Our Team


Our Team

Our Planet Travel & Living’s team is very small… just myself (Melanie Grevis-James), joined by part-time and casual staff to assist me with writing, and design. I also work closely with writers and bloggers who generously contribute their stories to support promoting responsible travel and living.

MELANIE GREVIS-JAMES | Editor & Publisher

Melanie is the Founder and Publisher of Our Planet Travel & Living blog and magazine. Melanie launched Our Planet Travel in 2011 to raise more awareness about ‘greener’ and more responsible travel choices. Melanie is passionate about the protecting the environment and about travel. Along with developing strategic tourism marketing plans, brand development, and design services, she has extensive skills in travel writing and publishing, and was previously the Publisher and Editor of makeTracks magazine (custom in-vehicle travel magazine for THL Australia, commenced in 2004). Melanie has an extensive career in Australian and international tourism marketing, spanning over 25 years in key marketing roles within all levels of the tourism industry; including strategic marketing roles with Regional, State, and Federal tourism organisations, private tourism operators, and as a marketing consultant for tourism associations, local councils and operators. Melanie currently owns Our Planet Travel and Our Planet Marketing (formerly Banksia Marketing), based in Brisbane.

Melanie has a Bach. Business (Tourism/Hospitality Management) degree; speaks German fluently; and lives in Brisbane. She has enjoyed the outdoors, nature and camping from a very young age – including family holidays, a 3-month camping trip through the centre of Australia, and many 4WD and camping holidays in national parks across Australia. An appreciation of nature and the importance of protecting our environment has grown from these childhood experiences. Melanie has travelled extensively both in Australia and overseas, and has lived in the USA and Germany.

Melanie is a current member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW), and Ecotourism Australia – Australia’s leading industry body for ecotourism, sustainable and Indigenous tourism.

Her favourite eco destination is the Australian outback – enjoying 4WD adventures in the outback regions, desert, and National Parks.


LINA CRONIN | Freelance Journalist & Researcher

Lina is a passionate traveller who has been writing about her holiday experiences since she made hand-drawn books for her younger siblings about their family camping trips around Australia in the early 1990’s. After studying international tourism management and journalism at university, Lina landed a job working for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain. Today, she works as a freelance journalist and dreams of opening her own locally-staffed backpacker hostel somewhere in Southeast Asia. Lina has assisted us with researching and writing stories for Our Planet Travel + Lifestyle since 2013; and has recently started coordinating social media marketing activities.

Her favourite eco destination is Lake Bunyoni in Uganda.

Kym Bierenbroodspot


‘Kym B’ is a whiz with design skills and provides her graphic design expertise to assist with the magazine and campaign. With over 25 years experience, earning her credentials at the Commercial Art Training Centre, Kym’s eye for design ensures we always look great! Kym’s talents extend to print, online, websites, company branding and many logo development projects. When Kym is not on the computer weaving her graphic design magic, she is found bush-walking, exploring or camping with her family. We are very lucky to have her as part of our tiny team.

Kym’s favourite camping location is on the beach front at Hervey Bay,  at Pialba Beach.

Ben_McGill_image (2)

BEN MCGILL | Graphic Designer

Ben is our other awesome graphic designer who developed the original logo and magazine for Our Planet Travel. Without him we would not have a magazine. Ben has an extensive career in illustration, graphic design, and magazine printing and publishing. Previously Ben was the co-owner and graphic designer for Peppermint Magazine. We have been lucky to have Ben assisting us with his creative talents since prior to the commencement of Our Planet Travel. He is very passionate about protecting the environment and ecological lifestyle choices – the perfect fit for our team.


We also have a very talented team of writers, designers, and photographers who support us and work with us on a regular basis. We are only a very small team, working with a very limited budget, so we all have other part-time or full-time jobs to sustain us as well.

We all have two things in common though: we love our jobs, and we love the environment.

Join us on Our Planet Travel’s eco adventure: