I have worked as a freelance writer and a full-time digital editor, and have been published in Travel+Leisure, National Geographic, AFAR, Hemispheres, Monocle, New York Times, and Mic, among others.
36 Hours in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has rebranded itself in recent years. Ditching its former Sin City credo, it now aims to lure visitors with the promise of unique experiences. (The famous slogan that winked at its hedonistic reputation, “What happens here, stays here,” was subtly updated in 2020 to “What happens here, only happens here.”)
‘The Place Where Shamans Dream’: Safeguarding Spirit Mountain
Less than two hours from Las Vegas, the sacred creation site for Yuman-speaking Native Americans may soon become a national monument. It’s been a long time coming.
In Qatar, Famous Racehorses Are Treated Like Royalty — With Saunas, Lap Pools, and Luxurious Training Facilities
This story appears in the November 2022 issue of Travel+Leisure
Meet the New Man Behind the National Park Service
Last December, Charles F. Sams III made history when he became the first Native American to be appointed director of the National Park Service. He had his work cut out for him.
In Appalachia, a race to preserve the practice of plant healing
Even as ginseng, St. John’s wort, and other herbs grow in popularity, the region is struggling to keep its age-old practice of herbalism alive for a new generation.
Why I traveled to the rainforests of Belize to learn about medicinal plants
A seldom-visited corner of Belize offers writer Alex Schechter a fresh perspective on his battle with cancer.
The Rose Queen of Texas
In the rose capital of the United States, a tradition wrenched off track by the pandemic is back and in full bloom.
This New Oaxaca Hotel Is a Mezcal Lover’s Dream
There are elements of Oaxacan life that are wonderfully intrinsic: tlayudas (large blue corn flatbreads); calendas (joyous, impromptu street parades); and the region’s signature black pottery. And then there’s mezcal.
Driving the “Secret Yosemite” Byway
Less than a year after the devastating Creek Fire, one writer returns to the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Culture
From Virginia to California, these parks, heritage centers and open-air exhibits offer fresh opportunities to confront the history and the present-day realities of Native Americans.
A California pasta destination that's breaking from the Old World mold
At Etto, a small pasta shop in Paso Robles, aproned workers pull long strands of fettuccine out of a machine that looks like a Play-Doh Fun Factory made of steel. It’s not exactly like being in Italy, but for travel-starved locals last year, the illusion sufficed.
To Many in Los Angeles, This Mall Is the Heart of the City’s Filipino Community
In a northeast corner of L.A., Eagle Rock Plaza reminds many of home.
Where My Ancestors Prayed
This story appears in the April 2021 issue of Condé Nast Traveler
The Japanese Garden in SF's Golden Gate Park is one of many in Calif. with a tragic history
In 1894, 25 cents gained you entry to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. A lot has changed since then, but the novelty of these serene, pine-and-rock-filled oases hasn’t worn off.
Tarot's Italian Roots
This story appears in the February 2020 issue of National Geographic magazine.