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Meet Our Contributors

Our team of  experts will help you travel better, smarter, and for less. We’ve got the inside scoop on where to go now, plus the secrets the airline industry doesn’t want you to know.

Celeste Brash

Celeste first visited French Polynesia in 1991 and fell head over heels for the islands and her future husband. While she’s now a part-time resident, she spent 15 years living in the country, writing about it, and raising her children.

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French Polynesia

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Rosalind is a writer, author, and born-and-raised Windy City girl. She’s an expert on Chicago and wrote Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene Past and Present to make the city’s important blues history more accessible.

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Chicago

Tim Leffel

Tim lives in Guanajuato City, 90 minutes from San Miguel. He is the author of the moving abroad guide A Better Life for Half the Price and the editor of the Cheapest Destinations Blog and the award-winning Perceptive Travel.

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San Miguel de Allende

Vianessa Castaños

Vianessa is travel and culture writer who fell in love with the north of Spain after traversing the Camino de Santiago. She has since relocated to Madrid, but San Sebastián remains her favorite destination.

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San Sebastián

Deepa Lakshmin

Deepa is a journalist who made her first trip to Bengaluru as a baby and grew up spending her summers there with family. In 2019, she backpacked from Delhi to Goa and made it a life goal to explore every corner of India.

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Bengaluru

Leif Pettersen

Leif lived in and visited every notable patch of grass in Romania while researching Lonely Planet guidebooks. He is the author of Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad “The Impaler” Dracula and the Vampire He Inspired.

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Transylvania

Jessica Poitevien

Jessica got her first taste of Cartagena in late 2018, and went back on three occasions before eventually moving there, living and working in Cartagena while improving her dance skills and eating as much coconut rice as possible.

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Cartagena

Rebecca Holland

Rebecca is a freelance travel and food writer who has lived around the Middle East for the past decade in Jordan, Iraq, and Dubai. She wants everyone to visit this part of the world for the history, hospitality, and especially the food.

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Dubai

Jessica Spiegel

Jessica is a writer, editor, and obsessive knitter based in Portland, Oregon. She has been writing Italy travel guides for more than 13 years, and fell hard for Venice's legendary serenity on her first visit.

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Venice