Team Salt & Wind Travel

Salt & Wind by Joanne Pio Photography

Salt & Wind Travel was created by the team behind 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 head out in the world and travel together! 

These are the people and partners who help make the trips come to life: 

Baja California by Joanne Pio Photography


We believe that food is a universal language and that the best way to get to travel and get to know a place is to dive into its food and drink culture. We launched Salt & Wind Travel because food travel is way more fun when you have a good food friend, 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.

Salt & Wind Travel Founder Aida Mollenkamp | photo by joanne pio


Aida Mollenkamp, Food & Travel Expert

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

She has worked in kitchens, hotels, and food media for more than 10 years and studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris. As a result, she takes food, travel, and hospitality seriously, which is why she personally curates each and every trip. 

Aida founded Salt & Wind to help people travel in good taste!

Salt & Wind Travel Team Photo


Jackie Bryant, Trips Coordinator & 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 acts as the Salt & Wind Travel group concierge.

Julia Cartwright, Trips Intern

Julia Cartwright is a Junior studying at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where she is concentrating on the Food and Beverage side of hospitality. She is a native Californian who loves cooking, traveling, and doing both with friends.

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.



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