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Meet the dream team

The Worldly Adventurer team is a talented group committed to bringing you the most inspiring – and accurate – articles about adventure and sustainable travel in Latin America. We only bring on writers to the team who have extensive knowledge: think months or years living in a destination.

Steph Dyson

Founding Editor

Steph is a travel journalist. guidebook author and long-time addict of everything Latin America. She first moved to the continent back in 2014 on a “let’s-escape-teaching” whim, when she quit her job as a secondary school teacher in the UK. She got stuck in – and fell deeply in love with – Latin America and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since then, she’s spent years heading into the recesses of this remarkable continent, while living in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. Along the way, she’s written for publications including National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, CNN, and The Independent, as she promotes sustainable and responsible travel experiences.

Arakita Rimbayana

Contributing Writer – Peru & Colombia

Ara’s a nomadic traveler who spent nearly three years exploring South America, a world away from her birthplace in Indonesia. She finds it fascinating to live among locals and experience their countries through their daily life. This is why she tends to stay in one place for at least a few months at a time.

Since embarking on her slow-travel journey in 2018, she’s lived in Colombia for almost a year, Peru for six months, and Chile for eleven months, capturing each moment in photographs and articles. Through her writing, she hopes to share the enchanting beauty of this continent.

Graham Minser

Contributing Writer – Peru, Colombia, & Chile

A dedicated world nomad, Graham has called over a dozen countries home in the past decade. Despite being a native of Wisconsin in the United States, he has spent nearly half his life away from his hometown. He’s had the privilege of living in Colombia, Peru, and Chile in South America, and plans to see more of the continent in the future.

A teacher of English and history, he dedicates his free time to reading, writing, music, and sports. He can be found wandering around ruins and old city centers, seeking out local cuisine, persevering through public transport, or playing in a local football match.

Mikha Zeffertt

Contributing Writer – Peru & backpacking South America

Mikha has been living out of a backpack since she quit her job back in 2014.

She is a teacher, a programmer, a writer, and a travel sketcher who has made a point of collecting friends and memories over souvenirs.

An advocator for the nomadic volunteer lifestyle, she has given her energies to places all over the globe.

She plans to keep on carrying everything she needs on her back as she continues exploring every corner of the globe.

Sarah Ketchum

Contributing Writer – Bolivia

Sarah and her husband Andrew lived in La Paz, Bolivia for two years where they worked at Highlands International School. During their time in Bolivia, they were able to travel throughout South America and experience several incredible trips, including trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Sarah hopes to encourage more travelers to head to South America and enjoy the many sights and experiences that the continent has to offer!

Becky Wandell, a contributor to Worldly Adventurer. She's an Argentina expert after spending six months living in the country.

Becky Wandell

Contributing Writer – Argentina

Becky is a teacher, writer, and curious explorer. In 2018, after quitting her job and selling all of her possessions, she moved to Ecuador and worked as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. This experience helped embed her passion for connecting with people, integrating into their cultures, and saying “yes” to every adventure!

Since that opportunity, she’s continued to volunteer, work, slow-travel and hike her way through Mexico, Colombia, Chile and now Argentina. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire and educate others about the beautiful people and places of South America.

Jennifer Byrne

Contributing Writer – Peru

Jenny’s first taste of Latin America was a 10-week backpacking trip around Mexico during university. Since then, she’s been hooked!

After living in Mexico and Bolivia, Jenny made the Cusco region of Peru her home in 2013. During six years working in the tourism industry, she developed in-depth knowledge of South American travel. Her personal trips have taken her around Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina.

Jenny now works in fundraising but continues exploring whenever she can. She spends her free time in nature, hiking, climbing or biking.

Alyssa Hansen

Contributing Writer – Argentina

Drawn to study abroad in Latin America after pursuing a degree in International Relations, Lyssa chose a program in Buenos Aires and quickly fell in love with Argentina.

After receiving her degree, she continued to find ways to return to Argentina until she made the crazy decision to move there permanently.

After almost 15 years, she now calls Buenos Aires home, where she lives with her dog and cat.

Lyssa is co-founder of Foodies Buenos Aires, a group for expats and nomads with over 3,000 members. Each week they get together to explore the local restaurant scene.

She is certified in Innovative Winemaking Techniques & the Economy of Wine and is the founder of Dame Vinito, a page that brings together the latest wine tastings, wine courses and parties across the city.