National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Jonathan Kingston

National Geographic photographer, climber and diver Jonathan Kingston captures images of the natural world and vistas of life on the edge. From arresting photographs of vibrant tribal dances to underwater scenes of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock, Jonathan’s penchant for travel and love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the globe. His work has appeared in print and online in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. A passionate teacher, Jonathan has received multiple honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Jonathan’s images appeared in a 2008 article in National Geographic Traveler magazine on the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood. In 2016, he taught a National Geographic Photo Camp on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. This program uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories. Jonathan’s work is represented by National Geographic Creative and the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 29 - Oct 05, 2018
  • Oct 05 - 11, 2018

Rab Cummings
Naturalist, Birder, Year of the Bird Ambassador

Born near Seattle, Washington, Rab enjoyed a highly unconventional childhood as the son of a veterinary science professor. He spent his youth paddling canoes through Canada’s hinterlands, deepening his love and understanding of the natural world. After earning a degree in natural resource management from the University of Montana, Rab focused his efforts on natural history education. Joyful and curious by nature, Rab has taught field courses in wilderness areas throughout North America, including several years as a National Park Service Ranger at Katmai National Park, the world’s most accessible grizzly bear viewing site. He managed a nationwide network of water science educators. Later as the Youth and Education Coordinator for Ducks Unlimited, he connected elite science teachers with field biologists to conduct wetland and waterfowl monitoring and education. You can expect to learn about birds when you travel with Rab. A lifetime of birding and years of conducting Breeding Bird Surveys for the United States Geological Survey has sharpened his eyes and ears. His experience teaching makes him an enthusiastic guide. Throughout 2018, Rab is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.

Departure Dates
  • Oct 11 - 17, 2018
  • Oct 17 - 23, 2018

Michael Hanson

Michael Hanson is a travel and documentary photographer represented by National Geographic Creative. His images have appeared in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure, and he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Michael began his photography career while playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves Organization, and in 2013, he was identified as one of the top 30 New and Emerging Photographers by Photo District News. Hanson later went on to create a Republic of Baseball series documenting the sport’s importance in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic, which was featured in the New York Times and earned Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts awards in 2017. He has also received awards from National Geographic, Banff Film Festival, and American Photo, with Popular Photography Magazine naming him as one of the World's Best Travel Photographers. Michael has worked on a number of assignments worldwide, from Patagonia to Ethiopia and from Costa Rica to his home base in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. He has also co-directed an award-winning film, Who Owns Water, in his native South, and has fine art work in the permanent archive at the Sir Elton John Collection.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 25 - May 01, 2019
  • May 01 - 07, 2019