I’ve been a Brooklynite for a good long while now, so writing these two pieces for CNN Travel and The Bridge about Brooklyn’s nouveau tourism scene was a chance for me to see the borough the way first-time visitors do. True to Brooklyn’s reputation for being “hip” and “with it,” there’s a ton of cool stuff happening in the hotel scene here. Evidence below:

Brooklyn’s Coolest Hotels and Hottest Hangouts — CNN Travel

The Tea Director: Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotel Perk — The Bridge

Fun fact: These are the first two stories I’ve written after my recent return to #FreelanceLife. Starting off with a Brooklyn bang.

Before I totally forget to give you an update this summer (is it seriously summer already?), here are a few recent pieces I wrote for Budget Travel, including a guide to travel “secrets” in one of my favorite cities, Miami, and my thoughts on why you should visit Joshua Tree National Park, like, yesterday. Take a look-see:

Best-Kept Secrets of Miami Beach

Which National Park Is Best for You?: Joshua Tree: Best for a Spiritual Experience

8 Indispensable Family Travel Websites—Plus 4 Amazing Apps to Download Now

Aaaaand, just to be super-cagey, there’s something new and exciting coming down the pike for me, but I won’t tell what it is yet…

Can we talk about how psyched I am about my recent stories for Budget Travel—both the digital magazine and the website?

Check out these three beauties for the magazine—they were my passion projects:

The Art of Cool—Three-Day Weekend: Berlin [PDF]

The Art of Cool—Three-Day Weekend: Berlin [LINK]


Girlfriend Getaway: New Mexico Road Trip [PDF]

Girlfriend Getaway: New Mexico Road Trip [LINK]


Paris in a Heartbeat—Three-Day Weekend: Paris [PDF]

Paris in a Heartbeat—Three-Day Weekend: Paris [LINK]


Along with the magazine longreads up top, I’ve been knocking out some other super-fun web content. Here are a few of my favorite stories, slideshows, and blog posts:

7 Lies Every Traveler Tells

Swanky Hostels From $11/Night (Really!)

Now Google Can Plan Your Entire Vacation in One Click

Snag This Retro-Chic Gear That Supports National Parks

Lots more to come! Can’t wait to share the rest with you once they go live…

Happy spring, everyone! In between my usual writing and editing duties for Budget Travel magazine and BudgetTravel.com, I’ve been honing my on-camera skills by representing BT on the Weather Channel’s morning show, AMHQ.

Check out some of my recent live appearances below—a few of them with none other than Sam Champion himself!

And another one…

OK, one more…

And one more?

Aaaaaaand one more:

If you’re still jonesing for more Budget Travel x Jamie Beckman x AMHQ, click on my most recent appearances below!

VIDEO: The Weather Channel’s AMHQ: New Year’s Travel Resolutions

VIDEO: The Weather Channel’s AMHQ: New Year’s Eve Destinations for Every Budget

Sometimes the journalism gods smile down upon me, and I get to write such a fun, cool piece it doesn’t feel like work at all. That has applied to many of the stories I’ve written while working full time at Budget Travel, but this freelance story was special.

Please check out the cover of the Feb. 8 Boston Globe Magazine, below, and read my piece, 8 New Nonstop Flights from Logan: Which Will You Try?

When I saw the cover for the first time—specifically that gorgeous, confident woman pedaling to the beach while carrying a surfboard, telegraphing exactly that feeling of being free and untethered that embodies why we travel—my elation was indescribable. It wasn’t pride, per se, nor disbelief…just happiness. I hope you feel even a tenth of that while you’re reading the piece.


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