Our Editors

Amanda Norcross, Features Editor

Amanda Norcross has been a digital editor and writer for nearly 10 years, with a passion for travel even longer. Amanda enjoys discovering new destinations and sharing her experiences with parents who are looking to plan the most memorable family vacations. As Family Vacation Critic's Features Editor, Amanda oversees all content from pitch to publication. Email her with story ideas at ANorcross@familyvacationcritic.com. Amanda also loves social media! Follow her adventures and family travel tips on Twitter and Instagram, @amandafromafar.

Courtney Elko, Associate Editor

Courtney Elko has been a journalist for more than 10 years, working in both print and digital media. She has had a passion for travel ever since she was a kid and traveled down the California coast with her family. She studied abroad in London and visited Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. She has also skied in Switzerland, went dog sledding and zip-lining in Alaska and spent many summers on the Sassafras River in Maryland or at the Jersey Shore and Ocean City, Maryland beach. Spain, Italy and Ireland are high on her list for future Europe visits, along with repeating that California drive down the coast. Courtney lives outside of Philadelphia in Media, Pennsylvania, and enjoys hanging out with friends, family and her puggle, Shelby.


Morgan Agesen, Production Assistant

Morgan graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2013 with a BA in Communication Arts/Journalism, and it was when she studied abroad in Copenhagen that she developed a serious love for all things travel. While abroad, she also journeyed to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Prague and Berlin -- Prague being her favorite city (aside from Copenhagen, of course). Growing up, her family took ski trips to Vermont, New York and Utah, filled with memories she will cherish forever. Morgan lives in Belmar, New Jersey, a bustling beach town situated on the Jersey Shore. She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends, family and dog, Stella, in her free time.



Our Contributors

Jeff Bogle

Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes humorously about parenting, family travel, and all things childhood on his site, Out With The Kids. His work also frequently appears on The Huffington Post and PBS Parents, among other print and online outlets. He is married to an adorable redheaded gal and has two lovely little ladies ages 11 and under who provide him with countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment, and who get to hear, see, and play with more cool stuff than you can possibly imagine.

Carrie Calzaretta

Having traveled extensively both with and without kids, Carrie Calzaretta has been a professional travel writer for over 10 years, serving as the former editor of IndependentTraveler.com and the founding editor of Family Vacation Critic. Carrie is also a travel mom with two kids. Inspired by her own experiences traveling with a family, Carrie seeks to help families find the most kid-friendly hotels and resorts, as well as to plan family vacations the whole family -- mom and dad included -- can enjoy.

Phil Corless

Phil Corless is an at-home dad of two living in the Pacific Northwest. He's been writing about fatherhood and family on his blog, Idaho Dad, since 2004. Seventeen years after leaving the corporate world, he now relishes his many jobs as a teacher, cook, butler, housekeeper, chauffeur, and travel planner. Phil believes the best way for kids to learn about the world is to experience it first-hand. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, San Diego Reader, and North Idaho Family Magazine.

Cortney Fries

Cortney Fries is an award-winning Chicago freelance writer with two elementary-aged children. Her love of travel developed as a young girl boating in Saugatuck, Michigan with her grandfather. She now travels the Midwest extensively with her children, and they look forward to more adventurous travel. Cortney writes for Redbook, Chicago Parent magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul. To learn more or contact her, visit CortneyFries.com or follow her on Twitter @CortneyFries.

Hilarye Fuller

Hilarye Fuller has been writing professionally about travel for over seven years, and began writing about family travel when her daughters came along. Her first daughter had been on over 70 flights by the time she was 1! Hilarye now has four kids and writes about family travel and life on her blog Dotting the Map. She is also the author of "Monsters Don't Ride on Airplanes," a children's book designed to encourage manners when flying.


Andrea Guthmann

A Midwest Emmy award-winning journalist, Andrea Guthmann loves a great adventure, especially if it helps her escape Chicago's harsh winters! She spent most of her career as a TV producer for WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago. Her travel writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Parent. She's also the Midwest blogger for TravelingMom.com. Follow Andrea on Twitter, @AndreaGuthmann.


Julie Hostetter

With nearly 20 years experience in all facets of journalism, Julie Hostetter is passionate about travel writing and sharing that love of travel with not only her readers, but also her young daughter. She is currently a freelance writer and editor living in the Atlanta area.



Wendy Irvine

Wendy throws her twin 12-year-old boys into interesting experiences and then watches the copy write itself. She shares her family travel tips, advice, and mom-survival techniques on Twitter @WendyIrvine. She's written for Costco Connection, About.com, Running Times, Sacramento magazine, and Washington Parent, and is a regulator contributor to Richmond Family Magazine. Wendy and her family live just outside of Atlanta.

Steve Jermanok

A former columnist at National Geographic Adventure, contributing editor at Budget Travel, and editor of the annual travel issue at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Steve Jermanok has written more than 1,000 travel articles. His family travel stories have appeared in Outside, FamilyFun and Travel & Leisure, and usually feature his two children, Jake and Melanie. He's also authored 11 books, including "Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England." Check out Steve's blog, Active Travels, and follow him on Twitter, @ActiveTravels.

Christine Koubek

Christine Koubek is a freelance journalist, author and the Assistant Editor of "Going Places with Children in Washington, D.C., 17th edition." Her family travel articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Budget Travel, San Francisco Chronicle, Cruise Critic, MSNBC.com, Bethesda Magazine, and Dallas Morning News. Christine lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two children. She and her family enjoy exploring, whether that means kayaking through Cape Cod's marshes, meandering through underground catacombs in Rome or discovering Disney World's newest attractions. Her only travel requirements: good coffee and a great children's story related to the place. Check out her website, ChristineKoubek.com.

Janet Malin

Based in Tampa, Janet Malin covers luxury, family travel and ski and beach destinations. She graduated from Clemson University and worked in pharmaceutical sales before deciding to merge her love of travel and writing into a new career. Often with her husband and their four young girls in tow, Janet loves to experience new places, cultures and foods. Some of her favorite destinations are French Polynesia, Northern California, Italy and the beaches of Florida.

Diana Lambdin Meyer

Diana and her family are based in the Kansas City area. She has one son, but keeps a house filled with cousins and neighborhood kids who always fill the backseat on family vacations. Among her nieces and nephews, Aunt Diana is famous for forgetting toilet paper on camping trips, her mind-numbing fascination with history, and for promising one nephew a trip to the Great Wall of China, on which she has yet to deliver. She is the author of "Kid's Guide to Kansas City," "Day Trips from Kansas City," "Nebraska Off the Beaten Path," and hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines around the country. Check out Diana's blog, Mojo Traveler, and her website, DianaLambdinMeyer.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, @mojotraveler.

Lisa Milbrand

Writer Lisa Milbrand began her travel writing career covering romantic destinations like Jamaica, Hawaii and St. Lucia for publications like Modern Bride and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. After braving 15-hour flights to China to adopt her two daughters, Lisa and her husband, Mike, now discover the joys of destinations like Disney World and Niagara Falls with their daughters. Lisa generally doesn't like to repeat the same destination twice. "There's too much of the world to see," she says. "My idea of roughing it is a luxury resort that doesn't have phones or TVs, but still offers room service. Check out Lisa's blog, The Mamahood, and her website, LisaMilbrand.com.

Lisa Meyers McClintick

As a long-time contributor to Midwest Living and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Midwest-based writer Lisa Meyers McClintick looks for adventurous, interactive and nature-oriented destinations when traveling with her twin daughters and son. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has created the Minnesota Lake Vacations travel app through Sutro Media. Check out her website, 10,000 Likes.


Jackie Perrin

Writer Jackie Perrin has covered the best of family travel for over a decade, providing insider tips for media ranging from newspapers and magazines to TripAdvisor and PeterGreenberg.com. At home and on the go, she manages a crew of companions, from tot to teen.



Sarah Pittard

Sarah Pittard is a freelance writer who loves to take her two small children on extended trips and exciting adventures. Sarah features her unique experiences traveling solo with her kids on her website, Solo Mom Takes Flight.



Liane Bonin Starr

Liane Bonin Starr has written for the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, People, Mademoiselle, and Previously.tv, to name a few. When she isn't writing, she's usually chasing her kids and dogs, though not always in that order. She lives in Los Angeles.



Traci L. Suppa

A proud resident of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley, Traci Suppa is an award-winning writer, blogger and copywriter specializing in travel, parenting, and lifestyle topics. Her freelance career was preceded by 15 years in tourism marketing. Traci grew up in the Middle East during her father's extended job assignment, traveling extensively through Europe and Asia. Now she's nurturing an appreciation for travel with kids in a blog called, Go Big or Go Home, which humorously chronicles what happens when her small-town family visits the "world's largest" ... whatever! You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter, @GoBIG_GoHome.

Natalie Tanner

Natalie Tanner, The Educational Tourist, loves teaching parents how to continue traveling the way they want, to grown up destinations like museums and UNESCO sites WITH the kids while making it fun and educational for everyone. She writes travel guides for kids and for sources like Huffington Post. When she isn't traveling, Natalie stays busy by planning the next adventure while being mom to two kids, three dogs and a hamster. Her brood has been all over Europe, along with Morocco, and off the beaten path destinations are a favorite.

Shayne Thompson

Shayne has been writing professionally for over 10 years, and is now a work-at-home mom with two kids. She mostly writes about her two passions: travel and cooking, and since becoming a mom in 2012, how to survive and even enjoy the little years while living out those passions. She's been published on the Huffington Post, ABCNews.com, Cruise Critic, MamasLatinas.com and many other sites, but her proudest accomplishment thus far is turning her firstborn into a kind-hearted, food-loving adventurer and ace-traveler.

Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton lives on Sanibel Island in Florida, and has authored thousands of travel and food articles and more than a dozen guidebooks, including Fodor's guides; Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples; The Bahamas Explorer's Guide; and DK Eyewitness Florida Family Guide. She is the Naples, Florida and a Caribbean expert for USA Today's 10Best.com.

Terry Ward

Terry Ward has worked as a freelance travel writer since 2000, when she quit her job in an advertising agency to travel the world. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Ritz-Carlton Magazine, AOL Travel, BBC Travel, Endless Vacation, Travel+Leisure and Sport Diver Magazine. Terry's favorite family travel destinations are Florida and France. Check out Terry's website, Terry-Ward.com.

Karon Warren

For more than 10 years, Karon Warren has freelanced for magazines, newspapers and online markets, with a special focus on weddings and travel. She caught the travel bug early on, while making summer road trips from Georgia to visit family in Mississippi. The mother of two children, she enjoys bringing her kids along for the adventure, and seeing and experiencing new sites, people and cultures through their eyes. When she is not traveling, Karon resides in the quiet tranquility of the North Georgia Mountains with her husband and children. To learn more about Karon or to contact her, visit KaronWarren.com, and follow her on Twitter, @KaronWarren.

Sara Wellensiek

While studying abroad at Oxford University in England, Sara developed a deep love of travel. That wanderlust has led to visits to over 12 different international destinations and countless trips throughout the States. With three young boys in tow now, Sara is passionate about family travel. Whether it's short day trips exploring the diverse ecosystems in their home state of Arizona or big vacations to exotic destinations, Sara is always ready for their next family travel adventure. As a former teacher turned freelance writer and social media influencer, Sara loves sharing ideas and tips with others. You can follow their family adventures & Sara's creative endeavors on her site, Mom Endeavors, and on Twitter @MomEndeavors.

Stacey Zable

Stacey Zable is an award-winning veteran travel journalist, writing for both print and online publications. She has also written a number of children's books for elementary school grade levels. Stacey has traveled the world, but her favorite trips are those she shares with her husband and two daughters. Visit her website, StaceyZable.com.

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