Blake Snow

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Utah less-traveled: Going extinct in Dinosaur National Monument

My latest for Fodor’s: With so many other national parks and recreation areas overshadowing it, northeastern Utah is easily overlooked, especially when compared to Southern Utah. But with many of the same features minus the crowds, little-known Vernal is like Moab before it became overrun with tourists. From remarkable hiking, surreal canyons, and amazing arches, to prehistoric digs, whitewater rafting, and legalized cliff jumping, there’s so much to like about this so-called “Dinosaurland.” Continue reading…

The trouble with travel in an “open” pandemic

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My latest for Fodor’s: “Shortly after coronavirus restrictions closed international borders last spring, I asked a dozen travel experts on when those borders might reopen. The immediate answer was discouraging: sometime in 2021 at the earliest. Many of those same experts accurately predicted, however, that domestic borders would reopen this summer and fall, which is exactly what happened.

“So how have travel forecasts changed over the last half-year, if at all? Are there any silver linings or is there any good news on the horizon for those hoping to travel as we did in the past? And what will it take to regain access to the places we lost this year?

“While there’s no easy answer to those questions, this is what many of those same experts say now: Everything is subject to change in this hesitant, inconsistent new world.” Continue reading…

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Published works: The rise of “travel shaming” and how to combat it

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My latest for Fodor’s about people who don’t think other people should travel in pandemic: “I think shamers are just scared, probably a little jealous, and don’t know how to handle their frustration or anger,” says travel blogger Kristin Addis. “The only way to handle it is to be OK with disagreeing. Shaming won’t fix anything. It won’t help communities that depend on tourism, and it won’t stop people from traveling either.” Continue reading…

Published works: Parks vs Monuments, coping with no travel, best quarantine trips

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Although several of my international travel stories are still on hold, a handful of domestic ones recently published that I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading and sharing any you like:

Published works: 10 vacations to safely book this summer (Fodor’s)

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My latest for Fodor’s: Ready or not, the world is starting to reopen to both shoppers and travelers, after more than three months of quarantine. Although international borders are still largely closed, most state borders are open to domestic visitors. Granted, it will take a lot more time and research to pull off a successful interstate trip these days. But for many, the added hassle, increased risks, and fewer options are still worth it. They aren’t perfect. But until further notice, this is as good as it gets. Continue reading…

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Recently published: The Colosseum, origin of Japan, best of Belize, lasting digital detox

Excluding non-bylined commercial writing, here are my most recent media clippings:

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Recent travel stories I’ve published for CNN, NatGeo, USA Today, LA Times, and more

Over the last five years, I’ve written and published hundreds of travel dispatches for CNN, National Geographic, USA Today, LA Times, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Orbitz, Frommers, and Paste Magazine. For my most recent articles, click here. For some of my recent favorites, see below:

  1. Top 10 of 2019 (various)
  2. Cliff-jumping The Atlantic: Ireland’s best coasteering spots
  3. Japanese zen: Hiking one of the oldest trails in the world
  4. Top 10 cycling cities
  5. 7 takeaways after cruising the Mediterranean with my kids
  6. Video: 6 ways to overcome your fear of travel
  7. Is Newfoundland the next Iceland?
  8. Which Utah National Park is right for you?
  9. Everything you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu
  10. What coasteering feels like
  11. Staying in President Trump’s #1 rated hotel
  12. Hiking the Alps: 10 days, 3 countries, 1 epic mountain
  13. Critic turned fan: My Disneyland conversion story
  14. What 10,000 miles from home feels like
  15. Went skydiving today. Didn’t die.
  16. Why Americans don’t travel abroad
  17. 5 reasons travel is overrated
  18. What I learned hiking Patagonia with National Geographic
  19. Why a monotonous view is better than none
  20. What I learned crossing South Africa by train
  21. 5 things I learned after visiting New Zealand
  22. The best of Australia
  23. 5 reasons cliche Costa Rica is still “Pura Vida”
  24. What it’s like crossing America’s Loneliest Road
  25. The greatest mountain wilderness you’ve never heard of
  26. My very best travel columns (so far)

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