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May 27, 2008

Meet the Daily Travelers

Meet the people traveling old school, reporting on the fly, going green, dishing the latest, gobbling everything in sight, scoping out celebrities, being generally amazing, and teching-it-out. 

Julia Bainbridge

After college in Boston, culinary school in San Francisco, and lots of traveling in between, Julia Bainbridge settled into a New York life at Food & Wine magazine. She soon un-settled herself, though, high-tailing it through Southeast Asia (on a red motorbike, no less) for a month. Now she's back in the city and all over the blogosphere at Condé Nast Traveler. She often finds herself in Mollie's office, snagging chocolate and face cream.

Mollie Chen

Amazing | Catch of the Day | Health & Beauty
Mollie grew up in Miami, where she spent a good deal of her time on or around sailboats. These days she's more familiar with stilettos than Sperrys, but she still has a constant need to be near the water, be it in Hawaii, Maine, or Manhattan. Mollie covers food, restaurants, beauty, and spas for Condé Nast Traveler, which means that she's the person to know if you are in need of chocolate or face cream. She thinks the best way to explore a place is through street food and markets and has what some people would call an unhealthy obsession with peanut butter. She once got seven spa treatments in five days in the name of research, and more recently underwent a three-day juice cleanse for the magazine.

Ondine Cohane

Word of Mouth
Ondine Cohane was born in Ireland, moved to England and then to Italy, traveled with her family throughout Europe, and went to eight schools all before she turned 12. On her Traveler beat, she has flown a small plane over Mozambique's Quirimbas Islands, climbed volcanoes in central Nicaragua, sailed around Langkawi, and skied Italy's pink-hued mountains. For Ondine, adventurous activities mixed with great food, wine, and beautiful landscapes make for the best stories. She has been with Traveler since 1998 and she considers both southern Tuscany and New York home. Ondine also writes the Travelista column for the Financial Times' How to Spend It magazine, and for GQ and Domino, among other publications.

Mark Connolly

As Style Director, Mark Connolly is Condé Nast Traveler's leading expert on fashion and style. Connolly, who joined the magazine in April of 1992, has produced more than 100 fashion photo shoots for the magazine, in locations as diverse as Chile and Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Latvia, all of which integrate high fashion into the realm of high adventure.  When not jetting around the world, Mark serves as a frequent on-air commentator and broadcast personality for E!'s "VideoFashion" and VH1.

Kevin Doyle

As News Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Kevin oversees the magazine's award-winning "Stop Press" section, which covers developments in politics, medicine, transportation, and the environment that influence how and where we travel.

Dinda Elliott

As deputy editor/special projects of Condé Nast Traveler, Dinda spearheads the magazine's annual World Savers Awards, and she introduced voluntourism into its lexicon. Elliott has worked for the Asian Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Newsweek, and was Editor in Chief of Asiaweek. In Asia, she covered the rise of China, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the reformasi movement in Malaysia, and Hong Kong's handover to Chinese sovereignty, among other stories. Dinda has lived in Brussels, Moscow, and Hong Kong and speaks fluent Chinese, rusty Russian and French. She is now back in New York (most of the time) with her husband and three sons.


Clive Irving was a founding editor, with Harold Evans, of Condé Nast Traveler. Previously he had a long career in newspapers, magazines and television both in Great Britain and the United States. In London he was managing editor of the Sunday Times, editor-in-chief of magazines for the International Publishing Corporation and head of the public affairs division of London Weekend Television. In the U.S. he has been a writer for New York magazine, a consulting editor for McCall's, and creative consultant for the Times Mirror newspaper group. He has published five non-fiction books and three novels. He wrote the story for a TV drama, A Dangerous Man, starring Ralph Feinnes as Lawrence of Arabia, which won an Emmy for Best Foreign Drama.

Tom Loftus

Being the Web guy at Condé Nast Traveler, Tom's travels mostly involve going from the PC to the Mac--both sitting atop his desk. Which is just fine with him considering that his travel history has included a Manila typhoon, a Belizian cave tour involving one flashlight and two ganja-besotted guides ("check out the Bob Marley stalactite, mon"), a trip on a too-tiny boat on a too-"wavy" South China Sea, an angry monkey in Phra Nang, soccer hooligans (everywhere), and one big shark off Maui.

Beata L. Santora

After cutting her blogging chops on the Perrin Post, Beata brings her celebrity tracking skills to the DT. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Beata has lived in Austria, Italy, and Spain (which is why she speaks Russian, Spanish, and sometimes even English). Ever since joining her parents on a Black Sea cruise at age two, she has been obsessively traveling the world, from Paris to Tokyo and, of course, Mother Russia. When not busy editing Room With a View, analyzing data for the Readers Choice Survey, or interviewing celebs on the red carpet, Beata teaches ballet at Steps on Broadway.

Guy Martin

Senior Correspondent Guy Martin has reported on security matters for the magazine from tarmacs, air terminals,  think tanks, windowless concrete bunkers, legislatures and crisis rooms worldwide.  His specialty is talking to really mean and ugly, but knowledgeable, cops about bombs.

John Oseid

Boom Box
John Oseid, a Research Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, speaks German, French, and Spanish. His real love is covering the music scene any chance he gets, whether it's Carnival in Trinidad or Guadalajara for a mariachi festival or Rio to check out top Carioca artists. And that's just what John's doing for the DT. An intrepid traveler, his favorite countries of late have been Ethiopia and Colombia. "I love going to places where people assume you can't go, whether for poverty or politics. You can, and should."

Barbara Peterson

On the Fly
Barbara has spent two decades reporting on the aviation industry. She has written two books: Blue Streak about upstart JetBlue (Portfolio), and Rapid Descent, about airline deregulation (Simon & Schuster). Last year, she received a Lowell Thomas Award for "The Great Escape," an article about airline evacuation that ran in the November 2005 issue, and people are still talking about Barbara's undercover work as an airport screener. Her report appeared in the March 2006 issue.

Sara Tucker

The Aggregator
Sara Tucker had been leading walking safaris in Tanzania when she came to the magazine six years ago as a copy editor. "It's not that different from animal tracking," she says of the work in the copy department, "only you're looking for dangling participles instead of leopards' tails." Sara still spends as much time in the outdoors as she can. She's a fan of slow travel--walking, bicycling, snow shoeing--and of flying over country roads on the back of her husband's Harley.

Brook Wilkinson

Responsible Traveler
A true believer in travel as the best education, Brook started early and has visited 32 countries in 28 years. She's gotten chicken pox in Nova Scotia, bought a car from a woman in an Australian outback pub, walked the "Wild Wall" in China, had a baby named after her in the Peruvian Amazon, and been medivacked out of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Brook earned a degree in sociology from Harvard University and a certificate in open-wheel racecar driving from the Skip Barber Racing School in Lime Rock, Connecticut. Now, as Conde Nast Traveler's consumer news correspondent, she covers ecotourism and adventure travel.


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