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Meet The Team

The Foodie Flashpacker wouldn’t be the Foodie Flashpacker if he didn’t have an amazing team of travelers/writers contributing their latest trips and dishes to the site.

There I go again talking about myself in the third person. Simon says stop!

But seriously, I’m grateful for knowing these beautiful people, amazing characters, and all-around charming personas. This blog would just be a foodie without them.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to my amazing writers (yes, I included myself as well)!

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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I…
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16 posts
Noreen Kompanik is a Registered Nurse and San Diego-based travel writer and photographer. Over 400 of her published articles have appeared in 38 different digital and print publications. She especially…
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9 posts
Gail Clifford, MD, a physician for more than 25 years, has traveled to five continents and all 50 United States. An avid traveler, she happily goes on new adventures, especially…
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7 posts
Jeanine Consoli is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and foodie based in Washington Crossing, PA. A retired elementary school teacher used her summers to feed her passion for travel and…
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Tonya Hennessey is a freelance writer and non-profit professional who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she took…
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Angela worked in radio and counseling until taking arthritic disability. She now writes about exuberant people, places, food, and art in the southern United States. Her travel website is EmbraceSouthernStates. When…
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Loretta Berry is a freelance travel writer and photographer. She loves discovering new places and experiencing the local food and drink. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States. She…
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Julie Diebolt Price is a professional photographer, educator, travel writer, and journalist. She helps corporations and solo entrepreneurs establish their brands with imagery and business training. She educates and mentors…
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By the time she was ten, Kerri Smith had already lived in five different states and had attended as many grade schools. Moving to new places instilled a love of…
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Christine Cutler is a writer, photographer, editor, guide, teacher, traveler, Ohio native, Nevada resident, and world citizen. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and crazy Welsh Terrier, but…
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Amy Piper is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and blogger. A native of Michigan USA, she has traveled to 41 countries and 42 states, most recently adding New Mexico to the…
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Sara is a curator of delicious content for the Food, Wine, and Travel Industry. She is the Chef owner of four restaurants of which she designed the theme, created menus,…
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Matthew Kessi is a travel writer known for infusing a thought-provoking perspective into helpful information about exploring the Pacific Northwest — with a focus on the spirituality found in nature. …
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Connie Pearson retired from past careers as a public school music teacher and as a missionary. She is currently a freelance travel and food writer and blogger based in Hartselle,…
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Susan Dejanovic is a travel and food writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. She enjoys exploring new places and discovering local foods, then writing about them. Member: ITWPA To follow Susan’s travels and stories,…
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Elsa Dixon, a South-African born U.S. citizen, is a part-time piano teacher, freelance travel writer, photographer, food and wine-lover. She is the author of a biography of her father who was a…
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Tegan is a travel, hiking, and biking enthusiast currently based in Boston, USA, but a Southern girl at heart. After years spent exploring with her partner, Alex, their love for…
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Kurt Jacobson is a former chef turned travel and food writer. Food and wine are two of Kurt’s favorite subjects to cover. He has contributed to over 40 websites and…
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Mary Charlebois is a freelance journalist, photographer, videographer, and editor. Her home base is the wild, remote, and fragile Mendocino Coast of Northern California. Her travels include domestic and international destinations.…
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Erin Jones works in the corporate world, but her true passion is exploring.  Whether it is navigating across cities in America or Europe there are no vacation hours left behind…
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When not mentoring scientists, speaking at conferences or sunning herself at the beach, published author and photographer Julie D. Suman can be found traveling the world and capturing those moments…
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Janie H. Pace is a travel writer and photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her culinary, wine, and travel photo adventures have led her across Peru from Cusco, through the…
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Kara is the one-woman team behind Destination: Live Life, a travel blog. After fleeing small-town life in Wyoming, she has called Denver, CO home for the last 12+ years. When it…
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Jo Clark is a happily-retired teacher, travel writer, photographer, food and wine lover from South Carolina’s Grand Strand. She loves learning about local flavors unique to travel spots and adding…
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My name is Laura, creator of Undercover Travel Agent and I created UTA as a way to share information about travel advice and travel tips. After joining the travel industry…
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Alyssa Wyble is a freelance writer and traveler. Having lived and studied abroad for almost 22 years, she has traveled to 32 countries and 35 states. She enjoys combining her…
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Based in North Carolina, Monica’s passion for storytelling sparked during business trips that took her from New York to San Francisco, all around the Southern US, and internationally to Brazil…
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Jo-Anne Bowen is a freelance travel/food writer currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. She was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. As a young professional, she made her first overseas…
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Robert Schrader has lived in Taiwan for more than a year, but didn't create Taiwan Starts Here until getting (delightfully) stranded in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you visit…
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Cathy is an award-winning nature photographer who has traveled to four continents to photograph wildlife in their natural habitats. After taking travel writing and photography workshops with Great Escape Publishing,…
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Colleen O’Neill Mulvihill is a certified health coach and avid travel writer who is always on the lookout for the best places to visit while feeding the mind, body, and…
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