Sara Benson

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Sara has fallen off a camel in the Sahara, survived a near shipwreck in Indonesia, and narrowly avoided plunging off an Andean mountainside in an old bus. But none of that has stopped her from exploring the world. These days Sara makes her home in Oakland, California. Her love of outdoor adventure led her to work seasonally for the U.S. National Park Service in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, a place she still escapes to whenever she can. Sara has authored more than 65 travel and non-fiction books, including an award-winning guidebook to road tripping across the USA. She has also written hundreds of print and online travel articles for titles including Lonely Planet, National Geographic and CNN. An expert in sustainable travel, road trips, and outdoor sports, she has been a guest commentator on TV and radio including National Public Radio (NPR). Sara happily specializes in helping travelers plan trips to California, Hawaii, and the U.S. West, including national parks and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Posts by Sara Benson

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Trains force you to slow down and contemplate the journey. Socializing with strangers in the dining car is what I look forward to most.

  • 2
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    While traveling alone as a woman has put me at more risk in some countries, it also has given me opportunities to meet locals and enjoy their hospitality that I would not have gotten traveling as a couple or in a group.

  • 3
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    William Least Heat Moon or an attention-getting dog like John Steinbeck’s Charley.

  • 4
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    What many people don’t realize about a travel writer’s job is that we spend much of our days going to places we don’t end up recommending. We go check things out so that you don’t have to!