Scroll Top


The Midwest Travel Network was created to provide opportunities for travel writers and destinations to connect. Our goal is to connect the writers, bloggers, and influencers with tourism partners to share the great places and stories of the Midwest.

2024 Midwest Travel Network Conference


JUNE 13 – 15, 2024

We are thrilled to have Shipshewana, Indiana, as our host and destination for the 2024 Midwest Travel Network Conference! Shipshewana & LaGrange County are known as a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors to experience the simplicity of Amish culture as well as the delicious foods and quality products they produce. But there’s so much more to explore around town and in the area including a wide variety of shopping opportunities from quaint downtown shops to locally produced meat and cheese, exciting outdoor recreation, world-class entertainment and the Midwest’s largest flea market.

Let’s Work Together

Interested in partnering with our network? Want to learn more about the work we do to connect writers and destinations?

Lisa Trudell & Sara Broers


Founded in 2013 by Sara Broers and Lisa Trudell, the Midwest Travel Network began as a group of travel bloggers based in the Midwest collaborating, networking and sharing the stories of the region. 10 years later, the organization has evolved into Midwest Travel Network, a group made up of not only writers and bloggers but also the industry tourism partners working hard to promote their communities. The Midwest Travel Network prides itself in its ability to help connect destinations with the best people to help them tell their stories. In person connections are important to the Midwest Travel Network, and offers opportunities to connect in person throughout the year. From workshops on pitching to writing, FAM trips, and the annual conference, all members of the Midwest Travel Network have an opportunity to connect with others.

Theresa Goodrich
The Local Tourist

Ever since I first heard about Midwest Travel Network by eavesdropping on some fellow travel writers, I have been consistently impressed by the professionalism and support of Lisa, Sara, and the members of the group. The concept of bringing together communities with people who can passionately tell their stories is brilliant, and it’s opened doors and created new audiences for both. Midwest Travel Network truly celebrates all-things Midwest, and, more importantly, celebrates the people who make the Midwest the warm, exciting destinations that we love to call home and share with the world.

Sage Scott
The Everyday Wanderer

Through the Midwest Travel Network, I have connected with a group of kindred spirits who love the American Midwest and want to help her shine. I’ve made connections who have contributed their experiences to articles, and I’ve made friends that I’ve been able to meet up with during my travels. There’s nothing better than exploring a new, Midwestern destination with a local travel blogger turned friend as your guide!