Fall Road Trips 2013 Advisors
Meet the panel of advisors behind Travel Best Fall Foliage Road Trips 2013. Our advisors live for the open road — especially one with colorful fall foliage in nearly every direction.
From veteran travel host Samantha Brown to New England fall foliage photographer and sage Jeff “Foliage” Folger, our panelists know the best drives for leaf peeping this fall.
1. Samantha Brown
Growing up in New Hampshire, Samantha was never much of a jetsetter, but is now a definitive travel expert. After receiving her degree in musical theatre at Syracuse University, she spent 8 years as an actress in New York City before joining Travel Channel. Along the way, Samantha has encountered ancient culture in China, transported her fans to 20 awe-inspiring cities, and explored Europe, traveling to 65 destinations, from majestic, modern capitals to ancient seacoast towns.
2. Bill Kirk
Bill served as a captain in the US Air Force and worked with NASA, plus briefed thousands of F-16 fighter missions. Bill graduated from Rutgers University as an Air Force Distinguished Graduate with a B.S. in meteorology. Bill currently sits on the Advisory board of directors for Millersville University’s Business of Science masters program.
3. James Fisher
James has long been fascinated with America especially. From watching Hollywood movies in the ’80s to traveling to more than 60 countries, and experiencing American influence around the world close up, James came to the States on a journey to discover what really makes this country tick, beyond the stereotypes. This journey led him to travel the backroads in search of the places and small businesses that really define the local culture of towns and cities nationwide. What he found amazed and inspired him, and led him to create Roadtrippers, the first complete travel platform for road trips and independent travel. In doing so, James has realized his own American dream along the way.
4. Erin Gifford
Since its launch in 2011, Kidventurous has been named the Best Family Travel Blog by Parents magazine and Luxury Travel Mavens, and was named a finalist in the Top Family Travel Sites category by the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards. Erin's travel writing can be found on TravelChannel.com, Fodors.com, MiniTime, SmarterTravel.com and more.
5. Jeff “Foliage” Folger
Now Jeff writes his own blog, Exploring New England’s Fall Foliage, where, in addition to showcasing his fall photography, he shares tips on planning and locating fall foliage, as well as tracking down peak fall foliage days.
6. Kathleen Rellihan
Kathleen embarked on her first road trip cross-country at the age of 9; in the decades since, her love for adventure travel has inspired her to sleep in an ice hotel in Quebec, search for the northern lights in Iceland, learn to surf in Costa Rica and give elephants a bath in Thailand. Kathleen’s next adventure is volunteering as an English teacher in Haiti. And as long as she can control the radio, she’s always ready to hit the open road, especially come fall.