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.
Photographer Karen Kasmauski has produced 25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration
in Alaska. Over the course of her career, she has traveled throughout Asia from India to Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. She returns to Myanmar regularly. Karen has also photographed numerous stories on Japan, where she was born on the Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base. She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending a warm human sensitivity with a photographer’s eye for detail to distill global issues into resonant images. Karen's book Impact: From the
Front Lines of Global Health, published by National
Geographic, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her new book Nurse: A World of Care tells stories of dedicated medical professionals—“frontline soldiers” in the war against suffering and disease—from the frozen rivers of Alaska to the slums of Nairobi. The book earned awards from Communication Arts, Pictures of the Year, and the American Academy of Nursing. Her photographic work has appeared in numerous publications including Smithsonian and the New York Times. Karen was awarded the inaugural Getty Images Grant for Good, and she recently received a Knight Foundation Fellowship with which she earned a Masters in Visual Communication at Ohio University.
Nevada Wier is a multiple-award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Her journeys have taken her throughout the deserts, mountains, and urban jungles of the globe. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Geo, National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society. Nevada has been traveling to Myanmar since 1986, and is currently working on a book about the country.