2011 writing highlights

I wrote 18 feature stories this year for BudgetTravel.com, the website of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine in the US. One piece that CNN re-published — 8 Foreign Fast-Food Chains Worth a Taste — received more than 7,000+ Facebook “likes”. A piece re-published on Yahoo, World’s Prettiest Castle Towns, drew 2,500 likes.

I did 169 travel-themed posts for BudgetTravel’s blog.

MSNBC republished 18 of these, including “Travel tips for Android and iPhone users.”

I’ve been freelancing for BBC.com/travel’s blog since its first day in March 2011. In June, I became the site’s tech travel columnist. Here’s a typical one of my weekly pieces: “The best photo-sharing and storage sites

Since July 2011, I’m the London guides editor for BlackBookMag.com and its app, writing (and editing) about the city’s newest cool spots.

This year, I’ve also done some writing for The New York Times‘s In Transit blog, with posts such as “Plane or Train? Sites to Help You Decide,” Expedia Offers Free Room Upgrades for Top Customers, and “In Bay Area, New Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Offers.”

I wrote a bunch of city guides for the redesigned Away.com, such as for New York City and Dublin. I did a brief stint at AOL Travel News: and I wrote a handful of stories for Frommers.com.

Social media: All year, I’ve done a monthly afternoon Q&A chat on with Twitter users via the @budgettravel account. Since the fall, I’ve tweeted travel-related news links in the mornings every third week on @BBC_Travel. You can find my personal account at @sean_oneill.

Before moving to London, I was the senior editor of BudgetTravel.com in New York City for three years. For details, click here.

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