How did I get the best job in world? That’s a long story. But here’s the short answer.
In 1999, after graduating from Dartmouth College, 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 went to Costa Rica — a country filled with national parks — and wrote Costa Rica: The Complete Guide.
In 2016, to help celebrate the National Park Service centennial, I put together a national park slideshow presentation for elementary schools. This coincided with the launch of Every Kid In A Park, which 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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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!)