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Going Places

It’s been a while since I’ve posted travel features. Want to see where I’ve been?

Borneo for the Wall Street Journal

Dirty Weekends for Men’s Fitness

Croatia for Yachting

Papua New Guinea for Hana Hou


My feature on Papua New Guinea was named a finalist for “Excellence in Journalism: Science Reporting” by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The judges said nice things: “Beautiful and lively story complemented by vivid photography. Lovely work”.

Read it here.

I just celebrated two years as a columnist for WSJ covering dynastic wealth and real estate.

Straying too far from travel writing? Not entirely.

Hotel Family Lays Out a Future

A Hotel Family’s Western Pioneer

Robertson’s Legacy from Hedge Funds to New Zealand


I won a fancy award for my Outside Magazine feature story. “Tune In, Give Up, Ship Out/Escaping the Recession by Boat”

The judges said nice things.

Down-markets create buying opportunities. Two brothers in recession America knew that and bought a yacht for half price on Craigslist and then tried to sail it around the world. Their story is one of courage and dumb luck, and it is one heck of an entertaining read.



family room

The September 11 Family Room, a private viewing space for relatives of victims, is set to close when the National September 11 Memorial Museum has its debut in May.

The room was given to mourners seeking to watch recovery efforts as the weather turned cold in the weeks after the terrorist attacks. They left behind photos, teddy bears, wreaths, notes, books, report cards and other tributes, which over the years lined the walls, windows, ceilings and floors. Hidden from the public on the 20th floor of One Liberty Plaza, the space had plush sofas, toys for children and a sacred sense of reverence.

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My first feature for OUTSIDE: 

Tune In, Give Up, Ship Out

When the Great Recession hit, young people found a million different ways to cope with their battered job prospects. Alex and Nick Kleeman found the best way, scraping together enough cash to buy a 32-foot sailboat, then plunging into the Pacific for the adventure of their lives. So what if they didn’t know how to sail?

(read on!)

This was my first feature for Departures Magazine, anchoring the  Home+Design issue.



Most days, motorists on the H1 through Honolulu can look up at the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountain range and see a rainbow landing somewhere on Tantalus Mountain. There, overlooking the city, is the Pacific’s most important work of residential architecture, designed by Hawaii’s best-known architect, Vladimir Ossipoff. Rare for a great house, it remains in the hands of the family for whom it was built, the Liljestrands. More than 60 years later, the four heirs have resisted turning their childhood home into a pot of gold, but for how long?

(read on..)

I write for the Wall Street Journal regularly, covering food, travel, health, fashion, gear and spirits. Here are a few columns I’ve been covering:


What’s Your Workout

Space Buff: Lifting Weights in Weightlessness

Opera Singer Builds Up Stamina for Carmen

Running (Biking and Skiing) for Mayor


Tricks of the Trade

 Spicing Up a Brown Bag Lunch

The Bag Makes the Woman


Personal Journal fixtures

The Going Rate: Hotel Beds

Marketing Decoder: Dewar’s Whiskey


And look for upcoming Dynasties columns…


I’ve started contributing to the What’s Your Workout column at The Wall Street Journal, check it out.

May you be kitesurfing when you are 73.

My Robb Report feature on the future of space tourism is a cover story in the annual Travel Issue.

Travel sized beauty products at hotels are pleasantly-scented parting gifts or is the bathroom sink the new billboard?for The Wall St. Journal.

More of that pretty smelling stuff please? I appeared on television and radio  

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Hawaii offers celebrity sizzlers, classic experiences, an inn crowd, and hot bikinis for BRIDES Magazine.

The most beautiful road trips in America, you ask?

I answered for Travel+Leisure.

My picks were then picked up by BBC News, MSNBC, and Yahoo Travel. (miles and miles of ink)

When the crowns come off, where do royals let down their hair?  I write about some royal vacations worthy of a King in  Travel+ Leisure

( BBC and MSNBC)

NGT SharksA dive with sharks near Costa Rica’s remote Cocos Island offers lessons for living – for National Geographic Traveler

Chef Stories

I’ve gotten some great food gigs recently:

Martin Picard for Men’s Journal

Cosmopolitan Chefs in Vegas:  Jose Andres, Scott Conant, Bromberg Brothers, David Myers and Costas Spiliadis for Private Clubs Magazine.

My favorite food in Hawaii? A tough choice, but if I smell barbecue I always stop to see if it’s Huli Huli chicken.  – ISLANDS Magazine

Take a detour. Get out of the car. Stretch your legs. And get inspired by America’s Top Roadside Attractions. – Travel + Leisure

(and MSNBC)

I’ve been doing some work online:

Mostly as a contributor to AOL Travel.

Read about the 10 under 10: Best Boutique Hotels Under 10 Rooms

Or the Best Bars with a View.

Or the Best Beach Bars Around the World

Or the Best Places to Unplug.

And a few other things, here and there and everywhere.

Costa Rica – The Adventure Honeymoon

Tropics of Taste – The Designer Honeymoon

cropped EV coverMy Costa Rica feature made the cover of fall’s ENDLESS VACATION

I followed Ishmael’s footsteps: go whale watching, from the banks of Cape Cod to the tropical shores of Hawaii – Travel and

There are all kinds of ways to get your thrills when the ice melts in the Canadian North. – Men’s Journal.

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I went to Belfast, Northern Ireland, ate in 13 restaurants in 3 days – and these were worth writing home about.  – Bon Appetit Magazine.

Surfing might be the state’s best known sport, but Hawaii’s teen cowboys are rocking America’s most competitive rodeo – American Way Magazine.

Five movies, five scene stealing hideawaysBRIDES magazine

Catalyst Backpack

10 lb pack - 3

10 lb pack - 2

Folding Bikes 1Folding Bikes 2

Teach a Man to Fish: the Gift of Cooking Class – Men’s Journal


Best Chefs in the National Parks – Men’s Journal

Dream of going to the Pyramids?  I did, for Budget Travel.

Tropical islands aren’t so great for very long walks, unless you head to Dominica – Men’s Journal

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