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Contributing Writers

Meet our fantastic group of world-renowned, prolific travel journalists who have written various articles for Hotels Above Par.

Amber Gibson

Contributing Writer

Amber is a nomadic travel journalist specializing in food, wine, and wellness with bylines in Condé Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Hemispheres, Maxim, and Fodor’s Travel. When not traveling, she loves cooking with fresh farmers market produce, doing yoga on the beach, and eating ice cream by the pint.

Published in: Condé Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Hemispheres, Maxim, and Fodor’s Travel, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Amber

Carrie Bell

Contributing Writer

Based in Los Angeles, this California native has written about travel, food and wine, and entertainment for publications like Architectural Digest, People, Fodor’s, TripSavvy, and Rolling Stone. If she can’t be on the road, the snowglobe collector settles for taking long bike rides, playing board games, or forcing her husband and cats to watch The Bachelor.

Published in: Architectural Digest, People, Fodor’s, TripSavvy, and Rolling Stone, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Carrie

Chelsea Davis

Contributing Writer

Chelsea is a San Francisco-based food and travel journalist whose work can be found in Forbes, INSIDER, TravelPulse, and more. When she’s not jet-setting, she can usually be found eating something delicious, most likely indulgent and sweet, and washing it down with something sparkling. Other than that, you’ll spot her cooking with the air fryer she swears by, re-living her glory days playing competitive tennis and perusing through well-curated plant shops with some type of seasonal coffee beverage in hand.

Published in: Forbes, INSIDER, and TravelPulse, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Chelsea

Devorah Lev-Tov

Contributing Writer

Devorah is a food and travel journalist who writes for publications like The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Afar, and Robb Report. When not traveling, she’s probably eating at the newest restaurant in NYC or hanging out in Prospect Park with her husband, son, and dog.

Published in: The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Afar, and Robb Report, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Devorah

Hannah Huber

Contributing Writer

Hannah is an adventure-obsessed travel and lifestyle writer who has written for publications such as Architectural Digest, Vogue, and DuJour. Driven by the belief that exploration is the key to understanding our place in the universe, she pines to see the world through the eyes of locals. When she’s not traveling, you can find Hannah playing guitar, discussing the trashier things in life with a few friends over cocktails, or hosting impromptu dance parties in her Airstream.

Published in: Architectural Digest, Vogue, and DuJour, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Hannah

Hannah Selinger

Contributing Writer

Hannah’s lifestyle writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Eater, The Wall Street Journal, CNNTravel, Hemispheres, American Way, Condé Nast Traveler, and elsewhere. She was a 2020 IACP Award-finalist in the category of Narrative Beverage Writing. Besides chasing her next adventure, Hannah chases meals, swimming pools, and her two toddler sons.

Published in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Eater, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Hannah

Jillian Dara

Contributing Writer

Jillian is a freelance journalist covering all things travel, wine and spirits. She revels in the overlap of these beats, as having lived in Bermuda, London, Santiago, Boston and NYC, Jillian’s witnessed the power of a traditional spirit or local brew to bring strangers together in far flung corners of the world. Outside HAP, Jillian’s work appears in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Forbes, and Hemispheres to name a few. Her simple pleasures include a hotel with an ocean view, a symmetric charcuterie board, and a dry martini—dirty.

Published in: Forbes, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Forbes, and Hemispheres, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Jillian

Juliet Izon

Contributing Writer

Juliet is a veteran lifestyle writer who specializes in travel, food, design, and the intersections thereof. You can find her work in outlets such as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, and CNN Travel. When not planning her next adventure, she loves spending time cooking pasta in upstate New York, playing “fetch” with her two ragdoll cats, and exploring New York City’s museums with her five-year-old daughter and husband.

Published in: Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, and CNN Travel, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Juliet

Kaitlyn McInnis

Contributing Writer

Kaitlyn McInnis is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer with bylines in Travel + Leisure, CNN, Tatler Asia, Robb Report, MAXIM, and other leading publications across the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She could easily live in a business class cabin with unlimited movies and Champagne but rather splits her time between her apartment in Montreal and her rustic little cottage outside of Ottawa.

Published in: Travel + Leisure, CNN, Tatler Asia, Robb Report, and MAXIM, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Kaitlyn

Katherine Parker-Magyar

Contributing Writer

Katherine is a travel and culture writer who has written for Architectural Digest, Departures, Forbes, The Daily Beast, and more. She has visited 6 continents, 65 countries and all 50 states, but calls New York City home. When not traveling, you can find her in the nosebleeds of a Bruce Springsteen concert multiple nights in a row (she’s originally from New Jersey, after all.) Otherwise, she’s passionate about whales (as an animal and a concept), sending multiple texts in a row, and defending Kanye West. 

Published in: Architectural Digest, Departures, Forbes, and The Daily Beast, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Katherine

Katie Lockhart

Contributing Writer

Katie is a travel and food journalist who writes for publications like Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic and many more. She travels full-time and when she’s not on the beaches of Asia you’ll find her eating an entire pizza while binging Bravo, working it off at a nearby gym or reading a crime thriller in one sitting.

Published in: Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and National Geographic, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Katie

Kelsey Ogletree

Contributing Writer

Kelsey Ogletree is a freelance journalist covering travel, wellness and food for national publications like Wall Street Journal, AARP, Midwest Living and Conde Nast Traveler. She’s also the founder of KO Copy, providing resources and workshops to empower publicists and freelance writers to work smarter and better together.

Published in: Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Robb Report, Southern Living, AARP, Midwest Living and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Kelsey

Kristine Hansen

Contributing Writer

Kristine resides near Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Milwaukee and is the author of two books (Wisconsin Farmers and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions and Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries) as well as a contributor to Architectural Digest, Fodor’s Travel, and National Geographic. When not boarding planes or packing for a road trip she’s obsessed with knitting using local fibers, practicing Iyengar yoga or baking somewhat healthy treats in the kitchen.

Published in: Architectural Digest, Fodors, and National Geographic, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Kristine

Michelle Gross

Contributing Writer

Born and raised in San Diego, Michelle now splits her time between New York City and the South Carolina lowcountry. When she’s not jet-setting around the globe, you can find her on a standup paddleboard, curled up on the porch with her pugs or watching The Real Housewives on Bravo which she one day aspires to star on.

Published in: Forbes, Business Insider, Bustle, and Thrillist, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Michelle

Olivia Liveng

Contributing Writer

Olivia Liveng thanks her lucky stars for scoring a dream job as a travel and lifestyle journalist for publications like Fodors, Business Insider, Forbes, and TravelAge West. When not traveling, you can catch Olivia purchasing oversized sweaters at the Sunday flea market, cycling around town with her husband, and practicing (read: butchering) Danish vocabulary while ordering coffee in her adopted city of Copenhagen.

Published in: Fodors, Business Insider, Forbes, and TravelAge West, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Olivia

Paul Jebara

Contributing Writer

Paul Jebara covers travel, design, and style for a number of publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Men’s Journal, and more. When he’s not chasing the sun year-round, he loves to binge true crime documentaries, hit up the farmers market, and (try to) learn new languages.

Published in: Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, and Men’s Journal, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Paul

Rachel Chang

Contributing Writer

Rachel Chang started her editorial career chasing celebrities as a magazine editor (Us Weekly senior editor, J-14 editor in chief, CosmoGIRL! entertainment editor). Along the way, she also started chasing passport stamps and is now a travel and pop culture journalist and editor, contributing to Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Lonely Planet, among other publications. The Californian-turned-New Yorker (well, Hobokenite) is also a solo travel advocate, dumpling addict, and reluctant runner, who managed to finish the New York City Marathon three times.

Published in: Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Us Weekly, and Lonely Planet, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Rachel

Stacey Lastoe

Contributing Writer

Stacey is a Brooklyn-based travel and lifestyle journalist and editor. Recent bylines include Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, The New York Post, and Condé Nast Traveler. Prior to joining the wild world of freelancing, Stacey worked as a senior editor for CNN Travel. Find her hitting the slopes in winter, and the beach in summer. Her favorite way to draw a line in the workday in any season is with a cocktail of her own making.

Published in: CNN, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, The New York Post, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Stacey

Travis Levius

Contributing Writer

Travis is a luxury travel journalist and content creator for several world-renowned titles and brands. When not in airplane mode, you can find him bopping to deep house music, reading and speaking on personal development, and dashing to the nearest rooftop bar he can find.

Published in: Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, CNN Travel, and National Geographic, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Travis

Tyler Zielinski

Contributing Writer

Tyler is an esteemed American journalist and bar consultant whose drink-focused writing satiates the thirsts of travelers who love a good cocktail. He’s written for publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Wine Enthusiast, PUNCH, Liquor.com, and others about a range of topics, including the best bars to visit and drink trends; and he’s been featured as a drinks expert in Forbes, Shape, Fast Company, Bloomberg, and more. When he’s not writing or traveling, you can find him bar-hopping around London where he is now based, or mixing up some cocktails for his curated Instagram @bon_vivantito.

Published in: Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Wine Enthusiast, PUNCH, and Liquor.com, among other publications.

Recent Articles by Tyler

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