Michelle Karaman-Jonesis a doyenne of the travel industry, having begun her career in media in 1994 with Federal Publishing Company. Her focus shifted to travel in 1995 when she was transferred to Eastern Suburbs Newspapers and worked as a travel representative, with Nick Wayland – CEO and Founder of TravMedia, for the Wentworth Courier Newspaper.
Michelle has worked as a travel journalist and editor since 1995 for the Eastern Suburbs Messenger, Sydney City Times and Fairfax Community Newspapers (2000-2013).
She has a BA majoring in economics from the University of New England, a diploma in travel writing and photography, and has began studying tourism.
Michelle has travelled extensively as a travel writer; one of her favourite destinations is Fiji where she met her husband.
“I love finding out about different cultures and interacting with locals from all walks of life during my travels,” she said. “Food and travel go together, and I love tasting everything a destination has to offer.”
“Although Fiji is special, I have loved every country I have visited. Everywhere is unique and can be appreciated on so many different levels.”
Michelle’s latest venture is this website, “travelwith.com.au” Michelle Karaman-Jones trending highly on social media.
Roger Allnutthas been writing about travel for over 30 years and is a long term member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (treasurer for three years from 2004-07.)
He enjoys travelling to all parts of the world with a particular love of history, food and wine and exploring the natural scenery. His favourite countries include France and Canada but every destination is special in some way.
In recent years he has developed an interest in cruising.
Matt Mitchellhas been a journalist for more than 20 years, working in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online. He has travelled extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Asia, and has possibly the itchiest feet known (unrelated to any medical condition).
Matt has filed stories on the Great Alpine Road, the wilds of north-western Tasmania, the Riverina, United Kingdom, Europe and south-eastern Asia. He met editor Michelle Karaman-Jones in 2005 on a debauched train trip across the Nullarbor to Perth on the magnificent Indian Pacific.
His imminent travel plans include Berlin, Denmark, Scotland, Spain and Thailand. He speaks French poorly and even worse German. He is able to understand, however, even the most challenging of Scottish accents perfectly after living in the country for more than two years. A single dad, he knows every tip known to travel long and short haul with children and ensure everyone basks in the history and aesthetic of any location.
Nicole Lenoir-Jourdanhas worked as a journalist, continues to freelance for several magazines and has been a contributor to Luxury Travel Magazine.
She began Countrylink’s on-board magazine, Escape; has been travel editor for Elle Cuisine, Australian correspondent for New Zealand’s Intravel magazine, travel editor for Yen Magazine and has written for various publications including the Peak (Singapore), Oyster, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun-Herald, Sydney Magazine, the Sunday Times, My Planet, Fairfax Community Newspapers and the Cumberland Newspaper Group.
Nicole had been director of travel and promotions at Australian Table Magazine; has been a columnist in Australia’s largest circulation newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Weekly Magazine and the AFTA Traveller Magazine.
She is a passionate surfer who has written for Waves and Splash magazines; has written regularly for yahoo7 online travel and sometimes surfing blog, Venue Magazine, Spa Life Magazine, and Travel and Living Magazine.
Nicole has been published in an anthology of train travel stories, Off the Rails (Harper Collins publisher), and a children’s cookbook, The Wonderful Wizard of Borneo’s Magic Recipe Spells (Lansdowne Macquarie publisher).
Kathy Tricolashas over 14 years’ experience in professional writing, working across a wide range of industry sectors.
She has spent several years promoting key events and experiences in the nation’s capital, including Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – Floriade.
Kathy is excited to join Travel With to share her discovery of new destinations and their well kept secrets.
Paul Costahas had an amazing response since the release in July last year of his fourth album, Wheels & Steel, opening at No. 2 on the ARIA charts.
He has had two No. 1 hits with his first two singles, Tractors & Bikes and Big End of Town, and has had sell-out shows including the Capitol Theatre at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Paul has been a full-time entertainer for the past 12 years, performing at many major events in Australia such as the Gympie Muster, the iconic Birdsville Races and the Tamworth festival. He has toured Europe, Japan and New Zealand, and was honoured to perform in East Timor, entertaining Australian and New Zealand troops.
He was nominated in 2010 for three Golden Guitars at the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia including male artist, alongside Keith Urban, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand and James Blundell.
Paul was proud to be asked in 2011 to become an ambassador for Mission Australia (MA) and he continues performing at events and working on fund-raising and awareness projects for MA’s service programs.
He became friends with Michelle Karaman-Jones at the 20th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival.