The Cambria Tourism Board is thrilled to finally announce its newly developed Cambria Ambassador Program. We’ve partnered with bloggers from all across California, inviting them to use their photography, outdoor, and food and beverage expertise to give travelers like you an exclusive preview of Cambria. Over the next several months, a different set of ambassadors will post their features each month! With the seasons as their guide, these ambassadors will unveil endless options for explorers. This month, we are happy to introduce you to our first two bloggers: Veronica Hill and Josh McNair.
Veronica Hill is a native Californian and former travel journalist (Fodor’s, Associated Press, Freedom News Service) who has been recognized as one of the leading experts in California travel. More than 23 million people have watched her videos, and her California Essential Guide app has over 23,000 downloads. In January 2012, Veronica was selected as YouTube’s On the Rise winner, spotlighting up-and-coming channels. In August 2013, YouTube invited California Travel Tips and only 30 other channels to take part in its cutting-edge Creator Accelerator Program, which included three weeks of intensive training, collaborations and filming at the state-of-the-art YouTube Space LA facility in Playa Vista.
Since 2007, Veronica’s California Travel Tips channel has helped tourists make the most out of their visit to California. Not only does Veronica offer tips and secrets for visiting major attractions like Huntington Beach and Santa Monica, but she also tours off-the-beaten path destinations that don’t make it into most guidebooks. Veronica’s audience is a mix of California natives looking for something new to do, and prospective tourists coming from the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Veronica personally visits and films every location, sometimes spending up to a week at each destination for each video.
Throughout life, Josh McNair has always been intrigued with traveling and seeing the world through his own eyes. Always having been in love with different forms of art, he decided to take his photography to another level during a mission trip to Ethiopia. While there he photographed many different beautiful places, juxtaposed with the sadness of the poverty in the area. This experience instilled in him a need to see more than just what is outside of his window. Shortly after, California Through My Lens was born.
While he readily admits he’s not saving the world through his photography, he has been trying to fill his travel itch by documenting as much of his surroundings (California) as he can, all in an effort to get people to spread their wings and experience the beauty of life outside their own neighborhood. If he can get someone to realize how many amazing things they have within 45 minutes of their house, Josh has done his job.
Completely self-taught in photography, Josh has only been doing it seriously for a couple of years. Everyday he spends photographing, he learns more and more about the camera – and California.