2020 Archives
Chris Barnett
Chris Barnett writes about business-travel tactics and strategies that save time and money and help minimize hassles. He is based in San Francisco and has written for a wide variety of publications. Chris was a contributing editor of Frequent Flyer when JoeSentMe founder Joe Brancatelli was the magazine's executive editor. He was the first columnist Joe approached to join JoeSentMe. Chris' column, syndicated for decades in newspapers around the country, has appeared exclusively at JoeSentMe since 2012.

JULY 23: BY THE BAY, BIZARRE HOTEL HAPPENINGS
The Coronavirus has scrambled travel everywhere. But things are crazier in San Francisco's lodging scene. We don't know which hotels are open, which are closed--and which are open but only serving special groups.

JUNE 11: A RESORT STAY, AFTER A FASHION
Just before the pandemic hit, I spent two weeks in a resort-like setting. So what if it was a rehab home?

MAY 21: THE SOCIALLY DISTANT LUNCH BUNCH
After months of lockdown, I've been to a socially distanced lunch and aced the socially distant cocktail party.

MAY 7: WHAT THE TRAVEL AGENTS SAW
Travel agents have strong opinions on when, where and how we'll get moving again after the Coronavirus.

APRIL 19: PLANKS FROM THE PAST: PUBCRAWLER'S HIGHLIGHTS
These are tough times for pubcrawlers. There is no crawling with bars closed. All we have are great memories.

MARCH 19: I SHELTERED MY HEART (AND MY BODY) IN SAN FRANCISCO
It happened so fast in San Francisco. We went from stocking up to "shelter in place" in the blink of an eye. Here's how I lived it.

FEBRUARY 27: SPILLING THE BEANS ON A 100-YEAR TRADITION
Barney's Beanery in Los Angeles has been a go-to meeting place for business travelers, stars and tourists for 100 years.

JANUARY 8: I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO AND I'M STAYING WITH IT
Visitors are warned about coming to San Francisco and locals are leaving in droves. But not me. I'm sticking around. I left my heart here decades ago and I won't leave it.