Allen Johnson, Chief Wellness Officer & Co-Founder
NPTI-, ViPR- and TRX-certified Personal Trainer
Before mastering a balance in health and leisure, Allen mastered the what-not-to-do at a young age. Drinking and eating anything and everything led to serious weight gains and poor self confidence. Cooking in kitchens six long days a week and not taking care of himself caught up with him quickly, but finding racquetball helped inspire him to lose weight and get motivated to not only be better at the sport but also to be healthier overall. He dropped 70 lbs. in six months and decided not long after to begin a career in personal training, taking him out of the kitchens he had worked in since he was 15. Allen attended the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Raleigh, NC, at the age of 23 and has been training ever since. Helping motivate others and seeing it stick is what keeps him going.
Allen is now also a TRX- and Vipr-certified personal trainer and co-founder of TravelWellMagazine.com (formerly Fit Travels.) After more than seven years of personal training in gyms, studios and in-home settings, he’s maintained one core philosophy: personal fitness is not about looks or pushing yourself to extreme limits. It’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and feeling good on a day-to-day basis. One of the biggest obstacles he’s seen among his clients is the ability to continue a workout routine and healthy diet while traveling. His mission with Travel Well is to show you how to find the right balance of fun, food and health no matter where you are.
Alexa Nota, Editor & Co-Founder
NCCPT-Certified Personal Trainer
Alexa is a journalist, a marketing director in the tourism industry, and a certified personal trainer. Throughout her experiences in the fitness and business worlds, she’s become an enthusiastic advocate of balance when it comes to staying active, eating well and all other aspects of life. Her Travel Well mission is to help people step out of their comfort zones to find enjoyable ways to live healthfully, to enable and inspire readers to find their own adventures, and to empower everyone to take action in creating a world happier and healthier than when we found it.
Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber holds a Ph.D. in Art and Religion and is author of seven books that address the intersections among gender/sexuality, the arts, and religion, along with numerous fun articles about women’s issues, travel, and feminist fitness. She is a part-time professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a professional artist, and the founder of the Holy Women Icons Project. She was a professional dancer for a decade and now finds embodied joy by teaching yoga and running distance races. After fifteen years of service to the academy and church, she and her wife decided to make a drastic change. They quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a camper, and hit the road for a year of volunteer travel with their toddler. Along the way, they discovered a new way of living simply, meaningfully, and sustainably. Now, they divide their time between traveling throughout the continental United States in their camper and creating an intersectionally ecofeminist retreat center in their tiny house on the Big Island of Hawaii. For more on Angela’s work, check outwww.angelayarber.com, and for more on her family’s wild adventures, check out www.searchingforsustenance.