The Bloggers’ Lounge

Inspire your adventure travel audience by creating authentic, content-rich travel stories online through bloggers, based on your unique tourism offerings.

The Bloggers’ Lounge brings together 11 travel bloggers pre-screened by the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), for pre-scheduled appointments throughout the two-day event at PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart (ATRTCM) 2016 in Chiang Rai.

Ben Salt

Website: tripmap.metwitter.com/_bensalt

Ben is part perpetual nomad and part cofounder of Tripmap, a new social map-making platform. Tripmap allows travel content producers to easily create unique, interest-based maps of their favourite cities or places to share with their community.

Having spent much of the past eight years exploring barely trodden corners of the globe and working for several grassroots NGOs in Latin America and Asia, Ben has become an ardent advocate for responsible tourism and development, cultural and environmental awareness, and human rights. He particularly enjoys the connections he makes with people from all over the world, and those moments of sheer bliss as the last rays of sunshine dip behind endless rolling green hills.

Besides sharing important stories from the unique places he visits and people he meets, Ben is also a social media and brand consultant. His long-term goal is to more effectively use social media and storytelling to promote the wonder and joy of exploring our world in an intelligent and mindful way. He views a growing responsible travel community on Tripmap as a means of furthering this cause.

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Cadu Cassau

Website: youtube.com/user/sejogacaracaducassau.comfacebook.com/cadu.cassau,

Cadu Cassau, started his journey as a travel vlogger in 2014 in Australia after being nominated one of the student ambassadors of Queensland. He then quited his job, started a new career as a videomaker and share his experiences and learning journey in Portuguese on his Youtube channel “Se joga, cara!” (Just go for it, mate!).

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Derek Freal

Website: blog.theholidaze.comtheholidaze.com

Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel. As a cultural enthusiast and advocate of intelligent, meaningful travel, I aim to inspire people to try something new by showing them what they are missing out on. You don’t have to be rich, just open to new ideas.

After moving to Tokyo in 2008, I quit a promising corporate career at the start of 2009 to pursue a life of outside of my comfort zone. Now I’ve been on the road for seven full years and make my living as a freelance writer, videographer and brand consultant.

All my best work is done for clients rather than my own social media, so please contact me for a full portfolio. Thanks!

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Dwight Turner

Website: bkkfatty.com

Food writer and micro-philanthropist, Dwight fills his days with great food and change making. Follow the food trail by finding the #bkkfatty hashtag and be on the look out for related events, including pop up meals and fundraisers.

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Eliana Barrionuevo

Website: darvueltaalmundo.com

Eliana is a travel writer from Argentina who loves to inspire people to travel trough his stories.
She travels by hitchhiking to show highlight kindness of people everywhere she goes and promotes cultural exchange describing local cultures to her readers.

Now she works as a Freelancer writer while she travels and motivates people to find their passion.

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Ian Ord

Website: wheresidewalksend.com

Having spent more than half his life on the road, Ian has developed an insatiable thirst for travel. His love for the road less travelled is complimented by his passion the planet, its people, and the place tourism will responsibly fit within that realm. Travel blogger for Where Sidewalks End, Founding Member and Board Member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Board Member of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective and host of their twitter chats (#RTTC), past advisor & sponsor to the Travel Bloggers for Change charity, a Chapter Leader for Travel Massive Bangkok, and most prominently, Founder of the boutique positive impact travel company: WSE Travel Inc., are just some of the hats Ian wears.  Ian has spoken at a number of Travel Industry conferences, including the Pacific Asia Travel Association Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart in Bhutan, Travel Blogger Exchange in Spain, and Digital Innovation Asia in Thailand. Ian plays a very active role in helping bring global awareness, education and experience to those looking to travel responsibly. He hopes that one day eco, sustainable, responsible & positive impact travel will become the norm in which we all choose to see the world, and will simply be known as ‘travel’.

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Karen Sargent

Website: globalhelpswap.com

Karen and Paul Farrugia set up globalhelpswap to share stories and tips to inspire their readers to create meaningful experiences on their travels. Their mission is to encourage their readers to travel in a more mindful and responsible way, while supporting authentic, local and ethical enterprises.

They believe that travel should always be memorable even if you are on a short getaway. They love to promote independent companies, community organisations and any company trying to make a difference.

globalhelpswap was voted a top travel website by The Guardian newspaper. They have also been featured in The Sunday Times Travel magazine, Buzzfeed and Rough Guides.

globalhelpswap has worked with many Tourism Boards and Top Brands.

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Matt Gibson

Website: XpatMatt.comXpat.Media

Matt Gibson is the Inbound President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, a nonprofit organization that works to help travel industry and brands meet and work together. He’s also an adventure travel writer and photographer, award winning blogger, and CEO of Xpat.Media, an agency that helps travel companies develop their blogging and social media marketing strategies and work with travel bloggers. 

Matt’s travel writing and photography have been seen in publications such as AFAR, En Voyage, Action Asia, and The Huffington Post.

Xpat.Media and Matt’s travel marketing musings have been featured Business Insider, ITB Asia, The Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Arabian Travel Market both in print and in seminars and presentations. 

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Paul Farrugia

Website: globalhelpswap.com

Paul Farrugia  is the co-founder and chief writer for globalhelpswap. With his partner Karen, they set up globalhelpswap to share stories and tips to inspire their readers to create meaningful experiences on their travels. Their mission is to encourage their readers to travel in a more mindful and responsible way, while supporting authentic, local and ethical enterprises.

They believe that travel should always be memorable even if you are on a short getaway. They love to promote independent companies, community organisations and any company trying to make a difference.

globalhelpswap was voted a top travel website by The Guardian newspaper. They have also been featured in The Sunday Times Travel magazine, Buzzfeed and Rough Guides.

globalhelpswap has worked with many Tourism Boards and Top Brands.

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Ric Gazarian

Website: globalgaz.com, hittheroadmovie.com

Join me in my quest to travel to every county in the world. The UN says there are 193 countries. See where I have traveled so far! I will share with you off-the-beaten path locations, unique experiences and must-see places. And occasionally, I will share some insights and travel advice that I have learned on the road. I was once a corporate drone, but got laid off one too many times which propelled me on my life of travel. After a final lay off in the fall of 2008 after Lehman Brothers imploded, I never looked back. During this time, I have visited all seven continents. Travel, whether good or bad, contributes to an astounding mosaic of memories. Some of these memories include being shaken down for a bribe by Russian cops on the streets of Moscow, being quarantined by the Chinese government in Tibet for five days, being felled by a case of unbearable food sickness in Yemen, being told by your new friend from Syria that “we hate America” as you drive to Damascus while smuggling cartons of cigarettes, or being advised that the “number one mafia in Taiwan” might want to physically harm you. During my travels, I have published three books: 7000 KM To Go and Hit The Road India. The first book traces a road rally from Budapest to Yerevan over 17 days crossing 11 countries. The second book follows a 2000 km rally in an auto-rickshaw from Mumbai to Chennai.  And finally, Photos From Chernobyl contains over 100 photos from my two days of exploring the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl. Even better you can view Hit The Road India on iTunes or Amazon. It is a full feature documentary that I am featured in and produced. Thanks for joining me in my journey.

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Roy Cavanagh

Website: thaizer.com, roycavanagh.com

Another Traveler aims to offer it’s viewers with travel photos, videos and blogs highlighting different locations across the world; from popular tourist destinations of major cities to the local hangout spots of small towns.

Robert and Toni, two advent travelers, founded Another Traveler. All the photos and content posted on the site are original; Robert takes the photos and Toni writes the words.

We want to show the world from a different light to inspire other travelers to continue to explore our beautiful world. Whether you are a casual weekend warrior or a round the world traveler, we hope you find something at Another Traveler to help motivate you to go a bit further.

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