SPEAKERS

Our epic speakers for Traverse 21 in Palma, Mallorca
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Alex & Emma - Travel Beans

In 2017, after a long battle with depression, we decided to make a change. We jumped on a one-way flight to Bangkok with just £500 of savings between us, to see if it was possible to make a full time travel lifestyle possible.

Since then, we have have grown our YouTube channel to 100k+ subscribers, allowing us to live a lifestyle that gives us freedom, fulfillment & happiness.

We want to share our philosophy of ""Live The Good Old Days"" with the world, aiming to help others to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Gavin Ramjaun

Gavin Ramjaun is a TV and radio presenter who was worked with some of the top names in the industry - including the BBC, Sky, CBS US and ITV.

He is a senior journalist and sports anchor with a passion for life, sports, entertainment, culture, fitness, travel and entrepreneurship.

Gavin also runs a men’s lifestyle and news platform, and is passionate about sharing self-motivation, self-improvement and mental health advice to the world.
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Laura Bubble

Laura is a comedian, presenter and content creator who has worked with many companies including BBC Comedy, Comedy Central, BBC3, EA, Disney, Radio 1 and Hat Trick Productions.

She scripted, presented and blogged for two shows on CBBC for over 4 years as well as having been selected by YouTube as one of their "Women in Comedy" in the UK with WhoHaha and producer and actress Elizabeth Banks.

She began her career in 2007 uploading comedy sketches and parodies to her YouTube channel which have now over 4.5 million views and has also accumulated over 1 million followers on TikTok.
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Karl Watson

Karl has worked as a professional video editor in London for over 13 years and also has a YouTube channel of fun, entertaining, honest and inspiring travel documentaries.

Breaking the mould of travel vlogs, Karl creates high-quality, long-form TV style films for the online world, allowing the viewer to experience the physical and emotional journey alongside him.

Fiona Anderson

Fiona has enjoyed a twenty-year PR career, spanning corporate, lifestyle and travel spheres. Fiona’s travel client experience includes premium tourism brands that include Aitken Spence Hotels, Conrad, Kimpton and Hilton hotels, and PR for travel disruptors such as Click&Boat and Tourbar.

Fiona has also represented destinations as diverse as India, the Maldives, the Philippines, Jamaica, Kyoto in Japan and Breckenridge, Colorado.

Fiona is a Fellow of the UK’s Tourism Society and sits on the advisory board of social enterprise Women in Travel (CIC).
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Cory Varga

At You Could Travel, it is our mission to inspire couples to travel to regain their sense of adventure, capture intimate moments together and pursue experiences during which they can learn about our beautiful blue planet through science, conservation, photography and storytelling.

Stevie Haughey

Stevie Haughey is an Irish travel writer, author and entrepreneur.

Since starting Ireland Before You Die from his university bedroom in 2014, he has grown the website to reach over 1 million readers per month and over 600,000 followers making it the biggest independent Irish travel website.

Following the success of Ireland Before You Die, Stevie founded the company Emerald Green Media which manages Ireland Before You Die and two other popular websites.

In 2019, Stevie was nominated for Northern Ireland’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Judith Lewis

Judith is a renowned international speaker, writer, trainer, blogger and digital media consultant specialising in applying strategic understanding of digital technologies to help businesses innovate and optimise their effectiveness within the new, networked communications environment.

She has over 25 years of experience, predating Google in her entry into the market, and now runs her own consultancy. She has worked both in-house and agency-side. Judith also blogs about chocolate, has contributed to the book “Pimp My Site” and the Econsultancy guide to Paid Search, and rewrote much of the large foundational Econsultancy Best Practice Guide to SEO.

Samuel Davies

Documentary filmmaker and founder of UK Production Company Atlas. Samuel's work has taken him all over the world creating documentaries on Olympians for the likes of RedBull, to storytelling for prestigious companies such as IWC Watches & Fabergé.

With a lust for adventure, Samuel's work may look crisp and polished but behind the scenes he has worked in some of the world's most remote and hostile destinations. From wild-camping in the 50°C heat of the Wadi-Rum desert, traversing Tanzania to Rwanda by bike to hanging out of camera cars in the north of Sweden in sub -30°C chills.

Filmmaking is fundamentally about storytelling, forget the expensive camera technology and focus on how you position yourself in the right place at the right time to capture the gold moments and learn how to bring it all together in the edit.
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Max Hartshorne

Max Hartshorne got his start in travel writing at Transitions Abroad magazine at the age of 21, then he spent 25 years in advertising sales before taking over the GoNOMAD travel site in 2002. By 2005 it had become his only job.

Over the past 20 years, Max has published thousands of travel stories and worked with hundreds of writers, and has published his own separate blog, Readuponit, since 2004. He is a regular speaker at TBEX, Traverse, and the New York Times Travel show.  

Ashlee Major-Moss

After losing her job and experiencing her relationship suddenly come to an end in 2018, Ashlee left London to seek a new adventure and find her happiness.

Now, self-taught photographer, videographer and storyteller, Ashlee uses photography to shape poignant cultural narratives; bringing fresh perspectives to lifestyle and travel.

Kash Bhattacharya

For the past 12 years, Kash better known as the BudgetTraveller has revolutionised travel for the stylish, design-led budget-conscious traveller.

The 2016 National Geographic Traveller Blogger of the Year , Kash is the author of the brand new 'The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World.' published by design publisher Gestalten. Kash has several years experiences of putting together creative content ideas for clients, some of which have won major tourism marketing awards.

Examples of projects include MustLoveFestivals.com with Expedia , #BlogVille for Emilia Romagna & #Blogmanay for Visit Scotland in partnership with iAmbassador and Film Traveller Cote d'Azur for Cote d'Azur Tourism.

Georgia Grundy

With a background in digital marketing, Georgia manages her own vegan food blog, Life Without Meat, where she's a recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer. With the growth of her creative portfolio, Georgia has worked with a number of brands online and in person.

She’s also been able to use her skills in food photography to create her own online resources for vegan living, and market additional food services of hers. She’s really looking forward to sharing more of her knowledge and creative skills in food photography with those attending Traverse 21.

In 2020, Georgia was nominated as a finalist at the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur Awards for Creative Industries.
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Philipp Ammon

Philipp Ammon is an accomplished London-based travel, documentary and portrait photographer. He is passionate about exploring the beauty of our planet and creating stories that seek to connect people to each other and the natural world we inhabit.

His unique experience has earned him the trust to work on exciting global campaigns with clients in the commercial, corporate, editorial and charity/NGO sector. As a result, he has also been invited by industry leading brands to teach at conferences and workshops around the globe.

Julie Falconer

Julie Falconer is a London-based travel blogger and public speaker. She runs an award-winning blog, A Lady in London, for which she has traveled to 112 countries.

She also gives talks on social media and digital marketing at conferences and events around the world.
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Michael Tomas

London based timelapse, architecture and travel photographer, specialising in city skyline photography from the best viewpoints around the world.

Paul Bakaus

Paul Bakaus is an entrepreneur, creator advocate, developer, and product manager.

As the Head of Creator Relations at Google, he and his team are helping content creators, designers, developers and decision makers to create better, faster, more immersive and more convincing digital content.

Prior to joining Google, he created jQuery UI, the world’s most popular tool to build web user interfaces, and the Aves Engine, the first interactive HTML5 game engine, later acquired by Zynga.
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Kate McWilliams

Kate McWilliams is a founding member and the managing director of UK-based travel PR & Marketing consultancy LOTUS. She has wide-ranging experience working on PR & marketing campaigns across the travel sphere having represented national and regional tourism boards, tour operators, airlines, hotel groups and travel associations. Her experience ranges from full-service commercial representation to PR, events, corporate communication and social media strategy.

Kate is passionate about Spain and Latin America and currently heads up all the Spanish and LATAM accounts at LOTUS, including the Spanish Tourist Office (Turespaña), Palma Tourism Board, the Balearic Islands, and the Latin American Travel Association (amongst others).

She has a deep understanding of the inner-workings of both public and private sector tourism promotion. Kate has led a number of award-winning travel PR & marketing campaigns and in 2020 was awarded Best PR Professional at the UK Travel Media Awards. Kate speaks fluent Spanish and is a trustee and volunteer of the LATA Foundation (latafoundation.org).

Currently she is supporting the LATA Foundation’s Christmas Gift campaign to raise funds for those most-in-need in Latin America.

Simon Willmore

Simon is Bradt Guides' digital manager, editor of The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century (an anthology to be published by Summersdale in 2022) and the youngest-ever chairperson of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

He's been published in Wanderlust, National Geographic Traveller and more and has contributed to multiple Rough Guides and Frommer's guide books.
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Mandy Celine

Mandy Celine is a London based Cinematographer and Creative director, who also runs her own post-production editing agency specialising in digital content for creators and brands.

Mandy and her team have worked with some of the top creators around the world, and Mandy’s clients include several tv networks, magazines and agencies such as Adobe, BBC, RTE 2, Epidemic Sound, hellosunday, Crayola Beauty and YouTube UK to name a few.

She is passionate about storytelling and helping newer creatives from less traditional backgrounds break into the industry. Mandy is currently a trainer for Adobe in their Creator Camps, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro.