The original travel influencer, Jimmy Im is a nationally recognized travel and lifestyle expert, writer, instructor and personality. He was a host on Travel Channel (Confessions of a Travel Writer), critic on Bravo’s Best New Restaurant and travel expert on various morning and evening news show including NBC, Nightline and Morning Blend. In the past fourteen years, his work has appeared in top, national and global publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Travel + Leisure, Yahoo Travel, New York magazine, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Details, American Airlines/American Way, Robb Report, Passport, BBC Travel, Travel Channel and dozens more. Jimmy is currently the senior lifestyle writer at CNBC (working with the Make It team). While Jimmy has visited 113 countries, lives in New York City and often travels with his pup, Ruby who, yes, has an Instagram — @jetsetruby!
Freelance writer for national magazines, newspapers, websites and copywriter for CVB/tourism campaigns
Jimmy has written for more than fifty top magazines in the United States and internationally. He also works regularly with CVBs and tourism boards—like Palm Springs, West Hollywood and Pasadena—to create original content for their websites, newsletters, brochures and other destination/tourism copy.
Internationally recognized within the travel industry as a veteran writer, spokesperson and travel writing instructor
With 13+ years experience, Jimmy Im is a household name in the travel industry. He’s frequently invited to stay in new luxury hotels before they open to the public (from Amanoi in Vietnam to Starwood Luxury Collection Tambo del Inko in Peru to Soho House Chicago) and serves as a speaker/guest judge at notable chef competitions and industry events. Jimmy has also taught travel writing for five years with MediaBistro, where many students went on to write for high-profile magazines like Travel + Leisure and USA Today.
Expert in travel and lifestyle trends
Jimmy Im has encyclopedic knowledge of emerging and current travel and lifestyle trends. He’s known to break exclusive stories and is among the first to experience new hotels, providing expert insight and advice. His network of contacts is extensive, and his reputation precedes him. Im is often used as a source/subject for top magazines, including CNBC, Vogue, Bridal Guide, Inc., Yahoo! and more. As a travel industry expert, he's appeared on national news segments as well as shows on The Travel Channel and Bravo. See segment clips of Jimmy on screen in his reel below!
Versatility with travel markets
Due to Jimmy’s vast interest and experience, he’s widely knowledgeable on a range of travel markets. Whether it’s adventure travel, weddings and honeymoons, travel trade, family travel, gay travel, luxury travel or millennial travel, Jimmy has deep knowledge of all markets. He’s an invaluable resource in the industry.
Major brand partnerships
Jimmy has partnered with major travel brands, from Intercontinental Hotel Group to Preferred Hotels & Resorts, as a writer, an ambassador or a consultant. He's appeared on morning news and press events as a spokesperson and/or ambassador, and he continues to cultivate strong relationships with major and boutique companies.
Public relations and communications experience
In addition to travel, Jimmy also has experience as public relations manager at SVEDKA vodka, and he served as VP, Business Development for Out Escapes.
With TravelBinger, Jimmy brings his expertise on luxury travel to you with feature stories, hotel openings, trends, news, tips and more. Follow TravelBinger on Facebook (@travelbinger), Instagram (@travelbinger) and Twitter (@travelbinger).