Erika Wiggins aka The Active Explorer

Erika Wiggins aka The Active Explorer

Why partner with The Active Explorer?

Our editor, Erika Wiggins, is a freelance writer and blogger specializing in travel, food, and adventure sports.  Raised by nomadic parents, she sailed the South Pacific and Caribbean as a child.   She earned her pilot’s license before learning to drive, and now is a flight instructor with a degree in Aeronautical Science.

As an adult, she has hiked, backpacked, rappelled, and caved extensively across the US and abroad and loves to sample the beer and cuisine of each new destination.

She is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent and her work has appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post,  Ski Utah, Solo Traveler Blog, and The Travel Bite. You can follow her on Twitter as @Active_Explorer, and on Facebook.

As the years passed, the blog grew, and so did our team. We now regularly welcome guest bloggers and have added new contributors, Laura Manina and Brandon Aegerter.


Supporters and Partners

Sometimes you meet folks who you just “click” with and find you have common interests and values. That’s when magic happens. We would like to thank the following organizations and companies who have gone above and beyond in their support us by either providing access, gear, or other non-financial good-will and stoke.

  • Columbia Sportswear – Spring 2013 #omniten
  • Geigerrig Hydration
  • Visit Salt Lake – Blog Contributor
  • Brighton Ski Resort
  • Trail Sherpa

Advertising on The Active Explorer

A few of the media outlets where Erika’s work has been published.

Please see the Media Kit for more details regarding:

  • Banner media
  • Gear and Product Reviews
  • Destination Reviews

Writing Services

Erika is available for freelance writing assignments including online and print articles, copywriting, web content and technical/instruction. Her style is clean and concise without sacrificing engaging detail. Areas of expertise include: travel, adventure sports, hiking/backpacking, aviation, emergency services, real estate, medical and aviation.

What people are saying:

“Erika Wiggins is a true adventurer and an excellent writer. Her photography captures the moments with movement and clarity that make you say, “wish I could shoot like that!” She’s a wonderful guest on media trips and fun to work with. I highly recommend her work.” Mary Huff, Sr. Media Relations Specialist, Pineapple Public Relations – May 29, 2012

“Erika is a motivated writer who is dedicated to improving her craft. She communicates easily with peers and editors, and is open to receiving and applying feedback. I recommend her for a writing project without reservation.” Julie Schwietert Collazo, Lead Faculty, Travel Writing Course, MatadorU -  May 12, 2012


Published Work and Recognitions


Adventure Sports

Food and Instructional


Web Content/Marketing


Education and Memberships

  • Embry-Riddle University: B.S. in Aeronautical Science
  • MatadorU New Media School: Travel Writing
  • Crealde School of Art: Photography I, II, III and Photoshop
  • Central Florida Chapter of the Travel Blog Exchange
  • Outdoor Blogger’s Network
  • National Speleological Society
  • Southeastern Cave Conservancy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Florida Real Estate Broker
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Certified Flight Instructor


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