About Salt & Wind

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Welcome to Salt & Wind — we're here to help you taste the world!

Salt & Wind Travel is a boutique travel company for the discerning food and lifestyle traveler. We help our clients experience bespoke travels in three ways: through boutique group trips, with custom travel planning services, and via this our online magazine.

Salt & Wind is not for the one-city-a-day, selfie stick-wielding tourist. Our services are for the traveler who wants to dig deeper and get the inside scoop. For the explorer who wants to experience classic gems worth their weight as well as just-opened hotspots to discover what the culture of a destination 100% unique.

Founded by food and travel expert, Aida Mollenkamp in 2015, the company is owned by Aida and filmmaker and travel expert, Kristen Kellogg. 

Our deep expertise in a few locations — California, Mexico, Italy, France, and Spain — means our recommendations are quality. Each destination is meticulously researched, each travel partner handpicked, and each activity personally planned, to show you the people, tastes, and sights that make these regions deliciously unique.

You deserve to make the most of your vacation — our travel services do the work for you so you can focus on being in the moment. Be it custom food tours, exclusive restaurants reservations, hands-on cooking classes, or private wine tastings – if it’s related to food, we’re here to help you make it happen. To get started, check out our full list of travel planning services or join one of our group trips!

Team Salt & Wind

Aida Mollenkamp, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Aida is a food and travel expert, author, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind. She has a made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations.

Aida has extensive background in hospitality, food, and media spaces. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris cooking school before joining CHOW Magazine where she worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television and hosted the Food Network show, Ask Aida, FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous cooks. 

Aida believes you don't know a place until you've broken bread there and is on a mission to help food travelers taste the world. She speaks four languages, has lived abroad in France and Italy, and, along with Kristen, personally researches every boutique group trip for Salt & Wind Travel.

Find Aida on social at Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  

Kristen Kellogg, Partner and Creative Director

Exploring rugged to refined, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert Kristen Kellogg has designed her life for life on the road.

Kristen holds a degree in Communication Studies with a focus in Marketing and Public Relations from San Jose State University. She founded the content creation agency, Border Free Travels, to craft engaging travel and lifestyle stories and brand campaigns through film, photography, and innovative media. She not only creates content but provides consulting to brands and destinations for digital marketing, social media, and modern campaign concepts that will best reach and engage their desired audience.

Kristen recently produced work for the Travel Channel and Thailand Tourism, and her work has been featured in a variety of outlets such as Yahoo, Daily Mail, AFAR, MSN, and Microsoft among others. Kristen is a Brand Ambassador for Coola Suncare, is from Southern Illinois, has an obsession with cheese, loves talking to strangers (in person and on Instagram), and feels most at home when she’s not.

A Mexico City resident, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by exploring her own backyard.

Find Kristen on social at Instagram 


Jackie Bryant, Editor-At-Large & Trips Coordinator

Jackie is a food and travel writer who can often be found in some phase of entering or exiting Mexico. After leaving her native New York and escaping her former career in finance, she relocated to San Diego. Her work can be found at publications like Roads & KingdomsNew WorlderAFAREaterThrillist and The Infatuation, among others. In addition to contributing to Salt & Wind, she's also using her Mexico and Spain expertise to help design and execute Salt & Wind's trips.

Gianna Duda, Marketing Intern

A proud Washingtonian, Gianna Duda is currently a senior in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, where she is majoring in Hotel Administration and concentrating in Marketing. Having grown up working in the service industry, Gianna is a lover of all things food and culture, finding enjoyment in meeting new people from all corners of the globe. Working for companies such as Bandier, Gurney's Resorts, SoulCycle, and ThinkFoodGroup by José Andrés, Gianna has been able to pursue endeavors in branding, luxury marketing, and hospitality. As an intern for Salt & Wind, Gianna works on editorial content,marketing, and developing the Salt & Wind Travel brand.

Bradley Chen, Editorial Intern

Bradley is a sophomore studying Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From a young age, he has always been intrigued and inspired by the art of pastry and documents his creations in his baking & lifestyle blog, Brad & Butter. Ultimately, Bradley hopes to inspire other people through the lens of food, photography, and text. Here at Salt & Wind, Bradley helps run our social media platforms and works to keep all of our site content up-to-date.


Nicole Collins, Beauty Contributor

Nicole loves to travel, cook and dine well nearly as much as she loves beauty. She has 10 years of marketing and brand partnership experience in the beauty industry working with indie and luxury brands and everything in between.

Ligaya Malones, Hawaii, Spain, Mexico, and California Contributor

Ligaya Malones writes about bright spots in food and travel from San Diego and abroad. Ligaya writes travel tips and various food stories about Hawaii, Spain, and California for Salt & Wind. 

Rachel Vermiglio Smith, Italy Contributor

Rachel is an Arizona-born, wanderer at heart who eventually settled down to live the pasta-eating dream in Florence, Italy. Since 2014, she has been working as an Italian culture decoder, writing articles and consulting on all things Italian. When not exploring new restaurants or geeking out over art history, she can be found strolling the Arno river with her bilingual California rescue dog, Stella.

Salt & Wind Philosophy

If we're going to be hanging out, we think there are a few things you should know. Here at Salt & Wind we follow this mantra no matter whether we're at home or on the road: 

  • We like to spend time in the unique neighborhoods that make a place special
  • We think local, even when we're traveling the globe so we do our best to highlight independent makers
  • We believe in seasonal eating and cooking whole foods so, sorry, but no deep-fried candy bars here
  • When we're home, we love cooking recipes inspired by our favorite food destinations
  • We like to stay active so we're always looking where to workout or walk when we're on the road
  • We believe cocktail hour, boutique shopping, and quality coffee are our god-given rights

Contribute To Salt & Wind Magazine

The online magazine, Salt & Wind, is built for and by a community of food and travel lovers. We're always ISO amazing photographers, writers, and recipe developers. To pitch us, please review our Editorial Guidelines then reach out to us at edit [at] saltandwind [dot] com.

Work With Salt & Wind Travel

From sponsored content to creative collaborationes and IRL events, through our in-house sontent creation agency, Border Free Travels, we work with brands in a variety of capacities. For our Media Kit or to discuss further, reach out to us at partnerships[at] saltandwind [dot] com.

Press & Media

The Salt & Wind team has been featured on a variety of media outlets from television to magazines to online destinations. If you want to learn more, check our Work With Us page. 

Photo by Christine Davis