Long-time journalists, savvy travelers, outdoor adventurers, and award-winning photographers — that’s us, Michael and Therese at HI Travel Tales. We offer a skillful combination of travel expertise and adept journalism paired with humor and curiosity that results in precisely what a destination wants.

Destination partnerships

We will consider all opportunities to work with appropriate travel brands and destinations. As earned media, we listen carefully to a destination’s needs, then go above and beyond in meeting them. For example, hosted trips to destinations have included:

Why do we keep saying “so far” about our resulting content? Because we insist our stories are pertinent and simply hum, which is often why additional ideas for stories, personal essays or photo essays will occur to us on or after returning from a trip – and continue to appear for months afterward. Plus, our ongoing social shares of existing stories throughout the following year on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn provide the extra juice that keeps eyeballs on our stories and readers interested in the destinations year-round.

Want more proof about our skills, quality and flexibility? Read these testimonials from our thrilled hosts.

Sponsored content

We are happy to work with brands and DMOs to create sponsored posts that are in line with our editorial focus and our brand image. We will only work with companies we trust, and that provide travel services or travel products we will use ourselves. We are also experts at creating marketing packages for destinations and others. Please use our contact form to briefly describe your company, its services or products, and your specific ideas.

Product Testing and Reviews

As experienced product testers, we will (selectively) accept travel-related products to use and test for an extended period in the field. If we like the product, we can potentially include it in a photograph, product roundup, gift guide, or how-to. Please use our contact form if you have a product or line you’d like us to consider.


We have very limited display ad opportunities and use these for our content marketing partners and affiliate friends. We will consider advertising-only partnerships on a case-by-case basis, and only if the advertising is specifically related to travel.

Guest posts and influencer/brand links

We do not accept any pitches for guest editorial posts from sponsored writers or commercial businesses. We also do not offer free links to brands or influencers. We will consider paid no-follow links to select brand partners within existing editorial content only if the link makes editorial sense. Please use our contact form if you have a pitch and for our terms.

What next?

Find out more about what makes Michael and Therese tick at our About Us section and then download our Media Kit. We’re certain you will quickly discover working with HI Travel Tales is fun!

MIchael And Therese Shooting A Selfie - showing how working with HI Travel Tales is so fun!

Our Most Recent Travel Stories

Discover San Francisco secret gardens, rooftop parks and open spaces

Discover San Francisco secret gardens, rooftop parks and open spaces

POPOS may sound like a funny name for something you’d munch on during happy hour, but that is so wrong. POPOS stands for “Privately Owned Public Open Spaces,” a.k.a. San Francisco secret gardens, urban parks, and city open spaces. Whether you as a traveler call them POPOS, secret gardens, or rooftop parks, they are ideal respites and secluded open spaces when wandering and touring cities for anyone who just needs to rest weary feet or simply take in the surroundings or do a little people-watching – for free, and often in a really pleasant venue.