European Travel Tips From Expats, Writers and Travelers

Europe is an easy and accessible vacation destination for first time international tourists and experienced travelers alike. The continent holds so many iconic landmarks and…

Cuba Through A Photographer’s Lens

I perk up whenever anybody mentions traveling to Cuba. Okay, I get excited whenever anyone mentions traveling anywhere (childlike enthusiasm is both a prerequisite for…

A Beer Nerd’s Pilgrimage To New Belgium Brewing

Last week was American Craft Beer Week and one of the perks/joys/occupational hazards of being a beer writer is that I spent more time drinking…

2016 Travel Snapshot

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for…

How To Rock The Winnipeg Folk Festival: Insider Tips From Musicians and Fans

The #PrairiePlaces Summer Road Trip is going international! By the time you read this, I’ll be headed up north with my friend Liz for a…

A Midwesterner’s View of The Azores Islands

I’ve followed Bismarck, North Dakota-based writer Katey K. since we met at a conference last summer. She’s a riot on Twitter as @Katey911 and she…

Why I Loved San Juan, Puerto Rico

I have terrible passport envy. My natural tendency towards wanderlust has been made exponentially worse by reading books set in other countries, befriending other travel…

That Time I Let Fate Decide Our Vacation

I’m a planner. And I’ve basically been a travel writer since way before I was a travel writer, filling journals and photo albums with surprisingly…

Just Go

Want to travel? Go. Just go. You’ve always wanted to see the ocean? Now is the time. You’ve dreamed of seeing Paris or the pyramids…

Five Favorite Travel Quotes

I’ve been quiet on social media this week for one of my very favorite reasons — we’re planning a trip and I’m currently in full-on…

Fall Travel Tips

I get some of my best tips from readers like you. And my #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats are one of my favorite ways to get travel…

Find Yourself There: Paris, Ducks And Why I Started Blogging

“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” Maya Angelou I started this blog because of a duck pond.…

California Close Up

If you liked my California Dreaming post, these shots are the other side of the coin. LA is strange city, alternately dreamy and self-aware, laid-back…

California Dreaming

We took a little vacation at the end of February and I can still hear the sound of the surf when I close my eyes…