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I wrote about BBQ for Visit the USA and then visited my local BBQ joint because I have no restraint

Visit the USABrand USA’s Visit the USA website, which encourages travelers abroad to, well, visit the USA, just published two articles I wrote:

In a related story, Pitmasters Back Alley BBQ just opened in DC, about two blocks away from my house, and I’ve been ordering from it weekly. With no dine-in option, it didn’t qualify for my articles. But if you’re in DC, you’d be well advised to call in an order and just picnic some place.

Photo: Courtesy Visit the USA

I argue for taking a cruise with the kids in ‘Condé Nast Traveler’s’ January 2016 issue

Condé Nast Traveler January 2016 coverThe January 2016 issue of Condé Nast Traveler includes my article “Two Very Good Arguments to Take a Cruise Right Now—With the Kids … “.

(In case you’re curious, the other argument is for taking a cruise without the kids. And it’s pretty persuasive.)

You can pick up Condé Nast Traveler wherever fine magazines are sold. Update Jan. 12, 2016: My article now appears online as well.

And if this article has you hankering for more articles and videos from me on Disney Cruise Line, you’re in luck:

Photo: Courtesy Condé Nast Traveler

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.