ITN's Contributing Editors come from a wide range of professions, both inside and outside the travel industry.
Retired aerospace engineer and factory superintendent Wayne Wirtanen has been writing for ITN since 1982. Wayne is ITN's expert on travel insurance, and his column "Eye On Travel Insurance," as well as his column "Adventure Travel for the Mildly Adventuresome," appear irregularly in the magazine.
Deanna Palić has worked for several airlines, tour companies and hotel chains and even created her own travel firm, managing tours for major tour companies and customizing itineraries. Her column "Latin America Watch," which she began writing in 1982, appears occasionally in ITN.
The first American admitted to the Australian Psychological Society, Randy Keck has worked as a family and university counselor in Australia, California and Florida. He has been an ITN Contributing Editor since 1983 and currently writes the column "Far Horizons," covering not only specific destinations but dissecting travel, itself, challenging readers to think.
Julie Skurdenis, a professor with the City University of New York since 1968, has had more than 500 articles published in dozens of magazines and newspapers since 1982 and has served as travel editor for Archaeology Magazine. She has written the column “Focus on Archaeology” for ITN since 1989.
Phillip Wagenaar, and his wife, Flory, also an M.D., travel independently, often for weeks or months at a time. In his column "The Discerning Traveler," which has appeared in ITN since 1995, Philip writes on specific destinations and also comprehensively covers topics such as obtaining visas, exchanging currency and telephoning overseas.
Rick Steves has authored more than 30 books on travel in Europe and is the host, writer and producer of the public television series "Rick Steves' Europe." Recently he launched a weekly public radio program, "Travel with Rick Steves." His column on Europe has appeared in ITN since 1998.
An advisor to foreign governments, an expert in telecommunications policy in the developing world, a maritime historian, a travel writer and an adventurer, Lew Toulmin is the author of "The Most Traveled Man on Earth." His column "The Cruising World" has appeared in ITN since 2004.
Myles Mellor, whose travel-themed crossword puzzles have appeared in ITN since December 2004, is one of the most published crossword writers in the world.
A syndicated puzzle writer for major newspapers through Tribune Media Services and published monthly in more than 80 magazines and websites, he has produced more than 7,000 crossword puzzles for more than 600 publications and websites. His work has appeared in newspaper ads for MasterCard, on websites of NASDAQ and Turner TV's "The Closer" and in the magazines Discover, Dwell, Coastal Living and hundreds more. He has eight crossword books published that are available through Books-a-Million bookstores and at www.booksamillion.com.
In addition, Myles has produced sudokus, word search puzzles, diamond puzzles and anagrams. Visit Myles' website, www.themecrosswords.com.
Bryan Henry's travel trivia, each under the heading "The Geografile," first appeared in ITN in the January 2008 issue — rounding off various feature articles and columns.
Bryan has been a copy editor for publishers of magazines and books for decades, including Florida's largest magazine (Florida Sportsman) and in-flight magazines of Delta Air Lines and TWA. In addition, he has proofread more than 120 books on Africa for Safari Press.
Bryan is especially knowledgeable about geography, American history and the fish/maritime realm.
He currently lives in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.
A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the Travel Journalists Guild and the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Yvonne Michie Horn seeks out gardens around the world. Her column "The Garden Path" first appeared in ITN in March 2008.
Retired from teaching Social Studies to seventh-graders for 25 years, Sandra Scott travels with her husband, John, seven months a year. When they attend cooking classes overseas, John does the cooking and Sandra takes notes and pictures to produce the column "What's Cooking In. . .," which debuted in the July 2009 issue of ITN.
Judith Anshin was in the first group of American tourists to be allowed into China, in 1977. A retired civil litigator, she has been the organizer and leader of the No Reservations Travel Club in Sacramento, California, since 2003. Judith has been occasionally writing feature articles as an ITN Contributing Editor since October 2004.
Jay Brunhouse's rail travel column, “All Aboard!,” appeared regularly in ITN from 1981 until his death in September 2010. Jay was the author of two travel guides and of travel articles published in prominent magazines and newspapers across the country.