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Latest assignment was close to home, but still a bit trippy

Wells Fargo Advisors LifescapesBehold my latest article:

Washington, D.C.: Beyond the Monuments

While the article didn’t take me far from home, it did take me back in time:

  • The editor was my college roommate.
  • The outlet was Wells Fargo Advisors’s Lifescapes publication. Wells Fargo bought First Union, my first post-college employer (“Thank you for calling First Union’s Retail Investment Group. This is Zach Everson speaking. How may I help you?” x 65 times a day).
  • The subject is DC, which is what I covered for my first travel writing gig (with Gridskipper).

Also, as of this post, my article is the most popular on the Lifescapes website.

Photo: Courtesy Wells Fargo Advisors

The solution to ad blockers

It’s podcasts and apps—with links posted on websites and social media that open directly to the podcast or app, or to the option to download said post or app.

Media saved, tech companies thwarted.

(For background on what I’m talking about Arnold, read Casey Johnston’s “Welcome to the Block Party” for The Awl.)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story didn’t include the Diff’rent Strokes allusion.

New gig alert: I’m now contributing to Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet logoHappy to share that today I started contributing to Lonely Planet. Here’s my first article: “New app allows users to send messages without internet connection.”

Ten years ago, Lonely Planet’s “Europe on a Shoestring” guided me on a three-month trip from Dublin to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey (and back!). Lonely Planet’s been my go-to for guidebooks ever since.

I’ll be contributing articles that focus on travel news, usually where it intersects with other areas. To wit, today I’m writing about Taylor Swift.

Can a new smart-trip planner create my dream vacation? By me for ‘Condé Nast Traveler.’

Condé Nast Traveler

Last week I tested a new digital smart-trip planner for Condé Nast Traveler:

This week, Inspirock launched what it claims is “the first free smart trip planner that instantly learns your personal interests and creates an itinerary just for you.” On average, the Inspirock team says, travelers visit 38 websites over 21 days when planning a trip. The startup aims to cut that number down significantly by using machine learning and—you guessed it—big data.

Found out how Inspirock did when I put it to the test in hopes of getting a trip full of restaurants, bourbon, and pony races.

Trips + Giggles posts my top 5 family travel tips

The family at a Washington Nationals game

A couple weeks back Trips + Giggles, one of my favorite travel outlets for parents, published my top five family travel tips:

“Trips + Giggles Top 5 Family Travel Tips with Zach Everson”

It takes some cojones to try the flying one, but it’s totally worth doing. I discovered it accidentally: when we had just kid, I flew to Boston for Thanksgiving with her. My wife was in another city on a business trip and was flying to Boston directly from there .

Thanks to Juliana Shallcross, Trips + Giggles founder and editor, for asking for my insight.

The best Fourth of July hotel deals, by me for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’

Condé Nast Traveler

Last week Condé Nast Traveler published my round-up of the top 10 domestic hotel deals for the Fourth of July weekend:

The Fourth of July is less than two weeks away, but there are still plenty of hotel deals available if you’re planning a last-minute getaway. Here are ten U.S. cities offering hotel bargains this Independence Day weekend, according to data from that compares this year’s average rates with last year’s prices.

Read the entire article at Condé Nast Traveler.

Thanks to for sharing its data.

Detour got even better so I wrote about it again for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’

Condé Nast Traveler

Back in March, I called Detour “an audio guide that’s actually worth paying for” in an article for Condé Nast Traveler. (The app offers “location-aware audio walks” that guide travelers through a “This American Life”-like story.)

Yesterday, the app, got an important update. So, follow-up article:

A new series of “location-aware audio walks” in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Marrakech, New York, and Paris are making what might be the world’s best audio guide app even better. Until this week, Detour—which Condé Nast Traveler previously called “an audio guide that’s actually worth paying for”—only had walks in its hometown of San Francisco and, in a one-off collaboration with Radiolab for SXSW, Austin.

Read the entire article at Condé Nast Traveler.

American Pharoah will win the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown. Unless he does not.

Belmont Stakes logoThe Belmont Stakes is today. And, if you’re bothering to read this article, you probably already know that if American Pharoah wins, he’ll be horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The race is at 6:50 p.m. EDT on NBC. (But coverage of today’s earlier races at Belmont Park has already started on NBC Sports Live Extra, and you should watch it as soon as Barcelona wins this afternoon’s UEFA Champions League finale.)

Here’s my breakdown of the field.

1. Mubtaahij

Morning line odds (which are not an expert’s thoughts on a horse’s chances of winning, but rather a prediction of how the public will bet on the race—the actual odds depend on how the public does bet and, as such, change right up until the race goes off)—10/1

This horse has mostly run in Europe, making it hard to compare his performance to the rest of the field, who have all competed exclusively in the United States. His one U.S. race was the Kentucky Derby where he finished an unimpressive eighth out of a field of 18. (Yes, an eighth place finish can be admirable, depending on how it’s achieved—like if a horse got bumped or tripped but came back. Mubtaahij doesn’t have such an excuse.)

Mubtaahij, however, does have the best breeding for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes—the longest distances these horses have yet, and probably ever will, race. His sire’s (father’s) average winning distance was 8.7 furlongs (eight furlongs to a mile) and his dam’s sire’s (mother’s father’s) was 8.8. Most of the sire’s and dam’s sires of horses in this field had averages winning distances in the seven furlong range.

Fun fact: His owner is a first cousin of the ruler of Dubai.

Verdict: A possibility for third or fourth place, meaning consider him in trifectas (pick the top three finishers) or superfectas (pick the top four finishers).


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