Spud Hilton

Travel editor - The San Francisco Chronicle

Spud Hilton is travel editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, where since 2000 he has written about (and been hopelessly lost in) destinations on six continents. His attempts to defy the expectations of places—from Havana's back alleys to Kyoto's shrines to a hippie bus in Modesto, California—have earned him 13 Lowell Thomas Awards for travel journalism. Hilton also writes a biweekly column at SFChronicle.com, and his travel tip videos and #CarryOnShame campaign have been featured by Peter Greenberg, Rudy Maxa, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Quest Means Business on CNN International.