent travel partner (wink wink). In a previous life, she studied law at Harvard and history and politics at NYU. She is thankful that both schools decided to give her degrees so that she could get a real job and have some spare change to take trips.

Read Heather’s posts here.

At the royal palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
At the royal palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kasey Chow is based in Atlanta, GA.  A travel enthusiast since a young age, she took her first international flight (to Hong Kong) as a 3-month-old.  Unfortunately, she was THAT baby; but, she hasn’t cried on another flight since!  Kasey loves traveling and learning and has had the amazing opportunity to study and live abroad…twice!  Once in Oxford, England and again in Singapore. Kasey’s passport has been stamped by passport control booths in 18 countries and counting.  Her travel style varies depending on the destination and travel partners, but she never goes anywhere without a good book.  Kasey works as an Associate Attorney in the Telecommunications Industry. Kasey holds a JD/MBA from Emory University’s School of Law and Goizueta Business School, and a BA in International Studies and Psychology also from Emory University.  When Kasey is not traveling or working, she is busy perfecting her ninja skillz.

Dream Job: Travel Show Host! Particularly a travel show about food. Trying new foods is one of the best things about traveling!
Dream Destination: There aren’t many places I don’t want to go, but a tour of South America is definitely a priority on my list.

Read Kasey’s posts here.

Mandela Gregoire is an international filmmaker and photographer of Dominican and Panamanian heritage. He is passionate about airplanes, contemporary art, international affairs, and soft power.

Mandela grew up in Dominica, Seattle, New York, and Nigeria. As the son of a diplomat and a foundation executive, he was exposed to jetsetting at an early age and visited six continents by the age of seventeen. He has traveled to over 45 countries.

Mandela studied art and cinema at the Rochester Institute of Technology and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He worked as an attaché at the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations and has worked as a personal photographer for Rihanna. He currently resides in New York City and works on projects around the globe.

Read Mandela’s posts here.
Melissa McInerney has visited over 30 countries and loves experiencing different cities worldwide.  Melissa’s engineering/liberal arts education focuses her travel towards art, architecture, and culture – with a dash of beach time.  Her 10+ years as a NYC resident make her a certified foodie with a fine appreciation for beautiful meals crafted with love.  While always up for an adventure, she prefers to do research first and find a guide. :)  Melissa works in internal consulting, but misses the hotel points and airline miles from work travel. She has a BS and an MS in engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU Stern.  She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and newborn son (2013).

Melissa’s top 3 travel tips…

  1. Learn some basics of the language, culture, and history!  People who work in the tourism industry tend to appreciate a little small talk.  Food suggestions from waiters will be honest and concierge/desk staff will be able to provide more targeted tourist destination suggestions.
  2. Take the audio tour/guide book tour!  While personal guided tours tend to be expensive, these allow you to tailor your experience and education..
  3. Explore, but stop and smell the roses!  Enjoy a few leisurely strolls (during the day) and be a tourist – look up at the architecture.

Read Melissa’s posts here.