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Sara Benson
Attended University of Chicago
Lived in Los Angeles
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Ever wonder why some Hawaiians object to the scientific observatories atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island? Watch this documentary from ʻŌiwi TV (it's free online). #maunakea #hawaii #hawaiian  
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Most of travel guidebook writing is looking at dozens of hotel rooms I don't sleep in, getting lost on public transport, and following dead-end roads that end up not being worth a detour. But 5% of the time, it's pure natural beauty like this. (On assignment for +Lonely Planet on Kauai today.)
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It's the 50th anniversary of the USA's Wilderness Act this year. Spend 5 glorious minutes immersed in the wilds of California's Lassen Volcanic National Park via this amazing new video from the +National Park Service.
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Saw a night performance of Macbeth by the troupe We Players at spooky, windy Fort Point National Historic Site on San Francisco Bay last night. It was inspiring and moody. Here's a pic of what it looked like outside just before the play started.
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My latest articles for +Lonely Planet got syndicated to +The Daily Beast: Fuel up and take one of these classic or off-the-beaten-path road trips in 2014.
There's nothing like a classic road trip. But that doesn't mean you have to stick with the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66. Here are ten scenic drives that are well worth the gas.
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My newest road trip article for +Lonely Planet combines tried-and-true classics (like the US Southwest's Four Corners) and more unexpected journeys (Kansas City and the 'Mighty Mo') for 2014.
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Not much feels better than getting on a plane to Las Vegas. Being best friends with this desert oasis is my job. Looking forward to a fab weekend at the new Delano Vegas luxury boutique hotel! +Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino +The Telegraph +Jetsetter 
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Midnight window shopping for ukuleles in Kapaa, Kauai, while on assignment for +Lonely Planet.
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Thanks for posting my article, +Lonely Planet!
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Summer school is in session, and I'm a lab rat.
Last night when I should have been studying bones, I was arguing with a friend about disrespect. That argument made me realize something valuable: you might have gotten the impression from these...
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It's always a joy to find new places in my own county while researching the new edition of the California guidebook for +Lonely Planet . Here's why Harmony Headlands State Park may be the best little California state park you've never heard of - yet.
With over 275 California state parks to choose from, sometimes it's the littlest parks that get overlooked. Honestly, that's OK with me, because it means more solitude when I hike. But low visitation numbers also equal a grea...
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Hello, everyone: I'm updating a list of helpful online resources for accessible travel in California, for Lonely Planet's state-wide California guidebook. I'm looking for websites that cover either the entire state (ex. www.wheelingcalscoast.org), individual regions (ex. www.accessnca.com) or individual cities (ex. http://access-sandiego.org/). These can be either governmental, non-profit or commercial websites. All suggestions welcome. Thanks!
Access Northern California—the ultimate disability resource for finding fun places to experience in Northern California. If you're looking for a B&B in the wine country, a hike in the Redwoods, or a sail on the San Francisco Bay, our web site will point you in the right direction! More About ANC ...
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Hired gun for all things related to travel and outdoor adventures, including writing, consulting, photography, content curating, mobile app authoring, e-books, tweeting, blogging, social media and more.
Skills
What can't I do? (Whatever it is, I'll teach it to myself. Fast.)
Employment
  • Freelance writer, photographer, digital media creator & content curator, present
  • Lonely Planet
    Travel writer & photographer
  • Jetsetter
    Personal travel planner & writer
  • Wilderness Press
    Hiking guide writer & photographer
  • National Park Service
    Wilderness park ranger (seasonal)
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Los Angeles - San Francisco - Chicago - Tokyo - Puna - Taos - San Luis Obispo - London - Bangkok - New York - Austin - Honolulu - Kihei - Oakland
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Globetrotting nomad, writer, photographer, digital media maker + outdoors junkie.
Introduction
I've been traveling around the USA - and the world - ever since I graduated from college in Chicago and first hopped on a plane to San Francisco with one suitcase and just $100 in my pocket. Twitter: indie_traveler Instagram: indietraveler Travel blog: The Indie Traveler Lonely Planet author: Sara Benson Amazon author: Sara Benson Gold medal-winning travel guidebook: USA's Best Trips Jetsetter correspondent & personal travel planner: Sara Benson
Bragging rights
Traveled to over 30 countries on six continents. Author of 65 travel and non-fiction books. Drove Route 66 - all of it - twice. Speaks Japanese and Spanish. Worked with wild bears in the Sierra Nevada.
Education
  • University of Chicago
    English Language & Literature
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Spanish
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Sam
I found Natasha through a TravelZoo local deal for the Central Coast. I was looking for a new massage therapist, and that deal finally gave me the motivation to make an appointment. I'm so glad I found Natasha, because the first massage session I had with her was so relaxing, I signed up for a 6-month "massage junkie" deal that she offers. What I most appreciate about Natasha was the ability to have comfortable silence during much of the massage (I've found some massage therapists prefer to chat, but personally I like to just focus in on breathing and being, not talking). I also appreciated the low-volume classical guitar / piano music in the background, as opposed to artificial "relaxation" music or recorded natural soundscapes. Highly recommended!
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