Tom Vater first visited Cambodia in 2001 to document the indigenous minorities in Mondulkiri for the British Library’s International Sound Archive, and instantly fell in love with the country. A year later, Tom cowrote and managed the production of a documentary on Angkor for German-French television, which gave him the opportunity to spend several weeks among the temples. Since then, he has been back to Cambodia several times a year to cover the country’s politics and culture for many different publications. On his journeys around the country, he has joined kings, pilgrims and soldiers, secret agents, pirates, hippies, policemen, and prophets.
Tom is the author of numerous booksnonfiction titles, guidebooks, and a noveland has cowritten several documentary screenplays for television and cinema. Tom’s feature articles, mostly on Asian subjects and destinations, have been published around the world, by The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times (UK), Marie Claire, and many others. He is The Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok expert. His most recent nonfiction book, Sacred Skin, published with award-winning photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat (aroonthaew.com)is an international bestseller, featured in TIME Magazine and on CNN.
Visit his website at tomvater.com.
Happiness, as Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio discovered, is an open road, a borrowed jeep, and an entire country to explore. They spent ten monthsand eight flat tireszigzagging across the Andes to find the best travel experiences Peru has to offer.
A highlight of Ross and Renée’s research was kayaking across Lake Titicaca at dawn, with the orange orb of the sun popping over sapphire waters and lighting up a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. They climbed in the Cordillera Blanca, built a balsa raft in the Manu jungle, hiked the Inka Trail, and searched for lost cities in the Chachapoyas cloud forest.
Ross is founder of World Leadership School, an organization that helps young people learn to lead on global issues. Before that, he worked for seven years as a journalist in Peru and other Latin American countries. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Ski, and other publications, and has also worked as a wilderness educator for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Ross holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Virginia.
As an architect, Renée has long considered Machu Picchu to be the world’s finest example of architecture integrating with the landscape. She runs her own architecture practice, Renée del Gaudio Architecture, focused on sustainable, modern design. Her designs have been published in Dwell and House Beautiful, which ranked her as one of the Top 25 Next Wave Designers in America. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Renée and Ross live in Denver, Colorado and have two children, Sebastian and Francesca.
Ben Westwood dreamed of being a writer and musician from an early age. Growing up in England, he combined the two by studying music and getting involved in student journalism in London. He wrote his first travel journal during a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia.
After graduating from college, Ben decided to follow his passion for travel; with an English-language teaching qualification under his belt, he set off for Ecuador in 1998. In the year he spent there, he fell in love with the countryand one of its citizens. He returned to the UK newly married to study a postgraduate diploma at the country’s top journalism school, City University.
Ben worked for five years for The Daily Telegraph and Telegraph.co.uk as a travel journalist and online travel editor, writing articles on everything from encounters with Maoist guerrillas in Nepal to encounters with (equally scary) drunken Brits in Greece. After a brief stint working in adventure tourism, Ben moved to Ecuador with his wife and children in 2007 to combine his passions for teaching and travel writing (and to avoid traveling to the office on English trains). Since then, he has contributed to the The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget and The Daily Telegraph.
Ben currently teaches journalism, travel writing, English language, and the history of popular music at UEES, one of Ecuador’s best universities. He still finds time to sing and play the guitar, and has released one self-funded album, titled Keep Dreamingwhich is exactly what he intends to do.
During a three-month trip across India in 2005, Margot Bigg became mesmerized by the sheer diversity of the world’s largest democracy, and decided to make it her home. A year later, she was living in Gurgaon, near Delhi, where she worked for a consultancy before joining the staff of Time Out Delhi and turning to journalism full time. She has since written for publications in India and abroad, including Rolling Stone, Outlook Traveller, The Caravan, Courrier International, and The Oregonian.
Margot's interest in other cultures started from an early age: Her best friends as a toddler were from Japan, Iran, and Jordan, and her baby talk was mixed with Japanese, Farsi, and Arabic (all of which she has since forgotten). She's a dual national of the US and the UK, and spent her formative years living in Portland, Oregon, and Farnham, Surrey, in England. She also lived in Paris for three years before moving to India. Margot holds a master’s degree in contemporary European studies from the University of Bath and Sciences Po Paris.
When not busy writing, Margot spends her time traveling, practicing yoga, exploring new music, and trying to improve her Hindi language skills.
Julia Cosgrove is the editor in chief of Afar magazine.
Moon Trips of a Lifetimeby Tom Vater, Ross Wehner, Renée del Gaudio, Ben Westwood
Moon Trips of a Lifetime is a sampler of four dream vacation destinations. Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this inspirational ebook offers information on vacation spots that include Angkor Wat, Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Galápagos Islands, and the Taj Mahal. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a/i>… See more details below
Moon Trips of a Lifetime is a sampler of four dream vacation destinations. Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this inspirational ebook offers information on vacation spots that include Angkor Wat, Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Galápagos Islands, and the Taj Mahal. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a fun-to-browse guide that offers a brief overview of each destinationalong with essential trip planning strategies and ideas for itineraries. With tips for planning the perfect “trip of a lifetime” and a foreword by the editor in chief of AFAR magazine, Moon Trips of a Lifetime gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
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