Top Travel Journalists to Cover Your Story – The 2020 List

As our world is getting smaller with globalization, travel journalism is an essential medium of information. Travel journalists offer us stories and insights that go beyond reviews of hotels, restaurants, or museums. They give us a glimpse of the wonders across the globe and inspire us. 

While travel journalists are often labeled as being ‘frivolous’, people often forget that in the US alone, travel expenditure accounts for $1,089 billion a year!

Without travel reporters, how would PR practitioners get messages across to a range of audiences? Whether it’s raising a public figure, or announcing a new launch, media coverage is important to gain recognition. 

But with so many travel journalists out there, it’s tiring and time-consuming for PR professionals to find the right one. Here’s where Prowly’s extensive media database comes handy! You can search by niche, location, outlet, and job position to connect with the journalists and influencers that matter to you in seconds. You don’t need to search for them manually anymore! 

Search through over 1,000,000 media contacts, and use it entirely free for 7-days. You’re welcome!

Using our database, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 travel journalists from around the world & US that might be interested in covering your story. Let’s take a look!

The most influential travel journalists

Lindsay Tigar

Freelance Travel and Lifestyle Journalist
@lindsaytigar

With over a decade of experience, New York-based Lindsay Tigar is an established lifestyle and travel journalist. Her on-location travel stories, attention to detail, beautiful imageries, and unique perspective will take you through a magical adventure. Tigar’s work has made appearances in many media outlets like Vogue, USA Today, National Geographic, and many more.

In addition to travel journalism, she’s a content strategist and editor for various organizations and covers topics including lifestyle, health, fitness, career, and relationships. On her website, she claims to have ‘helped grow traffic to corporate blogs by more than 300%’.

Her dating blog ‘Confession of a Love Addict’ is globally followed and is now being developed into a book, represented by the James Fitzgerald Agency.

Geoffrey Morrison

Travel writer
@TechWriterGeoff

LA-based Geoffrey Morrison is a travel and tech writer for Forbes, The New York Times, CNET, Sound+Vision, and many other websites and print publications. He is currently the Editor-At-Large For Wirecutter.

He spends most of the year as a digital nomad and documents his experiences and adventures at BaldNomad.com. He’s also the author of the bestselling novel ‘Undersea,’ and it’s long-awaited sequel ‘Undersea Atrophia.’

His work is loved for its original and engaging content with a touch of humor.

Lavanya Sunkara

Freelance Writer
@Nature_Traveler

Do you know of anyone who has snorkeled with the sea lions in the Galapagos? Studied whales in Costa Rica? Seen the glaciers in Iceland and cared for wallabies in Australia? Animal-lover Lavanya Sunkara has and aims to see and do more! 

She is particularly passionate about eco-travel, wildlife conversation, soft adventure, small-ship cruising, road trips, and pets. Her work has been featured in many renowned media including The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today and Huffington Post. 

She writes about animal welfare issues for the NBC Petside and the Barpost, and she has even collaborated with TV naturalist Jeff Corwin on an eBook about shark conservation. To date, she continues to work for marine protection as an Earthwatch Communications Fellow on their Safeguarding Whales and Dolphins research expedition in Costa Rica.

Tanner Garrity

Associate Editor at InsideHook
@tannergarrity

Tanner Garrity is a travel journalist who now works as an Associate Editor in InsideHooks where he curates their weekly travel newsletter,’The Journey’. 

He also covers style, fitness, and pop culture. His articles have been featured in Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Men’s Journal, and more.

His writing style is witty, and he provides readers with many practical travel hacking ideas and reviews.

Rachel Cavanaugh

Staff Commerce Writer at Bustle
@rachriv

With over 14 years of experience, Portland-based Rachel Cavanaugh, is a writer, photographer, news reporter, editor, and digital producer. Her work has featured in popular platforms like The Hollywood Reporter, Gear Junkie, Yahoo Tech, MSN Canada, etc.

Her work focuses on wildlife, travel, history, culture, technology, science, and outdoor adventures. She is a curious person and through her writing she explains complex issues in a new light. Her writing style compels readers to engage with the environment and think critically. 

She currently divides her time working as a Staff Writer for Bustle’s outdoor and Fitness E-commerce platforms and Gear Reviewer for Digital Trends’ Outdoors and Sports section.

Rena Behar

Freelance Travel Writer
@renadb

Rena Behar is a freelance editor and journalist specializing in travel, technology, gender, and sexuality. She’s been a regular contributor at Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, The Kitchn, Lifehacker, and many more. 

Her travel articles are written from the traveler’s point of view, and her style is earnest.

Apart from writing, she’s got vast experience in research, startups, and online content management. She has previously worked with startup consulting firms to create crowdfunding campaigns and blog posts.

Ashley Rossi

Writer & Editor
@ashleyrrossi

Ashley Rossi is a former Senior Editor of SmarterTavel. She primarily covers travel tips, reviews, how-tos, travel budgeting, cruise, sustainability, travel news, and over-tourism.

Her work also covers the health, entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle industry. You can read her articles online in several prestigious media outlets like Business Insider, USA Today, Yahoo!, Huffington Post, and so on. 

She is an active member of both the TravMedia and SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), and outside of writing and editing, she’s got skills in SEO, social media analytics, video production, photography, basic HTML, Adobe Creative Cloud, and management.

Abbie Kozolchyk

Travel Writer
@AbbieKozolchyk

Abbie Kozolchyk is an award-winning magazine editor and public speaker. Her work mainly focuses on travel, but she also writes about anything under the ‘lifestyle’ umbrella.

Her work has been featured in some of the renowned platforms like Forbes Traveler, Cosmopolitan, and more.  In 2017, she published her first book for the National Geographic, ‘The World’s Most Romantic Destinations: 50 Dreamy Getaways, Private Retreats, and Enchanting Places to Celebrate Love’. This book is not to be missed!

For her research, it’s believed that Kozolchyk traveled everywhere from the Caribbean islands to Kyoto.

Leslie Patrick Moore

Travel Journalist & Essayist
@lesliepatrick

California-born Leslie Patrick Moore specializes in travel and fashion writing.   

From shopping guides to reviews of the best hotels, Leslie’s writing focuses on luxury hotel and travel, as well as sustainable tourism. She has traveled extensively throughout South-East Asia, and she’s always exploring local markets for delicious vegan food. 

In her writing, you’ll also find extensive information about South Korea, where she was based on and off since 2011. 

Leslie has traveled to over 60 countries and carries a wealth of knowledge. You can find her work published in Travel + Leisure, CNN Travel, AFAR.com, and more.

Find more travel journalist contacts

The list above is just a glimpse. Prowly’s media database contains travel reporters from the US, UK, and other parts of the world. Search by niche, location, outlet, and job position to find the best travel reporters for your story.

And don’t forget, it is completely free for 7-days with full search access!

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