What It’s Like on an Advertising Shoot

On a Saturday afternoon at the end of April, I posted a photo to my Instagram of me sipping champagne in business class, on my way to an advertising photo shoot in Vancouver. Obnoxious? Yes. Strategically selected? Absolutely. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen a smattering of photos posted over…

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Everyone is Welcome in LA

With the U.S. currently gaffe-ing about matters both diplomatic and domestic, it’s little wonder the sentiment outside of the States is so wary—especially when it comes to booking travel. But count on California to do something to change that. I love this colorful, bright-eyed ad from LA Tourism, that both says and shows that #everyoneiswelcome. And to be honest—since we’ve acknowledged the population is so varied, I’d love to see such a diverse cast in a “normal” ad too. #goals

Where in the World is…

Nope, not Carmen San Diego. The correct answer this time is the Google Street View. The BBC’s new Geoguesser game challenges you to look at scenes from Google Maps and try to orient yourself on the map. The closer you are to the actual location pictured, the more points you get—and it’s really interesting to try…

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Reading Reco: All the Light We Cannot See

When Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See was released in 2014, I remember doing a quick Goodreads search to see the reviews. Everyone loved it, they said, but the ending was a let-down. I placed it on my “to-read” list with no particular priority, and figured I’d get to it when I got…

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Diversity + Advertising

I don’t usually do the Daily Prompt, but when I clicked on it today, it made me remember an essay I wrote a few years back. Recent musings have brought that essay back to mind more than once in the past few weeks, and it dovetails perfectly with the theme of the prompt—diversity. Atlanta, Georgia…

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Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 6/4

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web). The weather is getting warm (in everywhere but San Francisco it feels like!) and for those of you heading to, or living in, London this summer, here are 10 of the best beer gardens in the city. (via Visit London) I love these vintage travel posters from…

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Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 5/29

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web). Loved National Geographic’s photo essay of the Camino de Santiago—a friend of mine did the pilgrimmage after she finished grad school and it sounded like an incredible trip. When I get tired of a desk job, I want to be this guy—a copywriter who is freelancing his way around…

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Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 5/1

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web). In honor of Earth Day, here’s a list of 10 travel sites that are in danger of extinction—an important reminder to be humble when travelling and respectful of our planet. (via Budget Travel) Before you leave for your summer trips, check out this NYTimes article about avoiding unnecessary bank…

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Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 4/17

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web). Royals aren’t the only ones flying commercial. Travel and Leisure has an adorable story of the latest Australian cultural ambassadors buckling in for their flights—a quartet of koalas! Want some off-the-beaten-path Caribbean fun? For those who’d prefer to leave the cruise ship behind, Prestige Vacations has prepped a…

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