Last week, I got to sit on a panel at Destination Marketing Association International in Las Vegas. The first question fell to me, “what makes a great destination article?” You could make dissertations on this. I think the answer, briefly, is True, True, True and True. It’s true to the audience. It may be obvious, but a story or video or photo should … Read on
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
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
Did you know that Broadway actors in New York have played in a softball league since 1955? You can go watch it. It’s pretty fun when you see things like Once hit a walk-off homer to beat Book of Mormon. And people get seriously mad about it. I wrote about it for National Geographic Traveler. Here are a bunch of photos.
I recently spent $15 hopping ferry to ferry about a few of the Boston Harbor Islands. It’s more out there than you’d expect from a half-hour (or longer) ride from downtown. Take Kurt, above. He lives most of the year, shirtless, in a cottage without water or electricity. I write about it for National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad blog.
My friend Andrew Evans is taking a break from a breathless schedule of circling the globe as the National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad. And I was flattered when Nat Geo asked me to fill in on a trip I’m in the middle of now: going from Boston to DC by train. My first post for them is up: a bike ride from Cambridge … Read on