Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea lives in Atlanta.

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Surprise! Lonely Planet Just Did What?

After Lonely Planet's new owner hired a 25-year-old neophyte to helm the famed but flailing guidebooks brand, it was anyone’s guess as to which direction it would go. But new clues to the company's future may be found in this startling acquisition.

Charles Bethea
Jan 9, 2015

The One-Day-a-Year Fitness Plan

More pain quest than workout, misogi is the secret, punishing ritual that has revolutionized Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver's game. You have time for this—if it doesn't kill you first.

Charles Bethea
Dec 9, 2014

A Kerouac-Approved Fire Tower Camping Trip

Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 manning a fire tower on Washington's Desolation Peak, in the northern Cascades. He didn't do much writing there, apparently, despite being alone with pencil and paper. But he stayed for 63 days. The views were good.

Charles Bethea
Sep 26, 2014

Can Lonely Planet Be Saved?

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.

Charles Bethea
Mar 27, 2014

An Ode to My Bad Dog

Adopting a dog can be difficult. But in the end, we wouldn't trade our oddball pets for anything.

Charles Bethea
Oct 10, 2013

Fair Chase

On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth.

Charles Bethea
Apr 19, 2011

Charles Bethea
Nov 1, 2010

Charles Bethea
Nov 1, 2010

Charles Bethea
Nov 1, 2010

Charles Bethea
Nov 1, 2010

Best Towns 2009

Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life. Presenting our picks for the 10 best cities in America, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus: Our 10 favorite small towns.

Kyle Dickman, Sam Moulton, Ryan Krogh, Jeremy Spencer, Justin Nyberg, Alicia Carr, Caitlin Meredith, Charles Bethea, Ivan Miller, and Sean Brander
Jul 20, 2009

It's Games time. Hit the couch—or don't—for some Olympian flicks.

Charles Bethea
Jul 2, 2008

How a barefoot sport laced up its cleats

Charles Bethea
Jul 2, 2008

In which we take back the drinking trip from the wine snob. Here's how to mix world-class adventure and tasting, from Kentucky to Japan.

Christian DeBenedetti, Jeremy Spencer, and Charles Bethea
May 9, 2008

An Aussie filmmaker makes waves with a documentary about gang life Down Under

Charles Bethea
Nov 20, 2007