If anyone knows anything about traveling safe, it’s us. We’ve been frustrating thieves for decades through innovative devices, clever technologies, and smart bags, purses, and packs. We get the idea behind safe travel; it’s not about being brilliant or sophisticated, it’s about being smarter than the thief. We’ve been doing this for years and we’ve nailed down their tactics. This is our way of sharing that expertise with you.
Our team is made up of international journalists, like Nikki Hodgson and Yoon Kim, while others, like Patrick Hutchison, are professional leisurers. Melina Coogan would be considered an academic traveler, literally, having studied “travel” in her undergrad.
Got some ideas, tips or advice to share? Everyone has their ways of frustrating thieves, but maybe yours is really clever, effective, or even funny. If so, shoot us a line. Who knows, you may even score a free bag out of the deal.
editor [at] pacsafe [dot] com
Yoon Kim - Editor
Yoon’s writing has gotten him into some very sticky situations like a near death experience with malaria while in the Tanzania, a wild hog roast with a tribe full of naked people in Irian Jaya, and getting yelled at by North Korean border guards for sneaking into the country to pick up rocks. Sometimes he wishes he had a real job like normal people, but when the travel bug bit him, he . He can’t stop writing about foreign lands. His writing has appeared on Travel.USAtoday.com, Vertical Magazine, and SNEWS Magazine.
Nikki Hodgson - Unintentional Risk Taker
Nikki is a freelance writer with a talent for creating spectacles and getting into ridiculous situations. When not writing, she enjoys falling down mountain slopes, kayaking rivers upside down, and repairing things with duct tape. Dividing her time between Europe and the Middle East she despises temperatures above 100 F, and has mastered the following French phrases: “Can you call mountain rescue?,” “I don’t think it’s broken,” “and I would love another bottle of wine, thanks.” Follow her (mis)adventures at Nikki Travels.
Bryan doesn’t fool around, got it? And most wouldn’t characterize him as a ‘joyous fellow,’ though he does find joy in a few things; namely mud, lunacy, and eating terror for breakfast. He also delights in the outdoors, has an unfortunately destitute lifestyle and is intrigued by fringe societies. Bryan hopes to one day become a crime journalist of tremendous stature. You can get in touch with him here.
Melina Coogan - Champion Storyteller
For the last thirteen years, Melina has been traveling the globe, climbing and whitewater kayaking in over a dozen countries, purely for the sake of having things to talk about. She excels at puns, vocabulary, and campfire story domination. She studied writing at the University of Washington with scholarships for both fiction and poetry. Melina recently picked up her certificate in Wilderness Surivival and currently resides in Seattle where she writes for magazines and her blog, The Wilder Coast.
Patrick Hutchison - Professional Leisurer
Patrick is originally from Seattle but you’ll find him traveling, hiking, writing and eating in Patagonia. As a youngster, Patrick fell in love with the wooded outdoors, where he would intentionally get himself lost. Now, he tries not to get lost, but investigates gear that would save him just in case he did. You can follow his adventures in Patagonia at Chasing the Cloudwall.