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Blogger Meg Massie
Where do you live now? My mail goes to Charlottesville, Virginia, but I spend a lot of time on the left coast in my husband's home state of Oregon, and a lot more of my time living out of a suitcase as both my husband and I travel for work.
Scariest airline flown: I've been lucky enough not to have any truly terrifying in-air experiences, but I did have to hold my breath throughout our approach into Bermuda earlier this year (flying Delta). Apparently it's so windy there that a lot of the flights that go to the island have to turn back without landing, because the conditions are too dangerous. I can't imagine a much dicier landing than the one we made when I went in January, though.
Favorite city/country/place: Ashland, Oregon. It's a lovely small town with a rich culture, and it's surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural landmarks I've ever seen.
Most remote corner of the globe visited: I spent a summer in Guatemala with my brother when I was 17. It's not too far away from home in terms of mileage, but sometimes it was like being on another planet.
Favorite guidebook series: For places in the US, I usually just stick to the internet and word of mouth for things to see and do, but for international travel I usually get a Lonely Planet guidebook.
On your next trip, you are forced to schedule a 24-hour layover. you have $200 to spend. Where do you spend the layover and why? Definitely Vegas. No need to find a hotel for the night -- just go casino hopping and hope the money lasts.
Worst place to catch a stomach bug? On the highway in Northern California, in the middle of a 10-hour drive from Portland to Reno. No towns, no rest stops, no bathrooms, no fun. I'm sure it could have been worse in some third world country, but I prefer not to think about it...
When I'm not writing for Gadling, I'm... playing bridge with my husband. He's a professional player, and we travel to dozens of tournaments all over the US every year, and occasionally this hobby/job takes us overseas. You can read about bridge adventures here.
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