Spud Hilton is Travel Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and SFChronicle.com. He is a 28-year journalist who has written about, reported on and been hopelessly lost on six continents. His section and his storytelling — from Havana’s back alleys to Kyoto’s shrines to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto — have earned 11 SATW Lowell Thomas Awards. Hilton has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” Peter Greenberg’s Worldwide show for WCBS, and Rudy Maxa’s World, and “Quest Means Business” on CNN International. He was the keynote speaker for the Hawaii Tourism Conference in 2015.