Our Team & Our Partners

Salt & Wind by Joanne Pio Photography

Salt & Wind Travel was created by the team of the food travel site, Salt & Wind. After two years of sharing our love for all things food and travel online, we decided it was time to travel together! These are the people and partners who help make the trips come to life: 

Baja California by Joanne Pio Photography


We believe everyday should have an air of vacay, whether you’re on the road or in your kitchen, and aim to help you live an inspired life.We launched Salt & Wind Travel because we believe travel is way more fun when you have a good partner and who better than you!?! Our trips are all about balance: refined but with a touch of real world grit; some relaxation and a lot of exploring; exercise along with quality food and drink; meticulous planning with some impromptu events; and a small group of fellow food and travel lovers.

Baja California by Joanne Pio Photography


Aida Mollenkamp, Food & Travel Expert

Salt & Wind founder, Aida Mollenkamp, has a made her career in food travel media and has crisscrossed the globe searching out unique destinations. She has worked in kitchens, hotels, and media since her teens and studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris so she takes food, travel, and hospitality seriously. All roads in Aida's life lead to the intersection of food and travel. She travels in the name of making new friends, trying new taste, and uncovering finds. She founded Salt & Wind to help people travel in good taste!

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Grace Helfrich, Marketing & Partnerships

Grace started her career working for clients such as L’Oreal Paris and MARS Snackfoods. She eventually became Director of Marketing at Pelican Studios where she managed her clients’ social media programs. She helps create strategic collaborations related to Salt & Wind trips. 

Jackie Bryant, Yoga Teacher & Group Concierge

Jackie is a food and travel writer who can often be found in some phase of entering or exiting Mexico. She lives in San Diego and is using her Baja expertise to help design Salt & Wind Mexico trips. She's also a certified yoga teacher, has worked at Baja wineries, and will be acting as the group concierge.

Joanne Pio, Group Photographer

We first met Joanne on a girls' trip to Baja California and we instantly fell for her unique knack at visual storytelling. She will be traveling with us on our Mexico trips to help chronicle our adventures.  

Christine Davis, Group Photographer

Before we ever met Christine IRL, we were fans of her photography. She is a native New Yorker now living in Milan and does an amazing job snapping the city, which is why we asked her to join our Italy trips.




One Bunk Hotels

Hosting Salt & Wind travelers before, during, and after our trips with hotel accomodations on both sides of the border, En Bloc is redefining hospitality in the region with chic design and high-end service.


Club Tengo Hambre

Our friends at Club Tengo Hambre are the end-all-be-all experts on food, wine, and beer tours in the area. We have partnered together to curate all the restaurant reservations and food tours on the trip. 




Charme & Adventure

For our Italian trips, we partner with local travel specialists, Charme & Adventure, to plan every last detail from your airport pickup to hotels.

Baja California by Joanne Pio


Team Salt & Wind loves to work with like-minded brands on everything from events to giveaways to collaborations and strategic partnerships. For partnerships, PR, or marketing inquiries related to trips, please write Grace at marketing@saltandwind.com.