This interview series features some of the most interesting people in the world of travel. They have all served as a huge source of inspiration to me and it was truly a pleasure and a great honor to have the opportunity to interview them.


Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere 
– Gary is one of the biggest names in the world of travel – he has visited every US state and territory and 130 other countries throughout all seven continents. He has even visited over 125 US National Park Service sites and over 250 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Millions of people flock to Gary’s blog each year, with 125,000 Twitter followers and over 100,000 Facebook Likes. In fact, was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 25 Blogs in the World in 2010.

La Carmina from CNN, National Geographic, The Travel Channel, The Huffington Post, & The Food Network 
– Japan Goth fashion & culture blogger, La Carmina, is a  travel TV host & arranger, coolhunter, author of 3 Jpop books and she has written for all of the biigest news publications.Watch her TV HOSTING REEL: Travel Channel, National Geographic, Food Network, Discovery, CNN, NHK and more.Press coverage includes The New Yorker, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, WWD, Vogue, LA Times, and various magazine covers.

Lisa LubinLisa Lubin from LL World Tour 
– This interview is with Chicago native and current resident, Lisa Lubin. She is a three-time Emmy Award winning television writer/producer/editor/video cosultant who produced an award-winning weekly lifestyles, travel, and entertainment magazine show on ABC Chicago. After 15 years in television, she spent over three years traveling across theworld, with here travels being seen on her site You may have seen her in my recent compilation post where she shared the one thing that she wished she would have known before she started traveling. Lisa has also been featured on WGN-TV’s Morning News, ABC’s Good Morning, and has written for The Chicago TribuneAmerican Way MagazineThe Malibu Times, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and a variety of other prominent news outlets.
Adam SommerAdam Sommer from Visit Flyover Country – St. Louis resident Adam Sommer shares some of his favorite things to see and do in the city. Adam is the publisher of Visit Flyover Country, a family guide that covers destinations from all throughout the USA.
Andrew Evans from National Geographic – Andrew is one of the icons of the travel writing community. He is currently a National Geographic Traveler contributing editor and came to my reading attention when he undertook a travel quest that was partly similar to my round-the-world without flying one — in 2010, he went from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica… by bus.He’s been all across the world and back and seen and done more than most!In addition to writing for National Geographic, Andrew has also written for the Economist, Business Traveler, Gadling, Gawker Media and has authored numerous guidebooks — though he doesn’t carry one when he travels.

Dave and Deb Bouskill from The Planet D – “Married for 14 years we’ve have always lived a life less ordinary. It was only a year into our relationship that we relocated from Toronto to Vancouver to pursue our dreams of being famous musicians. While things didn’t exactly go as planned, we did fall into the booming film business instead. Dave as a Rigging Gaffer and Deb as a Make-Up Artist. It was after moving back to Toronto, that we decided to buy a house and focus on our careers. The Toronto Film Industry was busy back then, and summers were spent working on Hollywood Blockbusters as part of the crew. Dave worked on films like X-Men, Chicago and The Incredible Hulk. We ended up working 14 to 16 hour days and dreaming of next vacation. Having months off at a time during the winter, we escaped the Canadian cold to explore such exotic lands as Asia, Africa, South and Central America.”

Janice WaughJanice Waugh from the Solo Travel Blog –  Janice is the author of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook and the founder of the, the number one blog in the solotravel niche. Janice has over 21,000 Twitter followers, over 14,000 Facebook likes, and has been featured in The Smithsonian, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune and many other prominent news outlets. 
Dr. Paul Johnson from A Luxury Travel Blog – It focuses on the finer aspects of travel and serves as a gateway for the discerning traveller, providing information on the most luxurious hotels and resorts, the finest restaurants and news from within the luxury travel industry, to name just a few.Paul has worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and has travelled extensively, from his home in Kendal, Cumbria (UK) to places all over the world. He is also a Director of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd., an online tourism marketing company with a client base that includes some of the finest hotels in the world.The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. operates over 200 travel-related websites.

Emily Wolman from Lonely Planet – Emily Wolman is currently the Editor-at-Large for Lonely Planet. She was previously Lonely Planet’s Associate Publisher, heading up a team of commissioning editors that created Lonely Planet’s guidebooks for North and Latin America, and a few titles in Asia as well. She has been featured on Fox News, CBS, The Weather Channel, and the Chicago Tribune among other prominent news outlets.As you probably know, Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, founded in 1973 by Tony and Maureen Wheeler. Today they have nearly 400 staff members, an award-winning website, a magazine Lonely Planet Traveller, and a portfolio of ebooks and mobile apps. They have well over a million Facebook fans and Twitter followers each and published over 100 million books with over 500 titles in 9 languages.

Melvin Boeacher from Travel Dudes – Melvin Boecher, the founder and CEO of TravelDudes, an award-winning travel site inspired by travel tips from locals and other travelers, based off their first-hand experiences. Written “By Travelers, For Travelers,” operates much like Wikipedia in the sense that it shares valuable knowledge, completely free of charge. Melvin has over 136,000 active Twitter followers and he has created the Travel Talk on Twitter, where the #TTOT hashtag reaches over 2 million users and creates around 25 million impressions every Tuesday.

Interview with Chris Christensen from The Amateur Traveler – Chris Christensen is not only a leader in the tech industry in Silicon Valley but he is also quite popular in the travel industry. His podcast has been downloaded over six million times!He has released nearly 400episodes of The Ameteur Traveler Podcast since it was first launched back in 2005. It has been featured in National Geographic, Men’s Journal, The Chicago Sun Times, and Best Life Magazine. He has run online communities for companies like Marriott, American Express, eBay, HBO, the NBA, Kraft, Campbells, Kimberly Clark, A&E, and QVC. He is also a co-host of This Week In Travel, along with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt.

Rick Brigante from Inside The 
Magic – The leading source for the most interesting and entertaining Disney and theme park news and information. Based out of Orlando, Florida, Inside the Magic launched in 2005 with a tiny web site and short podcast and has grown to the multimedia-driven experience it is today.We don’t try to cover everything in the Disney and theme park universes. Instead, we carefully select only the most exciting stories to write about and special events to cover. Through our professionally-recorded audio podcasts, high-definition videos, descriptive writing, and colorful photos, we bring the magic of Disney, theme parks, and special events to you.The weekly Inside the Magic podcast was the second Disney themed show to hit the Internet. For years there existed hundreds of news and rumor sites related to Disney and theme parks, but the birth of podcasting offered a new opportunity to reach interested fans in a new, more directly connected way.

Interview with Robert Niles from Theme Park Insider – Robert Niles is an author who grew up building and programming computers, then studied math and political science at Northwestern University, got a job at Walt Disney World, and became a leader in the development of online journalism. Today, he lives in Pasadena, California, where his children attend public school.Robert’s Theme Park Insider has been named the top theme park site on the Internet byForbes and Travel + Leisure magazines and has been a finalist for the Webby Award for best overall Guide/Ratings/Reviews site. In 2001, Theme Park Insider became the first website to win a major journalism award for a “citizen journalism” report when the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Online News Association honored Theme Park Insider’s Accident Watch with the Online Journalism Award for Service Journalism. Also check out our most recent interview with Robert, where he appears on our podcast to discuss insider tips on visiting Orlando’s theme parks.

Cameron Johnson, author of You Call The Shots 
– Cameron started his first business at the age of nine and before graduating high school, he was recognized as one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. As a teenager he started a dozen profitable businesses and at 15, he became the youngest American appointed to the board of a Tokyo-based company. Last year, Cameron was a finalist on Oprah Winfrey’s first prime time series, The Big Give, which aired on ABC. Most recently, he hosted Season 4 of Beat the Boss which airs on the BBC in the UK.