Love in a Time of Abundance
Hidden Compass: Navigating grief with the Okavango Delta’s last generation of Bushmen hunter-gatherers

  • Winner of a Lowell Thomas silver, cultural tourism
  • Grand Silver for Best Travel Writing from Travelers’ Tales Solas Award
  • Featured in the magazine’s first legacy issue, May 2023

Beyond the Lid of the World
Hidden Compass, Spring 2022
Winner: Silver solas award, cruise category
Photos and text: traversing 1,600 miles and memories to bring a late writer’s wish to life

Every day is a Wild West costume party in this town
National Geographic: Historic reenactors, frontier architecture, and mock cowboy shootouts make a visit to Tombstone, Arizona, feel like time travel.

A street scene in Tombstone, Arizona. A re-enactor dressed as a prospector leans against a hitching point, while a tourist in athletic gear does a double-take

Contraband Cuisine: Why Pork May Be the Number One Threat to American Borders
Bon Appetit: Pigs always make customs officer Chris R. Richards’s blood run cold. He can confiscate bush meat, $5,000 bird nests—even grave dirt—without much drama. But anything involving pork tends to get heated…and to skid quickly toward combustion. “Take away their ham, and people shout, bang the table, and throw things,” he says.

The quietest place in the US
BBC Travel: A one-square-inch spot in Washington’s Olympic National Park lures people from around the world.

Smart Guide to Solo Travel
AARP: Inspiration and advice for roaming the world alone (members only access, PDF here)

Seattle: Local Takes
American Way cover story: Three notable locals show us how to do their town, their way

Get Hooked on Wild King Salmon at This Alaskan Fishing Lodge
Robb Report: Steamboat Bay Fishing Club opens up the wilds of Alaska’s fabled Noyes Island…

A shirtless Samoan man and boy carry luggage on their heads. They're on a sandy beach with dark lava rocks along the shoreline, and turquoise sea and sky behindParting Shot: Samoan Porters
Outside Magazine: Image by Amanda Castleman. Eliu and Tala haul luggage from the seaside fales — thatched villas — at Samoa’s Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa. The porters routinely carry bags this way, wearing traditional lava-lavas (sarongs). I only coaxed their T-shirts off and the “special occasion” coconut fronds on, then shot this running ahead of the duo. We all lucked into a memorable image.

Ride Out the Coronavirus in Your Backyard, Not the Backcountry
Sierra: Residents in gateway communities ask visitors to stay home

Petra, Jordan: A life in ruins
Road and Travel: Hooves tattoo down the Siq, that sinuous half-mile crack of canyon. Dusk drips down the walls.

The Afar Guide to Dominica
Afar: An Eastern Caribbean island the size of Manhattan, Dominica features volcanic peaks veiled by pristine cloud forests and bright, warm seas full of healthy reefs.

Treasured Islands
Delta Sky: Cast away to these intriguing outposts all over the world

Somebody’s Nonna: Sharing Space and Time With Seatmates
APEX Experience Magazine: My essay on holiday travel and compassion fatigue kicked off Afar’s Good Reads column for 2017!

Lair of the Bear: A hiker’s experience in the Pasayten
Northwest Travel cover story: We gave no voice to the frustration. Yes, the man had lied about his health, hiding those tell-tale white pills. And we’d made a grave navigational error. But shouting accusations would not get us out of the wilderness.

This New Megayacht Will Take You on the Greenest Galápagos Trip Ever
Robb Report: The luxurious MV Theory is sailing—and preserving—one of the planet’s most delicate habitats.

Close up of a glaring giant river otter. The animal is brown with a large white chest blaze and water droplets hanging from their whiskers. They're chasing a boat through brown water with gravel shoreline visible behind.Guyana: Running Naked in Paradise
Travelgirl Magazine (photos and text): From baby-cradle water lilies to stretch-limo river otters, South America’s only English-speaking country surprises. But can it push further – protecting its tropical rainforest and indigenous culture – with a clever carbon-offsetting plan?

What Happens if You Have a Medical Emergency on a Plane?
AARP: How airline crews handle passengers’ health issues

Live & Learn
GEICO Now: Bring a sense of adventure and discovery to your next vacation with workshops that stretch your skills, from the kitchen to the corral and even the circus tent.

Tangled Up in Wild Blue
Single State of the Union, a Seal Press anthology: an essay about the search for romantic partnership as a full-time travel writer.

Which Greek Islands Should You Visit?
AFAR magazine: If choosing among the Cyclades, Ionian, and Dodecanese feels like Greek to you, we can help locate the island paradise that suits your vacation personality.

The Worse the Weather, the Better the Deal
American Way: A retreat on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula incentivizes winter visits

Wild and wicket: extreme croquet
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Players take a genteel picnic pastime into all-terrain overdrive, hacking across rotten logs and mole holes.