Speaker Bios - 2014

Speakers/Schedule Subject to Change. Please check back often for updates.


Allie Almario
VP, Myths and Mountains

Allie Almario started her adventure travel career in the most unusual of places - a zoo! It was a dream job, researching and developing trips all over the world that focused on wildlife conservation. After moving out west to work for a number of award-winning adventure travel companies, she also eventually became the executive director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association and worked closely with several wildlife conservation organizations including the Charles Darwin Research Station and WildAid. Most recently, she worked as a consultant on the Galapagos human history documentary "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden" starring Cate Blanchett, as well as several different Galapagos eco-tourism guidebooks. She has now traveled to all seven continents and close to 70 countries for research and development, including Madagascar as part of a dream team made up of the world's top sustainable travel experts. Currently she's vice president at Myths and Mountains, a travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience.

Samantha Brown
Travel Expert & Great Escape Artist
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Samantha Brown has spent more than 14 years living in airports, hotels and out of a suitcase. She’s taken viewers on intimate, off-the-beaten-path journeys discovering exotic destinations, whether around the world or in their own backyard. Samantha has hosted a number of shows on the Travel Channel including “Passport to Europe,” “Passport to Great Weekends” and the upcoming “The Trip: 2014”.

An inspirational resource for prospective travelers, Samantha has truly enjoyed showing how extraordinary it is to be a part of everyday life in another part of the world. Her travel goal is to always show that if she can do it, you can do it. People follow Samantha and her advice not only because of her experience and knowledge, but because of her genuineness and passion for travel. No matter where she takes you, Samantha will find delectable food, fabulous shopping and an authentic taste of the region you won’t find in a tourist guidebook.

Follow her at
website: www.samantha-brown.com
twitter: @samanthabrown
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RealSamanthaBrown

Mario Cabading
Co-Owner of Scuba Travel Ventures

Mario Cabading is co-owner of Scuba Travel Ventures. He became a certified diver in the caribbean in 1994. Over the last few years Mario has been specializing in Southeast Asia as his primary dive and adventure destination. Although he assists divers all over the world on their dive and adventure vacations, Southeast Asia has become a favorite area of the world due to the enormous variety of marine life there.

Armando Calupcupan

Andy is currently a Chef at the Leelin Bakery and Café’s Cerritos location, where he specializes in Filipino cuisine. Prior to his appointment at Leelin Bakery and Café, Andy worked as Chef at Goldilocks Restaurant and Bakery in Cerritos, California. Andy also worked at Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and at the Hilton Hotel and Courry Restaurant in Carson, California. Andy began his career at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Manila, Philippines and Magsaysay Shipping Line Cruise Ships. He received his Chef’s Certificate from the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute.

Sharlene Earnshaw
Editor-in-Chief, Trekaroo

Sharlene Earnshaw is an Orange County based travel writer and the Editor-in-Chief of Trekaroo, one of the nation's leading family travel websites. Her travels with children have taken her everywhere from the cloud forests of Peru to the luxury of the Four Seasons and everywhere in between as she continues her pursuit to discover the best of family travel. She is a regular contributor to the Orange County Register and CBSLA.

Pauline Frommer
Editorial Director of the Frommer Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com 

Pauline Frommer is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. The Travel Show, which she co-hosts with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer, is now heard in every state in the nation except Alaska. She also pens an internationally syndicated newspaper column on travel for King Features. You may recognize her face as Pauline created weekly travel segments for CNN's Headline News for 3 years. She's also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The O'Reilly Factor, NPR's Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and every local news station you can name. She was the founding editor of Frommers.com and edited MSNBC.com's travel section for two years. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to physical therapist Mahlon Stewart.

Gloria Govan-Barnes

Gloria Govan-Barnes is so much more than meets the eye, the beautiful actress has depth and experience that is far beyond her age. Former star of VH1 network top rated show “Basketball Wives,” actress, basketball coach, mom, philanthropist, wife, and now a cookbook author, are just few of the titles that Gloria Govan- Barnes has.

Named after her mother, Gloria is the youngest of 9 children, and held the title of “Little Gloria” all of her childhood years. Gloria’s mother is Mexican and her father African American and these two cultures were both strong influences in her childhood and the traditions she grew up with. Her childhood home in Northern California (The Bay Area) was multi-generational. Her maternal Grandparents lived with her family, and aunts, uncles and cousins frequently stayed for longer visits. With all the extended family and siblings around, the responsibility of cooking never fell on Gloria shoulders, but she was always there to help out her mother and siblings in the kitchen. Food however has always been the center of every gathering and also part of the family business, her parents are Restaurant – Club owners. As a teenager she waited tables and would take on any other role her father would need her to. Gloria played basketball in high school and later left the nest to go to San Francisco State where she continued to play basketball.

A wife of NBA basketball player Matt Barnes and a mother of four year old twin boys, Carter and Isaiah, she is continuing the traditions of big family gatherings centered around food and entertainment. Her cookbook, “A Mixed Girls Favorite Recipes,” explores the food of two women’s cultures Mexican, Italian, and African American, with a focus on vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients.

Peter Greenberg
Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Travel Editor for CBS News, and Host of Public Television’s New Series, The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg

A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg hosts a new television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg,” debuting on public television on October 5. The series offers 42 half-hour episodes with cutting-edge travel information and insider tips you need to know before you ever leave home, plus in-depth reports on the good, bad, and yes, even ugly aspects of travel.

Greenberg also produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed public television specials, “The Royal Tour,” featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state. Along with such figures as the King of Jordan, Prime Minister of New Zealand and presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenberg’s newest special features the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Among other television projects, Greenberg is creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC’s specials “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas,” and is co-executive producer of “Baggage Battles,” airing on the Travel Channel, and The History Channel’s two-hour special “Lost Magic.” On radio he hosts the nationally syndicated show “Peter Greenberg Worldwide,” broadcast each week from a different remote location worldwide, and is heard on hundreds of radio stations across the U.S.

Greenberg is also author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series. His most recent book, The Best Places for Everything, comes in the wake of such titles as Don’t Go There! and The Complete Travel Detective Bible. Currently editor at large of Global Business Travel magazine and a contributing writer to Watch, he has also been a featured guest on CNN, “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The View.”

Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry. Among his other honors, Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the “Dateline” team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, “Miracle on the Hudson.”

He began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He won a national Emmy Award (Best Investigative Reporting) for his ABC “20/20” special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.

Greenberg is a sought-after expert speaker and moderator. He is a keynote speaker at annual summits for the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Global Business Travel Association and Virtuoso. He is also one of the chief moderators at the World Economic Forum and the Global Tourism Economic Forum. Along with a recent TED talk, he is a guest speaker at events which have been hosted by Visa, Bloomberg, AARP and numerous other B2B and B2C organizations.

His website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York.

Matt Greenham
Air New Zealand Vacations

Air New Zealand Vacations Matt Greenham is our resident Australia and New Zealand specialist. Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Matt moved to the USA in 2007 and has worked in the travel industry ever since. After spending some time in the cruise industry, he now has the perfect role to fuel his passion ­ promoting the unique destinations of New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific islands. His presentation style is both educational and entertaining, with focus of creating excitement about New Zealand and the incredible South Pacific region.

Mr. Vincent Jemadu
Deputy Director of International Promotion for America & Pacific region - Indonesia Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy

Having more than 20 years of official service with the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia, Vincent's sufficient knowledge on Indonesia destination promotions has encouraged him to share his experiences and knowledge in many International Tourism Fairs representing Indonesia. He played an important role in Bali Recovery Programs during the Bali Bomb I & II, especially in dealing with the International Media. The recovery experience has been adopted as one of the best practices by UN-WTO in relation with crisis management in Tourism sector.

Kim Lachance Shandrow
Los Angeles-based Tech Journalist

Kim Lachance Shandrow is a Los Angeles-based tech journalist who specializes in apps, startups, mobile technology, crowdfunding and social media. She is currently a contributing writer for Entrepreneur Magazine and Entrepreneur.com. Her work has also appeared on MSNBC, NBC's TODAY Show, The Los Angeles Times, Government Technology Magazine, FOX News, Reuters and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Yojie Leelin

Yojie is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Leelin Bakery and Café and YOJIE Japanese Fondue/YOJIE Shabu Shabu Restaurant. Yojie was the Executive Chef and co-owner of Goldilocks Bakery and Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. She also worked at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena. She is currently active in Landmark activities. Yojie graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles.

Whitney Lennon
Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Whitney Lennon was educated and has been employed in the tourism industry since 1990. She is currently the Marketing Manager for Mammoth Lakes Tourism and promotes the area globally. If you ask her about her position she will tell you, ‘it’s my dream job!’ Her travel tips and knowledge are based on her travel experience and past residencies in Alaska, Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona, New Zealand and Washington, D.C. Whitney’s passions are skiing; traveling; and assisting in creating ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities for other travelers.

Mark Lewis
Chocolate Artisan and Founder of Marco Paolo Chocolates

Mark Lewis, chocolate artisan and founder of Marco Paolo Chocolates, has been a life-long connoisseur of fine chocolates who wanted to meld his passion for creating flavor harmony in unique ways with his obsession for chocolate. The result is a line of paired chocolate ganache truffles that extend the experience of one of life’s most universal pleasures; the joy and comfort of chocolate indulgence.

His personal exploration and development of unique flavor profiles has been years in the making, and is a continuing process full of excitement and discovery.
Making chocolate truffles was inspired by Mark’s infatuation with a Scotch Bonnet truffle, discovered at a new French style chocolate confectionary and pastry shop in his neighborhood. The now defunct chocolatier made one particularly luscious, not too sweet, but deceivingly spicy tiny morsel that melted in your mouth and left a lasting tingling impression, which was surprisingly distinctive from the others that lacked prominent flavors. These Scotch Bonnet truffles were very small and expensive, so Mark decided to try and make his own version in a size that fit his cravings. The results were good on first attempt and improved with each trial. After many successes and failures working chocolate and formulating recipes, he took a series of classes at the famed Chocolate Academy in Chicago with well-known French chocolatiers. There his previous trials and tribulations permitted him to soak up the knowledge instantly. He then returned home to practice and further expand the culinary horizons.

Wanting to re-create some of the fabulous two-layered chocolate pralines they’d prepared in Chicago, but unable to afford the special equipment to make them, he decided to layer two different ganaches in molded chocolate shells. Thus, he became one of the few chocolatiers to make two-layered paired ganache truffles.
He then became intrigued with choosing flavors that were unique and complimentary, but would also enhance the tasting experience. That is how he learned to extend the flavor experience by utilizing the concept of flavor notes. Friends and family were so excited they pressured Mark to serve them whenever possible. Then a friend asked him to make some for a Christmas party he was throwing, and the business blossomed from there. Today Marco Paolo Chocolates are an intriguing indulgence that can be treasured wherever you go.

Patrina Mack

Patrina serves as the Interim Head of Marketing for TravelZingo. She is responsible for launching the consumer travel application and mobile app, TravelZingo, in the United States. Patrina specializes in helping companies in the U.S., Europe, Russia and Israel expand their business to the US. Patrina works with clients to optimize their product and business strategy to enhance customer adoption and market penetration. She has more than 25 years experience in business-to-consumer and business-to-business product, marketing and operational strategy and implementation. Her industry expertise spans the Internet, cleantech, telecom, software, financial services, and consumer products.

Piper Mackay
Professional Wildlife and Cultural Documentary Photographer, Photo Safari Leader Specialized in Africa

Piper Mackay is a wildlife and cultural documentary photographer whose work is heavily concentrated on the African continent. Her work is licensed through Getty Images top collections. Her images have been displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, The Museum of History and industry in Seattle Washington, The Art Wolfe gallery, The G2 gallery, as well as local galleries in the Los Angels area. Featured articles of her work have been displayed in major publications such as Outdoor Photographer, Rangefinder, Nature photographer, and selamta, as well as several regional publications. Her images have graced the pages of National Geographic, Natures Best, WWF calendars, birders and many others. She wildlife safaris and cultural photo tours throughout Africa. Her work can be viewed at www.PiperMackayPhotography.com

Jacqueline Malecki
Sales & Marketing Supervisor, Yankee Leisure Group Inc.

Jacqueline Malecki is graduate of Bentley University, Waltham Massachusetts with degrees in marketing, management and Spanish. Jackie has several years of experience in sales, customer service, and contracts administration and is currently a sales and marketing supervisor with Yankee Leisure Group Inc., representing Amtrak Vacations, Unique Journeys and Yankee Holidays in their new West Coast reservation center.

Jennifer Miner
Co-Creator & Editor, The Vacation Gals blog

Jennifer Miner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and the co-creator/editor of The Vacation Gals, a popular, multiple award-winning travel blog featuring family friendly destinations, romantic getaways, and more. It has won the GOLD for Travel Blog in the 2012 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, Best Independent Travel Blog award from the North American Travel Journalists Association, and is rated one of the Top 20 Independent Travel Blogs. More recently, Jennifer created the Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel. MSNBC's Chris Elliott named LACOT's blog one of the "11 Best New Blogs of 2011." Jennifer also co-founded Best Family Travel Experts, EcoAdventure Media, and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. She has had her pieces picked up by the websites of USA Today and The Chicago Sun-Times, and been a speaker at the Society of American Travel Writers' Western Chapter Conference, the Travel Blog Exchange Conference, BlogHer, Travel & Tourism Marketing Association, New Media Expo and other national conferences.

Brent Nixon
Marine Research Naturalist and Chief Executive Officer/President, Nature Talks

Brent Nixon has spent over 30 years learning about and experiencing nature. He has published several books and contributed video footage to National Geographic, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel. He has participated in extensive research studies on both the Humpback and Orca whales evaluating the effects of increased human presence on cetacean behavior. Most of all, he's put his passion for wildlife to work with the creation and supervision of several non-profit wildlife protection and education organizations. To many an audience's delight, he has shared his enthusiasm for wildlife conservation through his high energy lectures around the world. Brent is currently the expert Naturalist onboard the Celebrity Solstice sailing Alaska from Seattle.

Patricia Schultz
Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz has a dream job: traveling the globe and writing about it. She is the author of the international #1 bestsellers, 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (with over 3 million copies in print and translated into 25 languages) and 1,000 PLACES TO SEE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA BEFORE YOU DIE. With these works, she has reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. She was chosen by Forbes as one of the 25 most influential women in travel, and was executive producer of the Travel Channel’s TV show based on her first 1,000 PLACES book.

The second edition of 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE came out in November 2011, with 200 entirely new destinations, 28 new countries, full-color photographs, and more than 50 percent new material woven into the revised and expanded entries, which emphasize comprehensive travel experiences instead of single sites.

Family legend, never proven, is that Patricia’s family is somehow related to Mark Twain, who was a preeminent globetrotter of his day. Patricia’s own wanderlust began on the beach at Atlantic City, when she set off from the family beach blanket seeking adventure and was returned to an apoplectic mother several hours later by some relieved lifeguards. “I had heard the siren call of the great, global beyond,” she recalls, “and I had answered. I was hooked. I was four years old.”

While her college classmates headed for Wall Street, Patricia grabbed her passport and made a beeline for the airport, and soon discovered that she could make a living from her passion. Many guidebooks and articles later, she embarked upon the first 1,000 PLACES book, spending seven years augmenting the knowledge she gained from her own travels with information from hundreds of books and magazines and first-person reports from colleagues, tourist agencies, and individual travelers. How did she winnow it all down? “The common denominator I chose was a simple one: that each place impress upon the visitor some sense of the earth’s magic, integrity, wonder, and legacy. And sometimes places that were just plain fun.”

Patricia Schultz has written about travel for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Travel Weekly, and for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz. She is a popular speaker at travel shows, museums, associations, and organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. In more than 25 years of travel writing, she has never lost her curiosity or passion. “Some people can speed from New York to L. A. without registering a thing,” she writes. “I can walk around my mid-Manhattan block and come home with a carton of milk and stories to tell. In the end, the number of miles covered has nothing to do with the real pleasures of travel–the inherent beauty of the world and the discovery it promises are all around us.”

Rick Steves
Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door

Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe — since 1973 he's spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters where he produces over 50 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.

Brett Snyder
The Cranky Flier

Brett is the author of the award-winning consumer air travel blog, “The Cranky Flier,” and president and chief airline dork of Cranky Concierge air travel assistance, for which he was named one of the Top Travel Specialists in 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler.

Ralph Velasco
Travel Photography Instructor, Author and International Tour Guide

Travel photography instructor, author and international tour guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led cultural photo tours around the world which have included Egypt, México’s Copper Canyon, Central Europe, Morocco, Spain, Death Valley, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Chicago and San Francisco. Additionally, as of this writing he’s organized ten fully-licensed People-to-People programs to Cuba.

He’s the author of Ralph Velasco On Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More and in it he discusses photography and travel tips and tricks he’s learned from the road, as well as provides over 100 sample images and interesting quotes. Ralph’s newest eBook, Essence of a Place: A Travel Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination is available both in an enhanced version for the iPad or as a PDF for viewing on just about any other device. As creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch®, Ralph has taken the age-old concept of maintaining a shot list and brought it into the 21st century. Designed to help all travelers to bring back a more well-rounded set of images from any destination, the app is a powerful organizational tool, no matter the user’s photography skills or type of camera used. Connect with Ralph at: RalphVelasco.com, Facebook.com/ralphvelascoculturaltours, Twitter.com/ralphvelasco, Google+, LinkedIn

Jessica Vilchis
Station Host, NBC4 Road Trippin’ and Ski Trippin’

As NBC4 Southern California’s Station Host, Jessica Vilchis has appeared in hundreds of station promotions for the local west coast flagship station. Her bright smile and joyful personality have represented some of the nation’s most recognized consumer brands on NBC4. Today, Jessica is the face to the station’s signature outdoor adventure campaign, “Road Trippin’” and Ski Trippin’, two multi-platform on-air franchises uniquely designed to showcase travel destinations across the region. “Road and Ski Trippin’” have garnered the attention of some of the most recognizable cities and recreational destinations that engage and entertain travelers across a spectrum of lifestyles.

A Chicago native, Jessica is no stranger to travel and adventure. In conjunction with NBC Sports, she co-hosted Road to London, a weekly video series chronicling the efforts of the U.S. teams during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her ability to compel audiences to travel to these hidden gems and high-profile adventure driven locales make her the perfect partner with NBC4 Southern California and its advertisers.

For more information:
Phone: 818-840-2630

Daphne Wayans

When asked to describe herself, Daphne Wayans will tell you she’s her children’s mom – their happiness her calling, their well-being her mission, their pain her own, and their love her life. Her focus on family is impossible to overstate and immeasurably unyielding. She is a mother. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. As the ex-wife of Hollywood mogul Keenen Ivory Wayans, with whom she has 5 kids and maintains an remarkably amicable relationship, Daphne has become a parenting and relationship expert who blogs regularly on the subject on “The Huffington Post.” She has also been featured on such shows as VH1’s “Hollywood Exes” and “Marrying The Game” for her insight and advice.

Born and raised an only child in Inglewood, California, Daphne’s relationship with her blue-collar parents was nurturing and unrestricted, one in which she was encouraged to be and do whatever she truly desired. With a passion for the arts, she attended Otis Parsons and FIDM, but was always drawn to the allure of a family.

As a teenager, Daphne spent summer vacations with her friends Shawn and Marlon Wayans. It was here where her relationship with Keenen began. First as a friend, who made her laugh like she had never laughed before. But as she grew up, so grew her feelings. And at the age of 18, the only child was welcomed into the vibrant and ubiquitous Wayans family, to which she and Keenen added with their own beautiful brood of five: Jolie (21), Nala (17), Keenen (15), Bella (13), Daphne (10).

Ever the people person, and with an innate inclination to help, Daphne has become a confidant and trusted adviser in her A-list Hollywood circles. She is a strong supporter of many philanthropic causes – including The Way to Happiness Foundation and Keep a Child Alive – and is a woman of unshakable faith and values. She is an ardent traveler and a lover of languages, and enjoys expressing her care of others by way of her culinary skills. But first and foremost, Daphne remains a mother. And one of the most devoted and consummate ones at that.

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Don Wildman
History Explorer and Museum Enthusiast, Host of Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum"

As host of Travel Channel's “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Monumental Mysteries,” and "Greatest Mysteries," Don Wildman pulls back the curtain on an unseen America. In his first series for the network, “Off Limits,” Wildman crisscrossed the United States, going behind locked doors to uncover the secrets of our country’s man-made world. Whether unearthing notable tales behind artifacts and monuments across the U.S. or exploring hidden turfs, he discovers the fascinating behind-the-scenes of our everyday life. Wildman embraces the meaning of being a traveler, and shows how lifting the veil on our surroundings – from museum relics to buildings and bridges – can reveal unforgettably adventurous stories.