Speakers

Peter Askin

Vice President of Sales, and an owner of Southern World

Southern World is one of the most recognized and respected providers of wide-ranging inbound services across the three major South Pacific destinations, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. A private owner-operated company; we have sales offices in North America and the UK and destination offices located in Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch and Nadi. Tailor-made itineraries for the discerning traveler are Southern World’s specialty. Personal service is the key to designing the perfect itinerary and over 25 years, Southern World has developed a reputation for exceeding client expectations. Our team of experienced Destination Specialists has firsthand knowledge of the best accommodation, experiences, and components that are required to provide seamless travel arrangements. World-class accommodation coupled with captivating landscapes and awe-inspiring natural beauty is just the beginning. Southern World’s personalized service and meticulous attention to detail ensures your clients experience the absolute best.

Oya Bekisoglu

Regional Sales Director, Central USA, Atlas Ocean Voyages

Passionate is the word to describe my love for travel, meeting new people, visiting established industry colleagues and partners, and exploring the world! I have as bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. With 25 years in the travel industry, my career experience includes air consolidation, hotels, tour operators, and cruise lines.

Sally Bunnell

Founder of NaviSavi

A passionate traveler with 94 countries stamped on her passport, Sally Bunnell found a disconnect between the discovery experience and the actual travel experiences she was having, hence Navi Savi was born. Video based travel discovery & itinerary building, that helps businesses reach new audiences and gives consumers a more accurate depiction of the travel experience. Launching Summer 2020!
As a Senior Vice President at a Record Label for over 15 years, Sally has spent her career creating and marketing video content for Gen X and Z, for Influential artists, and brands around the world. She still continues this passion for her current clients which includes K-Tel International, Build-A-Bear Records and many more.

Carmen Carbonell

President of Your Own Italy

Carmen Carbonell is founder and President of Your Own Italy. Carmen was born in the United States, where she obtained a degree in Architecture. Following college, she married an Italian and moved to Rome, where she raised 4 sons. She also developed a passionate love for Italy – its art, its architecture, its cities, its countryside, its culture and cuisines, and its people.
Now, after nearly 30 years living in Italy, Carmen wants to share her love for Italy with American travelers who want more than a standard tour…travelers who want to experience the real Italy, with the heart and soul of the nature and its people. She founded Your Own Italy as a boutique tour company that will provide private tours that take travelers deep into Italy’s heart and soul, with vacation packages that will be memorable for life, and shore excursions that will give tour ship guests a unique day in Rome, Florence, Venice or the Amalfi Coast.
The team works with boutique hotels, tested and proven restaurants, historic sites, museums, basilicas, plus individuals and tours that meet Your Own Italy’s standards – standards virtually guaranteed to ensure that Your Own Italy vacation or shore excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will remember forever. And long to repeat with your new friends in Italy, Your Own Italy.

Angel Castellanos

World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer, multi-media personality and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 85 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 12-14 weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. He bridges the gap between the practical, common sense advice he’s learned by traveling the world and the new savvy tips and experiences that have helped his generation revolutionize travel. Angel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today & Travel & Adventure Show as “America’s Newest Travel Expert”.
Since you’ve last seen Angel, he has visited The Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Singapore, Laos, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
His favorite travel memories include camel trekking in the Sahara, traveling overland by train from Beijing to London, Horse trekking in Mongolia, Hot Air Ballooning in Laos and sailing down the Nile River.
When not in Italy or Paris, Angel is home in Pasadena, California where he is a proud volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Julian Douglas

Travel Writer, Photographer  and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor

“Listen, Journey, Savor with Julian Douglas”… is exactly what he asks of his family, friends and especially his readers to do with him.
As an experienced traveler, Julian has traversed the globe since he was a child. From treasured moments with his flight attendant mother growing up, to his years in the music industry, to just vacationing with his wife Nicole for pleasure. It has all inspired Julian to write about his passions for music, food and especially his love of travel.

Tia Froehle

Tourism Sales Manager, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

As a lifelong Alaskan, Tia Froehle knows her home like the back of her hand. Her love for the outdoors and adventure has allowed her to explore this amazing state of Alaska and wants you to experience it too! From fishing for the next big one, exploring our many hiking trails in the Chugach Mountains, playing golfing under the midnight sun, enjoying a cold local craft beer to downhill skiing and fat tire biking in the winter, Tia can help make your dream Alaska adventure a reality!

Pauline Frommer

Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides & Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline Frommer is co-President of Frommer Media, LLC, with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer. Together, they publish America’s most popular series of travel guidebooks, the Frommer guides, as well as Frommers.com, a website that welcomes more than 3 million unique users per month. She is also a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, and she pens an internationally syndicated newspaper column on travel for King Features. You may recognize her face as Pauline created weekly travel segments for CNN’s Headline News for 3 years. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and every local news station you can name. She was the founding editor of Frommers.com and edited MSNBC.com’s travel section for two years. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to Columbia University professor Mahlon Stewart.

Theresa Goodrich

Traveler, Author, Speaker, Emmy-Winner the boss at The Local Tourist & Your Chicago Guide

Theresa L. Goodrich is the force behind thelocaltourist.com, a site dedicated to telling in-depth stories of magnificent, quirky, and unique places. Theresa is an Emmy-winning author who is slightly obsessed with road trips, camping, and history. She’s turned these passions into the Two Lane Gems book series, first-person travelogues highlighting the beauty and diversity of the USA. She’s also a contributor to Midwest Road Trip Adventures, an anthology written by local experts, and the author of Living Landmarks of Chicago, bringing many of the Windy City’s most historic landmarks to life. She’s spoken at the Travel and Adventure Show and the Chicago Auto Show, mentored at Bloghouse, and teaches the Midwest Travel Network’s Writing Workshop. She’s driven, often literally, to inspire you to get off the interstates and explore the towns and communities that make this country a constant and welcome surprise.

Peter Greenberg

Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is Americaʼs most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This MorningCBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.
The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg hosts the television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg,” airing on Public Television. The series offers 42 half-hour episodes with cutting-edge travel information and insider tips you need to know before you ever leave home, plus in-depth reports on the good, bad, and yes, even ugly aspects of travel.
Greenberg also produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed public television specials, “The Royal Tour,” featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state. Along with such figures as the King of Jordan,  Prime Minister of Israel, Prime Minister of New Zealand and presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenberg’s newest special features the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
Among other television projects, Greenberg is creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBCʼs specials “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas,” and is co-executive producer of “Baggage Battles,” airing on the Travel Channel, and The History Channelʼs two-hour special “Lost Magic.” On radio he hosts the nationally syndicated show “Peter Greenberg Worldwide,” broadcast each week from a different remote location worldwide, and is heard on hundreds of radio stations across the U.S.
Greenberg is also author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series. His most recent book, The Best Places for Everything, comes in the wake of such titles as Donʼt Go There! and The Complete Travel Detective Bible. Currently editor at large of Global Business Travel magazine and a contributing writer to Watch, he has also been a featured guest on CNN, “The OʼReilly Factor,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The View.”
Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Travel Associationʼs Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry. Among his other honors, Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the “Dateline” team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, “Miracle on the Hudson.”
He began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He won a national Emmy Award (Best Investigative Reporting) for his ABC “20/20” special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.
Greenberg is a sought-after expert speaker and moderator. He is a keynote speaker at annual summits for the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Global Business Travel Association and Virtuoso. He is also one of the chief moderators at the World Economic Forum and the Global Tourism Economic Forum. Along with a recent TED talk, he is a guest speaker at events which have been hosted by Visa, Bloomberg, AARP and numerous other B2B and B2C organizations.
His website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York.

Pam Holt

Founder at Happy Host Academy

As lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve been helping my real estate clients buy and sell luxury properties in some of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods for decades. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s School for Architecture, Planning, and Design, I took my love for real estate and made it my full-time career. Through my real estate transactions, I also became interested in contracts and property law— which led me to my doctorate degree from the John Marshall School of Law.
Over the past 35 years, my work as an agent, managing broker, real estate attorney, broker/owner, consultant, and investor has landed me in some of the most successful brokerages in Chicago. And just when I thought my professional life couldn’t be any more fulfilling, I dipped my toe into the short term rental waters— and a whole new world opened up to me.
As a short term rental host, I discovered an entirely new facet of successful real estate investment. Being a host also allowed me to share my love for my city in a more profound and satisfying way. I discovered I have a knack for short term rental hosting, and it quickly became another passion of mine.
That’s when my passion project, The Happy Host Academy, was born. This safe space is for womxn to support each other as they find their way in the short-term rental hosting world. Regardless of their goals— from supplementing their income to being their own boss— womxn can come together to offer advice, share the lessons they’ve learned, and cheer each other on. I’ve also creating a live, interactive group coaching program specifically for womxn who are thinking about hosting but are unsure of where to begin.
Although I continue to assist my real estate clients with buying and selling their homes, I also run a successful short-term rental business, and coach and teach other womxn how to have their own liberating and lucrative hosting careers.
On the personal side, I’m a proud mom of two wonderful girls and a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback. I’m also an active crusader in the fight to end breast cancer, you can see my daughter Sia and me on a poster for the national Avon Walk campaign – an accomplishment of which I’m particularly proud.

Barry Johnston

Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Barry Johnston is a Director of Business Development for the Southeast for Viking. He is a long-time travel industry professional with 31 years in the business. Now in his 5th year with Viking, he has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience traveling on Viking’s River and Ocean fleets. Barry earned a B.A. Degree in History from the University of West Georgia specializing in the 20th Century, Military History, and World War II. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Matthew Klint

Blogger at Live and Let’s Fly

Matthew Klint is an avid traveler who calls Los Angeles home. Each year he travels more than 200,000 miles by air and has visited more than 135 countries over the last decade. Working both in the aviation industry and as a travel consultant, Matthew has been featured in major media outlets around the world.
Studying international relations, American government, and later obtaining a law degree, Matthew has a plethora of knowledge outside the travel industry that leads to a unique writing perspective. He has served in the United States Air Force, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House.
His Live and Let’s Fly blog shares the latest news in the airline industry, commentary on frequent flyer programs and promotions, and detailed reports of his worldwide travel.
He also founded awardexpert.com, a highly-personalized consulting service that aids clients in the effective use of their credit card points and frequent flyer miles.

Jamie Larounis

Editor, Upgraded Points

Jamie first got his hook-on miles and points during a high school choir trip to Europe, where he flew in Lufthansa First Class (thanks to his dad’s then US Airways miles) because economy was sold out.
Years later, he started The Forward Cabin blog to teach friends and family about miles and points and delve in deep to the inner workings of airline and hotel programs.
He’s helped organize Frequent Traveler University, where’s he’s spoken in depth on the loyalty programs of Amtrak, American Airlines and Kimpton Hotels.
Highlighting on his knowledge of airline customer experience, Jamie was featured in American Airlines’ “Elevate” training program presented to all employees in 2016 talking about the essentials to customer service.
Among several media spotlights, he’s spoken at Princeton University, and the New York Times Travel Show, been quoted in The New York Times, Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New York Post, The Fiscal Times, Skift, Forbes, New York Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, been featured on CNN, written for InsideFlyer, Road Warrior Voices/USA
Today, 1000TravelTips.com, the official content platform for the Travel and Adventure Shows and makes occasional guest appearances as a featured expert discussing the travel industry on FOX News.
Consulting projects include clients such as Executive Travel, OurBus, ZED Aerospace, PEX+, American Airlines, iVisa and DoNotPay Travel, among others.
In 2018, he was awarded the highest honor for exceptional customer service for Washington Dulles International Airport.
Jamie holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and is a certified Advanced Life Support provider with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In his spare time, he volunteers as an emergency medical technician on an ambulance, leads community CPR and First Aid classes, and is on the Board of Directors of his local Rotary Club. His proudest accomplishment is earning the Eagle Scout award with the Boy Scouts of America.
Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Travel Journalist & Broadcaster

Rudy Maxa is well known as public radio’s “Savvy Traveler” and was an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine for 17 years. He’s been a contributing editor to Delta’s SKY magazine and Artful Living, the Twin Cities’ lifestyle magazine. He’s also the voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcasts and co-hosts America’s most widely-syndicated travel radio show, “RMWorldTravel with Rudy Maxa and Robert & Mary Carey,” that airs weekly on 385+ news/talk stations in North America and via its own TuneIn.com channel 24/7/365.
As a writer for Traveler, Maxa’s articles have earned him two Lowell Thomas Awards for Excellence in Travel Writing from the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s contributed travel articles to GQ, Worth, Forbes, Modern Maturity, USAToday, the Washington Post, Town & Country Travel, the Los Angeles Times, as well as USAToday.com, MSNBC.com, and ABC.com. He’s a frequent guest on national television networks and shows, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and “The View.” And he speaks frequently to both public and industry groups.
Episodes of the “Rudy Maxa’s World” television series have garnered dozens of awards, including five regional Emmy Awards. He was named “best regular columnist” by the Florida Magazine Association for his columns in Ocean Drive magazine. And as a Washington Post reporter, his investigative reporting was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for a series of stories unmasking an international Ponzi scheme.
Following 11 years at the Post, he was a senior writer and columnist at Washingtonian, the city magazine in the nation’s capital. His alma mater, Ohio University, gave Maxa the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002. He is the author of two non-fiction books.

Andrew McCarthy

Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor and Director

Andrew speaks about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He discusses fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes. Best known for his acting career and starring roles in St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and Weekend at Bernie’s, he has a successful Broadway career and is currently a highly regarded director. Current projects include hit series’ Orange is the New Black, Turn, and The Blacklist. He returned to acting in ABC’s 2016 hit, The Family. His debut novel for young readers, Just Fly Away was published in March 2017.

David McGuffin

Founder & CEO, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.

David McGuffin: Travel Enthusiast, Musician, Tour Operator, and European Aficionado
Founder and CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. His office is in Northeast Florida, but David spends about 180 days a year on the road in Europe leading tours, exploring new destinations, making YouTube videos, and writing about his travels. David took his first trip to Europe in 1977 with his college choir. David recalls, “this tour took me on a three-week adventure to Greece, Italy, and Israel. I was a travel rookie, having never ventured outside the USA! Imagine my excitement as I boarded the airplane for my first flight, not to mention the wonder of touching down in Greece, an unknown land of which I’d only read about in my Sunday School lessons!”
David taught Band and Music classes in a Florida public school for thirty years. It was here he combined his love of travel and music as he took his show on the road to Europe for many of those years. David soon realized he knew his European destinations better than those he was paying to arrange his student tours. Consequently, in 2001, David started his business, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, to offer small-group European tours focusing on culture, art, history and engaging experiences. His tours are designed to empower his travel partners with knowledge, guidance, and confidence to embrace the adventure, seize the moment, and most of all…have fun!
David’s business has grown from offering just two group tours in 2002 to a complete line-up of twenty small-group tour routes visiting almost every country in Europe. Additionally, he offers free European travel advice and information at davidmcguffin.com and his social media sites. When not in Europe, you’ll find David at home in Middleburg, Florida, where he has lived all his life.

Noel Morrison

Director of Communications, Tahiti Tourisme

Noel is the Communications Manager at Tahiti Tourisme United States (TTUS), where she manages media relations, online communications, and social media, as well supports the development of content and strategic planning.
Noel is a native of Northern California with more than a decade of experience in managing Communications and PR for Yosemite National Park, first in conservation with Yosemite Conservancy and later managing the marketing and advertising, public relations, and online communications for Yosemite / Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
She has experience living and working abroad within key tourism sectors representing Yosemite National Park to Media and Travel Trade in four international markets: Scandinavia, UK, Germany, and Australia/New Zealand.
In her role she has worked closely with federal, state, and local government agencies and destination marketing organizations (DMOs), spanning all aspects of the Tourism and Hospitality industry. She has extensive experience with large-scale branding and marketing campaigns, crisis communications, and acting as a destination spokesperson.
She has served on planning commissions for destination development projects, community events, and conservation initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis.
Her role with The Islands of Tahiti brings together her two passions: a love of travel and exploration, with a sincere desire to conserve, protect, and promote with world’s most beautiful natural treasures.

Natasha Nicholes

Creator at Houseful of Nicholes

Hi there! I’m Natasha – the face behind and the mom in charge of this award-winning blog, Houseful of Nicholes (pronounced like nickles). I’m an African-American blogger living right in the heart of Chicago, where I was born and raised. Houseful of Nicholes came to be in 2010 when I found out that I was pregnant with our twin children. I couldn’t find a place on the internet that I resonated with as far as planning for expanding a family by two people at once, let alone one that came from the point of view of an African-American family. Since then, I’ve shared our growing pains, our wins (potty training) and everything in between that it takes to be a wife, and mom of four in the city.

Casey O’Connell

Safari Consultant Access 2 Tanzania

Casey O’Connell has spent over a decade living & travelling across Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo. He has a particular expertise in Tanzania & Rwanda, where he has been designing customized safari itineraries for several years.

Dan Rios

LGBTQ Marketing, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

For more than a decade, Dan Rios has spearheaded the production of LGBTQ communication and marketing initiatives at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the official destination marketing organization for Greater Miami and Beaches.
Currently acting as the Director of the Bureau’s LGBTQ Marketing and Tourism division, Dan and his team ensure that Greater Miami continues to welcome all LGBTQ visitors to the community in a respectful, hospitable manner. The LGBTQ Marketing Division provides potential visitors and travel industry professionals with resources for planning, marketing, and selling the destination. Among Dan’s top accomplishments is designing the Miami Begins with Me LGBTQ Sensitivity and Awareness Training, an in-person or online course that trains hospitality professionals on the best practices for providing welcoming and inclusive experiences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonbinary visitors and their families to the Miami region.
Dan has also spearheaded key initiatives such as developing the first Miami Boutique Hotels Directory and it’s reimagination as Bütik, Miami’s boutique lifestyle magazine. In addition, Dan was an integral part of the team behind Miami Temptations programs like the extremely
popular Miami Spice, including related marketing activations and promotions.
Dan Rios has dedicated over twenty years to the marketing and communications industry. Prior to joining the GMCVB, Dan was an Art Director at Morgan Stanley and a designer at the reputable O Design Group in New York City, working on projects for luxury brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Moët Hennessy.

Sunnie Rossi

President, Aussie Experts (affiliated with Travel 100 group)

In 1994, Sunnie made her first visit to Australia and New Zealand and fell in love and developed a passion for Australia and New Zealand. Since that time she has made yearly visits to both countries in order to enhance her knowledge, maintain contacts, and stay in touch with current developments. Sunnie is a certified destination specialist with Australia (premier Aussie Specialist), New Zealand (Kiwi specialist), Fiji (Mati specialist) and Tahiti (Tiare specialist). In addition, Sunnie is a two time winner of the prestigious Opal award given by the Australian Tourist commission for excellence in planning and selling Australian vacations. The Aussie Experts is a full service South Pacific travel company (affiliated with Travel 100 group ) with the ability to issue airline tickets, custom design a perfect itinerary and instantly issue visas for Australia. In brief, Aussie Experts has the background, knowledge, and the expertise to tailor a trip to your specifications, time frame and budget!

Nikki Vargas

Travel Editor, Journalist, Author, & Producer,Unearth Women

Nikki Vargas, Travel Editor, Journalist, Author, & Producer, Unearth Women
Bio: Nikki is a travel editor, published author, and writer. Currently, she is an editor at Fodor’s Travel and the Founding Editor of Unearth Women, a women’s travel publication she founded back in 2018. Her work with Unearth Women has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, CNN, Vogue Spain, and The Washington Post. In its first year, Unearth Women scaled quickly from an idea to a print magazine sold in bookstores worldwide.
As an author, Nikki is represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency and is the author of Wanderess, a travel book dedicated to helping people travel smarter while showing them how to support and connect with women globally. Wanderess was published by Clarkson Potter in February 2022.
Previously, Nikki worked as a Travel Editor for The Infatuation, Atlas Obscura, and Culture Trip. In addition to her editorial experience, Nikki is a freelance journalist with bylines in Cosmopolitan, Zagat, VICE, Food & Wine, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.
As a producer, Nikki has both produced and hosted video content for various publications. At Culture Trip, she was host and co-producer of the original series, Hungerlust. At Unearth Women, she was host and producer of the original series, #WomenOwned. Currently, Nikki is an Executive Producer of a true-crime documentary in pre-production with Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas and My Entertainment’s One Foot Forward.
As a public speaker, Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, Latino Travel Fest, The New York Times Travel Show, and New York Travel Fest. /h5>

Victoria M. Walker

Senior Travel Report, The Points Guy

Victoria M. Walker is the Senior Travel Reporter at The Points Guy, where she covers the pandemic’s impact on travel.
Victoria has been tapped as an expert on traveling during the pandemic and is frequently a guest on shows such as ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CNBC and MSNBC.
Victoria M. Walker is the Senior Travel Reporter at The Points Guy, where she covers the pandemic’s impact on travel.
Victoria has been tapped as an expert on traveling during the pandemic and is frequently a guest on shows such as ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CNBC and MSNBC.
She founded Vikkie Ventures in 2017, where she wrote about traveling as a Black woman. In five years, Victoria traveled to over 25 countries and racked up hundreds of thousands of miles in the air.
Between 2017 and 2019, Victoria first served as an adjunct and then full-time multimedia journalism lecturer at her alma mater, Howard University.
Victoria taught Multimedia Storytelling, Intro to Media Production and Digital Media Literacy.
She started her career as a video editor at The Washington Post, where she spent nearly three years on the breaking news video desk. She was part of the team that won the Society for Features Journalism’s Diversity in Digital Features award in 2019 for the “Green Book” project.
Victoria lives in New York City with her four-year-old pug, Migo. You can connect with Victoria via email, LinkedIn, or @Vikkie.