John Lancaster is a veteran foreign correspondent and magazine journalist. He spent 20 years at the Washington Post, including stints as bureau chief in Cairo and New Delhi, before leaving the paper in 2007 to freelance. His stories have appeared in National Geographic magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, the Nature Conservancy magazine, and the Surfer’s Journal, among other places. His work has twice been honored by “Best American Travel Writing” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which included one of his stories in its 2008 anthology and another on its 2011 list of notable travel writing. He occasionally reviews books for the Post and would like to write one himself, if he can ever decide on a topic. John lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.