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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 Hotels.com that compares this year’s average rates with last year’s prices.

Read the entire article at Condé Nast Traveler.

Thanks to Hotels.com 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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I’m on Snapchat, follow me (and not for anything filthy, either)

SnapchatSnapchat—it’s not (just) for  temporary (sort of) nudie pics these days.

I’ve had a Snapchat account for a while, but never used it—seriously!—when it was just for person-to-person messaging. But its newish Stories function is a lot of fun, both to create and watch. Stories are photos and video strung together to create one narrative. They only last for 24 hours (although you can save them to your mobile device’s photo app and repurpose them on other sites and apps). One I created recently is at the end of this post.

You can follow me on Snapchat by opening that app on your phone, pointing your camera at the image in this blog post, and snapping. Or you can just search for me: z_everson.

As for other accounts creating stories worth a follow, I’m digging Eater (eaterdotcom) and Condé Nast Traveler (cntraveler).

If you’re just getting started on Snapchat, Business Insider’s “ultimate guide on how to use Snapchat” is a good jumping off point.

And here’s that Snapchat Story I created. It’s from a visit to The Candy Lady in Albuquerque. Her blue ice candy was used as a stand-in for meth on Breaking Bad.

Behold the newest way to find the best airfare deals, my latest article for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’

Condé Nast Traveler

Today Condé Nast Traveler published my latest article,  “The Newest Way to Find the Best Airfare Deals”:

ExitFares, which launched last month, monitors numerous online sources to “uncover mistake fares, promo codes, and deals from regional carriers and airlines like Southwest that might not be widely distributing their fare data,” says Naveen Thattil, the company’s founder. The best deals are then aggregated and emailed out to users who sign up for free once-a-day updates.

I suspect we’ll see similar services launch soon, each promising to data mine more sources than its competitors and having slightly better interfaces than its predecessors.

Another record year for Derby Home Rental, LLC

Derby Home RentalDerby 2015 was another record year for Derby Home Rental LLC, my business that helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners rent out their homes for Derby weekend. This year 58 homes advertised and 38 of them rented—both all-time highs.

Over the past year, I redesigned the website with a responsive theme that looks better on mobile browsers and devices, installed a SSL certificate to improve the site’s security, took several measures to speed up the site’s load time, commissioned a new logo, and added a Tiny Letter newsletter that informs subscribers when a new home advertises on the site.

In addition, I created or overhauled our social media profiles. You can now keep up with the latests ads via

Derby Home Rentals also was mentioned in an Aol Travel article on the Kentucky Derby.

Thanks to everyone who advertised and rented a home this year. And, remember—the earlier you advertise your home for Derby weekend 2016, the better your chances of finding a renter.

Footage I shot makes its way to U.K. TV

Ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China
In what sounds like an anecdote from every Thomas Friedman article ever, a Manchester, U.K. TV station used this Washington, D.C.-based writer’s footage of ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China in a recent segment.

It’s at the 1:07 mark in this ITV segment (sorry, ITV doesn’t allow for embedding video):

“Blackpool Dance Festival to have sister event in China”

And in case you want to watch all the footage of the dancing in Shenzhen, here it is.

National Press Club now includes this guy, right here

National Press Club membership cardLast month I was accepted into the National Press Club, a Washington, DC-based private club for journalists and communications professionals with about 3,500 members.

“It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism,” according to its website.

The National Press Club has been around for about a century. Its headquarters is in downtown Washington, DC, so I expect to be working from there often.

(And, yes, I blocked out my membership number so no one impersonates me and runs up my tab at the bar.)