A world-class team of experts will accompany this expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are the experts who will be joining this special trip.
Nevada Wier is an award-winning
photographer specializing in documenting the
remote corners and cultures of the world. Her
journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s
deserts, mountains, and urban jungles. Nevada’s
work has appeared in National Geographic
magazine, as well as Geo, National Geographic Traveler,
Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous
other publications. She is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and a
member of the Women’s Geographic Society.
During his three decades at National Geographic, Rob Hernandez served as senior editor of the magazine and founder and head of the Society’s international division, which publishes books, magazines, and other media in 35 languages. Raised in Spain and Cuba, Rob began his career doing ecological research and documenting the wildlife and cultures of the world’s remote places. He has filmed a TV special on lions in Namibia, led expeditions to Antarctica, South America, and Southeast Asia, and spent two years circumnavigating the Pacific and Indian Oceans in a small sailboat. Rob will accompany the entire expedition.
Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and New York Times best-selling author. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world's best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people's lives. Dan's November 2005 National Geographic article on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer," was the cover story of one of the magazine's top-selling issues in history and made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, and The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People appeared on many best-seller lists and were featured on Oprah. In 2009 Dan and his partner, AARP, applied principles of "The Blue Zones" in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40 percent. Dan has also worked with Healthways to implement the program in the beach cities of Los Angeles. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Buettner holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production. Dan will accompany the expedition from Seattle to Greece.