Destination Experts

Our vetted travel writers are from all over the country, but the one thing they have in common is that they love to visit and write about the South. See all that these Southern states have to offer through our destination experts' eyes.
Melody Pittman
Travel Writer
Melody is part of the mom/daughter team that makes up Wherever I May Roam blog., featuring luxury travel, culture, and food with a side of smart spending. Melody loves cruising, Broadway, theme parks, festivals, history, food tours, & most of all, small towns. She writes as Southern TravelingMom, Best of Life and Charleston Home & Living Magazines, Travel Guide to Florida, & more. She resides in Vero Beach, Florida & is a member of TBIN and NATJA.
Owner/Writer
Taylor Pittman Hardy
Travel Writer
When I graduated from Ole Miss, I never thought that I would make a career out of blogging, but here I am! Traveling is all I’ve ever known; as a child, my family went somewhere every weekend. Now, I get paid to write about my travels and share them with you. When I am not traveling for the blog, you can find me at home with my husband, catching up on my TiVo, crafting with my Cricut, and couponing at my local Kroger.
Sara Broers
Travel Writer
Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in Iowa with her husband and grown sons nearby. She is a lover of anywhere the car, train, plane or ship will go. She has been a frequent traveler in the south for all of her life. In the past couple years, Sara has become the go-to person with questions about Alabama Beaches. She is the owner of Travel With Sara and the co-founder of Midwest Travel Bloggers and enjoys helping people be smart and safe online.
Vicky Sosa
Travel Writer
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.
Terri Marshall
Travel Writer
Based in New York City, Terri writes about travel, food, drink, cultural events, road trips, cars and characters. She’s also a multi-generational travel specialist for the TravelingMom network where she pens the Globetrotting Grandmom column.From hanging out with penguins in Antarctica to fishing for piranhas in Peru, Terri’s always up for an adventure.
Liz Mays
Travel Writer

Liz, a Midwest girl gone southern, is the editor of Eat Move Make where she blogs alongside her daughter. Before blogging, Liz studied travel and tourism and worked as a travel agent. Today she travels the U.S., uncovering its hidden gems and sharing all the best quirky must-sees, soft adventure experiences, historical attractions, and local culture hotspots on her blog. Now there's just one state left for her to explore: Alaska. Liz is an active member of SATW, NATJA and IFWTWA.

Tam Warner Minton
Travel Writer
Tam is the travel blogger, writer, author, and photographer behind the adventure travel blog, Travels with Tam. She has traveled to all seven 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, Tourism on the Edge, Confetti Travel Café, New York Lifestyle Magazine and Healthy-Magazine, among others. She is a member of NATJA.
Fran Folsom
Journalist
Fran has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US, frequently in the South. She lives with Stella, her black and white cat, in Cambridge Massachusetts in a house that dates to 1906. The house has been in her family since her grandparents purchased it in 1940. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cheese Connoisseur, Art New England, Fiber Art Now, German Life and many other publications. When not traveling, planning trips and writing she loves searching for bargains at flea markets, yard sales, and antique shops.
francesfolsom@comcast.net
Sandra Chambers
Travel Writer

Sandra Chambers has written hundreds of travel stories, news stories, features and profiles for more than 20+ publications. She currently is a regular freelance travel writer for Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, as well as other print and online publications. Moving to the coast of North Carolina 12 years ago, Sandra enjoys walks on the beach with her hubby, sampling Southern fare, photography, traveling, and working on her Southern accent!  

Cheré Coen
Travel Writer

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning food and travel writer living in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her blogs include Weird, Wacky and Wild South, Haunted Deep South and Louisiana Book News. A native of New Orleans, Cheré also writes popular fiction under the pen name of Cherie Claire.

Francesca Mazurkiewicz
Travel Writer

Francesca Mazurkiewicz is a Chicago-based travel writer and working mom of two. Francesca aims to show that working parents can still enjoy what they fancy in life, even after having kids. For Francesca, it is travel - with and without her family - finely-crafted beverages, sports, and roots music.

Karen Dawkins
Travel Writer

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

Paige Watts
Destination Expert

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.

Kim Jarrett
Destination Expert
Kim Jarrett is an award-winning writer with five Gabby Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and several newspaper awards. Kim blogs about how to see the South on a budget at Southern Family Adventures and writes regularly for several publications.