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.
Tim Weed is an award-winning author and educator with more than two decades of experience developing and leading educational travel programs abroad. A founding director of National Geographic Student Expeditions, Tim played a key role in developing new photography, archaeology, and wildlife conservation programs in Iceland, Peru, Ecuador and the Galápagos, Spain, the Yucatán Peninsula, Alaska, and Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. After majoring in Spanish at Middlebury College, Tim earned master's degrees in international affairs and creative writing, and lived internationally for several years directing college semester abroad programs in Spain, Australia, and Venezuela. From 1999 to 2004, he headed up a series of pioneering educational programs for American students in Cuba, including a Havana-based program focusing on music, film, writing, and Spanish, and a four-week mobile writing workshop that traversed the island from Santiago to Havana.
An avid outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and backcountry skier, Tim's essays and feature articles on travel and the outdoors have appeared in many national magazines, including Backcountry, Cross Country Skier, The Morning News, and Yale Angler's Journal. His short fiction collection, The Camp at Cutthroat Lake, was a finalist for the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award, and his essay “Embargoed Brothers: An American in Off-Limits Cuba” won a 2012 Best Travel Writing Award from Traveler’s Tales.
As Vice President and Publisher of National Geographic Maps, Dan Ortiz oversees the product management and publishing strategy for the Society's award-winning maps, atlases, mapping software, and map-related mobile apps. Dan spent much of his youth residing in Madrid, Spain, an
experience that instilled a lifelong love of Spanish history, food, and culture. Having travelled extensively
throughout the Iberian Peninsula, he brings a wealth of knowledge of this beautiful, historic land. A 27-year National Geographic veteran, Dan has split his tenure between the Society's Washington, D.C. headquarters and his current location in the National Geographic Maps office in Evergreen, Colorado. He is actively involved with the industry’s foremost global organization, the
International Map Trade Association, having served on its Board of Directors and as its International President.
National Geographic magazine managing editor David Brindley oversees the editorial calendar and production of the Society's flagship monthly publication, which has a worldwide distribution of eight million print copies and the largest digital subscription base of any magazine in North America. He has been visiting and exploring the Iberian peninsula for more than 25 years—including on assignment for Bon Appétit magazine—and he knows its food, culture, and history well. David is fluent in Spanish, which he learned while backpacking throughout Central and South America for a year and teaching English in Bogotá, Colombia. Previously he was a senior editor at Bon Appétit, where he wrote and edited articles and oversaw the research department; a reporter at U.S. News & World Report; and a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution. He lives in Washington, D.C., and frequently performs as a cast member for the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.