Cover Photo: This photograph shows a mussed but clean-looking hotel bed snuggled against a large, partially-curtained window with blue skies peeking through it.
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During Hectic Times, Hotels Offered Me a Safe, Quiet Place to Write

My getaways made me realize how the hotel industry has missed an economic and ethical opportunity by not marketing discounted rooms to locals.

Summer House


a room to harness the best part of being alone. Affordability and desperation made it doable.

Jessica Machado is an editor at NBC News. Previously, she was a staff editor at Vox, the Daily Dot, and Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Cut, BuzzFeed, Vice, and Elle, among others. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her memoir, Local, is out now.