Raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona, Clare Hancock has always had an appetite for adventure. By the time she was a sophomore in college, she had her sites set on becoming a travel writer. However, after earning a master’s degree in journalism, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and she decided she was going to change that. Her vision was to create a magazine that not only featured ethical and responsible destinations but also took care of its contributors. No more trading compensations for positive reviews. No more traveling on an insufficient budget. No more shady deals with bloated companies. Just pure travel, the good, the bad, the breathtaking, and even the not-so-glamorous. That is what Clare stands for and its what you can expect from Immersion Travel Magazine.


Chris learned the joys of traveling by escaping the hustle of his native Southern California. Numerous trips to the Southwest’s bountiful open spaces instilled a love of the outdoors and a healthy respect for nature. After a friend convinced him to study Spanish in Madrid, Chris fell in love with learning about new cultures and capturing their beauty in his images. He studied studio art at the University of California, Riverside and Journalism at the University of Oregon. While in Oregon, Clare Hancock recruited him as a business partner for “an insane idea” that became Immersion Travel Magazine. He now serves as the Creative Director for Immersion.


Ethan Gelber has long wandered the planet as a responsible/eco/slow/immersive traveler. As a tour guide, professional communications strategist and freelance writer, including as a Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador and Huffington Post blogger, he has agitated for responsible/sustainable travel practices, a focus on keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.