Reid Bramblett

ReidsTravels.com is written and maintained by guidebook author and travel expert Reid Bramblett.

Reid took his first international trip at the age of 6 months, when his parents removed the dresser drawer in which Reid slept, wedged it between them on the bench seat of their pickup truck, and drove to Canada.

He became an avid hiker at the age of five during a two-month cross-country trip in a Chevy van his dad had converted into a camper. By the age of nine he was bargaining in the markets of Mexico and exploring Mayan temples in the jungle.

Reid spent his adolescence exploring Europe in a hippie-orange VW camper-van with his parents while his father, Frank—a painter and professor at Tyler School of Art—was teaching at the school’s Temple University Rome campus.

Reid later took a break from Cornell’s anthropology department to spend his own junior year abroad in Italy, and whe he returned began writing a travel column for the school’s alternative paper.

That’s when he realized he could get paid doing what he loved.

Why bother listening to Reid’s advice?

After a stint in the editorial offices of the Frommer’s guidebooks, he decided to see what life was like on the other side of the desk. His first gig as a freelance writer: Frommer’s first regional guide, Frommer’s Tucsany & Umbria. He has spent the ensuing 15 years exploring, learning, taking notes, and reporting it all in his guidebooks and articles.

Reid has authored or contributed to more than 30 guidebooks, and collectively updated them over more than two dozen editions—including Europe for Dummies, DK’s Eyewitness Top 10 Milan & The Lakes, and Frommer’s Memorable Walks in New York—and has contributed to more than two dozen others, most recently to Pauline Frommer’s Italy.

Beyond guidebooks

In print

As a daily travel reporter for MSNBC.com in 2003, Reid won two Lowell Thomas awards for travel writing.

He is a Contributing Editor to Condè Nast’s Concierge.com and to Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, where he formerly served as Associate Editor.

Reid’s feature articles and travel journalism have appeared in the Miami Herald, TravelandLeisure.com, Yahoo.com, Dallas Morning News, Modern Bride, CNN.com, NewYorkTimes.com, and Newsweek.

He also wrote a weekly adventure column, “The Intrepid Traveler,” which appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Times and a few other papers. After the bottom fell out of the newspaper business, Reid began the laborious process of translating it into a website, TheIntrepidTraveler.net.

On the air

Reid Bramblett has appeared as a travel expert on CNN, Fox NEWS, the Travel Channel, CNNfn, and the New York City affiliates of ABC, Fox, and UPN. He has also been a guest on various NPR programs and stations.

He appears as the Cultural Anthropologst on the Travel Channel series Cruises We Love, and is the occasional co-host of the weekly, nationally syndicated radio call-in show “The Travel Show with Arthur Frommer” (Sundays noon–2pm; www.wor710.com).

In person

Reid lectures regularly on Italy and other travel topics at the Smithsonian Institution, and has spoken at many other venues, including the New York Times Travel Show, the New York’s Explorer’s Club, many bookstores and libraries, and various professional conferences, including those of SATW (the Society of American Travel Writers, where he recently retired from the post of Active-At-Large).

Reid has also acted as a travel consultant for national tourism boards, major tour companies, scout troops, executives planning trips, and couples looking for something special on their next vacation.

On the web

In addition to ReidsTravels.com, Reid also maintains ReidsItaly.com, the adventure site TheIntrepidTraveler.net, and the award-winning ReidsGuides.com trip-planning site (and its offspring sites NoFrillsAir.com and BeyondHotels.net), which has been recommended by CNN, USA Today, Smart Money, The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, Frommers.com, Fodors.com, Men’s Health, Away.com, and National Geographic Traveler, and was been proclaimed “Among the best” by Arthur Frommer.

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