These influential bloggers are among the most well travelled people we know — other than the Roaming Gnome himself, of course! Get to know them below, then follow their stories on our Inspire blog to gain insight for your next adventure.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is the author of the blog Spa Travel Gal, a freelance travel writer for multiple print and online publications, a travel editor and a huge luxury spa lover! She has been called the most influential person in the world for spa travel and also a top authority on luxury travel. Her fans say she is responsible for turning the Spa Day into a Wellness Adventure! Spa Travel Gal Ava believes that Spa, Travel and Skincare Experiences are not a Luxury, but Essential to a Healthy Body and Mind!
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Eric Stoen is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, based in California. His goal is to encourage everyone to take their kids to unique destinations, providing first-hand information through to make it easier to plan those trips. He’s traveled with his three kids to 45 countries on 7 continents, with destinations including Antarctica, Kenya, Palawan, Easter Island and much of Europe. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip. In 2012 he won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award, and in 2017 Forbes named him the World’s #4 Travel Influencer.
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Erin Bender is the driving force behind the family travel blog, Explore With Erin. She shares relatable first-hand stories and expert travel insights on her blog. With her 2 young children, she’s been on a nomadic journey since 2012 across 67 countries and counting. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5-star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and abseiled cliffs.
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Joe Miragliotta, known as Joe’s Daily online, is a men’s lifestyle and travel writer based in Los Angeles. His love for content creation sparked the creation of, a blog that covers the latest news in technology, style, gear, travel, food, and more. When he’s not writing his latest story, you can find him OVERsharing his life experiences on social media: @JoesDaily.
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Pattie Cordova is a Latina mother of two kid bloggers, wife to her business partner, and daughter of immigrant factory workers. She owns – an award-winning site that covers family travel, parenting, food, beauty, and home life. Pattie has been seen on TV screens across the U.S. in a Disney Channel feature and most recently, along with her family on an “8 Tips for the Perfect Beach Day” video for Visit California. In 2015, Pattie spoke at the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit on video best practices and took home the TECLA Award at Hispanicize for Best Latino Parenting Blogger category.
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Keryn Means is a freelance writer and travel blogger living outside of Washington, DC. Her work has been seen in Travel Age West, ParentMap Magazine, Seattle Child,,,, and many more sites looking for quality, well-researched content. She has appeared on local and national television as a travel expert. Most days you can find Keryn dragging the three men in her life across the globe or writing on her award-winning website Walking On Travels, which gives hope to today’s active parent who doesn’t see kids as a roadblock to travel, but an excuse to get out the door and explore.
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Sher Jordan is a New York City based photographer with a thirst for travel and a perpetually overflowing suitcase. An avid trip planner, she originally founded her travel and fashion blog Sher She Goes, to satisfy friends and family seeking itinerary advice. In 2016, she was selected by Skyscanner as an Elite Top 50 travel blogger. Follow along at for adventures in the Big Apple….and around the world!
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Meagan Wristen, based in Portland, Oregon, is a freelance travel writer, blogger, and social media influencer who specializes in family and military travel. She is the creator of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle website where she chronicles the adventures of her and her three kids. Meagan’s work has been published in USA Today,, Travelocity,, MiniTime, and more.
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Mike Shubic is an award-winning travel writer and seasoned road trip travel video blogger. He takes his readers on a first-hand journey with him as he travels the world one road trip at a time. Mike has been publishing for nearly seven years and has worked with the Travel Channel, USA Today, Yahoo Travel and TripFilms to name a few. Mike also has his own ROKU channel and later this year his content will appear on DirecTV as they roll out a new streaming technology. The road is his page. The experiences are the ink. Next chapter begins in 300 miles, so stay tuned.
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Dr. Cacinda Maloney is a travel writer, blogger, photographer, and social media influencer who created PointsandTravel about soft adventures, culture, foods, and smart luxury travel. She has been published on MSN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Huffington Post, iExplore, FlipBoard Magazine, Travelocity, TripAdvisor, and Italy Magazine. Dr. Cacinda has traveled every six weeks of her life for over 20 years and has worked with a multitude of destination management companies, as well as, over 30+ tourism boards worldwide. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Kirsten Maxwell is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and social media influencer based in Chicago. She is the owner of Kids Are A Trip, a travel website inspiring families to explore the world with their children. A bilingual teacher of Puerto Rican descent, she truly believes travel is an education and feels fortunate she can teach her three boys about different cultures as the family has traveled to 25 countries and counting. After traveling as a family for 15 years, she has learned to find those off-the-beaten path experiences while still finding time to explore the popular attractions. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Bravo TV, TravelingMom and various national publications.
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