How did I get the best job in world? Well, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1999 I went back to Maine, where I was born and raised, and self-published Acadia: The Complete Guide. When it came out the response was overwhelming. People came up to me at book signings with dog-eared copies of my book, telling me it was the only guide they used.
Thinking I might have a knack for guidebook writing, I moved to California and wrote guidebooks to Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. After those books became bestsellers, I moved to Costa Rica — a country filled with national parks — and wrote Costa Rica: The Complete Guide. So far my guidebooks have sold over 150,000 copies, and each of my guides to Acadia, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree have been the bestselling guidebooks to their respective national parks.
In 2016, to help celebrate the National Park Service centennial, I put together a national park slideshow presentation for elementary schools. This coincided with Every Kid In A Park, a new initiative that gives free park passes to every fourth grader in America. My goal is to inspire the next generation to appreciate national parks in America and beyond.
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In the News
National Park Slideshow in Bar Harbor, Maine
Travel Channel: Pack Your Tech Like a Pro
Huffington Post: Costa Rica’s Best Hidden Beaches
USA Today: Hidden Islands You’ve Never Heard Of (my pick: Isle au Haut)
Publishers Weekly: The Rise and … RIse of Indie Travel Guides
Tico Times: Guidebook Offers New Take On Costa Rica
Interview with Rudy Maxa
Talking Travel Bargains with Pauline Frommer
Interview with Bonjour Colorado
Wandering Educators: Meet James Kaiser
Interview with Dave’s Travel Corner
Interview in The Dartmouth
Interview in the Bangor Daily News (my hometown paper!)