Aside from 7 countries in Africa (where he's going this summer) Michael has photographed every other nation on earth, making him one one of the very few in human history to do so & one of the "most traveled people."

Even more impressive, he has traversed most provinces on the planet (one of the 50 states, for example. There are 875 in the world) & has one of the most extensive photo libraries of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to date. He is currently writing a book with the German arm of National Geographic, look out for it in 2018. Michael Runkel Photography


National Radio Burundi
Robert Harding Agency
The Best Travelled


Sia traveled across all continents except Antarctica and almost 25 countries by her first birthday. Talk about mental input! Her favorite experiences (I think) were meeting the Himba women in Namibia, being babysat by Kuna Indians in Panama, learning to climb stairs of Balinese temples, learning to eat rice in Hokkaido and all the friends she made in airports and airplanes around the world.

"Sia the World: Traveling with a Baby" Passion Passport

"Sias erster Zahn kam in Kolumbien, der zweite im Südpazifik" (Sia's first tooth came in Colombia, the second in the South Pacific) T-Online Germany


Samantha has traveled through over 65 countries, either with a backpack or a guitar. A few of her favorite places? Eritrea, Namibia, Kurdistan, the Philippines, French Polynesia, Yemen, Rwanda, Denmark and Antarctica. In no particular order.

"Discovering the World through Music: The Journey of a Musician" Hayo Magazine

"Samantha Stollenwerck's Soundtrack for World Travel" Matador Network

Music & Philanthropy

4 full-length albums, 3 EPs, multiple live & single releases, worked with Grammy-award winning producer / songwriters Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfield), mixer Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keyes, John Mayer, Kanye West) on the album “Carefree."

Performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, South by Southwest, Sundance Film Festival, Super Bowl XIV, international touring.

Toured & collaborated with artists Dave Matthews Band, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, G. Love & Special Sauce, Mark Foster of Foster the People, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, & more.

Music for film & television including One Tree Hill, Sundance Film Favorite & HBO Documentary 'Hot Coffee', brands Patagonia & L Space Swimwear.

Official endorser of Musicians Without Borders, Pencils of Promise Campaign to build a school in Laos, served on the board of SYRV clean water initiative in Nicaragua, sponsor of Plan International, music & performances to Patagonia, Surfrider, Susan G. Komen, The Art of Elysium, Planned Parenthood, Love Hope Strength. In Germany, works with music and kids who have been displaced by the war in Syria.