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About Travel Play Live magazine

Travel Play Live is the only Australian travel and lifestyle magazine written entirely by women for women. Travel Play Live is built upon a community of active women interested in adventure travel, sustainable tourism, luxury lodges, glamping, wellness and expedition cruising. The biannual magazine, website and social media inspire readers with personal, meaningful stories about active, intrepid women, experiential travel and soft adventure. Additionally, readers are kept informed about new and sustainable tours, expeditions cruises, high-end accommodation offerings, wellness and outdoor experiences of interest to like-minded women.

We also feature profiles on inspirational women working in the travel and tourism industry and organisations that give back, as well as stories about the latest gear and gadgets, must-read books and upcoming events, such as adventure film and food festivals.

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The Team behind Travel Play Live


Elisa Elwin

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Elisa Elwin owns, publishes and contributes to Australia’s most popular family travel magazine and digital platform, Out & About with Kids, under her publishing company Elwin Media Pty Ltd. Publishing Travel Play Live is a natural extension of her wealth of experience in publishing, leadership and relationship-building with key travel and tourism partners. Elisa was born in the USA and lives in Sydney.

Elisa is a regular at travel and tourism functions and events, is skilled in business and relationship development with a reputation for professional integrity. She balances her professional life with infectious energy and good humour. She has developed strong relationships with an extensive network of domestic and international tourism partners. Elisa regularly attends international media events to keep up-to-date on trends while developing future editorial coverage.

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Angela Saurine

Editor & Features Writer
Having travelled everywhere from Arnhem Land to the Arctic and Christmas Island to Easter Island, Angela Saurine is extremely passionate about adventure travel. With a Diploma in Journalism, Angela’s career started as a copykid at Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph. After completing her cadetship, she spent two years travelling the world, tasting life as a ski bum in Whistler, Canada and living the expat life in London. Upon her return, she gained her dream job as national travel reporter for News Corp Australia, staying in the role for four years before embarking on a freelance career.

Angela was named Best Travel Writer in the 2012 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards and winner of Best Travel or Tourism News Story in the 2017 ASTW Awards for Excellence. Angela loves yoga, hiking, tropical islands, skiing, eco-tourism, Indigenous tourism and expedition cruising.

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Fiona Harper

Digital Editor
At home in the tropical latitudes of Queensland, Fiona Harper has worked in travel media and communications as a travel writer, content creator and digital travel editor for more than 15 years. Fiona specialises in writing about travel, soft adventure, boating, small ship cruising and outdoor lifestyles. She launched Travel Boating Lifestyle in 2009 while sailing her yacht around northern Australia, has delivered yachts across the Pacific and likes to get offroad, offshore and off the beaten track.

Widely-travelled, highly-acclaimed and much-published, Fiona’s articles and images are published around the globe. When not travelling the world chasing a story she’s probably running a marathon, hiking a mountain or sailing into a tropical sunset blissfully disconnected from deadlines. She’s rather partial to mountains and mojitos, islands and highlands.

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Lee Atkinson

Lee Atkinson has been writing about her adventures on and off the road for newspapers, magazines and travel guides since 1991.

A self-confessed road trip junky who loves getting away from the crowds in some of Australia’s most wild and remote places, she is the author of 14 travel books, including Ultimate Road Trips Australia which was published by Hardie Grant Travel in March 2020 and is available wherever good books are sold.

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Flip Byrnes

Flip Byrnes is the first Australian woman to have climbed and snowboarded down Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, has hiked across Corsica on the GR20, runs sub-3.5hr marathons, climbed Mt Blanc and Kilimanjaro and kite skied half way across the Greenland icecap.

The great grand daughter of Antarctic explorer Frank Hurley has always gone the extra mile, in both her endeavours and writing.

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Tracey Croke

Tracey Croke is an award-winning travel journalist addicted to off-track mountain bike adventures. Chasing a good travel story has seen Tracey venturing into post-conflict Afghanistan to join a pioneering expedition across the Pamir Mountains, searching for rideable mountain bike tracks in the Ethiopian Highlands, being rescued by nomads in Kyrgyzstan’s Talas Range and having her smalls rummaged through with the muzzle of a Kalashnikov.

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Bonita Grima

Bonita Grima is a travel and lifestyle writer and a photographer based in Perth. She grew up in West Australia’s Pilbara, moved to Sydney to study Film and Television and has also studied Content Creation at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has worked for respected broadcasters including the ABC, BBC, SBS and the Seven Network.

Believing travel to be a powerful tool that can challenge, inspire, educate and encourage empathy and change, Bonita enjoys writing stories with a sense of adventure, authenticity and humour, and hopes to inspire readers to make the most of their journeys.

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Shaney Hudson

A decade or so ago, Shaney Hudson snuck away from a very stressful job as a schoolteacher to travel the world, volunteering at a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica, climbing volcanoes in Ecuador, canoeing the Zambezi, and eventually finding a new gig as a travel writer.

From the Camino de Santiago in Spain to the Polar Plunge in the Antarctic, she believes the inner journey a traveller takes is just as important as the physical one. Now based on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia after a five-year stint in Europe, she is a passionate advocate for the transformative nature of travel.

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Danielle Lancaster

Danielle Lancaster has been documenting her adventures well before becoming an award-winning writer, photographer and author. Her career spans news, sport, medical, corporate and guest speaking. Danielle has built four schools in Cambodia, sponsored numerous children, supports social and environmental matters, teaches photography and conducts photography tours through Blue Dog Photography.

Danielle has won the Walkley Slide Night Brisbane Award and Best Travel Book at the ASTW Awards for Excellence and was a finalist for both photography and writing. She was runner up in the International Rough Guides Photograph of the Year.

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Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall has worked as a news journalist, columnist, editor and travel writer for over three decades. Based in Sydney, she specialises in emerging destinations, conservation and immersive experiences, and contributes to a range of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Australian Financial Review.

She is the co-founder of online travel site Time to Wander and has won multiple awards for her journalism and travel writing, including three consecutive Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Indian Tourism Ministry’s Journalist of the Year Award

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Penny Watson

Penny Watson in a multi award-winning travel writer, journalist and author. She has travelled the world, written feature articles for countless magazines, newspapers and blogs, and researched a number of travel books including her latest title – Slow Travel. She is a contributor to Australia’s Traveller, the UK’s BBC Travel, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Singapore’s DestinAsian magazine and plenty of other publications. She is a member of both the British Guild of Travel Writers, and Australian Society of Travel Writers.

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Caro Ryan

A TV producer, director and editor by trade, Caro started the blog LotsaFreshAir to encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors. Growing up in Sydney, in a family that never went camping or on outdoors adventures, she discovered hiking and outdoor adventures in her mid 20’s and it fast became an obsession.
Caro is a regular trip leader for the Sydney Bush Walkers Club, Search and Rescue Manager and passionate volunteer with NSW Bush Search and Rescue. The outdoors totally changed Caro’s life and she’s keen to share her knowledge and stories with others.

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Kerry van der Jagt

Kerry van der Jagt is a freelance travel writer and photographer specialising in writing about sustainable, nature-based travel, wildlife conservation, expedition cruising, Indigenous tourism and soft adventure.

With a BSc in Biology and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science, Kerry brings a wealth of research knowledge to her writing. She has been the recipient of a number of high-profile awards including: PATA Gold Award; Kennedy Award for Outstanding Travel Writing; AFTA Best Travel Writer; Gold at the Pearl Publishing Awards and numerous ASTW Awards for Excellence.

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Contact Travel Play Live:

TPL Publishing Pty Ltd (Travel Play Live magazine)
Published by Elwin Media Pty Ltd
4/18 West Street
Balgowlah NSW 2093

+61 413 770 550

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