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.
For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. In her freelance career, she has shot feature stories as a contributing photographer for Traveler in South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Japan, and various U.S. cities. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. Krista travels with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography around the world–from the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, and Morocco to Alaska, Antarctica, and the Arctic. She enjoys traveling and photographing throughout Europe as well, and she sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.
For more than 50 years, Franklin Knight taught Iberian, Latin American and Caribbean history, first at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, then at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Leonard and Helen Stulman Professor of History. Besides doing archival research in Spain and Portugal, Franklin lectured and served on doctoral dissertation committees in several Spanish universities. He has been an academic consultant for several PBS documentary series, organized and led student study abroad courses in Cuba and Brazil, and was a State Department lecturer in Colombia in 2011. Franklin served as president of the Latin American Studies Association and the U.S. Historical Society, and is a popular lecturer on travel programs for National Geographic, Johns Hopkins, and others.
Tim Weed is an outdoorsman and award-winning author with a long career in international education. A founding director of National Geographic Student Expeditions, he has also directed college semester abroad programs in Spain, Australia, and Venezuela; brought some of the first American students to post-Revolution Cuba in the late 1990s; led travelers through Portugal, Spain, and Patagonia for National Geographic; created and led programs for writers, artists, and musicians in Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Italy, and Ireland; and trekked the Andes in four countries. Tim has authored two books, and his articles on travel, history, outdoor adventure, and the writing craft have appeared in Talking Points Memo, Backcountry, Writer’s Chronicle, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, and other publications. His is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best Travel Writing Award.
Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon and to the Alps. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Currently based in Switzerland, he has traveled and photographed extensively around Europe.