A small selection of my recent writing.
The number one hotel in the world
Each year the Travel + Leisure audience—several hundred thousand of them—rate their recent travel experiences in a survey that culminates in the brand’s World’s Best Awards. In 2018, I visited their choice for the best hotel in the world, The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, and gave my take on what makes a Number One so special.
Travel picks 2017
Throughout the year, I share great experiences from my travels with Travel + Leisure magazine readers on my monthly Editor’s Note. At the end of the year, we aggregate these in an online feature. These were some of my favorite experiences of 2017.
standing for open borders
After President Trump signed a 2017 executive order denying entry into the country of people from seven countries with Muslim-majority populations, I wrote about the importance of open borders to the travel industry and society as a whole.
the importance of travel in the age of trump
For many of us in the travel business, Trump’s “America first” rhetoric during the 2016 campaign was worrisome. As a proud Internationalist, I wrote about why I believed embracing travel, and being a good ambassador, would be critical in the years to come.
an advertising controversy
In 2016, Travel + Leisure found itself at the center of petition drive against our client, Hilton Hotels, after we ran an ad in the magazine depicting two men in bed together. I wrote a personal response to the controversy, and explained why I was proud to run the ad in our pages, and proud of Hilton for creating it.
travel after terrorism
In the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, in early 2016, I wrote about the importance of continuing to travel in the face of potential extremist attacks targeted at the traveling public. The piece struck a chord, and was one T+L’s most shared in social media that year.
a song of africa
I wrote a feature story for Travel + Leisure about an incredible new safari lodge in Kenya’s Masai Mara, helmed by two veteran safari hands and situated in the exact spot where “Out of Africa” was filmed.