When I moved to Oregon last year, I didn’t know they had cowboys. So when when I got a hall pass to write pretty much anything about the state recently for National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad, I headed east — into cowboy country. Experiencing all this is one of the ways I’m trying to become “Oregonian” as I explain in the article: When … Read on →
I’ve gone a few miles over the years. And here are 44 little things about travel I picked up on the way. Wash your hands before you sleep, unless you don’t mind it if cute rats lick your fingers clean. When kindness comes from strangers, accept it. If you don’t know if they expect a tip, you can offer one — but … Read on →
The Oklahoma Panhandle is a rectangle of plains that no one wanted for years. It’s mostly known for being flat and having a lot of bad luck. Boise City, which was accidentally bombed by apologetic Texans during WWII, was the epicenter of the Dust Bowl. Though the panhandle is responsible for giving the Sooner State the best state shape in the country, the … Read on →
Travel used to be about going to see things – look kids, it’s Big Ben – then increasingly became about going to do things. Like taking a drawing course to draw Big Ben. Next, I think, travel will be about making things. This is sort of hard to explain. It comes when we start to use trips to find answers (and create flowcharts) … Read on →
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 →
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 →
That video above pretty much tells you, in 78 seconds, who ROBERT REID is: a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times), travel expert (Today Show, CNN, GoogleTalks), travel videographer (his 76-Second Travel Show) and the kind of guy who throws Manhattan Bridge's 100th birthday party. Read more...