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Kim Grant: Founder 

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Slow Down, See More is the consequence of everything that Kim has undertaken. The ethos of SDSM also reflects how she travels now.

She’s written upwards of 45 guidebooks, including  Explorer’s Guide Cape Cod (the region’s best-seller), for most major publishers — more for Lonely Planet if anyone’s counting. She is also a photojournalist represented by Getty Images and was a founding photographer for Lonely Planet Images.

Kim probably knows or has worked directly with, more travel writers than anyone else on the planet. She draws on those connections at TravMedia as Global Media Liaison.

As Acquisitions Editor for Countryman Press, she expanded their revered Explorer’s Guide and Great Destinations titles. As Chief Content Officer with Sutro Media, Kim guided more than 450 authors to create travel apps on the best-in-class platform. Kim brings all that expertise to Slow Down See More.

Kim divides her time between Northern New Mexico and Southern California.

Alison Plummer: Explorer, Contributor

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Alison divides her time between England and Australia. She is an experienced journalist, magazine editor, and managing editor whose passion for travel has led her to most parts of the world to write editorial travel content for newspapers, magazines, tourism bodies, and online publications. In the USA-West, she’s explored Alaska, Hawai’i, Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. A frequent traveler throughout Asia, Alison is a devotee of Asian and Middle Eastern food and has published books on regional Thai food with her New Zealand husband photographer/videographer Ken Martin.

Cheryl Crabtree: Explorer, Contributor

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Cheryl, a native Californian, is a freelance writer and editor whose passion for languages, literature, people, and cultures inspires her work and travel adventures. She has edited publications such as Santa Barbara Magazine and Touring & Tasting and is currently editor of Montecito Magazine. Cheryl has also contributed to many travel guides, magazines, and websites, including Fodor’s California (every edition since 2002), Fodor’s Oahu and Kauai, Fodor’s Complete Guide to National Parks of the West, the first edition of The Insider’s Guide to Santa Barbara, Hometown Santa Barbara, and the California Directory of Fine Wineries hardcover series for Napa•Sonoma and Central Coast regions.


Barbara Ramsay Orr 

Barbara is a multiple-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism. The author of the Frommer’s Guide to the Niagara Region and Globe Pequot’s Day Trips From Toronto, Barbara is a lifetime resident of Ontario and a part-time resident of Puerto Vallarta. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Chatelaine, Canadian Living, NUVO, The Globe and Mail, American Express UK, and Readers Digest.

Carol Fowler

Maui inspires Carol, drawing her back frequently. She has walked its widest beaches, explored bamboo forests, watched the sunrise from Haleakala, snorkeled over coral reefs, and listened to the kupuna (elders) talk story. The travel journalist has edited a Bay Area newspaper travel section, written guidebooks, created content for a Maui mobile app and website, and more. Carol has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award, travel journalism’s top recognition. She lives in Walnut Creek, California.

Lynne Sullivan

Lynne is a travel writer and the author of dozens of guidebooks to Caribbean islands for Hunter Publishing. She also contributes to websites about travel to France and the American Southwest. While Lynne’s roots are in Dallas, Texas, she has lived in Sedona, Arizona, for 20 years. Her love for travel and writing has taken her worldwide, and she enjoys sharing her experiences with others.

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