Gary Walther

Gary Walther has been a travel journalist for 40 years. He has been editor-in-chief of Departures, Expedia Travels, Luxury SpaFinder, and Forbes Life magazines, and for the past five years a freelancer with a column on Forbes.com called The Hotel Detective. He has passport stamps from 61 countries and is a million-miler on American Airlines. He writes for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Departures Europe among other publications.

Laura Begley Bloom

Laura Begley Bloom is a New York-based editor, writer, and content strategist who covers travel and lifestyle for publications such as Food & Wine,Forbes, and the New York Post. She also works on content strategy with brands like The Shops at Columbus Circle and the Lincoln Motor Company. Previously, Laura was the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Travel and the deputy editor of Travel + Leisure. Journalism is part of Laura’s heritage. Her great great grandfather was a Civil War correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

David Gould

David Gould is a writer, editor and consultant with expertise in travel and the transportation industry. He is the former executive editor of Travel + Leisure Golf and the author of several books on golf history and course architecture. He is a Boston native and lives in Massachusetts.