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Aol sells Gadling to Skift

Gadling logo

Based on the emails I receive and this website’s search engine traffic, some visitors here are interested in the travel blog Gadling. (I edited it and contributed to it for a spell after joining Aol and MapQuest in October.)

Today, Aol announced it sold Gadling to Skift. Appropriately, you can get the details on Skift. Or Gadling.

And if you were emailing me via a Gadling account, best to use now. Thanks!

Flashback: That time I reviewed a stay at my parents’ house

My parents' house

A few years ago, I reviewed the accommodations at my parents’ house for the now-defunct UpTake. (Executive summary: I enjoyed my stay, although the barware could have been better.) As I’m staying with my folks again next week, bookending my visit to Boston to research an article for MapQuest, I figured it was time to resurface my review (because evergreen content):

UpTake: “An objective review of the accommodations at my parents’ house”

Heading to Boston next week: suggestions needed

Toro Boston

Of all the cities I’ve been fortunate enough to visit in recent years, I’m probably most excited about my next trip: Boston. I was born there and grew up 15 miles north of the city. I haven’t been back though in more than 18 months—my longest stint away. And while I love seeing my family and friends there, rarely do I get the opportunity to explore the city when I visit.

This visit though, that all changes: my parents are watching my daughters while my wife and I explore the city for three days, researching a feature article for MapQuest’s “99 Summer Travel Quests.” That being said, I could use some suggestions for places to visit, especially restaurants and bars (a return visit to Toro, pictured at top, is highly probable). Please let me know your recommendations in the comments. Thanks!

MapQuest is hiring a community development manager

MapQuestMapQuest (hey, that’s where I work!) is hiring a community development manager as we ramp up our editorial content.

An overview of the gig:

The Contributor Network:
Comprised of bloggers, writers, photographers and other content creators across the MapQuest Contributor Network. The Contributor Development Manager will be responsible for growing our network of writers and other contributors and optimize their experience driving our overall brand strategy.

The Role:
This position will work with contributors through all stages, from outreach and onboarding to day-to-day maintenance and editorial operations. You will work across departments, including editorial, sales and product. The candidate will be responsible for planning, prioritizing and executing projects independently in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment as well as collaborating with other team members.

The Candidate:
If you want a challenge and the chance to be a part of one of the greatest transformation stories in the tech industry, this is the place for you. We’re looking for someone that is detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated. You should be a problem solver with a cheerful disposition and a positive outlook. The candidate must thrive in a busy atmosphere as part of a small, hardworking team.

The complete job description is here. Interested in applying? Please let me know. Happy to answer any questions too.

Chatting about Dallas’s art scene with

Me, standing on the grassy knoll in Dallas

Me, standing on the grassy knoll in Dallas. recently ranked Dallas seventh in its “list of the 25 most popular destinations for summer travel.” In the  the article, I was quoted about Dallas and its art scene:

“Dallas Ranks Among Top 10 Cities for Affordable Summer Travel”

Last year, Fairmont Magazine published my article on a day trip to Dallas. And previously, I’d written about the city’s art scene for Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, enRoute: “Painting the Town Red, White and Blue.”


‘Inspirato’ magazine just published my final article as a freelancer. That it was about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail will not surprise you. But it will restore your faith in humanity. Or at least good Kentucky bourbon.

Inspirato, Spring 2014

Inspirato magazine’s spring 2014 issue included my final article as a freelancer. Titled, “Kentucky Gold,” fittingly it’s a feature on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Obligatory joke about how fun researching an article on bourbon is goes here ______________________ . Actually, it’s not a joke: it’s damn true.

Anyway, read the article on Inspirato’s website or enjoy the magazine’s hardcopy layout in this .pdf. Or, right now for a limited time, the spring 2014 issue is available for free on Inspirato’s website. The choice is yours.

I also contributed sidebars on Kentucky’s favorite bourbons, bourbon 101, the best pours from the Bluegrass State, and where to enjoy a drink or two in Louisville.

Inspirato with American Express is a private, members-only destination club. Its 180-page glossy magazine is published three times a year. It’s distributed to the club’s members, sold on newsstands, and available for iPads and Android tablets.

And thanks to Chea Beckley and Stephanie Greene at 21c Museum Hotel and Proof on Main for their assistance.

Photo: Courtesy Inspirato

525 invoices sent, 525 invoices paid

Freelancers complaining about not getting paid seems to be a common theme on the Internet, or at least the Internet that I see. So I just wanted to share a little evidence to the contrary*—during my nine-plus years as a freelancer, I submitted 525 invoices. And effective this past weekend, all 525 were paid. And almost all of them in a timely manner. Thanks!

*Possibly relevant tidbit: My job during breaks in college was with a hospital, collecting on past-due accounts from insurers.

Beer, bubbly and Britney: Follow my Vegas trip via MapQuest’s Instagram account

I’m heading to Las Vegas this weekend as part of Starwood Preferred Guest and Caesar’s Entertainment Celebration Weekend.

The itinerary’s jammed with lots of fun activities, like eating, drinking and Britney Spears’s show at Planet Hollywood (which — true confession — I’m a lot more excited about than a hardcore classic rock fan should publicly admit to).

I’ll be posting photos throughout the trip on MapQuest’s Instagram account. So, please, follow along.

Also, I created a Spotify playlist for the trip. So, please, listen along too.