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MapQuest Commute launches on Apple iOS, Android, and Amazon. Now you go download.

MapQuest commute app

Just released! MapQuest’s latest app—Commute—“personalized alerts deliver real-time traffic and road conditions along your route 15 minutes before you are scheduled to leave home or work. I’ve been using beta versions for a while and am really impressed.

To coincide with the launched, MapQuest’s editorial side published “Your Commute, Made Fun (Seriously).”

Now you go download Commute:

Photo: Courtesy MapQuest Commute

Have any questions about taking a Disney Cruise? Ask me.

Last week my family and I went on the Disney Dream for a three-day cruise of the Bahamas. While I was there to research Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween and holiday activities for MapQuest videos, a bunch of friends asked me via social media more generic questions about going on a Disney Cruise. So I’m going to answer them in a Q&A article for MapQuest too.

Have any Disney Cruise questions for me? Add them to the comments or email them to me at zach@zacheverson.com. Thanks!

I told you Stonehenge would hit the big time in 2014! Again!

Last night on Gizmodo: “Underground Mapping Near Stonehenge Reveals a New “Super Henge”

This January from me on Twitter:

This, on the heels of Stonehenge getting big press from Barack Obama’s visit last week.

Again, I don’t want to brag, but I have no other choice.

MapQuest publishes my feature article on visiting Boston child-free

Boston collage

Remember that article I started live-writing in front of an audience? Last week MapQuest published it:

“Enjoy a child-free visit to your hometown: After a four-year parenting bender, it was time for a daughter-free detox in Boston”

Thanks to Mike Yessis at MapQuest for editing it, Molly Kravitz at Connelly Partners for helping arrange my stay, my wife for accompanying me on the trip, and—of course—my folks for watching the kids.

It was a fun piece to research, write, and produce. The writing took me a bit longer than usual, in part, I think, because of the live-write. Writing in front of an audience compelled me to take a different approach than I usually do, trying to make the text readable before it was really ready for other sets of eyes. I’ll probably try the live-write stunt again, but more likely for a shorter piece.

MainStreet quotes me in its article on overrated travel destinations

Main StreetMain Street quoted me in its recent article:

“The Six Most Overrated Tourist Sites on the Planet”

My answer (you’ll have to go to the last page of the article to read it): Mount Rushmore. I visited when I was 14 and driving cross-country with my family. Afterwards, I expressed my disappointment to my parents, who weren’t pleased to hear it and, if I remember correctly (I don’t always), made me write a journal entry on why I shouldn’t complain about the wonderful trip I was on.

Journal entry or not, 24 years later, I’m still hating on Mount Rushmore.