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Louisville homeowners: Rent your house for Derby weekend 2016. Advertise with us. #KYDerby  
How can I try to rent my home for Derby weekend via this site? The homeowners provide a description of their home (including the cost) approximately 10
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Thinking, "I want to rent my home for Derby weekend?" Learn how to advertise here: #KYDerby  
How can I try to rent my home for Derby weekend via this site? The homeowners provide a description of their home (including the cost) approximately 10
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The Newest Way to Find the Best Airfare Deals (by me, for +Condé Nast Traveler) #Travel  
ExitFares could revolutionize the hunt for airfare deals by mining social media updates, message board posts, e-newsletters, and more to compile the best values anywhere.
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When I was plotting my backpacking trip through Europe in 2005, I wanted to skip Paris. Five years of working my ass off to get gentleman’s Cs in French in high school and college soured me on the country entirely. But it seemed ridiculous to spend three months in Europe and not even spend a day, so I blocked off enough time to go to Paris and see its major attractions—like the Louvre. I ended up visiting Paris again the next year. And the year after that. Insert cliched anecdote about learning someone new while traveling here __________.
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I'm going to side with the Parisiennes on this one; I don't know about that pyramid. Just returned home from three weeks in Paris on Friday so this seems like yesterday to me. Hope you went to Musee d'Orsay as well (my personal favourite in Paris)! And I'll just say, I'm not a "big city" person at all, but I LOVE Paris - very chic small town. You can walk everywhere (or take a short Metro ride).
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Antonio Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família as seen from Antonio Gaudí’s Casa Milà. When I framed this shot in 2005, I thought I was a genius. Ten years later and having seen the photo dozens and dozens of times in other people’s Instagram feeds, I realize that was a bit naive. While I preferred Casa Batlló a few blocks down Passeig de Gràcia to Casa Milà, this view makes the latter a must-visit in Barcelona as well. 
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Another record year for +Louisville Derby Home Rental—thanks to everyone who advertised and rented! #Louisville   #Kentucky   #Derby   #KYDerby  
Derby 2015 was another record year for Derby Home Rental LLC, my business that helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners rent out their homes for Derby
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In what sounds like an anecdote from every Thomas Friedman​ article ever, a Manchester, U.K.-based TV station used this Washington, D.C.-based writer’s footage of ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China in a recent segment.

It’s at the 1:07 mark in this ITV​ segment (sorry, ITV doesn’t allow for embedding video):
Blackpool's annual Dance Festival has begun at The Winter Gardens this week with dancers arriving from all over the world to take part. Next year, for the first time, the Dance Festival will run a sister-event over 5 thousand miles way in China, where it seems they just can't get enough of the resort and its ballroom dancing. Tim Scott reports.
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Notre Dame in Paris, France (circa 2005). A beautiful facade (dig that headless Saint Denis), but the view is much better from the top. #travel #travelfrance #parisjetaime
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Me encanta..quiero volver otrq vez.
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The Eiffel Tower—or, as the French call it, La Tour Eiffel. (Five years of studying French came in useful with that translation. Speaking of which, here's my top tip for traveling in France. To encourage French people to speak with you in English, open every conversation with "Pardon, j'etude Francais pour cinq ans, mais je suis un stupid American." Translated that roughly means, "Excuse me, I studied French for five years, but I am a stupid American." Once you've adequately humbled yourself, converse away in English.)
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+Saru Resi  you talk to me? or to +Zach Everson  ? i don't understand xD
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Last night's dinner: ShackBurger at +SHAKE SHACK. #food #foodporn
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My last full-time editing job outside of travel was at Headquarters, Department of the U.S. Army in Crystal City. There I was supposed to edit network-compatibility reports. But the reports rarely got written, so I pretty much had the entire day to work on my personal website. The sole highlight of working in The City of the Future/The City Without a Soul was Kabob Palace. Every Friday a group of us would head over for lunch. Beyond how wasteful the military is, the wonder of Kabob Palace's chicken boneless was the only think I learned at that job. Feels good to be back there now for Friday lunch.
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La Sagrada Família and Park Güell are probably Barcelona’s two most popular Antonio Gaudí attractions—and deservedly so. But to see what Gaudí could do on the home front, a visit to Casa Batlló is a must. What impressed me the most was how livable the space seemed—which isn’t always the case when a great architect designs a home. 
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Amazing building!  I really loved Parc Guell too. I did quite a lot of pictures there:
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Freelance writer focusing on travel, food, and A&E
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Writing, travel writing, editing, photography, social media, eating, looking good
Employment
  • Freelance
    Writer. Editor. Consultant., 2004 - present
    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Accepted into the Society of American Travel Writers in 2012. Clips at zacheverson.com/writing.
  • MapQuest
    Senior editor, 2013 - 2015
    Launched editorial content on MapQuest (45 million monthly users), establishing a new voice and vision. Write/assign, edit, produce, and promote original content, features, and curated accounts of trending stories, focusing on areas where pop culture overlaps with travel (previously did likewise for Aol Travel and Gadling): beats include travel guides to locations from movies and TV shows, celebrity interviews, 50-state roundups, TV and sporting recaps from a travel angle, animal travel, power rankings, and insight on visiting troubled destinations. Produce, direct, write, shoot, host, and edit videos (my “Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises” was viewed more than 160,000 times in its first week). Interpret data and metrics, using findings to inform content. Develop and execute strategy for MapQuest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, increasing engagement on both. Promote content via social media, article subjects and their publicists, other Aol brands, and agreements with other media outlets. Work with in-house team and manage 30 freelancers. Collaborated with designers and developers on new article templates and hub pages.
  • Eater.com
    Louisville editor, 2012 - 2013
    Wrote 20 posts a week (more than 900 total) for the city’s go-to source of dining and nightlife news. Drew 100,000 page views and 42,000 unique visits in just its second full month; visits and page views increased for seven consecutive months. Attracted readers by original reporting that was at the forefront of the news cycle, interpreting traffic metrics to inform content, monitoring online trends to develop local angles on national stories, and following search engine optimization best practices. Published articles, maps, videos, slideshows, and curated content. Managed the site’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter accounts, growing both from inception to more than 1,4000 fans and 1,800 followers. Compiled a weekly newsletter that reaches 2,000 subscribers. Assigned and coordinated freelancers, managed a budget. Oversaw an intern. Promoted the site by recapping its top stories weekly on 89.3 WFPL (public radio) and monthly in Louisville Magazine. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best independent blog of 2012.
  • Louisville.com
    Director of content and editorial strategy, 2010 - 2013
    Created and implemented the editorial strategy for this hyperlocal, community-driven, entertainment news website that provides original digital content about a metropolitan area with 741,096 people. Compared to 2009, visits increased 131 percent in 2012 (665,000 to 1.54 million). By the time I left, it ranked first in the market among both independent and locally owned websites, eighth out of all media websites. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best website of 2012.
  • BlackBook
    Louisville city guide editor, 2011 - 2013
    BlackBook’s City Guide iPhone and Android apps and website identify the hippest restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and hotels. The guide contains the latest venue details and breaks the cities down by theme, style, and interest. As city editor for Louisville, I reviewed 100 area bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops, highlighting the best ones as editor’s picks to be featured on the apps and website. Download the free app at the iTunes store or view the listings at BlackBook’s website.
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Washington, DC
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Louisville, KY - Reading, MA - Alexandria, VA - Rockville, MD - Falls Church, VA - Charlotte, NC - Winston-Salem, NC - Pittsburgh, PA - Melrose, MA - Washington, DC
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Freelance writer: Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, WSJ, enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Curbed, Gridskipper. Aol Travel/MapQuest alum. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.
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Be obscure clearly.
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According to a Chinese journalist, "Everson is Zazhao beer in the side face of happiness." http://ow.ly/28aFIH
Education
  • Wake Forest University
    English, 1994 - 1998
    Bachelor of Arts in English, journalism minor, cum laude
  • Reading Memorial High School
    1990 - 1994
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Slappa, Sox
I reserved a small car online, but when we showed up, all they had for the amount we'd already paid online was a gas-guzzling Impala. Disinterested employee said if I wanted an Accord, which was one of the cars shown as available at our price point online, we'd have to pay more. That disinterested employee admitted she wasn’t honoring our resevation beacause she thought she could get more for the car from another customer.
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Avoid if you have a gluten allergy or Celiac: while gluten-free noodles are available, they cook them in the same water as regular noodles if you don't specify you're gluten-free for medical reasons.
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