Meet The Judges
Our 2019 emerging destinations were selected by panels of some of the top travel bloggers, vloggers, and podcasters from around the world. Learn a little bit more about our awesome judges here. And be sure to go follow them!
An Australian couple traveling the world for a decade, Jarryd & Alesha are the authors of the adventure blog NOMADasaurus. From breaking world records in chicken buses to getting engaged in the world's largest cave, their crazy adventures continually inspire their 200k+ followers.
An American couple who quit their corporate desk jockey jobs in 2015 to adopt a vagabond lifestyle, Collete & Scott are the inspiring travel influencers behind the popular couples' site Roamaroo, which has been featured on the likes of the Travel Channel, BBC, Matador Network, and more.
Lorissa is a London-born Ghanaian who chronicles her adventuring migrating to Ghana at The Only Way is Ghana, which has over 1 million views on Youtube, has won numerous accolades as one of the best travel and influencer sites in Africa, and has been featured on BBC and CNN Africa.
Patrick is a world traveler from Germany, who loves to explore unique and adventurous destinations with his backpack. His journey has already taken him to more than 65 countries all around the world and he documents his experiences on his bilingual travel blog German Backpacker.
An award-winning travel blogger behind the celebrated site Jessie on a Journey, Jessie inspires solo travelers to explore their passion for travel and think beyond the box. Jessie teaches aspiring bloggers how to grow their blog into a business, and she is also a certified guide in her hometown, New York City.
Will is an adventurer who has been traveling the world for a decade, a location independent entrepreneur, and the face behind the popular budget travel site The Broke Backpacker, where he shows readers how to travel the world on $10 a day while setting up an online business.
Nate is an ex-plumber turned full time traveler, influencer, and digital entrepreneur. Through his fun and high-energy social media accounts, Nate documents his life traveling and surfing the world. He is also the founder of Wired Creatives, where he helps train aspiring online entrepreneurs.
Authors of one of the largest gay travel blogs in the world, Stefan & Sebastien left home in London in 2014 and have been traveling the world ever sense. At the Nomadic Boys gay travel website they showcase the best in gay travel, cultural immersion, and food from around the world.