Writing

A small selection of my recent writing.

 
 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.