Blake Snow

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

Over the last six years, I’ve written and published hundreds of travel articles 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:

Best of 2020

  1. What I learned from a lack of travel this year
  2. What it’s like to hike among 5,000 year old trees
  3. What!? International travel won’t return until 2024
  4. 11 countries Americans can easily travel to now
  5. 5 border-straddling natural wonders to see from both sides
  6. Going extinct in Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument
  7. Travel shaming: Something else you need to worry about now
  8. National Park versus National Monument: What’s the difference?
  9. What it’s like to visit a theme park in pandemic?
  10. How to travel when you can’t | How to cope with no travel
  11. 6 virtual tours to enjoy from home | Best online virtual tours
  12. The corner of Northeastern Utah that only locals know about
  13. How to see the seedier side of Berlin
  14. How to visit Monument Valley

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

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After seeing this movie, I’m never complaining about air travel again

To paraphrase Louis C.K., “Aviation is amazing and nobody’s happy.” That’s the argument Living in the Age of Airplanes succeeds in making.

Because we’ve commercially enjoyed airplanes for half a century, however, we now take them for granted. We bemoan their 20% delay rate. We ignore an accident rate of LESS THAN one in a million (safer than driving). We overlook the wonderful places airplanes take us, the game-changing experiences they enable, and the beautiful things they deliver (including flowers).

Not anymore.

After seeing this movie, I’m gonna bask in their awesomeness. I’m going to treat airports as speed portals to this big round ball. The next time I pick up a two-day package from Amazon, I’m gonna pour a little out for the flying metal tube that brought the world to my doorstep. Seriously, not even monarchs had it this good. Continue reading…

The time I hiked Patagonia with National Geographic

It took the world a long time to discover Patagonia, the trendy adventure area shared by both southern Chile and Argentina. While other mountaineers had been hiking and climbing the Alps and Rockies for over a century, Patagonia wasn’t explored much until the 1980s. In fact, the recreational area didn’t become mainstream until the 21st century, when more accessible transportation, lodging and tourist amenities were finally added.

What’s all the fuss about? In between knife-like mountains, this is arguably the best place in the world to see moving glaciers. It is also a great place to meet gentle but playful people.

Last month I had the chance to examine this hauntingly majestic land up close on a guided tour with National Geographic Expeditions, the society’s official tour operator. Spoiler alert: it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here’s what I witnessed hiking to what some call South America’s greatest “national park.” Continue reading…