Glamping At Cross Ranch State Park

It was my first time at Cross Ranch State Park, and I was basically getting paid to pay attention. I was on assignment for a…

Make A List For Your Best Summer

Today is the summer solstice, the first astrological day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s traditionally been a day of reflection, celebration and transition…

Packing Hacks to Make Flying Less Stressful and More Comfortable

Air travel is an incredibly fast and convenient mode of transportation, but that doesn’t mean that it’s particularly comfortable. Luckily, there are a few easy…

We Are All Artists: How To Get Unstuck

I believe that we are all creative, even if we don’t call ourselves artists. I resisted this label for a long time myself, even though…

Dinosaurs, A Mummy And A Giant Astronaut: A Few Favorites Inside The Science Museum Of Minnesota

If you like science, you’ll love the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. All of the exhibits at this welcoming museum, located along…

What’s Your Travel Challenge?

Why aren’t you traveling? What’s stopping you from booking the trip of your dreams? The most common question readers ask me is how they can…

Winter Landscapes (And Books) To Dream Away The Cold

“In winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” – Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes I always want to write about…

Midwinter Wishes From The Road

I was pondering a New Year’s Eve message for this dark, beautiful and often challenging time of year. But when I took a break and…

From The American Heartland To Thuringia, The Heart Of Germany

By the time you read this, I’ll be flying from the prairies of the American heartland to the lush forest deep in the heart of…

Self Care For A Peaceful Fall

“Self care is any action you purposefully take to improve your physical, emotional or spiritual well being […] When you take time to replenish your…

10 Reasons To Try Train Travel

I just got back from a train trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder from St. Paul, Minnesota to Chicago and I got a ton of feedback…

Travel And Life Goals: Lessons From My Grandma

My grandma is one of my travel role models. We’ve been road tripping together a lot this summer, checking out a museum, shops and what…

Beautiful Things in Humble Places: Prairie Style File’s Next Five Years

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro Prairie Style File turns five next month…

A Fun Fargo Giveaway

It’s giveaway time! It’s a holiday weekend and I’m in the home stretch of editing my North Dakota beer book, so I’m keeping this month’s…

Get Cozy: A Survival Strategy for a Midwestern Winter

Winter can get awfully long. Once the twinkling Christmas lights are put away and we attend our last holiday party, the final weeks of winter stretch in…