365 Atlanta Traveler, LLC is a digital resource for Atlantans who love to travel, explore and have fun.

Recently named one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world we are champions of exploring the great outdoors, seeking out hidden gems, and unearthing the goodness within reach of our home here in the Southeast.

We’re encouraging families to step out of the comforts of a regularly scheduled life, and tune into an extraordinary adventure. We also encourage dating your someone-special, and never, ever waiting to open that expensive bottle of wine because every day should be celebrated.

Lesli Peterson, Owner/Founder, made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids living in Athens, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.

Daniel Peterson, Owner/Founder, is a career IT and data analytics professional who recently set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Leaving the corporate world behind (a bizarre domain where a 25 year resident can still feel like a foreigner) Daniel set his sites on full-time travel writing and digital marketing. His plans include building an amazing business or three, maximizing time with his partner for life Lesli and four spectacular kiddos, and writing and delivering dad jokes.

Kate Gelsthorpe, Editor-at-Large, is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia. After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

Sue Rodman, Co-Founder, came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 10+ years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume.

Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta.

Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman.

Maria Smith, Special Projects Editor, is married with 4 kids aged 3 to 8. In her pre-baby life she was a TV producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show (and others). She loves writing, traveling, and finding fun things and places for moms to do, have and go. Maria Smith has been featured as a “mom” expert on everything from World News Tonight, HLN and NBC Nightly News to Babble, and Redbook, and was named one of the best Atlanta Mom bloggers in 2013. She is the editor of Mamalicious Maria.



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Lesli always enjoy hearing from her readers….leave a comment or email her. You can submit ideas about where to visit, how to improve the blog, or just say hello…

We do not accept unsolicited guest posts under any circumstances. We do not write about destinations or hotels without first visiting. Earned media opportunities are extremely rare.


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