Meet the Team – Our Editors, Authors & Contributors

Our mission at Treksplorer is simple: to dish out unbiased & practical mid-range luxury travel information to help busy people maximize their vacations and see the world two to three weeks at a time. Meet our team of editors, authors, and contributors who help us get this all done!

Editors & Writers

Ryan O’Rourke

Founder & Editor

Ryan O’Rourke is a Canadian traveller, food & drink aficionado, and the founder & editor of Treksplorer. With over 20 years of extensive travel experience, Ryan has journeyed through over 50 countries, uncovering hidden gems and sharing firsthand unsponsored insights on what to see & do and where to eat, drink & stay. Besides Treksplorer, Ryan’s freelance travel & lifestyle writing has also appeared in several online publications, including the Huffington Post, Matador Network, and RoamRight.

Mia Russell

Mia Russell

Author & Lead Contributor

Mia Russell is a freelance writer based in South Africa with a passion for travel. She’s travelled to 35 countries and counting, and when she is not in the water swimming, freediving, or snorkeling in beautiful places around the world, she is writing about her experiences. Before becoming a freelance travel writer, Mia worked as Chief Copy Editor for Glamor magazine and Managing Editor for One Small Seed Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to travel websites like Go City, Bookmundi, The Maldives Expert, and Heritage Safaris.

Ashlie Went

Ashlie Went


Ashlie Went is a freelance content writer with a focus on luxury and adventure travel. Her lifelong curiosity for faraway places and cultures led her to spend extended periods of time in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Morocco, totalling over 30 countries. Crazy about all things travel, she also holds an MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management and was a speaker at the International Conference of Tourism.