Sev­eral years ago three lead­ing travel writ­ers devel­oped Lux­ury Travel Mavens. While the group writes for major pub­li­ca­tions like USA TodayCondé Nast Trav­eler, Fodor’s Travel Blog, Forbes, and National Geo­graphic, they some­times needed a home for sto­ries that their main­stream clients didn’t commission.

The writ­ers set out to share their opin­ions on com­pelling des­ti­na­tions around the world and offer up pre­views and reviews of lux­ury hotels and resorts, cruise ships, yacht char­ters, villa rentals, pri­vate jets, and pri­vate islands. The advice shared included just about any type of vaca­tion, from hon­ey­moons to fam­ily get­aways to safaris to sub­or­bital space flights.

The good news is that those sto­ries can still be found right here at Lux­ury Travel Mavens. The bad news is that the authors have become so inun­dated with assign­ments that they can no longer post here on a reg­u­lar basis. See below for links to their cur­rent projects.

Andrea M. Rotondo, edi­to­r­ial director

Andrea’s spent the past 20 years writ­ing about bespoke travel expe­ri­ences for mag­a­zines, travel guide­books, and web­sites. The breadth of her exper­tise includes des­ti­na­tion wed­dings and hon­ey­moons, exotic island get­aways, lux­ury cruises, African safaris, and lever­ag­ing fre­quent flyer miles and hotel loy­alty points. Her gypsy-footed nature has taken her around the world, where she’s trekked through Indone­sian rain­for­est in search of wild orang­utans and fol­lowed a pack of African wild dogs as they hunted for their evening meal in a game reserve in South Africa. She’s writ­ten guide­books for Thomas Cook Pub­lish­ing and Birnbaum’s Offi­cial Guides to Dis­ney­land and Walt Dis­ney World. She’s a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Condé Nast Trav­eler, Fodor’s Travel Blog, and Reward Expert. She’s also writ­ten for, Cruise and Travel LifestylesCruise Inter­na­tional, Cruise Critic, and other mag­a­zines and websites.

Andrea M. Rotondo is an info­pre­neur spe­cial­iz­ing in project man­age­ment, writ­ing, con­tent mar­ket­ing, infor­ma­tion prod­ucts, edit­ing & social media/community man­age­ment. Visit her web­site at
Email Andrea  • Fol­low Andrea on Twit­ter: @LuxTravelMavens

Kate Parham

Based in a Wash­ing­ton D.C., Kate is a free­lance lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in lux­ury, culi­nary and adven­ture travel. You’ve read her work in dozens of mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers, like USA TodayRobb Report, ISLANDSAmer­i­can Way, Fodor’s, Dal­las Morn­ing News, the Bal­ti­more Sun, and many more. She’s always on the look­out for food and travel trends, new open­ings and offer­ings and exclu­sive sto­ries.
Email Kate • Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @KateParham

McLean Rob­bins

McLean Rob­bins is a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based lux­ury lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in travel, spas, and wed­dings. She writes reg­u­larly for AOL Media Group’s Gadling, Forbes Travel Guide, The Wash­ing­ton­ianRobb Report, Gal­Time, Venue­Sa­fari, and many more. She’s always look­ing for unique roundups, trend sto­ries, and infor­ma­tion on hotel and resort open­ings and devel­op­ments world­wide.
Email McLean • Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @DeaconDoesDC