At wandermelon we are fortunate to have a gifted group of writers and photographers contributing to our site. They're constantly trekking the globe in search of the stories and images that inform and entertain (and hopefully give you a healthy dose of wanderlust to boot!). They're based around the world in cities such as London, Dubai, Sydney, and San Francisco, so we can provide you with fresh takes on travel that are truly global in scope.
Jane is an award-winning food and travel writer based in Sydney, and chair of the Australian Farmers' Markets Association. Her perambulations of plate and place have appeared for over 20 years in publications including Gourmet Traveller, Cuisine, Qantas magazine and Selector. She has a passion for farmers’ markets, local food and old Asian teapots.
Meera is the travel columnist for Dubai’s Gulf News and lives somewhere between London, Dubai, Uganda and India. She recently launched online literary magazine, A Tale of Four Cities and is co-founder of Mara Foundation based in Uganda. As a lifestyle and travel journalist with this abstract base, she has written for various international publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar. Meera is working on a novel, and her short story was recently published in the anthology Words Made Flesh.
Robert has been writing for national magazines, newspapers and websites for nearly 10 years. As the former travel editor for the National Post, Fashion Wire Daily and Detour, he is a veteran travel columnist for the likes of The Boston Globe, Arena, Elle, Genre, FHM, Vogue Australia, and Travel & Leisure. His adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a boat down the Amazon, hitchhiking across Australia, bicycling across Cuba, and surviving an attempted coup in Haiti. Ellsworth currently lives in Hollywood, CA where he continues to write about travel and other topics.
Jennifer Evans Gardner
Jennifer is a food, travel and lifestyle writer for The LA Times and The Huffington Post, among other publications, a cookbook author, and owner of Little Feet in the Kitchen cooking school in Los Angeles. Her cookbook on MERINGUE, co-written by Linda K Jackson, comes out in Autumn of 2012, Gibbs-Smith.
Based in California, George has been covering golf, travel and lifestyle for more than 30 years. A former editor of LINKS Magazine, he has nine published books and contributes to TIME, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Robb Report, Coastal Living, Palm Springs Life, Estates West, GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, Travel & Leisure Golf, LINKS, Successful Meetings, Honolulu and others. He has reported for Reuters, United Press International (UPI), Copley News Service and is still a regular on-line travel correspondent for CBS Sports.com.
Eating bugs in Bogota, facing machine guns in Russia, biking the Death Road in Bolivia, diving with sharks in Borneo and doing snake-blood shots in Vietnam are just a few of the adventures David experienced traveling the world the past three years. Before putting everything into storage in 2009, David spent over 10 years as a staff editor at magazines like Grammy, Burn Lounge, Ingenue, Mean Street and Dispatch and writing a weekly column for E! Online and Yahoo. He is also the former Travel Editor at Tonic.com.
Jason Kessler is a food and travel writer based in Los Angeles. He writes The Nitpicker column online for Bon Appetit and is a frequent contributor to Food Republic, Sunset Magazine, Organic Spa and many other publications. If you're not careful, he'll empty out your refrigerator. Follow him @thehungryclown.
Alex lives in Los Angeles, moonlighting full-time as an advertising executive when not fulfilling his lifelong passion for travel and adventure. A competitive open water swimmer and outdoor enthusiast, he wrote a weekly column on Active.com and frequently contributes articles to publications relating to health and fitness. With travel experience in 40 countries (and a particular fascination with the Middle East and Asia), Alex hopes to continue meeting people and experiencing foreign cultures around the world, and sharing those moments with like-minded readers.
Daniel began his career in Australia as a photojournalist before focusing on Interiors, Spas, Travel and Lifestyle photography. His work has taken him around the world from hotels and spas throughout Asia and Europe, to front cover assignments in the Australian outback on the hot topic of Coal Seam Gas. His work has been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Good Weekend, Vogue Living, Asia Spa, Destinasia, the Bangkok Post and the South China Morning Post. To view his work, visit: www.leserphotography.com
Never one to sit still, Kinga Philipps has tested herself for the past decade by traveling the globe, rappelling, caving, scuba diving, jumping out of airplanes and diving with sharks as a writer, producer and on camera host for networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, AMC, Travel Channel, Fox Sports, Food Network, Current TV, Syfy and National Geographic. Most recently Kinga is the adventure seeking host of Travel Channel’s “The Wild Side with Kinga Philipps”.
Eric lives in Los Angeles, and writes about food, wine, adventure and travel…usually in some combination of the four. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, and he regularly contributes to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, LA.com, HotelChatter, Jaunted, Palate Press, Frontiers, and EDGE. Lately his travels have taken him to wine regions far and wide, from the Argentine Andes foothills to the shores of Western Australia, from Bordeaux’s chateaux to Austria’s Danube Valley, and up and down his native California.
A proud Bruin, Angela graduated from UCLA and studied abroad at the University of NSW in Sydney before becoming a successful TV presenter for MTV, NBC and ESPN. A surfer, scuba diver, and ocean lover, she has conducted field research on the Great Barrier Reef and Midway Atoll, as well as surveyed the reefs of the Andaman Sea as a Reef Check Volunteer. In her spare time, she has traveled to over 40 countries and counting, hoping to fill her third passport soon with new stories and adventures behind each stamp. Angelia is currently directing and producing her first feature length documentary on the environment and writing about her misadventures in travel.
Michael grew up in London and now lives in a classic modern apartment in LA. His twin passions are architecture and travel, and he indulges both as often as he can, exploring over 60 countries in search of material and inspiration. He is the author of 26 books, most recently Venice CA: Art + Architecture in a Maverick Community, and is a regular contributor to magazines in the US and Europe.
Jacki Ueng is a Travel Writer/Blogger focused on Solo Woman Travel, Off the Beaten Path, Low-Budget, Cultural, Lifestyle and Exotic Foods. In addition to her blog: BohemianVagabond.com, she also manages two youtube channels with travel videos she's edited and hosted: /JackiUeng & /AREAANewsNetwork. Jacki lives in West Los Angeles and is in the Real Estate field as a "Title Rep" as her day job while saving money and investing for her travels, which takes her to 5-10 countries a year.
Liz has been a freelance travel writer for nearly a decade, writing for multiple outlets such as Mothering, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, CBS Los Angeles, MadeMan and of course wandermelon, to name a few. Growing up in New Mexico, Liz also traveled to Japan and Europe, including touring with a modern dance troupe throughout France. She’s now also added photography and web design to her talents, but her greatest accomplishment has been raising her four wonderful kids, who have already been bitten by the travel bug.
Natalie Compangno & Greg Freitas
Natalie Compagno has traveled to 85 countries and writes for numerous international travel publications. She owns Traveler's Bookcase, a renowned travel bookstore in Los Angeles, with her husband Greg.
Born in Sydney and seasoned in Asia, Kristina has lived and worked as a travel writer for over a decade in Australia, Thailand, Singapore and the US. She specializes in seeking out luxe hideaways and urban havens that welcome little and big guests alike. With little ones in tow she has splashed in the rice paddies of Ubud, pottered the alleys of the Marais, noshed truffle fries by The Bund, happily retiring for a good night's sleep in 1000 thread count sheets whenever possible. Kristina has contributed to travel and lifestyle publications around the globe including Elle Singapore, 2-Magazine Asia, GQ Thailand and Cafe Reporter Magazine.