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"Travel North America (and Avoid Being a Tourist)" Wins Gold for Best Guidebook of the Year

by Team Fathom

As incredibly useful as the internet is, there's nothing like perusing the pages of a big, beautiful book. The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation agrees; they awarded us with the prestigious 2022 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition GOLD for our guidebook, Travel North America (and Avoid Being a Tourist). We are thrilled to be recognized for our work and to be in such good company.

Written in the first spring and summer of the pandemic, the book became a way to send a message of hope, joy, fresh air, and future explorations. Travel North America isn’t the kind of guidebook you’d take with you to one location, but the thing you’d leave on your bedside table or lying around your living room, to pick up and flip through and dog-ear for little bits of inspiration whenever you need it. 

Here’s what the judges said: “This book offers plenty of potential destinations, of course, but what sets it apart is attitude. Co-authors Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati encourage travelers to move slowly, both between destinations and within each destination. They suggest long walks, relaxation on beaches, planning trips according to the season and giving back to the destination.” 

Just like our first book, Travel Anywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist), we tapped into a treasure trove of time-tested recommendations (both classic and little-known) and a network of interesting people (chefs, novelists, designers, innkeepers, musicians) to provide inspiration and practical trip-planning advice for modern travelers looking to rediscover the continent.

The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) started in the 1980s with the mission to recognize and reward outstanding work in travel journalism in print, online, and multimedia works and for travel photography and audio and video broadcast. 

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