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A Guide to the Top Travel Guide Contributors

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Carrying a travel guide in your pocket while exploring a new place can be critical to navigating the do’s and don’ts of the area. Flipping through the pages before your trip can also provide essential research before you take off. There are many famous contributors to these guides and some of the books themselves have become icon names synonymous with travel. In this space we hope to call out some of the best contributors to guide books and publications, where to find them, and what’s a piece of theirs you should read straight away. You won’t be disappointed by reading anyone from this group before your next getaway.

Heidi Sarna

Featured in: Frommer’s, Bon Voyage, Travel Weekly
Specialties: Cruises, Singapore
Why you should follow: Heidi’s writing style is casual yet informative, so learning from what she has to say is as easy as it is enjoyable! Her many cruise experiences come in handy if you’re looking for tips or ways to narrow down your cruise line choices. If you often travel as a family, her many articles on cruising with the kids in tow may spark your interests.
What to read first: Check out Heidi’s article called Singapore Like a Local for some interesting anecdotal tips on how to enjoy all that Singapore has to offer without sticking out as the cliché, overbearing tourist!


Jason Cochran

Featured in: Frommer’s, Travel + Leisure
Specialties: London, Orlando
Why you should follow: Not only does Jason provide useful information for travelers, but he does so with history and academia in mind. Jason’s writing is filled with research and stories that you wouldn’t find in a simple, overarching destination search. Jason’s travel related pieces provide a breath of fresh air from the usual travel stories that take the reader from point A to point B; they provide travelers with a new way of seeing a destination based on extended research and abstract thinking.
What to read first: If you want a stellar, sweeping overview of London, check out Frommer’s Easy Guide to London 2014 for Jason’s expert advice.


Ethan Gilsdorf

Featured in: Fodor’s, National Geographic Traveler
Specialties: Fantastical, adventurous places
Why you should follow: Gilsdorf offers the travel world a wide range of accounts including his adventures mountain biking in the Pyrenees to exploring the Maine wilderness. Ethan’s writing features a refreshing poetic and awe-inspired tone to a tradition of dry travel information. If you’re at all interested in the genres of fantasy or adventure, Ethan’s articles are sure to delight.
What to read first: For a wonderfully inquisitive and deeply self conscious story about holiday traveling, take a look at Gilsdorf’s piece, When ‘Home for the Holidays’ Involves Two Homes.


Eliza Reid

Featured in: Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides
Specialties: Iceland
Why you should follow: Eliza is an intelligent writer and her contributions will surely please the intellectual traveler. She opens your eyes to the world that she is discovering by focusing on the people and the culture of the destination. Her articles are persuaded by storytelling, dialogue, and detail.
What to read first: Take a glance at Eliza’s piece, Ménage à Trois  for some beautiful snapshots of her moments in Oslo, Norway.


Karina Martinez-Carter

Featured in: Fodor’s, BBC Travel
Specialties: Buenos Aires
Why you should follow: Having moved to Buenos Aires shortly after college, Karina’s contributions are mostly inspired by her love for the city and her time discovering what it has to offer. Her blog includes posts on the always popular topics of food, fashion, and nightlife attractions.
What to read first: Check out Buenos Aires for Foodies to hear about the gastronomical revolution taking place in Buenos Aires.


Lenore Greiner

Featured in: Fodor’s, World Hum
Specialties: California, Las Vegas
Why you should follow: Lenore has an expanse of practical travel advice for any individual. Not only does she reveal insights into the destinations, but she also has valuable knowledge on what to bring with you. Lenore is Editor in Chief of TravelGearForWomen.com, a site dedicated to providing reviews and suggestions strictly for travel products. If you really like to do your research before you travel, look to Lenore’s contributions for guidance.
What to read first: For the beer lovers, check out Lenore’s piece, San Diego Beer Highway for a roundup of those not-to-miss craft breweries of San Diego.


AnneLise Sorensen

Featured in: Time Out, Condé Nast Traveller, Rough Guides
Specialties: Spain, Belize, New York City
Why you should follow: If you love reading restaurant reviews, look to AnneLise for plenty of food related travel articles. She has plenty of suggestions to offer for your next trip to New York City if you’re looking for trendy dishes and top notch cocktails.
What to read first: Discover what the city of Valencia has to offer with AnneLise’s article, Valencia – Viva España.