Four Locals: the USA’s Northeast Corridor

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Travelers like to champion locals a lot, I’ve noticed. And “travel like a local” has become the new “off-the-beaten track,” a well-intentioned mantra that’s now sort of a cliche. Still, it has a point. I’ve just finished a humbling opportunity to follow Andrew Evans’ shoes as the National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad, going by train between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and DC. I … Read on

Why Las Vegas is a bad suit

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Every few years I go to Las Vegas to speak in a panel. This week I returned for DMAI’s centennial conference, which I really enjoyed. Whenever I’ve gone to Vegas I’ve tried to enjoy myself. I once even made a video feebly trying to position “SIN City” as “ScIeNce City.” People love it. I simply don’t get it. It’s not the heat, the … Read on

Philadelphia is weird

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Know how some places tout their zany with “Keep Weird” campaigns? All the while, America’s weirdest city hardly realizes that it does things a bit oddly. And it is very weird. After all, only Philadelphia has a sinking neighborhood, a Lenin-like saint mausoleum, a street named after pigeon droppings, nights where you can throw eggs wherever you want, an unhealthy pack-rat tendency to … Read on