Jason Kaplan, Travel Expert

About Jason

Jason Kaplan

After growing up in the heart of scenic northern New Jersey, Jason studied creative writing and photography at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. Wanting to get get away from New York, he moved to Missoula, Montana where he continued his studies and worked with disabled adults. Since then he has lived in Texas and New Mexico, but has called Portland home for the past 15 years.

Currently working as a full-time freelance photographer and writer, Jason spends his time looking for great stories. When not working, Jason explores Portland and the Northwest with his wife and seven-year-old daughter.  He lives in the historic North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns.   

Special Interests

Jason knows a lot about:

  • Cameras and photography (photo geek alert!)
  • Electronic music
  • Journalism

Jason's Special Recommendations

Jason says, "Don't leave Portland without visiting Powell's Books."

10Best Lists by Jason Kaplan

Affordable Family Vacation Destinations

Whether your vacation takes you to the northwest, the west, the south or the east, these destinations across the US–Portland, Denver, South Padre Island, and Philadelphia–provide lots of family fun at a...


Hot Dog!

When you're craving a hot dog, nothing else will do.  See where our Local Experts would send you in their cities, for a dog that delivers. 


Bend, Oregon:  A Land for all Seasons

Though it's the urban center of Central Oregon, the city of Bend is best known for its easy access to the great outdoors. In winter, Bend is best known as the gateway to Mt. Bachelor and some of the best skiing in...