Life Needs the Caribbean

Brian Major, Executive Editor, Caribbean and Latin America for travAlliance Media

A veteran travel journalist, media and content consultant, Brian is Executive Editor, Caribbean and Latin America for travAlliance Media and has traveled extensively to emerging destinations including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti. Brian also has an extensive background in cruise journalism and public relations; he previously served as Director of Public Relations for the Cruise Lines International Assn. (CLIA). His articles have appeared on the Afar.com, Forbes.com and Fodors.com websites and he was the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 2015 "Inner Circle King" Award winner for trade journalism feature writing. Brian's travel photography has appeared in national publications including USA Today. You can find Brian at : Twitter: @cruiseprguy; Instagram: brianmajorbklyn

Carolina Cardona, Senior Editor, Miami Herald Media Company

Born in Puerto Rico, Carolina Cardona is a Caribbean native who finds inspiration in our islands' fascinating places, stories and people. Since 2001, Carolina has specialized in both national and regional travel, fashion, culture, entertainment and lifestyle publications for both English and Spanish-language markets, with a strong focus in the affluent Hispanic and millenial demographic and the Greater Miami, Beaches and Caribbean regions. Carolina has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature and has focused her studies in British and Caribbean literatures and cultures. Carolina is currently a Senior Editor for HCP/Aboard Publishing, a custom-publishing company and content agency that specializes in Caribbean and International content in both print and digital platforms. HCP/Aboard Publishing offers everything from strategic planning and concept development to copywriting, editing, photography and graphic design, as well as digital magazines, website development, printing and domestic and international distribution. HCP/Aboard is a subdivision of the Miami Herald Media Company, the most credible and dynamic source of news, information and innovative marketing solutions in South Florida.

Charles Cutright,

Originally from the USA, Charles has been in Saint Lucia for over 20 years. Arriving with background experience in public relations and creative marking, he founded a community newspaper, The Sun, for the island's southwest coast that, at the time, was not well covered in existing publications located in the more developed north of the island. He also contributed to the island's main tourist magazines, Tropical Traveller and Paradise St. Lucia. As an avid traveler who always tied to meld with the locals to truly get to know the uniqueness of each destination and its culture, Charles' goal writing goal was to share this passion with his readers. Over the years he has continued to write for various publications and websites as well as television advertising and video promotion.

Ed Wetschler, Caribbean editor of Recommend magazine

Ed Wetschler, Caribbean editor of Recommend magazine, has also been a freelance contributor to The New York Times, Delta Sky, Caribbean Travel & Life, Budget Travel, custom publications for high net-worth individuals, and other major media. From 2007-2009 he was the number two on a glossy Caribbean travel publication whose name will go unmentioned here because the publisher tried to avoid paying his writers. Before that he was editor-in-chief of Hearst's travel-lifestyle publication for physicians, Diversion, and he has played back-up piano for The Jive Five and Little Eva. Ed has served as president of the New York Travel Writers Association and chair of the Northeast Chapter of SATW (the Society of American Travel Writers). He and his wife share an apartment in Greenwich Village, NY, with their dog, a social media star and the de facto mayor of Bleecker Street.

Gay Myers, Caribbean Editor, Travel Weekly

Gay Nagle Myers is the Caribbean editor of Travel Weekly and has been writing about, visiting, dipping her toes in oceans and seas, dining, sipping and exploring the region, the people and their cultures, customs, heritage and history longer than most hotels in the islands have been welcoming guests. She is the recipient of journalism awards from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the tourism ministries of Jamaica, St. Kitts and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Gay still has islands to visit, foods to sample and new friends to meet. Her passport is always at the ready.

Meagan Herrin, Intern, Miami Herald Media Company

Meagan Herrin is a Georgia-born writer and editor exploring Miami. She currently contributes digital content to various Caribbean tourism blogs, including Experience Bermuda, Our Jamaica and Caribbean Travel. Meagan will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida International University. She is currently interning at HCP/Aboard Publishing, a custom publishing company and content agency that specializes in Caribbean and international content in both print and digital platforms.

Melanie Reffes, Travel Journalist

Melanie Reffes is a seasoned travel journalist and television producer specializing in the Caribbean. She is often in the Caribbean in search of a good story or racing through airports trying to make a flight to one or more of the gorgeous countries in the region. Based on the sunny island of Montreal, Melanie is a much-published writer in the USA, Canada and Caribbean and the most humble recipient of many writer awards including from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Jamaica Tourist Board and Anguilla Tourist Board. Twitter: @Reffes1

Robert Curley, Caribbean Travel Expert

A freelance travel and editor writer for more than two decades, Bob Curley also is the editor of Caribbeanbob.net and is founder and publisher of RITravel.org. His work as a travel writer has taken him to great destinations all over the world, but the Caribbean remains among his favorite places to trim sail : "The nations of the Caribbean are remarkably diverse, from lush, palm-fringed beaches to brooding volcanoes, tropical playgrounds to desert islands cooled by the trade winds. For someone who cherishes history, diverse culture, and great cuisine -- not to mention a cold drink under a hot sun -- the Caribbean offers nearly endless opportunities for exploration, education, and entertainment. Wrap all that with a low-key, fun-loving lifestyle and great natural beauty, and I think you'll understand why I'm excited to share my passion for the Caribbean with you!

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Caribbean travel expert

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon is a Caribbean travel expert, award-winning travel journalist, TV personality, and self-described "Cari-vangelist," who ventures to the beach and beyond to share the diverse culture, relaxed lifestyle and colorful people of the world's favorite warm-weather destination with brands such as Travel + Leisure, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Orbitz, Cruise Critic.com and Islands magazine. Based in Miami, the former executive editor of Caribbean Travel + Life is also jetsetter-in-chief at JetSetSarah.com, where her two passions - the Caribbean and shopping - meet. Her not-so-hidden talent is the ability to sniff out a "shopportunity," no matter where in the world she may be. Follow her adventures on twitter and Instagram at @JetSetSarah, and at Facebook.com/JetSetSarah.

Shelley V. Worrell, Founder + Chief Curator of caribBEING

Shelley is the Founder + Chief Curator of caribBEING, a global platform for Caribbean film + art + culture. Her active participation in Caribbean Carnivals commenced in her teens, first in Brooklyn, then in Trinidad, and has since taken her to Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Montreal, Miami, and Washington, DC. A NYC native, Shelley is a first generation Caribbean-American. For more information, follow caribBEING on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Vanessa Martin, Associate Editor, Miami Herald Media Company

Vanessa Martin is a Miami-bred writer and editor with a passion for creating digital content. Specializing in travel, food, fashion, entertainment and arts and culture, she has contributed to a number of print and online publications, including the Huffington Post, Ocean Drive, Miami New Times and Table & Travel, among many others. Most of her work caters to a hip demographic who want to know where to go and what to do. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Florida International University. She is currently an Associate Editor for HCP/Aboard Publishing, a custom-publishing company and content agency that specializes in Caribbean and International content in both print and digital platforms. HCP/Aboard Publishing offers everything from strategic planning and concept development to copywriting, editing, photography and graphic design, as well as digital magazines, website development, printing and domestic and international distribution. HCP/Aboard Publishing is a subdivision of the Miami Herald Media Company, the most credible and dynamic source of news, information and innovative marketing solutions in South Florida.