In the height of the coronavirus pandemic, our US banking editor Josh Franklin began a travel hobby that became an out-and-out goal. He wanted to see more of America, so he decided to visit all 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming. He joins Lilah to tell us what he learned about the country, when he felt “this was worth it” and “this was a huge mistake”, what tips he has for our own road trips, and places in the US we might want to visit ourselves.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– Josh’s piece about travelling to every US state:

– Josh’s four places: Ocean Springs, Mississippi; North OR South Dakota; the Upper Peninsula along the great lakes in Michigan; and Duluth, Minnesota

– Our travel team’s 43 holidays to take in 2024:

– Another great recent travel piece: ‘My weekend as a monk: a Scottish spiritual retreat’:


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