Travel Team

Brannon Gerling

Editor

Email: brannon.gerling@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Originally from New Jersey, Brannon actually grew up on a river. He loved it there so much he moved to Cambodia and pumped his water in a sarong while his Oregonian friend crushed cow bones into fertilizer with a hammer-swinging contraption in the car-park. About forty countries later, he breathes from Sydney. His words and photos appear in some major publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Voyeur, Vacations & Travel, inspiyr, Vagabond Journey, Australian Natural Health, and Yahoo! He also teaches philosophy and is founder of Fotevia.

Ursula Melhem

Sub-Editor

Email: ursula.melhem@theaustraliatimes.com.au

A media graduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, Ursula has worked on several mediums - online, print; newspapers & magazines, and broadcasting mediums; television & radio. She has also worked for parliamentary members - both state and federal. She enjoys travelling in her spare time with family and friends. She loves all things adrenaline and adventure.

Laura Barry

Contributor

Email: laura.barry@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Laura is a recent arts graduate and a freelance fashion, beauty, travel and culture writer currently based in Tasmania. She has been published across sixteen media outlets and worked with titles such as Yen magazine and Hijacked.

Lauriane Wolfe

Contributor

Email: lauriane.wolfe@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Hi there!I'm half French half English, I grew up in Luxembourg and I currently reside in the South of France.I have recently graduated with a BA in International Business Management, and I'm aiming to pursue a Master's degree in Journalism in Australia.My hobbies stretch far and wide, I love to try everything at least once! Sports wise I run, snowboard, surf and skydive (I got my skydive license last year!)I really enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes, especially Indian, Japanese and Thai cuisine! However my main passion, is my love for travel. The minute I have time and money (!) I'm off somewhere, usually alone, and it's a blast everytime. I'm nurturing and maintaining this little travel bug I caught, and I take it as far as I can go. So this is why I primarily am focused on travel writing.My next upcoming adventure will be in Madagascar, I will be working there for 4 months in isolated communities on sustainable development and reforestation for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Don't hesitate to contact me for anything :)Lauriane

Ashleigh Mills

Contributor

Email: ashleigh.mills@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Ashleigh writes about travel, wellbeing, life, love and the interesting things that people do every day. She also blogs at mymeow.com.au

Julian Gasparri

Contributor

Email: julian.gasparri@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Freelance journalist and journalism graduateEditorial/writing experienceInterests: TravelCultureFilmMusicPoetryFiction

Diana Mcdonald

Contributor

Email: diana.mcdonald@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I was born in the Caribbean and attended College in the USA. I am the eldest of 12 siblings. I have always been interested in writing anything, I am currently in the process of writing a Children's book, My life story "Per Ardua Ad Astra", and of course my poetry. I admire works by Maya Angelou, Phyllis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe and Langston Hughes to name a few. I love to travel, and although I have not made it to Australia, It is on my bucket list for destinations to visit.

Kaylee Prince

Contributor

Email: kaylee.prince@theaustraliatimes.com.au

As a qualified environmental scientist, Kaylee is committed to having as little impact as possible on the world around us. Kaylee travels regularly and often for long periods of time and believes it’s important to be conscious of the environmental impact we have whilst on the move - whether that be in our own backyards or around the globe. Having visited 60 countries (and counting!) Kaylee loves to share her tips, experiences and eye opening encounters via The Australia Times. Check out the links below to some of her incredible adventures and enjoy an enviro's guide to sustainable travel.

Kristie Donnelly

Contributor

Email: kristie.donnelly@theaustraliatimes.com.au

A 23 year old consumed in a life of travel. I first started when I was 19 with the idea and motivation of finding myself in this big, cluttered world. I havent been able to sit down since! Along the way, I have found my passion for photography and writing. Using personal aspiration and emotion with knowledge in a some what, poetic way. As my learning develops, I hope to some day apply all my understanding in a career of photojournalism.

Ghill de Rozario

Contributor

Email: ghill.derozario@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Ghill is currently undertaking a Masters of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and has previously completed an undergraduate and postgraduate in Design. She is interested in politics, social science, human rights, policy analysis, environmental issues and public affairs. She has previous experience contributing writing and graphics to Farrago Magazine and is always looking for new opportunities or projects. Her professional pursuits include goals within the areas of research, media and policy.

Claire Fitzpatrick

Contributor

Email: claire.fitzpatrick@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Claire Fitzpatrick is a journalist, author, and poet. She has over 40 publications in magazines, journals, and online. Claire is completing a bachelor of Government and International Relations. She has previously studied Business, HR, and Psychology. She writes horror, science fiction, and historical fiction. Her debut novel will be released soon.

Philomena Van Huyen

Contributor

Email: philomena.vanhuyen@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Welcome to correspond through social media links below or philomena.vanhuyen@theaustraliatimes.com.au for as long as available.

Eugen Bacon

Contributor

Email: eugen.bacon@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Eugen M. Bacon studied at Maritime Campus, less than two minutes walk from The Royal Observatory of the Greenwich Meridian. A computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing, Eugen has a PhD in writing. She has published over 100 short stories and creative articles, and has in work a creative non-fiction book and a literary speculative novel. Her short stories are published in journals, magazines & anthologies worldwide. Eugen is editor of MELBOURNE Magazine and sub-editor of FICTION Magazine at The Australia Times.

Jessica Ball

Contributor

Email: jessica.ball@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Jessica is a journalism and international relations student living in Adelaide who has a bad case of the travel bug and a love for all things fashion, food and art. When she’s not day dreaming of her next adventure she can be found bargain hunting at markets.

Tahnee-jae Lopez-vito

Contributor

Email: tahneejae.lopezvito@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Tahnee-Jae is a pun enthusiast and serial holiday hunter studying a double degree in Journalism and Law. She has a fond weakness for cute animals and 90s R&B mixes, and believes happiness can be found through fashion editorials and retail therapy.

Ari Milecki

Contributor

Email: ari.milecki@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a degree in Journalism, minoring in anthropology. I have travelled extensively and cant get enough of it. After graduating, I spent several months in Jakarta interning at The Jakarta Post where I was able to explore my passion of current affairs and world news on the World Desk.

Rebecca Nadge

Contributor

Email: rebecca.nadge@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Rebecca Nadge freelances for Australian Geographic and Oyster.com and is currently working as a sub editor for the Vientiane Times in Laos. Having developed a marked inability to live in the same city for long, Bec is determined to remain on the move and experience as much of the world as possible. She aims to become a travel writer and adventurer, and to share her experiences in such a way that people are encouraged to challenge their prejudices and seek an understanding of different cultures.

Kaitlynn O'Dea

Contributor

Email: kaitlynn.odea@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Katie ODea graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Media and Communications with majors in Journalism and Writing. She took her first overseas trip in January 2013 and hasnt been able to stop since, going on a trip every couple of months. Putting herself out there and experiencing life on the other side of the world, the culture and the people, has only made her passion for travelling and people grow stronger. She hopes to visit every country one-day.

Monica Lara

Contributor

Email: monica.lara@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Monica Lara has a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She works as a professional freelance writer and photographer based in Southern California. A keen traveler, her wanderlust has led her on unforgettable adventures across Europe, Australia and America. Her write-ups featured in The Australia Times Travel are inspired from her own travels as she continues to book trips and leave footprints around the world.

Jessica Morris

Contributor

Email: jessica.morris@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Rower, runner, writer and all round ridiculously busy individual who somehow appears to have more than 24 hours in a day. Jess studied Media & Communications, and majored in Cultural Studies/Philosophy to see how she could make a stunning impact on the world with her words. Has somehow ended up in events because of her big ideas, vivid imagination and supreme ability to organise both herself and others, but continues to dabble in journalism and is always eager to see how her writing can make a difference to someone’s day.

Luke Buesnel

Contributor

Email: luke.buesnel@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Luke originally began his media career as a radio broadcaster in New South Wales before returning to study journalism and politics. Since this time, he has been a journalist working for The Age, The ABC and NineMSN. Luke loves travel and has twice lived overseas. While studying politics in Europe (2011), Luke wrote for The Prague Post and has written for TAT while travelling Europe, when living in London (2014).His career highlight came while holidaying in Thailand when he was caught in the Red Shirts political rioting in 2010, as a result he reported for The Bangkok Post and Phuket Gazette. Aside from journalism, Luke has been a Media Adviser for the Australian Medical Association (Victoria) and for a Federal Government Senator.

Jess McMillan

Contributor

Email: jess.mcmillan@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Jessica "Jess" McMillan is a creative consultant, writer and photographer born and raised in Brisbane.After graduating Griffith University with a BA of Languages and Linguistics majoring in Japanese, Jess moved to Kyoto with the JET Programme, teaching English at the junior high level. It was there that Jess began her website, Jessica Mary Rose, and taught herself how to use an SLR camera. Her work and ethic has received high praise. Now back in Australia, Jess works as a creative consultant on image branding, photoshoots and creative writing.In her spare time Jess loves to read, box at the gym and spend too much time online shopping.

Ali MacGregor

Contributor

Email: ali.macgregor@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Ali MacGregor is a recent graduate of Curtin University in Western Australia, having completed a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Literary & Cultural Studies, and Screen Arts. She has worked as a copyeditor for the non-for-profit magazine Colosoul, and has just completed an internship with the publishing company Margaret River Press.

Melanie Berry

Contributor

Email: melanie.berry@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Mel was born and bred in Melbourne. She's "Mel from Melbourne," if you like. A traveler with a flair for creative writing, Mel is passionate about health, community development, and food. In 2015, Mel completed her undergraduate studies in Health Science (majoring in Nutrition and Physical Activity & Health) and Arts (majoring in Journalism). Mel is now studying her Masters in Public Health while also eating her way through her own home-baked goods (that she experiments with during her free time), volunteering for several community organisations, and saving madly from her job as a barista (which travel destination to next, huh?)

Hannah Stein

Contributor

Email: hannah.stein@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Hannah is a journalist and blogger originally from Washington, D.C. but currently living in Berlin, Germany. She loves travelling and experiencing different cultures and landscapes, all while documenting it through her viewfinder. She's traveled to 31 countries and lived in five, Australia being one of them. She's written about current events, fashion, lifestyle and travel, and loves learning about new topics she's not as familiar with.

Shloka Malladi

Contributor

Email: shloka.malladi@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Human Resources Manager at The Australia Times.

Dom Chahine

Contributor

Email: dom.chahine@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I manage multi-million dollar construction projects by day, with a thriving passion for photography by night! Whether it's catching sunsets in all corners of the globe or capturing a new born's first smile, photography has provided endless opportunities and experiences.

Fatima Jabeen

Contributor

Email: fatima.jabeen@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I am a creative person. My interests are in painting, writing, food and community services.