WRITING

I’m best known for my lifestyle content, having devoted much of my career to covering travel, food, home, celebrities, technology, green living, and human interest stories. I’m still passionate about all of these topics. But these days, I’m also seeking writing and editing work that’s angled more toward social justice, mental health, and public health.  


Below is a sampling of articles I’ve written. For a more comprehensive portfolio, check out my Muck Rack and Pinterest pages.

POLITICS + SOCIAL JUSTICE

How having a daughter made me more feminist, GenderAvenger

Working-class politicians aren't always best for the working class, The Week

When animals disappear, so do our social structures, HuffPost 

Ways to give back this holiday season, Via 

Bold and female, Sierra

"Diversity" is losing its meaning. What should we say instead? Pacific Standard

Visionaries who are doing their most important work after retirement, Pacific Standard

“Eat your vegetables” is easier for low-income mothers who get help, Pacific Standard

Education, interrupted: Young Syrian refugees are becoming a lost generation, Pacific Standard

Young, undocumented, and invisible, Pacific Standard

More on my Pacific Standard author page

 

HEALTH + PSYCHOLOGY 

The Cesarean section is still the safest way to deliver feet-first babies, Pacific Standard

Watching TV is worse for you if you feel guilty about it, Pacific Standard

Journalists can get PTSD without leaving their desks, Pacific Standard 

Warmer parenting makes toddlers more empathetic, Pacific Standard

American mothers are breastfeeding less than ever, Pacific Standard

Common knowledge makes us cooperate better, Pacific Standard

Your brain wiring affects whether you get PTSD, Pacific Standard

Want your preemie baby to be healthier? Sing. Pacific Standard

The impossibility of the night shift, The Week

When men who abstain get married, The Week

Do "natural" mosquito repellents actually work? SmarterTravel 

Is it OK to bring peanuts on a plane? SmarterTravel

When slumber’s no party, Los Angeles Times

How to cope with acid reflux, Palo Alto Weekly

 

TRAVEL: GLOBAL

Paradise, if you can find it, Los Angeles Times 

At Nobu Hotel, serenity amid the Vegas chaos, Los Angeles Times

How to make your trip really count, Los Angeles Times

Bargains, even in Paris and Tokyo, Los Angeles Times

Unsung cities full of surprises, Los Angeles Times 

When it's not where, but how, Los Angeles Times

It's a girl-thing fling, Los Angeles Times

Vegas, baby. Really—what to do in Sin City with your toddler, Chicago Tribune

The best ways to use your frequent-flier miles, USA Today 

How to get more out of your vacation dollars, Via

How to plan a camping trip, Via

Easy ways to save money on a cruise, Yahoo Travel 

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first cruise, Business Insider

Ten ways you're sabotaging your ability to sleep on a plane, HuffPost

Is El Paso safe? Warnings and dangers for travelers (part of a multi-city series), SmarterTravel

Flight attendants reveal their best secrets for a better flight, SmarterTravel

What it’s like to fly on EVA’s Hello Kitty airplane, SmarterTravel

The 14 most unique hotels in the world, SmarterTravel

Ten incredible trips under $1,000, SmarterTravel

More on my SmarterTravel author page

 

TRAVEL: CALIFORNIA

At Vacaville’s Silent Stay, bring on the solitude, Los Angeles Times (image)

The Inn at the Presidio is a march in time, Los Angeles Times

Just a few steps from Hell’s door, Los Angeles Times 

San Francisco with kids: Touch tanks, trampolines and clanging cable cars, Los Angeles Times (image)

San Francisco’s Exploratorium set to reopen at triple the size, Los Angeles Times 

Alcatraz to host Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s exhibit, Los Angeles Times

An epic road trip down California's PCH, TripAdvisor

An Ahwahnee by any other name, Sierra

Danville is full of all-American charms, Chicago Tribune (and L.A. Times; image)

Get cozy in Petaluma, Baltimore Sun

Hidden hot spots in San Diego, USA Today

The top 10 must-sees in San Diego, USA Today

The coolest things about Disneyland's new Star Wars land, Via

Eight Disneyland tips for adults only, Via

Nine must-see museums in L.A., Via

Explore Los Angeles on foot, Via

How to be a Disneyland pro, Via

 

CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS

Jane Goodall, for Sierra 

Eva Longoria, for Sierra 

Mayim Bialik, for Sierra

Natalie Coughlin, for Sierra

Hannah Teter, for Sierra

Esperanza Spalding, for Sierra 

Okee Dokee Brothers, for Sierra

Rachel Dratch, for HuffPost

Kristi Yamaguchi, for Via

D’Arcy Carden, for Via 

Jonas Rivera, for Via

PEOPLE + HUMAN INTEREST

Jacob Barnett’s curious and computational mind, Pacific Standard

Boyan Slat’s plan to clean the Earth’s oceans, Pacific Standard

Child prodigy Colin Carlson is finally doing something new, Pacific Standard

30 under 30: 2017’s most exciting young thinkers in social justice, Pacific Standard (2016, 2015, 2014; image 1; image 2)

How Glen Weyl invented quadratic voting, Pacific Standard

Yaa Gyasi’s ambitious and empathetic fiction, Pacific Standard 

Haben Girma became the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, Pacific Standard

Troy Cambpell studies what makes people happy, Pacific Standard

Six visionaries who are changing the world after age 80, Pacific Standard

 

FOOD + DRINK

Nine chefs who are changing the world, Sierra

Five foods that are killing the planet, Sierra

Five great biodynamic wines, Sierra  

Chef Tyler Florence carves out his niche, Sierra 

Big Ag feeds millions but tiny food producers protect the planet, Sierra (image)

Q&A with Whole30 nutrition guru Melissa Hartwig, Via

Must-have food and drinks at Disneyland, Via

Sweet somethings from far, far away, Los Angeles Times

Seattle's top 10 coffeehouses, Los Angeles Times

Have we gone blog wild? Los Angeles Times

Real, tasty, Los Angeles Times

My moment with a Michelin-starred chef, HuffPost

Three recipes for a Michelin-starred meal, HuffPost

 

HOME + SHELTER 

16 things every homeowner should know how to do, Via

16 ways to make your home more sustainable, Via

How to keep your home safe when you're away, Via

Moving? Here’s an easy-to-follow schedule, Via

Ten New Year's resolutions for your home, Via  

How Joshua Becker became a minimalist, Via

How to prepare for a flood, Via

Netflix, but for toys, Sierra

Give ‘em shelter: Backyard homes for birds and bees, Sierra (image)

 

CARS + TECHNOLOGY

How to stay safe while shopping online, Via

How to buy a car during the pandemic, Via

How to protect your privacy online, Via

How to organize your digital life, Via 

How to be a smarter car owner, Via

How to be a nicer driver, Via 

The touchy-feely future: Haptics let us get fresh with our devices, Pacific Standard

Alexander Peysakhovich's theory on artificial intelligence, Pacific Standard

Investing in the future: VCs are mining schools for clean-tech geniuses, Sierra

For a prolific typeface designer, Yosemite is a font of inspiration, Sierra

Dialed in: Eco-friendly accessories for your phone, Sierra

A “flare” for entrepreneurship, Palo Alto Weekly

 

ECO-LIVING

Cruise lines going to inspiring lengths to protect the planet, SmarterTravel 

The 25 best colleges for Outside readers, Outside

America’s greenest universities: The top 10, Sierra (2016, 201520142013, 2012 2011; imageimageimage)

Outdoor gear made from unconventional materials, Sierra (image)

Seven eco-friendly baby and toddler necessities, Sierra

Dig in: Why immersive learning matters, Sierra 

The 10 coolest schools, 10 years on, Sierra

Do green schools matter? Sierra

Gifts that keep on living, Sierra

Ready to re-wear, Sierra

Drinking buddies: Five great BPA-free beverage containers, Sierra and HuffPost (image)

The five best eco-professors and green college classes, HuffPost

The Leakeys' African jewelry makes more than a fashion statement, HuffPost

 © 2020 by Avital Andrews

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