His writing deals with off the beaten path travel, flashpacker travel, bucket lists, and self improvement.
Elissa Sursara is an Australian biologist, National Geographic blogger and explorer working on behalf of endangered species, threatened habitats and all animals in crisis. Having studied some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species, Elissa has reported on wildlife and the environment in every corner of the planet.
In 2012, at the invitation of mentor and sea shepherd founder captain paul watson, elissa joined the m/y Steve Irwin on a five-month mission to antarctica that saw 932 whales saved from whaling in the southern ocean. Later, Elissa joined Sea Shepherd’s prestigious board of advisors alongside actor pierce brosnan, primatologist Dr Birute Galdikas, model Brigitte Bardot and actor and philanthropist Sean Penn.
In 2014, Elissa joined the national geographic as a writer for the award-winning news blog, news watch.
Elissa is the ambassador to the world wildlife fund’s earth hour alongside supermodel miranda kerr, australia zoo’s wildlife warriors alongside the veronicas, and for 1% for the planet alongside musician jack johnson. Elissa is also the ambassador of cruelty-free beauty brand, ecotan.
A television personality, Elissa is a cast member on animal planet’s whale wars and appears frequently as a guest in international media. Today, Elissa boasts a following of more than 500,000 people – and growing. She is one of the most popular and influential australians on social media.
Elissa is affiliated with companies and organisations looking to make a difference through science, travel, education and media.
Elissa advocates a positive balance between humans and the environment, and her subscribers enjoy following her updates in the field and on the road. Elissa shares her journey to promote sustainable and eco-friendly travel through photography, research, and media correspondence and by blogging and updating her keen subscribers on social media.
Elissa’s merits include recurring nominations by Peta as their sexiest vegetarian celebrity, the Earth Hour Awards, a nomination from Intel and Pedestrian TV as their 2013 blogger of the year and mtv Australia as their youth millennial leader. She has been featured in several magazines, including Girlfriend.
Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.
Megan travels off the beaten path in search of adventure in each country she visits. Never content with merely seeing “the sights”, her and husband Mike fully immerse themselves into each new culture to truly discover a destination. Together they have camped in Africa, hitchhiked through Australia and hit up every romantic destination in Europe, documenting each new adventure in captivating and exciting print and video content along the way.
Her travel blog, Mapping Megan, aims to give you the best tips and advice on travelling, volunteering, living, working and holidaying abroad. Meg hasn’t been everywhere, but it’s on her list!
Emma is the Editor of events and business travel magazine Spice and Deputy Editor of Hotel Management. She has been writing freelance features for magazines for over 12 years and has been blogging at SheGoes for the past five year, SheGoes, for the past five years. During this time, the blog has gone from being strictly travel focused to more of a general lifestyle focus.
Whether she’s reviewing a five star hotel or sharing anecdotes about her most recent romantic failure, Emma applies the same unguarded honesty, humour and irreverent appraisal.
British-born expat, Russell VJ Ward relocated to Australia in search of a different life. One of Australia’s best travel bloggers, Russell created his blog – In Search of a Less Ordinary Life with the intention of sharing his experience and the good and bad of travelling and relocating. The result: a “less ordinary” blog with a mind-blowing success. He has over 12,500 followers on Twitter only and thousands more on Facebook and other social media platforms.
His story began in the heart of England, but his exploring tendency took him in 2003 for a short while to Canada, where he was seeking new adventures and a healthier way of life. He finally ended up in Sydney, where everything seems to find meaning for him, as this is the place he can finally call home. This adventure was definitely not an easy road, and this is what gave birth to this blog – the need to tell his adventures, to tell his readers about the good and bad he found on the way, to share his passion for living life to the fullest.
From this to his blog becoming a huge success there were only a few steps. His blog was a finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition in 2012 and he has collaborated with and promoted lots of travel and lifestyle organizations, such as: Yellow Pages, Sony, Ford, Western Union, Canadian Tourism Commission and many more.
Russell finally found the life less ordinary he was looking for and won a lot of awards and prizes on the way, all for his spectacular journey and the wonderful way he managed to put it into words.
Esther Goh is 25 years old and comes from Auckland, New Zealand, or at least that’s her “main home”. That might sound strange; well, not if you’re currently travelling the world and that’s what our young vlogger is doing right now.
At such a young age, she has quite an ambitious goal – travelling the world in 180 days. Her motto – “Live for today, save for tomorrow” – shows just how mature but also positive she is. Her main target is Generation Y and she does an awesome job, offering useful information on how to handle a challenging career, a personal life, finance and also travel. The truth is, at the end of the day we all want the same thing: to be happy, to be wealthy and to have health to enjoy all of these. And Esther actually knows this and she’s searching for it, as she travels the world.
Check out her blog and you’ll see how it seems that she is talking to you, giving you advice and answering your main concerns. We believe she will move mountains in her travels and she’ll become an even bigger inspiration to Generation Y.