New York Magazine: Uber Drivers Around the World Tell All
Last month, New York magazine gave me a budget to take a few Uber rides around Cape Town to interview the drivers, as part of a feature on Uber around the world. The story is a great way to learn about different issues that affect drivers in different countries — and also about the things that never change (a drunk passenger in Mumbai is the same as a drunk passenger in Mexico City, I suppose!). The coolest thing about my research: two out of four of my Cape Town Uber drivers were women! Read the piece here.
Conde Nast Traveler: Get Out of (Cape) Town
I wrote about Leeu House, a new hotel in the lovely town of Franschhoek, along with other Winelands happenings for the new issue of Conde Nast Traveler. Read it here.
Guardian: South Africa’s Coolest Cafes and Bars
The Guardian (UK) has a special site dedicated to South Africa, and they asked me to write two roundups for it: one on the country’s coolest cafes, and another on the best bars. Check out the whole site here.
C Weddings: Sand Castles
Planning a wedding? Then check out my roundup of six oceanfront resorts to consider for your honeymoon, for C Weddings magazine.
Travel + Leisure: Could An Oil-Drilling Ban Save Virunga’s Gorillas?
The situation in Uganda, the DRC, and Rwanda is pretty grim for the region’s endangered mountain gorilla population. Many of you may have seen the documentary Virunga, about oil-drilling efforts in the DRC; the outrage generated from that Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film forced UK firm SOCO to abandon its oil exploration contracts in the region. But things aren’t looking up yet: I reported on the latest on efforts to pressure the Ugandan government to stop soliciting bids for oil contracts in the Lake Edward region. It’s a complex issue, but you can read more about it here.
Surface: Outside the Box
For Surface magazine’s February issue, I interviewed Johannesburg architect and property developer Arthur Blake, the mastermind behind the funky 27 Boxes retail complex — constructed entirely out of shipping containers. Read the profile here.
New York Times: A Namibian Road Trip
My latest New York Times story also marks a milestone for me: it’s my first feature on the cover of their travel section. I recount a seven-day, 1,500-mile road trip across Namibia with four of my friends through a series of lessons we learned along the way. Read it here.