New York-based Laura Kidder has been a travel editor for close to 20 years. During that time she’s covered much of the United States, all of the Caribbean and Latin America, and countless destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Road travel runs in her family: her parents are avid RVers, her husband is a truck driver, and her in-laws are Harley enthusiasts. Laura’s most memorable road trips include soothing jaunts across the Irish midlands; a 40-odd-hour bus journey from Concord, NH, to New Orleans, LA; and a seemingly endless climb (and descent) in a minivan on S-curve, one-lane, gravel roads—without any guardrails—in the Spanish Pyrenees. Laura may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For her first RV experience, Oregon-based writer and professional speaker Silvana Clark spent a year full-timing in a fifth wheel with her husband and their 12-year-old daughter. That involved a little bit of homeschooling and a whole lot of hands-on adventures. Since then, Silvana has written 12 books filled with family activity ideas, and she’s again lived in an RV—this time for 18 months while working for a charitable organization. All told, her love for travel has taken her to 49 states plus Europe, Kenya, Uganda, El Salvador, Peru…you get the idea. She also appeared on the FOX reality show, Trading Spouses, where she transformed a family by showing them the value of fun group activities.
A successful business owner for the past 24 years and a mom to two grown boys, Nanette Cole has given it all up to take the road less traveled. Nanette’s teenage years were spent traveling through Europe, thanks to her father being in the Air Force. Now that her two children are grown, she will be traveling down the back roads to small towns all across America. The unique places she goes and the interesting people she meets are what she writes about. She often says, “Everyone has a story, tell me yours.” Nanette is a cooking aficionado, has a passion for history, and prefers to be outdoors. When she is not writing, you will find her cooking for her friends, driving through the country with her dog Callie or sitting down with strangers to share stories.
The Assistant Editor and Producer for USA TODAY Travel’s Experience sites, Ashley Day joined Rand McNally for the inaugural Best of the Road Rally and stuck around for all things editorial in 2011 and 2012. She’s contributed food and travel content for The Daily Meal, Go Overseas, On Holiday, Men’s Fitness and Field & Stream. Follow her @ashnday on Twitter.
Based in Florida, Janet Groene lived on the go for 10 years, wintering under sail and summering in the RV she and her husband still have. Still an avid part-time RVer, Janet holds the Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award, and she wrote the text for the industry’s coffee table RV book Drive for Independence. Her book Cooking Aboard Your RV (McGraw-Hill) is published in both English and French. With Gordon Groene she co-authored Living Aboard Your RV, now in its fourth edition. Janet first learned camp cooking as a Girl Scout, knowledge that came in handy aboard a sailboat that had no oven and no refrigeration. Her first book, Cooking on the Go, was for sailors and campers, and her The Galley Book is a great galley-equipment, provisioning, and food-preservation reference.
California-based writer and photographer Lazelle Jones has been covering the RV lifestyle for 25 years. His assignments have led to many adventures in Europe and North America: from “piggyback RVing” on a flatbed railcar through Mexico’s Copper Canyon, to driving the Alaska–Canadian Highway, to motor-homing to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Lazelle has also reviewed everything from pop-up camping trailers to $2.5 million custom coach conversions. As he likes to explore the synergies that exist between recreational vehicles and the usual and unusual—wherever that might be—his stories have often featured entertainers, motorsports personalities, rodeo professionals, and others who use an RV to pursue their passion.
April Maher, a Louisiana-based writer, has pitched a tent, popped-up a camper, and parked an RV in some of the most amazing places under the stars. April is co-author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to RVing (3rd edition) and writes a syndicated monthly newspaper column called, “Life’s Little Getaways: Camping Journal,” where she reports her findings on the best places to RV and camp across the country. Before going freelance, April worked for Rand McNally for 20 years, during which time she happily covered national parks, RVing, camping, and the outdoors for the Rand McNally Road Atlas and other travel products.
Award-winning, Florida-based travel writer and motivational storyteller Gary McKechnie has spent decades on the road, with several years devoted to researching and writing two ambitious travel guides: Great American Motorcycle Tours—with 25 tours detailing back road rides from coast to coast—and National Geographic’s USA 101. The result? GAMT is going into its fifth edition as the nation’s best-selling motorcycle guidebook, and Barnes & Noble recently released 10,000 copies of USA 101 for exclusive sale at its bookstores across the nation. To help others rediscover the pleasures of back-roads America, he writes travel features for a variety of websites, newspapers, and magazines and uses his experience as a stand-up comedian to share America’s history and cultural heritage with audiences at conventions and conferences across the nation.
Indiana-based Paul Novotny is a long-time RV-industry financial manager, lender, and consultant. A graduate of Purdue (BS) and Ball State (MBA) universities, he has held various positions with the Federal Home Loan Bank, Bank of Indiana, Coachmen Industries, Jayco Industries, and U.S. Bank. Paul has also testified in state and federal courts as an RV and marine expert witness. His current clients include RV and marine dealers, manufacturers, and lenders, and he’s a sponsored lender consultant for the Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association.
Maggie Parker is a New York-based freelance writer, specializing in travel. Her passion for travel began the first time she stepped off a plane in London, England, and has stayed with her while she traveled all over the world, from Israel to Argentina. You can find her work on the Best of the Road blog, LostGirlsWorld.com, and MensFitness.com. When she is not traveling or writing, she is often attempting a career in show business as an actress/singer.
As a professional photographer Jason has traveled the world searching for the best backdrops. With a lust for travel too big for Texas, Jason closed his studio, bought an RV, and hit the road with his wife and two cats. Now Jason points his camera towards the open road seeking out unique adventures across North America. Through captivating photography and exciting videos he’ll take you along for the ride at Gone With the Wynns.
Nikki is a full-time RV traveler, blogger, vegetarian chef, makeup artist and adventure seeker. The Texas native now lives “everywhere and nowhere” as she likes to say. Self-titled RV Lifestyle Consultant and host of Gone With the Wynns, Nikki loves to help others “go outside and play”! Gone With the Wynns is a web series and blog about a quirky young couple who traded in everyday life to satisfy their wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure.
An active RVer who lives in Massachusetts and has owned several trailers and motorhomes, Bob Zagami, has studied the RV industry for over 30 years. He has served as an editor at RV News, Pop-Up Times, and RV Enthusiast and has written hundreds of articles for those publications and for the Family Motor Coach Association’s Family Motor Coaching magazine. He has over 40 years of sales and marketing experience, has presented seminars at RV Dealer Association and RV Industry Association conferences, and is a frequent keynote speaker at dealership and distributor open houses and trade shows. Bob’s newest company, RV Insights, is engaged in social-media marketing and business management for RV manufacturers, associations, campgrounds, suppliers, and dealers. He also blogs weekly for the RV Daily Report.