Jim Shubin is an award-winning advertising art director and graphic designer. He designs and produces books for Destination Insights and Wanderland Writers, and his travel photography has been published in print and on the web. Shubin has also taught college level design, printmaking, and photography; and is an avid sailor on San Francisco Bay. He lives in northern California, but is always ready to go somewhere new, camera in hand.


After graduating from the military photojournalism program at Syracuse University, David Greitzer travelled the world photographing and writing for Stars and Stripes and other military publications. After the Navy, he continued in journalism with stints at the Associated Press, Sacramento Union and Auburn Journal. He continues to document history through the lens as well as enlarging his stock photo library. “If Charles Bukowksi and Alfred Eisenstadt had a son, I would be it,” he says.

 Georgia I. Hesse was born on the 28 Ranch, Crazy Woman Creek, in the shadow of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. As a graduate of Minnesota’s Carleton College, she became a Fulbright scholar in political science at France’s University of Strasbourg.  The founding travel editor of the San Francisco Examiner (later the Sunday Examiner & Chronicle), Georgia is author and contributor/editor of 13 books, had a radio show on KKHI, and lectures widely. She holds France’s Ordre du Mérite and Tunisia’s Chevalier l’Ordre de la République.

Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. Her  essays and photos have appeared in Smithsonian magazine, The Kindness of Strangers (Lonely Planet), 30 Days in Italy and The Best Women Travel Writers (Travelers’ Tales), and other literary anthologies. She has published two collections of travel stories: Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! and Your Crocodile has Arrived.

Lakshman RatnapalaLakshman Ratnapala is Chairman of Enelar International, a San Francisco-based company providing services on tourism-related issues to governments, airlines and corporate offices of hotel chains. Ratnapala is Emeritus President and CEO of PATA. A former Sri Lanka Tourism Director for the Americas, he has also served as Chairman of Executive Service Corps of San Francisco, Chairman of  Foreign Travel Club of San Francisco and Chairman of  International Committee of the American Red Cross Bay Area.

Suzie Rodriguez loves dichotomy. She’s as happy roughing it in a tent as luxuriating in a five-star suite; relishes Third World street food and Michelin’s finest; likes to tool slowly through the vineyards on her bike and drive fast cars on mountain roads. The author of three non-fiction books and countless magazine and newspaper articles, Suzie lives in the historic wine country town of Sonoma, California.