Milliver's Travels staff writers

Meet the staff of the travel blog Milliver’s Travels

Milli Thornton

Milli in the Caribbean

Blog owner Milli Thornton started Milliver’s Travels in 2009. With her fun and encouraging style, she manages a staff of 12 and also welcomes guest bloggers who follow the submission guidelines. Milli is the author of Fear of Writing: putting the fun back into writing. Read more about her writing career and travel exploits at About Milli or visit her index of 60+ travel stories on Milliver’s Travels.

Brian Williams

Brian in Russia

Brian Williams is often the photographer for the stories Milli writes. An electronics and Radio Frequency (RF) engineer, Brian writes emergency communications software for his company, Comtekk Engineering. Milliver counts it among her victories in life to have published reluctant writer Mr. Williams as a guest blogger, with a fascinating story from his stint in Russia: A Sakhalin Road Trip.

Judy peeks from a rock window along Lands End Trail

Judy peeks from a rock window along Lands End Trail

Judy Clement Wall is a writer/artist who lives, works and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s in love with the California coast; everything from combing the beaches of San Diego to hiking the coastal trails of Humboldt County. Her story Lands End Trail, San Francisco captures that part of her spirit, while her piece on The 92nd Annual Livermore Rodeo reveals her willingness to cover stories that might grow on her as they unfold. You can see her life-celebrating art in her Etsy shop and read more of Judy’s writing at

Estrella in the Greek Amphitheatre ruins, Taormina, Sicily

Estrella Azul is a young emerging writer, passionate about reading, floral art and photography, with an artistic personality and a soulful outlook on life. Estrella is our European correspondent (see her story index). She is a Hungarian girl living and writing from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the capital of historical region Transylvania. Estrella currently serves as the photo editor at Milliver’s Travels and she dreams of embarking on a round-the-world trip. To read more of her creative writing, visit Life’s a stage – WebBlog©.

Betsy at Disney World

Our Disney specialist, Elizabeth Villanella has lived in the Montrose, Pennsylvania area most of her life. Betsy married her high school boyfriend in 1973. As an Air Force wife, she has lived in Texas, Italy, and Virginia. Between the two of them, her sons have given her 16 grandkids and counting. Betsy and her husband currently live with Albert K. Ninestein, a mini Schnauzer who’s as smart as his namesake. She has had a lifelong interest in Disney, and when she found Walt Disney World she discovered the perfect family vacation destination. She loves to travel and wants to experience (and share) as many places in this world as she can! Betsy tweets as @betsy_v. See her MT story index.

Vicki Lathom

Vicki and her boat dog Kota at 5½ months old

Vicki Lathom has been a writer and boater for forty years and has a preference for “funky chic” locations. Her home base is Annapolis, Maryland, hub of the Chesapeake Bay boating scene, where she and partner Barry Miller cruise in Balboita, a 36-ft. Albin trawler. When not around Chesapeake Bay, Vicki heads someplace with a water view, which has included the Greek Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Turkey, the Bahamas, St. Martin, and the Maine and Mexican-Caribbean coasts. Funky chic has included several visits to the Tuscany artist colony of Cortona. In the winter the family’s boat dog (always a Sheltie) accompanies them down the Intracoastal Waterway to southern Florida or the Bahamas.

Jo on a glacier hike, Franz Josef Glacier

JM Merchant (or Jo Abram to most) lives in the North End of London, although she aspires to the West End. An occasionally employed sound engineer and stage manager, most of her time is currently spent reading pirate tales as she works on her first novel, and dreams of returning to New Zealand. A time traveler as well as a jet-setter, Jo is smug at having written the first stories in both the New Zealand and the UK categories at Milliver’s Travels. She tweets as @JMMerchant86.

Lisa in Costa Rica

Lisa Carter is a literary translator, writer and editor with a passion for Latin America — but quite honestly she’s happy to go almost anywhere! To Lisa, travel is all about new cultural and culinary experiences. When not off on grand adventures, she and her partner, Jon, live in Ottawa, Canada. You can find Lisa on her professional website and on Twitter @intralingo.

Annie on St. Thomas

Annie, St. Thomas Island

Our resident foodie, Ann McElfresh, and her hubby are retired in Florida. She enjoys traveling on a small scale. After living in Italy (as an adult) and the Philippines (as a child) with opportunities for travel in each, she realized she hasn’t seen much of her home country, so she developed an extensive bucket list of things to see here in the USA. Ann’s favorite hobbies are cooking, trying new restaurants and amateur photography.

Cathie Nichols, staff member at Milliver's Travels

Rancho Bernardo Inn, California

Originally from the East Coast, Cathie Nichols has spent the last 25 years in San Diego, and stays in the area because of its extraordinary beauty and a lovely lack of humidity. Accused by her three children of looking at too many rocks while visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the deserts of Nevada, she continues to marvel at the ever-changing southwest landscape. With trips to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Turkey and Greece, Cathie plans to reawaken her desire to see the world, and leave no stone unturned. Cathie tweets as @bloggoneit.

Teresa Davis, staff writer, Milliver's Travels

Hickman Ranch, Montana

Teresa Davis was born in the great state of Texas. She has a sense of wanderlust in her heart and is always thinking of her next travel adventure. She loves the mountains and spends every vacation she can in Colorado, camping and 4x4ing in the back country. She loves her family and loves to be the life of the party. She is always learning and ever laughing. Teresa blogs at and tweets as @gypsyheart4ever. Teresa has also served as photo editor for Milliver’s Travels; you can see some of her work by visiting 10 Courses at Remy on the High Seas.

Beer in Brussels

Lisa drinking beer in Brussels

Lisa White has wandered through world like she has wandered through professions. In both pursuits, she always has more to explore, more to learn, and more to do. Currently she practices law in the area of dependency and neglect as well as other cases that address the well-being of children. Often this is an area of law that feels exceptionally “heavy.” When it becomes too emotionally burdensome, she catches a flight somewhere–anywhere–to remember the good, positive, beautiful, tasty, and fun of the world.

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