JS 31: Summer Travel Themes with Robert Reid – US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet

July 5th, 2011 by Jason Hartman | Comments Off on JS 31: Summer Travel Themes with Robert Reid – US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet

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It’s time to expand your thoughts on vacation hotspots! Jason Hartman and Robert Reid, US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet, embark on a conversational tour of numerous vacation ideas, both within the States and abroad.

Robert brings a wide variety of travel types and locations to the table, such as Civil War Reenactments, Route 66, New England, and a new route, called the Trans-Labrador in Canada. He also touches on the subject of safe travel, in places such as Mexico, Russia, Denmark, and New England. Looking for the best beaches?

Robert has the inside scoop on the best beaches on the best islands, and discusses an increasingly popular type of travel: slow travel, where people prefer to stay longer in one place and experience local life. There’s something for everyone packed into this interview. Robert Reid is the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet and sole occupant of the Lonely Planet New York City office. A guidebook author veteran, Robert regularly discusses travel stories and trends for national media including the Today Show, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the Weather Channel. In addition to writing two dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks (eg New York City, Eastern Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia), he has written for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN and World Hum.


Robert also creates the 76-Second Travel Show homemade travel series that takes an alternative looks at various travel topics using simple travel-friendly equipment such as FlipVideo cams and crayons. In various episodes, he has staged the 100th birthday party for the Manhattan Bridge, used Billy Joel lyrics as a guidebook to pockets of Long Island off the tourist radar, donned a tri-cornered hat as a loyalist reenactor at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and tracked down a Lebanese sandwich that can be ordered and eaten in a former bedroom of a US president.

He first joined Lonely Planet in 1998 and has worked in the Oakland, London and Melbourne offices. He lives, without apology, in Jackson Heights, Queens. Robert Reid is one of our most diversely traveled Lonely Planet authors, having updated two dozen guidebooks including New York City, Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Central America, Colombia, Trans-Siberian Railway and Myanmar (Burma).

His writings have also appeared in The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN, and he’s appeared on NPR, The Today Show, FOX News and 20/20. He blogs on travel for Lonely Planet and his own site (ReidOnTravel.com), and produces the weekly show ‘The 76-Second Travel Show.’ Originally from Oklahoma, Robert has lived in London, San Francisco, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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