Travel Writing

I have written and photographed travel-related articles for a wide range of publications, including BBC Travel, Sierra Magazine, Time Out, British Airways’ The Club, Luxury Travel Magazine (Australia), AAA Journey, TravelAge West, The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times’ Trip Magazine, and many others. The co-author of the Berlitz Handbook USA, I also updated and wrote Stockholm content for Fodor’s Essential Europe and was featured as a Sweden expert on Breakthrough Entertainment KPXH 1480 A.M. radio in Arizona.

Although my work spans the globe, I have particular regional expertise in Scandinavia, the Pacific Northwest, New England, and Latin America.

From November 2009 to April 2014, I was the news editor for Ethical Traveler, a nonprofit organization that seeks to harness the economic clout of tourism to protect the environment and human rights. I have also served as editor for WildHope, a digital wildlife conservation travel magazine, and Harbors Magazine, the seaplane and boating destination magazine for the Pacific Northwest.

In addition, I have produced travel- and hospitality-related content for clients such as World Nomads, Virtuoso, Expedia, Safe Bee, and various tour operators. I am also a certified professional tour manager and guide who has led trips to destinations throughout the world since 2001.

Below are some of my published travel articles. For more articles about travel and culture in Scandinavia, please visit my blog, RealScandinavia.com.

FEATURES

The Top 5 Day Trips from Stockholm. Time Out. Venture out on a day trip from Stockholm and explore everything from scenic lakeside towns to centuries-old castles.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Stockholm. Time Out. With only 48 hours to spare, let this be your guide to Stockholm’s best attractions, local eats and waterfront hangouts.

The Top Adventure Activities in Tuscany. Explorer (TravelAge West). Tuscany is brimming with opportunities for off-the-beaten-path experiences that combine active adventures with nature, history, and local culture. 

Discover Southeast Alaska by Ferry and Floatplane. Northwest Travel & Life. By traveling via Alaska State Ferry – augmented with floatplane service – you can create a comprehensive two-week itinerary that takes in several of southeast Alaska’s most fascinating communities.

Discover First Nations Culture in Alert Bay, BC. Northwest Travel & Life. The village of Alert Bay, British Columbia, has just 1,500 residents but is steeped in native culture and natural beauty.

What to Do in York, England. TravelAge West. From Romans to Vikings and churches to chocolate, this captivating city has something for everyone.

On Cuban Time. AAA Journey. The doors are opening to stronger bonds with our island neighbors. (Cover story.)

Travel Like a Winner: The Nobel Prize Trail in Scandinavia. Sherman’s Travel. You don’t have to win a Nobel Prize to experience its traditions for yourself. Here’s how to go where the winners do in Sweden and Norway.

The Royal Rail. Luxury Travel Magazine (Australia). Channeling the grand days of the Raj on a luxury train journey through Rajasthan, India.

Ideas for a Seaside Escape in Stockholm. TravelAge West. Kayak adventures, maritime-themed accommodations and food halls await in Sweden’s capital.

Stockholm: Seven Reasons to Stay. British Airways’ The Club. Despite being dubbed the world’s smallest big city, Stockholm is Sweden’s economic powerhouse, and a global hub for technology innovation. Yet it’s also steeped in Nordic culture and filled with thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, which are all excellent reasons to stay on after business is done.

Sakinaw Lake Lodge. Harbors Magazine. How a family’s leap of faith created one of the best getaways on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.

Explore: Koster Islands, Sweden. Sierra Magazine. The Koster Islands are located off Sweden’s west coast; most of the archipelago is part of Kosterhavet Marine National Park, which covers 153 square miles and is home to an estimated 6,000 marine species.

Unique Experiences: National Parks. Berlitz Handbook USA. Famously called ‘America’s best idea’ by the writer Wallace Stegner, the 394 units of the national park system are the pride and joy of the United States, attracting more than 280 million visitors each year with their scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and historic attractions.

Unique Experiences: Civil War Battlefields. Berlitz Handbook USA. The Civil War of the 1860s was the bloodiest conflict in US history. It tore the country apart, and its scars on the American psyche remain to this day. The war not only ended slavery but also reaffirmed the sanctity of the Union and the place of the states within it. 

Destination Mini-Guide: Seattle, WA. Away.com. The insider scoop on the best picks for summer fun in Seattle. 

PROFILES

My World: Antonio Diaz, Chef and Salsa Dancer. AAA Journey. Q&A with a Peruvian-born Bellingham, Washington, resident who is adding spice to his adopted community in more ways than one.

The First Family of US Mountaineering. BBC Travel. If there were such a thing as a First Family of American mountaineering, it would be the Whittakers, who between them have reached the top of Mount Rainier 679 times. (US National Parks Centennial series)

Building Beavers. Harbors Magazine. Gordy Barnes has been keeping floatplanes flying for four decades.

Where Vintage and Modern Meet. The National (United Arab Emirates). Step through the door of Chartreuse, a quirky store in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, and you enter a bright, inviting world where vintage meets modern in an eclectic, colorful mix.

TRAVEL ADVICE

How to Stay Safe – and Legal – While Driving Abroad. SafeBee.com. It’s not just about driving on the “right” side of the road.

How to Clean Water While Traveling Abroad. SafeBee.com. Skip tap water and disposable plastic water bottles — do this instead.

Business Class. Knowledge Leader. Traveling abroad for business? Read this first.

Five Star Layovers. Knowledge Leader. These international airports make waiting in airports well worth the wait.

DESTINATION ROUNDUPS

Highlights of Southern Chile: An Adventurer’s Guide. World Nomads. Southern Chile is a wonderland of lakes, rivers, fjords, glaciers, and islands that, together with the rugged peaks of the Andes, offer endless opportunities for recreation and exploration.

Canada’s Top Destinations for Close Wildlife Encounters. World Nomads. From whales to eagles, bears to moose, salmon to seabirds, Canada offers limitless possibilies for wildlife-related adventures.

Best Activities in Costa Rica. Active Junky. Costa Rica’s diversity of landscapes and habitats makes it an ideal destination for a variety of outdoor adventures. 

9 Unspoiled Wildlife Destinations to Explore in Cuba. World Nomads. Insider’s guide to wildlife viewing in Cuba.

Gaspé: Quebec’s Land’s End. Active Junky. Profile of the Gaspésie region as an adventure travel destination.

Aviemore: Scotch, Lochs, and Highlands. Active Junky. Profile of Aviemore, Scotland, as an adventure travel destination.

Coordinates: Queenstown: The Real Middle Earth. ActiveJunky.com. Profile of Queenstown, New Zealand, as an adventure travel destination.

Cuba Beyond Havana: Where to Go Next. Sherman’s Travel. Destinations to visit once U.S. restrictions permit more independent travel. 

Wild Rovers. AAA Journey. New signs provide a clearer path along Ireland’s west coast driving route.