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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

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.

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.

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.

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.)