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Here’s what it’s like to visit a theme park during the pandemic

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Here’s my latest travel dispatch for Lonely Planet

Depending on where you live, amusement parks can be one of the best day trip experiences around. But like everything else, coronavirus indefinitely changed them.

As one of the US states with the lowest rates of coronavirus infections, Utah was also one of the first to lift restrictions and open its doors. In late May, one of those doors was the highly-rated Lagoon Park, which USA Today recently named one of the best “hidden-gem” theme parks in the country.

Local reaction to the park’s reopening was tepid at best. Is a tightly packed, and line-filled attraction really such a good idea, especially after over two months of quarantine? At first my wife and I said no. But after reading favorable reports of “no crowds,” “attendance limited to 15% capacity,” and “we had a lot of fun,” – not to mention almost no getaway options at our disposal (even Utah’s national parks still hadn’t yet opened) – we booked our family for the following Saturday. Continue reading…

Published writing: Why you should visit Utah’s High Uintas wilderness

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This wasn’t the first time I’ve written about my favorite, lesser-known Utah outdoors. And it probably won’t be the last. Hope you enjoy. 

Utah has some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, if not North America as a whole. Because of this, numerous state parks and other protected lands are often forgotten; many would likely have national park status were they not located somewhere that already has five. Read on to learn about one of Utah’s best kept secrets. Continue reading on Lonely Planet…

See also: Which Utah park is right for you?

Recent writing: National Parks in lockdown, kids books, when can I travel again?

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Published works: When and how might travel rebound?

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My latest for Lonely Planet: If you’re hoping that travel will return to normal in 2020, don’t hold your breath, experts say. That said, you will likely be able to vacation on a reduced basis later this year, if not by summer, some believe. Although not ideal, that’s better than the “do not travel” orders the world has endured since March.

So what might a travel reopening look like?

“The travel industry is a huge part of the economic health of so many countries, so I imagine by the end of the summer tourism will begin again,” says Jorge Branco, director of the World Travelers Association. “I don’t think schedules will be as they were pre-coronavirus right away, but there will be options available to begin the transition.”

In other words, we won’t hit the “on” switch as quickly as we hit the “off” switch. Rather, governments, health experts and tourism providers will metaphorically install “dimmers” to gradually increase lifestyles and travel to normal levels.

Continue reading on Lonely Planet…

Published works: How to travel at home, places you can’t visit, leftovers I forgot

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Some of the below are no longer relevant right now, due to coronavirus quarantines. But others still are, and I wanted to add them to my portfolio in any case.

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Stuck in quarantine? Virtual tours are the next best thing

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There is no replacement for seeing something with your own eyes. Let alone hearing, smelling, and feeling it with your own presence.

But despite coronavirus quarantines, there’s still something you can do about it. With the help of modern technology, there’s a lot you can do about it.

From seeing the seven wonders of the world and world-class museums, to exploring the great outdoors and National Parks on foot, these are the best virtual tours I found online in a story I wrote for Lonely Planet.

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My recent travel writing: Portugal, National Parks, Tucson, Best Biking Cities

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Recent writing: Utah skiing, breathtaking buildings, rafting with family, waterproof gear

Excluding my non-bylined commercial writing, here’s what I’ve written for news media lately:

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Published travel: Wellness retreats, Aspen, midwest standouts, Seattle’s waterfront

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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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Making headlines: The best things I published recently

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Recommended reading: The best travel listicles I published recently

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Excluding non-bylined commercial work, here are my recent published works for news media:

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