Meet Our Judges for 2019’s Emerging Destinations - Travel Lemming

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 (we'll be adding more as each continent's list is released). And be sure to go follow them!

Kiersten is a California native who has traveled to over 70 countries in the 6 years since she left her corporate finance job. She is the founder of The Blonde Abroad, a go-to resource for solo and female travel around the world. 

Nomadic Matt

Matt Kepnes

Nomadic Matt

Matt is the New York Times best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. Through his site Nomadic Matt, he has helped millions of travelers travel cheaper, better, and longer. Click here to read my interview with Matt

In 1999, Derek flew to Bangkok with just $1,500 to his name. He's been traveling nonstop since, visiting over 100 countries across 6 continents. In addition to his blog, he runs Wandering Earl Tours, which takes small groups around the world. 

Kristin left home to travel in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. Her adventures include hitchhiking China solo and even becoming a Buddhist nun for 10 days. Her site Be My Travel Muse helps empower women to travel, especially solo. 

Alyssa is a solo female adventure traveler who has been to 85+ countries and all 7 continents. Through her social media and blog, My Life's a Travel Movie, she chronicles her incredible experiences and inspires others to travel.

Erick is a travel journalist and photographer on a journey to become the first African American to visit every country (he's been to 93 to date). He writes about his travels at his site, Minority Nomad.

A serial entrepreneur and world traveler, Travis hosts the popular travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts. Known as "Rick Steves for the new generation", he teaches listeners how to travel more with less.

Kara and Nate

Kara & Nate

Kara And Nate

Kara and Nate are on a mission to visit 100 countries by the year 2020. They vlog about their travels on their Youtube channel, where they've published over 500 inspiring videos covering travel across 6 continents.


Dariece & Nick

Goats on the Road

A Canadian couple who has been traveling the world for 8 years, Dariece & Nick run the lifestyle and travel blog Goats on the Road, a popular site with over 350k+ hits per month and a highly-engaged reader base.

Getting Stamped

Hannah & Adam

Getting Stamped

A Wisconsin couple who has traveled to over 75 countries, Hannah and Adam run the site Getting Stamped, where they write travel guides, tips, and stories from around the globe.

Nadine Sykora

Nadine Sykora

Hey Nadine

Nadine is a vlogger and videographer who shares her travels (she's been to 50+ countries) in fun videos on her Youtube channel, with 413,000+ subscribers. She's been featured in CNN, Forbes, BBC, and numerous other media outlets. 

Jarryd and Alesha, Judges of the top destinations in Australia and the Pacific 2019

Jarryd & Alesha


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. 

Recognized as one of the best in the business by everyone from National Geographic Traveller to The New York Times, and especially renowned for his incredible photography, Gary Arndt documents his 11 year sprint around the world at his site Everything Everywhere

Leaders in the sustainable travel movement and especially known for their travel to less touristed destinations, Audrey & Dan's site Uncornered Market encourages travelers to think deeper and work to make sure travel is a force for good in the world.  

Mari Johnson

Mari Johnson

Mari Johnson

Mari is an American who’s traveled around the world and currently resides in New Zealand. Mari loves helping others see the world and documents her travels on her popular and highly energetic YouTube channel, which reaches over 50,000 subscribers.

The World Pursuit

Natasha & Cameron

The World Pursuit

Cameron and Natasha are an intrepid couple who have traveled to over 75 countries and have grown their blog The World Pursuit into one of the most popular in the world and have been featured in outlets such as Lonely Planet, Travel+Leisure, and BBC. 



Collette & Scott 



Amanda of MarocMama

Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

Maroc Mama


Patrick from German Backpacker

Patrick Muntzinger

German Backpacker