Top Contributors: Meet the Experts

We can’t do this alone, so Souvenir Finder relies on expert contributors from around the globe to help bring you the best shopping tips and some amazing photography. Meet our top experts, who have assisted on multiple posts throughout this site:

Karen Ann Stafford, Photographer, Asian Culture Expert

Karen Stafford is a University Professor (ESL), Translator (Japanese-English) Author, Photographer & World Traveler. A California native, Karen currently lives in Japan with her husband and two adorable cats. Karen is my go-to expert for all my Asian culture questions (kimono v. yukata, how to wear a Burmese longyi). To read Karen’s full interview and profile, click here.


Teri Johnson, Glam Girl About Town, Fashion & Design Expert

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Teri Johnson is the Executive Producer of Travelista TV, owner of Travelista Teri Candle Company and Founder of Teri’s passion for adventure and storytelling has taken her to nearly 60 countries. When not traveling, Teri brings the spirit of her travels back home with her to New York City, incorporating global fashion, style and home design into everyday life– and sharing her tips with us along the way. Profile coming soon.


Christa Thompson, Fairytale Consultant

Christa Thompson, Senior Editor and Founder of the Fairytale Traveler. A mommy, travel and adventure junkie, dreamer, horror movie collector, zombie enthusiast and habitual smiler with a gummy bear center, Christa laughs her way through every day. Covering tales and legends both ancient and modern– from mythology and vikings to Disney and Game of Thrones– Christa shares her stories on the Fairytale Traveler, but has graciously shared some of her fairytale shopping finds with us. Profile coming soon.


Kristen Mankosa, Disney Expert, Master Haggler & China Shopping Specialist

Kristen Mankosa guest writerKristen Mankosa, Travel Writer, has lived around the world in places like London and Shanghai— where she honed her market haggling skills. A Florida native, Kristen is our all-things-Disney expert, braving Disney’s crowds and dodging moms fighting over Frozen dresses to bring us an insider look at what’s worth buying at the Magic Kingdom (Disney fans, stayed tuned as more Disney posts are forthcoming). Profile coming soon.