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.
Travel writer Fiona Dunlop has explored Spain extensively for 30 years, writing numerous articles about its culture and gastronomy. She is the author of the National Geographic Traveler guidebooks for Spain and Portugal as well as the critically acclaimed book New Tapas (recently republished as Real Tapas), which explores Spain’s evolving food culture. Fiona contributes to numerous national newspapers and international magazines, and she has written more than a dozen guidebooks and food culture books, including The North African Kitchen and Mexican Modern. Her world travels have taken her from Burma to Syria, Cuba to Libya, always with a keen eye for local culture and cuisine. In addition to living for long periods in France, Italy, and London—her hometown—she has long favored Andalusia in southern Spain, where she frequently retreats to her house in the olive groves.
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.
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.