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.
Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have collectively photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. Sisse and Cotton have been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts. Based in Denmark, Sisse and Cotton will share their love of photography and their insights into the history and legacy of the Vikings.
Andrew Evans is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and its “Digital Nomad.” In addition to writing for the magazine, he crisscrosses the globe, interacting with followers through the Internet, digital mapping, and social media. In 2009 Evans rode from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica—primarily by bus—sharing the 12,000-mile journey with his followers in real time. In 2011 he finished a two-month, 20,000-mile journey around Australia. In 2012 he hopped on the National Geographic Expeditions Private Jet, visiting a dizzying number of ports of call, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Chengdu and X’ian in China; the Taj Mahal in India; the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania; the temples of Luxor and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt; and Marrakech in Morocco. His goal as Digital Nomad is to share in real time with a global audience his experiences of each place—from the sublime to the bizarre. Evans is the author of four books including a travelers guide to Iceland and has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, as well as The Economist and National Geographic’s award-winning travel blog, Intelligent Travel. Prior to finding his calling fulfilling armchair fantasies for the rest of us, Evans held myriad posts ranging from dishwasher to political analyst at NATO. He is a graduate of Oxford University and is fluent in Russian and French. When not on the go he lives in Washington, D.C.
As senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler, Dan Westergren is responsible for the magazine's photographic vision. Dan enjoys exploring cold, high places, having photographed the Arctic while on expedition with Will Steger and the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Blanc, and the Matterhorn for the pages of Traveler. He also enjoys leading photo workshops for the Society, and is a popular photography instructor.