Robert Reid is the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet and sole occupant of the Lonely Planet New York City office. A guidebook author veteran, Robert regularly discusses travel stories and trends for national media including the Today Show, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the Weather Channel. In addition to writing two dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks (eg New York City, Eastern Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia), he ha written for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN and World Hum.
Robert also creates the 76-Second Travel Show homemade travel series that takes an alternative looks at various travel topics using simple travel-friendly equipment such as FlipVideo cams and crayons. In various episodes, he has staged the 100th birthday party for the Manhattan Bridge, used Billy Joel lyrics as a guidebook to pockets of Long Island off the tourist radar, donned a tri-cornered hat as a loyalist reenactor at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and tracked down a Lebanese sandwich that can be ordered and eaten in a former bedroom of a US president.
He first joined Lonely Planet in 1998 and has worked in the Oakland, London and Melbourne offices. He lives, without apology, in Jackson Heights, Queens.