If you’ve been following this blog lately, then you might have noticed that, when I kicked off my list of haunted U.S. cities last Friday, I’d originally proposed a three-part series. Yet, somehow, while writing about my top three picks – Salem, Savannah, and New Orleans – I got a wee bit overzealous. In the end, I found myself posting a 2500-word piece, which, as you’ve no doubt seen, I ended up splitting into three much more manageable posts. And that’s how, in midstream, a three-part series became a five-part one.

The point of this rambling confession is simple: I tend to get so engrossed while working on my American Nomad blog that all other tasks, including my travel guide writing duties, end up on the back burner. Inevitably, I feel the stress of trying to juggle thoroughly researched blog posts with time-consuming travel guide work. So, to alleviate the tension, I’ve decided to take a short hiatus from the blog while I prepare maps, photos, and revised text for my latest travel guide, the third edition of Moon New Orleans. If all goes as planned, I’ll be back with more U.S.-related travel advice in October, when I’ll once again be in my beloved Big Easy.

In the meantime, several of my fellow Moon authors will be filling in for me with guest posts about their respective domestic destinations. Thanks in advance to everyone who’s willing to provide content for the American Nomad blog. I appreciate your assistance and enthusiasm – and I obviously can’t wait to read your posts.

Although I won’t be contributing in September, I’ll still be accessible via email, so feel free to contact me with questions, comments, and blog post suggestions. Until I return in October, I hope that all of y’all – authors, editors, and readers alike – have a happy Labor Day and an even better September. No matter where you’re planning to travel over the next four weeks, have fun and be safe!