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Meet Our Team

Please say hello to our team of travel experts. We are a distributed team of experts from around the world.

Kyle Kroeger, Owner & Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Kyle Kroeger at Yellowstone National Park

Kyle Kroeger is the founder and owner of ViaTravelers. He’s also a dad, husband, and seasoned traveler. Kyle started ViaTravelers during a trip to Italy since he’s known to be a street traveler (“via” is Italian for street and a way of means to travel).

Kyle helps travelers find their next adventure through his videography and photography, which can be seen on the ViaTravelers YouTube channel, whether it’s exploring new places or revisiting old favorites. His writing has been featured on Redfin, CNN, Forbes, and Travel + Leisure. Outside of writing, his videography has been featured in The Telegraph and other media outlets worldwide. Check out his photography and videography on Flickr and Behance to see where he’s been.

If he isn’t traveling, he’s likely thinking about how to be more sustainable (and help others to be, too) through his site, The Impact Investor.

Kim Magaraci, Managing Editor

Kim Magaraci, Managing Editor, ViaTravelers

Kim is a writer, editor, and photographer from the Philadelphia area. She loves mountains, snow, and minimalist travel. Her two rescue dogs, Lily and Wilco, are her adventure companions – and they’re always up for a road trip! When she’s not traveling to ski, hike, or take photos, you’ll find Kim in the front row of a punk show or spending time at the barn with her horse, Lyla.

  • Favorite Destinations: The Tetons and the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Jersey Shore.

Anthony Giarratano, Update Editor & Writer

Anthony Giarratano, Editor at ViaTravelers

Anthony is a writer and editor who spent four years living and traveling in Southeast Asia. He currently lives in De Nang, Vietnam. He enjoys wandering through new cities without a plan, exploring on a motorbike, and discovering new or unique coffee and tea shops.

  • Favorite Destinations: Da Nang, Vietnam; Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia.

James Oliver, Editor & Writer

James Oliver

James is a British-American writer and editor for ViaTravelers who has been writing since he was wee. As someone who has spent much time trotting around the globe, James appreciates traveling smart and comfortable and has every intention of helping ViaTraveler’s readers do the same.

Christy Articola, Contributing Writer

Christy Articola Headshot, Writer

Christy is a writer and avid traveler who lives outside Denver, Colorado. She’s been writing daily for all of her life and surely will for the rest of it, too. In addition to writing, she owns and operates a busy pet-sitting business. She loves traveling for live music, warm and beautiful places, national parks, and literally anywhere at any time for any reason.

In her free time, she loves spending time with loved ones, reading, sewing, painting, cooking, being outdoors, and planning her next adventure.

Sandy Allen, Contributing Writer

Sandy Allen, Travel Writer

Sandy is a freelance writer based in Richmond, Virginia. Her specialties range from hotels, islands, and yacht charters to theme parks, urban settings, mountain getaways, and other family fun. Her work appears at AFAR, PierShare, Cozymeal, and more.

  • Favorite Destinations: British Virgin Islands, Florida Keys, Outer Banks, New York City, and the Great Smoky Mountains

Woodrow Matthews, Contributing Writer

Woodrow Matthews

Woodrow has been traveling his whole life, having visited all 50 states during his childhood. Formerly a hotel manager, he is currently living in France, teaching at a business school, and working on his Ph.D.

He spends most of his free time discovering new places with his wife on the Cote d’Azur and all around Europe. He enjoys writing about lesser-known destinations, hotel and experience reviews, and money-saving strategies for travel.

  • Favorite Destinations: Tahiti, French Polynesia; Cyclades, Greece; Bali, Indonesia

Brittney Liu, Contributing Writer

Brittney Liu

Brittney is a travel enthusiast and animal lover originally from Oahu, Hawaii. She lives in the French Riviera with her husband (and our other writer), Woodrow.

She loves discovering new places through food and history. You can most likely find her somewhere on a beach reading a good book when she’s not traveling. She loves having a mix of luxury and adventure travel. No destination is too off the beaten path for her to want to visit.

  • Favorite Destinations: Milos, Greece; Moorea, French Polynesia; Budva, Montenegro

Jackie Ann, Contributing Writer

Jackie Ann, Contributing Writer

Jackie is a writer, artist, and mediocre ukulele player from New Orleans. This Cajun by location would trade the swamps for the mountains in the time it would take you to shuck an oyster. When she’s not snuggling her lovable cat, Tugger, you can find her climbing the latitude lines, traveling to some of the most remote parts of the planet, preferably around the arctic circle.

  • Favorite destinations: Tromsø, Norway, anywhere in Iceland, and the Atchafalaya River Basin

Amanda Finn, Contributing Writer

Amanda is a queer travel, arts, and lifestyle writer based in Chicago. She can be found in a theater somewhere when she isn’t jet-setting around the globe, where she is often photographed doing goofy things because she’s not a good influencer.

Her work can be found in Newcity Stage, The Chicago Reader, HuffPo, Yahoo, and many other places, including the November 2022 book Chicago Like a Local, as she spends an absurd amount of time writing. In late 2021 Amanda launched an inclusion-centered travel blog called Dream Suitcase.

She is also unashamedly a Disney adult but tries not to be cringy and has a growing tattoo collection that features a range of icons from Anton Ego to Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  • Favorite Destinations: Costa Rica, Prague, Dublin, Hong Kong, and any Disney park.

Cassie Jenkins, Contributing Writer

Cassie Jenkins, Travel Writer

Cassie Jenkins is a travel writer, journalist, and photographer in Southeast Texas. After an incredible study-abroad trip to England and Spain, she fell in love with traveling the world and experiencing new cultures. Her mission is to seek out the most unforgettable experiences the world offers and indulge in the best food and scenery from one corner of the Earth to the next.

Outside of writing, she lives for reading YA novels, the gym, live concerts, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Her hobbies include hiking, eating, kayaking, rock climbing, boxing, and listening to podcasts.

  • Favorite Destinations: Brighton, England, Sitges, Spain and Estes Park, Colorado

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