I’m an award-winning cultural geographer, travel writer, and travel blogger who explores the “Wild West” one ghost town and hiking trail at a time. Based in the Western United States, I love critically examining the folklore of the former frontier, which so actively informs culture and heritage tourism.

I’m an award-winning cultural geographer, travel writer, and travel blogger who explores the “Wild West” one ghost town and hiking trail at a time. Based in the Western United States, I love critically examining the folklore of the former frontier, which so actively informs culture and heritage tourism.

I write for a variety of travel content marketing clients including Our Whole Village, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (for their Work Live Play Reno Tahoe blog), Visit Newport Beach, and Dine Newport Beach. I also work with agencies including Madden Media, the HOTH, and Wiser Brand.

I’ve written numerous articles for Nevada Magazine , particularly their “Cravings” department with a focus on restaurants featuring farm-to-table cuisine. I’m a feature writer for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and have worked on four different book projects for them including their most recent annual. I also contribute regularly to their blog.

While pursuing my doctoral degree in geography from the University of Nevada, Reno, I examined the unlikely role of a Northern Nevada “ghost town,” Virginia City, in the birth of the 1960s-psychedelic esthetic and cultural scene that would take San Francisco by storm in 1967. My work on these “avant-garde, wannabe cowboys” is featured in the book Explorations in Place Attachment published by Routledge (2018).

I also wrote a chapter on Chinese Religions for the forthcoming work World Religions Today: A Guide to Religion for the 21st Century edited by Carolyn V. Prorok. This work will be published by ABC-Clio in March 2020.

Besides the Western United States, I’ve traveled extensively. Highlights include a six-week backpacking trip from Athens, Greece to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a research trip to Central America where I traced the history of the ancient peoples of Mexico while exploring archaeological sites including Teotihuacán, Tenochtitlan, Cholula, Monte Alban near Oaxaca, and Zultepac-Tecoaque in Tlaxcala.

When not sifting through the exaggerations and myths of the American West, I’m off roading, zip lining, camping, climbing mountains, and always exploring the ins and outs of travel with kids and teens.

I’m passionate about writing for the travel, hospitality, and tourism world. Contact me today to discuss your current marketing and future goals: questions@engridbarnett.com.