International storyteller writing my way around the world. Specialties include travel, food, culture, hotel reviews and expat life with expertise in Spain. Experience with B2B and B2C publications.
Scott's Cheap Flights—Seville Newsletter
This week we’re exploring Seville, Spain where secret symbols are everywhere, orange trees line the streets, and flamenco and tapas were born (maybe)...
How Women Are Spending on Travel Right Now
Travel trends come and go, but one thing that hasn’t changed in recent years is the tremendous purchasing power of women. They travel more often than their male counterparts, accounting for 56 percent of leisure travelers, and, when it comes to family travel, studies show that women make 85 percent of all travel decisions—from where to go to what to see on the ground. As people get back to exploring the planet, however, no aspect of the travel experience has been left untouched by the pandemi...
The Weekend Guide: Art Deco Architecture, Cuban Food, and Manatees in Miami
What was once simple swampland is now the sprawling Miami metro area, and its growing art and design scenes are garnering nearly as much attention as its unrivaled nightlife and beaches. Attracting visitors as diverse as its residents, the Capital of Latin America is a multilingual hub of culture and, perhaps more important, food. Its near-constant restaurant openings complement its slew of new hotels, which are popping up in gleaming new-build towers and historic Art Deco gems.
The Rise of the Adult Gap Year
Gap years are usually associated with the brink of adulthood. For those with the time and resources, taking several months to travel, volunteer, or simply relax is one way to reset before pursuing higher education or entering into the workplace. But some adults are breaking the mold by embarking on their own long-term adventures in the form of an adult gap year, also known as a career break.
I Took the Rocky Mountaineer's Newest Train Route From Colorado to Utah — Here's What It Was Like
As the morning sun peaked behind the Rocky Mountaineer train, I could tell that my fellow passengers and I were in for a treat. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, so views from the train, with its dome-like sightseeing cars, were bound to be impressive. After all, the jaw-dropping vistas are the main highlight of the Rocky Mountaineer's newest route between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah.
Have the Travel Industry's Inclusivity Efforts Made a Difference?
Last May, the tragic and untimely death of George Floyd reignited the Black Lives Matter movement as protests spread across the U.S. and eventually the world. With these demonstrations also came individuals, businesses, and entire industries showing their support through social media posts and company-wide pledges.
Many months later, some important questions remain: How much of what we saw last year was virtue signaling and nothing more?
Digital nomads told us what it's like to work remotely from around the world — and how you can do it yourself after the pandemic
With many people working remotely, digital nomads — people who earn a living online while they travel — are on the rise. Insider spoke to digital nomads Andrea Valeria, Wanda Duncan, and Kim Leary about the perks and challenges that come with working remotely from around the world.
Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas — an icon of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ hotel landscape — was among the many properties forced to shutter their doors after the island was hit by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria nearly four years ago.
After a two-year closure and a $100 million renovation, the property reopened in late 2019 only to shut down again a few months later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas finally opened again in November 2020, it did so with a totally new look and a range of new amenities and experiences.
What Does Travel Anxiety Look Like In 2021?
As we roll into the new year still battling the same pandemic-induced dilemmas that troubled us in 2020, it seems that stress and anxiety are here to stay for a while. Just leaving the house for basic necessities requires an extended mental checklist with face masks and hand sanitizer top of mind. But for those who go much farther than the front door, traveling now demands more preparation than ever before—and it’s all done with the threat of COVID-19 looming in the air.
A New Smart Jet Company Is Disrupting Private Air Travel
While many airlines around the world buckled under the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, Verijet, a new private jet company and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Air Taxi Service, found room to thrive. Increased interest in private travel may have given the company a boost, but Richard Kane, chairman and CEO for the company, credits the brand’s revolutionary approach to privatized flights.
And he’s on a mission to totally disrupt the aviation industry.
All the Best Things to Do in Montgomery, Alabama
Few cities have played as pivotal a role in U.S. history as Montgomery, Ala.
From its time as the first capital city of the Confederacy to being the center of crucial protests in the Civil Rights Movement, this southern destination has hosted many of the country’s meaningful moments. While history buffs will get more than their fill of thoughtfully curated museums and monuments, Montgomery is also appealing to outdoor enthusiasts and art afficionados.
These Climbers Are Making History As the First All-Black American Team to Summit Mount Everest
Climbing Mount Everest is not for the faint of heart... or lungs, or any body part, for that matter. More than 300 people have died on the journey and about 6,000 have fully scaled the mountain, according to Reuters. Of those successful climbers, only eight of them were Black. But if Phil Henderson and his group of eight other Black American athletes are triumphant in their upcoming climb, they'll more than double that number.
The Only Way to Get to This New Fine-dining Experience in the Maldives Is by Zip Line — Seriously
From overwater bungalows and private butlers to bedrooms with retractable roofs for stargazing, resorts in the Maldives know how to do luxury. Now, the iconic Soneva Fushi property is bringing its luxury offerings to new heights — literally and figuratively — with the world's first-ever fine-dining zip-line experience.
How Experts Plan Luxury Trips With Black Travelers in Mind
While group travel for Black Americans has gained popularity in recent years, some Black explorers are also choosing to go out on their on their own—whether solo or with loved ones—and are leaning into more exclusive, private experiences. Many are also looking to Black travel specialists to help them create these unique moments and memories.
Zipline Above Bears and Kayak With Gators in Florida’s Best Secret Getaway
When planning a trip through Florida, chances are that Tallahassee doesn’t even enter the conversation. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like Tallahassee has much to offer, but what I found and will forever preach to any willing listener is a capital city that’s underestimated in every way possible, from its outdoor adventures to its fine dining.