Destination Experts


Melody Pittman

Melody is co-owner/founder of Wherever I May Roam blog and hosts the annual Southern Travelers Explore travel conference. She loves cruising, animals, Broadway, theme parks, history, food tours, and small towns. Melody writes for Travel Awaits, Charleston Home & Living Magazine, Travel Guide to Florida, Go RVing, Traveling Mom, & more. She is currently a full-time RVer.


Taylor Hardy

Taylor is half of the mother daughter duo making up Wherever I May Roam Blog. Together, they write about luxury travel, culture, food, lifestyle, and all things baby related. Taylor is an Ole Miss alumni living in Mississippi. She enjoys cruising, concerts, going to Walt Disney World, and planning our Southern Travelers Explore Conference.

Sandra Chambers

Sandra Chambers

Sandra Chambers has written hundreds of travel stories and features for 20+ publications and her blog, Sandra Kay Chambers. She is a freelance writer for Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, as well as other publications. Moving to the coast of NC 16 years ago, Sandra enjoys walks on the beach with her hubby, sampling Southern fare, photography, traveling, and working on her Southern accent!

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Vicky Sosa

Vicky is a Florida-based blogger traveling around the world with her stuffed monkey Buddy. Her website Buddy The Traveling Monkey provides useful travel tips, inspiration, and destination guides. Although she writes about her travels all over the world, she loves to focus on Florida and show how much more there is to the state than the typical tourist attractions.

Karen Dawkins

Karen Dawkins

Karen, a southern transplant from Ohio, is the creator of Family Travels on a Budget, an extension of that on-the-job-training where she shares travel inspiration for budgets big and small. She writes about the places she visits, sharing reviews & tips to help families plan their own vacations. She enjoys adventure, historical attractions, arts & culture, lakes, beaches, theme parks, and cruising.


Tam Warner Minton

Tam is the travel blogger, writer, author, and photographer behind the blog, Travels with Tam. She has traveled to all 7 continents and is an advocate for solo travel, the environment, and getting out of one’s comfort zone. Tam has been published on The Huffington Post, GONOMAD, NY Lifestyle Magazine and Healthy-Magazine, among others. She is a member of NATJA.


Cheré Coen

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning food and travel writer living in Georgia. She writes about quirky Southern places and people in her Weird, Wacky and Wild South blog. A native of New Orleans, Cheré also writes popular fiction under the pen name of Cherie Claire

Fran Folsom

Fran has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US. She lives with her cat, Stella, in Cambridge, MA in a family house, circa 1906. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cheese Connoisseur, Art New England, Fiber Art Now, German Life and many others. When not writing, planning, or traveling, she loves searching for bargains at flea markets, yard sales, & antique shops.

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Betsi Hill

Betsi Hill is a freelance writer based in Florida. She is often found traveling onboard Saltwater Gypsea through the Florida and the islands of the Bahamas. Betsi maintains an active presence on social media and shares her travel adventures on Betsi’s World

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Paige Watts

Paige is an avid traveler who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Paige grew up in Alabama before moving to Georgia and is a Southern girl through and through, no matter where her travels take her. You can find her writing about bears, castles, Atlanta, and everything in between on her blog, Paige Minds The Gap.

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Connie Pearson

Connie Pearson is a freelance travel and food writer residing in Hartselle, AL. A former public school music teacher & missionary, she now enjoys exploring the wonders, food, people and quirks of her beloved South and husband, children and 15 grandchildren. Connie blogs at There Goes Connie


Bob Bales

Born with a passion for learning the history of different cultures, Bob Bales (aka The Traveling Fool) enjoys discovering people & places he finds off the beaten path that most tourists don’t know about. Often with a cigar in one hand and a good whiskey in the other, Bob writes about what makes those special.

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Roxie Yonkey

Roxie Yonkey loves to road trip the US.  She grew up and resides in the Midwest, but her family still lives in the South. Becoming a travel writer was her lifelong dream. Roxie blogs at Roxie on the Road and is a co-author of Midwest Road Trip Adventures and is currently writing 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die.

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Kathleen Walls

Kathleen Walls, former reporter for Union Sentinel in Blairsville, GA, is publisher/writer for American Roads and Global Highways. She resides in Middleburg, FL and is the author of several travel books. Her articles appear in World Footprints, Salon, 100 Days in Appalachia, Family Motor Coaching Assoc., & Food Wine Travel Mags.

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