About Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).

FAQs for you — how to “travel like a local


I answer your questions on how “to travel like a local.” How do you travel like a local? Depends on the locals. But begin by getting stuck in a routine. Make most of your own meals. Commute. Complain about commuting. Don’t go to … Read on

Jazz is from New Orleans


I’ve just finished three barnstorming trips around the US to shoot videos for a National Geographic/Cengage textbook series on US history. This was fun. I dressed up as pilgrims, Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactors, Mark Twain, Paul Revere, George Washington, Rosie the … Read on

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I just won an award!


A few days I wrote about how I MIGHT have just won my first award since my first high school article (a foolishly glowing article on an awful Roger Daltrey album). That was for my participation on Gary Arndt’s first episode of his … Read on

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Did I just win an award?

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My writing career began in high school. To prepare myself, I posed for a photo in my room, holding a fake Stratocaster, pointing at the camera with shades on. I got out a piece of paper and a Sharpie and drew the profile … Read on

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Dark Tourism isn’t just OK, it’s necessary


I wrote an article on “dark tourism” for National Geographic Traveler yesterday. Coined by researchers in 1996, it refers to travel to places associated with death or suffering. When travelers go and share thumb’s up photos on Facebook from Auschwitz, criticism roars. But, … Read on

Video: Prizren, Kosovo in 60 seconds

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I took a Balkan roadtrip last December, and one of the surprising highlights was the Kosovo town of Prizren. It was cold and foggy. I couldn’t even see the castle on the hill above town. And the town introduction was unusual. Crooked cobbled … Read on

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