In a 2017 article for The Baltimore Sun, writer David Amsden — born and raised in Maryland — recounts the reasons why Baltimore quietly became “the coolest city on the East Coast.” Since then, he’s traveled to and written about other compelling locales, like Sun Valley, Idaho, Baja California Sur, and downtown Los Angeles. David got his start as a student at New York University, working for publications like the New Yorker and New York magazine, where he held the position of contributing editor. In 2009, David published his first novel, “Important Things That Don't Matter: A Novel,” a compelling tale about a boy's complex relationship with his absent father. David continued to exercise his love of travel as a contributing editor for Condé Nast Traveler, writing an insider’s perspective on places like Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Mexico. His work has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York magazine, Smithsonian magazine, Travel + Leisure, Vulture, and the Boston Herald. David currently holds the title of editor at large at Travel + Leisure and lives in Brooklyn, where he is writing a personal account of growing up as a middle-class kid.

• 23+ years of experience as a writer and editor
• Author of “Important Things That Don't Matter: A Novel”
• Holds the role of editor at large at Travel + Leisure

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