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I have long written about travel for magazines and online publications, but at some point, I wanted more—more from my travel reading and more from myself as a travel writer. How many Top 10 Spas To Visit in Wherever stories must we consume? That’s why I started Dispatches From The Road—to describe the more unusual, and thereby often un-publishable, aspects of travel.

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From a writer whose work appears in the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper's, and elsewhere, Dispatches From The Road is a newsletter for those who love to travel or just enjoy reading thought-provoking, introspective travel essays.


I am a novelist, essayist, and travel writer whose work appears in the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper's, GQ, Esquire, Playboy, Washington Post, and many other publications. Boston-grown, Texas-based, always packing or unpacking.