Blake Snow

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

Over the last four 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. Below are some recent favorites:

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

Thanks for reading and sharing with anyone that might be interested.

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…