#MWTravel Network Writers & Influencers

Meet the storytellers of the Midwest.

 

Jenn & Ed Coleman

Amazing adventures for ordinary people is what Jenn & Ed Coleman of Coleman Concierge is all about. They are advocates for sustainable and ethical travel and truly believe in the power of travel to transform themselves as well as the world around them. 

ALABAMA
Kallsy Page

Kallsy and Logan enjoy mid-range luxury couples travel in the USA, Europe, Japan, and beyond. They love maximizing their weekend vacations and road trips. Read their popular blog, Pages of Travel to follow along on their weekend adventures.

ARKANSAS
Cindy Ladage

Cindy Ladage is a farmer's wife that loves to travel and share her adventures. She writes for several publications, as well as her popular blog, Traveling Adventures of A Farm Girl. You can find Cindy on the beach, at a tractor show, or strolling through the Main Street of a smaller town in Rural America.

ILLINOIS
Sonja Hoyt

Sonja loves to travel, learn, and eat. She and her husband are empty nesters and not afraid to jump in for that next adventure. She also enjoys traveling with her adult children, as she believes that family travel should never stop. You can help plan your next get-a-way by visiting the popular blog, The Happy Travel Bug.

ILLINOIS
Megan Zink

Megan Zink is a photographer, writer, speaker, educator, and strategist passionate about storytelling, visual communication, and exploration. In addition to developing visual guides for her travel journalism website, Moderately Excited, she works in content marketing and demand gen for a SaaS. Megan also recently founded a platform called Color and Curiosity to encourage lifelong learning through travel.

ILLINOIS
Lena Burkut

Lena Burkut is a busy mom who enjoys sharing her life with you. You can learn more on her blog, Way 2 Good Life. She and her family will inspire you to try some new craft projects and travel to some new places. Her videos are fun and exciting~ be sure to check them out.

ILLINOIS
Cheryl Eugenio

Cheryl resides in Illinois and is an avid traveler, DIYer, Reviewer, Mommy, and Destination Specialist for Illinois and Wisconsin. She and her family of five are always on the go. Her blog, O The Places We Go will inspire you to travel and get outside. 

ILLINOIS
Crystal Rapinchuk

Crystal and her family explore and discover everywhere YOU should visit in America. They focus on historical, nature, oddities, things off the beaten path on the popular blog Exploration America.

ILLINOIS
Lisa Lubin

Lisa Lubin quit her job and life as she knew it to travel around the world. She has been to 60+ countries and would love to inspire you to travel more. She believes it is easier and cheaper than you think. Follow along on her blog Slow Travel Eat Local to learn about these fun travel experiences.

ILLINOIS
Sarah Parisi

Sarah Parisi is the mom of two young children and is dedicated to sharing her experiences as they do activities throughout the Chicagoland area. Follow along at Toddling Around Chicago and become inspired to travel with your young children or grandchildren.

ILLINOIS
Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Pamela Dittmer McKuen is a Baby Boomer who travels with style. She’s a Chicago-based freelance journalist who specializes in travel, home, art, and fashion. Favorite experiences include swimming with whale sharks in Cancun, fishing for piranha in the Amazon River, and viewing the annual sandhill crane migration in Nebraska. Plus, eating dark chocolate.

ILLINOIS
Mark Shuman

Mark Shuman is an English instructor at McHenry County College and a freelance writer for publications including the Chicago Tribune, the University of Notre Dame website, and TIME Magazine. Travel writing interests include family, outdoor, adventure, Latin America, Spain, and camping. Mark is also a member of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association.

ILLINOIS
Theresa Goodrich

Theresa L. Goodrich is an author and an Emmy winner. She digs deep into destinations and loves to learn about the culture while enjoying good food. Her popular blog, The Local Tourist is read daily by thousands, as she inspires people to explore their own back yards and beyond. Traveling two lane gems and the secrets to making it your favorite road trip of all times can be found here.

ILLINOIS
Two Lane Gems
Ann-Marie Rohe

Ann-Marie is based in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. She loves sharing ways to spend less, so families can do more. She is the face behind the popular blog, Chaos Is Bliss. It's not uncommon to find her exploring her own backyard and sharing some spectacular finds with her readers.

INDIANA
Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward is the CEO of Cornfields & High Heels. She grew up in the Midwest living among the cornfields of Indiana with a love for the big cities and skylines. Small towns, big cities, parks, nature experiences, and a good coffee shop are some of the places you will find Jamie.

INDIANA
Sara Grube Cerny

Sara Grube Cerny loves to travel whether it is in her own backyard within the Chicagoland area (Northwest Indiana), around the United States, or globetrotting across the world. She is a content creator for her blog, Cernys Journeys, and a travel consultant focusing on creating the most memorable travel experiences for clients.  

INDIANA
Pam Howard

Pam Howard, of Indiana, enjoys working with professional moms to help them create a happier and healthier life. She enjoys inspiring others to grab everyday adventures in her popular blog, Adventure Is Everywhere

INDIANA
Katy Mann

Katy Mann is passionate about the Indianapolis area. You can learn more about Katy and her family, through her popular blog, Indy With Kids.

INDIANA
Shelly Bergman

DIY Mama is a lifestyle platform focusing on filling family life with more joy. From traveling with a family to kid-friendly recipes, there's a little something for everyone that wants to lead a more fulfilling life.

INDIANA
Lindsay Williams

Lindsay Williams is always up for an adventure. She's convinced that you can find one anywhere, even in your own backyard. She is the CEO of Let Me Give You Some Advice and she has a LOT of suggestions to inspire you to get outside and explore. 

INDIANA
Stacy Tilton

Stacy Tilton shares products and experiences with her readers through her blog Stacy Talks & Reviews. She and her family enjoy fishing, camping, and raising their goats and chickens. 

INDIANA
Megan Bannister

Megan Bannister started Olio in Iowa in 2012 and she has never looked back. She began sharing things about Iowa and her love of road tripping grew. She has since driven coast to coast and loves sharing stories. She is now a published author, as her book Iowa Supper Clubs was released in August of 2020.

IOWA
Sara Broers

Sara Broers is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. She will travel where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. She is the co-owner of the Midwest Travel Network and the CEO of Travel With Sara.

2019 (IEDA) Individual Iowa Leadership Award
IOWA
Katy Flint

Katy Flint is the CEO of Flint & Co. She enjoys finding the best in midwest weekend getaways. She enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle, cooking, gardening, and traveling. 

IOWA
Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is an Eastern Iowa based writer and content creator. She focuses on eco-conscious family living and travel. Simplify, Live, Love encourages busy families to lead healthier lives and focus on what really matters- good food, fun memories, and dear family friends.

IOWA
Cadry Nelson

Cadry Nelson is the recipe creator, writer, and photographer behind Cadry's Kitchen. She offers recommendations on where to eat vegan when traveling- even in unlikely places. 

IOWA
Donna Hup

Donna Hup blogs at  DonnaHup.Com. She is a city girl gone small town. She lives in Northwood, Iowa near the Minnesota border. She enjoys cooking, crafting, reading, movies, and traveling. Her blog was started more than a decade ago and she loves all of the adventure that it brings into her life, and yours.

IOWA
Erin Huiatt

Erin Huiatt runs the popular Iowa website, Des Moines Parent. She shares holiday ideas, travel tips, outdoor activities, and date night ideas. She enjoys connecting families with new experiences through her travel adventures.

IOWA
Val Plagge

Val Plagge has a passion for sharing her story in the "fields of opportunities." She is a farmer, farmer's wife, and stay at home mom. She enjoys traveling and sharing stories from the family farm in rural North Iowa, at Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids.

IOWA
Lindsay Hindman

Lindsay Hindman loves exploring and sharing family-friendly fun on her site SiouxlandFamilies.com. She’s a mom of three, including one child with Down syndrome, and is passionate about inclusive play and travel. Hindman also loves spreading the word about books by authors & illustrators with a strong Midwest connection. Her own book,  local travel guide 100 Things to Do in Sioux City & Siouxland Before You Die, was released in September 2020.

 

IOWA
Dan Cline

Dan Cline loves the Midwest and everything about it and enjoys sharing about it in good old fashioned writing and video on his blog and vlog, Country Pilgrim. He loves traveling with his wife and two boys and finding adventure in rural America or simply getting off the beaten path to explore hidden gems in the Heartland.

IOWA
Jennifer Ciha

Jennifer Ciha and her family call central Iowa home and love to go exploring. From family trips around the midwest to visiting the local museum, Field Trip Iowa offers inspiring images and practical advice to help you and your family find the hidden gems that foster learning and excitement! 

IOWA
Jay Jay Goodvin

Jay Jay Goodvin runs the popular Iowa website, The Iowa Gallivant. His favorite destination is the next one! He loves seeking out meat markets, so don't be surprised if he finds your "wurst" thing in town.

IOWA
Nicole Brady

SAHM Reviews was founded in 2008 and continues to evolve. Nicole Brady resides in eastern Iowa with her family. Food, Tech, Travel, Fashion, and Wellness are all a part of this popular Iowa website. She considers herself to be a board game fanatic.

IOWA
Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray is a freelance writer & photographer from the Kansas City area. She is a speaker, traveler, and writer that loves to inspire others to travel. A proud accomplishment of hers is the nationally published book, An Explorer's Guide: Kansas

KANSAS
Vanessa Whiteside

Vanessa resides in Wichita, Kansas, and publishes One Delightful Life, a blog featuring delicious recipes, travel destinations, and lifestyle improvement ideas. Her travel focuses on telling the small business story and the hyper-local experience. Whenever possible, her recipes include locally sourced ingredients. 

KANSAS
Roxie Yonkey

Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploring Officer at Roxie On The Road. She has always loved to write and share stories. Roxie is passionate about photography, graphic design, public relations, and helping you plan your next epic road trip. She is proud to call Kansas home.

Kansas State High School Activities Association- Sportswriter of the year
KANSAS
Jeff & Crystal Bryant

Jeff & Crystal Bryant are based in the Kansas City area and enjoy featuring local travel, as well as all of North America. It's not uncommon to find them uncovering something 30 miles from their home that has their fans all excited. Our Changing Lives is a must-read for someone looking for some incredible day trips from the KC Metro area. 

KANSAS
Sherryl Wilson

Sherryl Wilson is a writer, speaker, and WordPress junkie. She shares her travel stories, cooking experiments, and shares tips on finding the simple in the chaos of life on her popular blog, Simply Sherryl

KENTUCKY
Nedra McDaniel

Nedra McDaniel resides in Northern Kentucky and enjoys helping others find new adventures in their lives. Adventure Mom is an adventure, travel, and lifestyle blog designed to encourage you to try something new. She loves checking out the restaurant scenes in any destination, so be on the lookout to see where Nedra is next.

KENTUCKY
Regina Sober

Regina Sober resides in Michigan and loves to eat and travel. She runs the popular blog, Eat Travel Life. When she is not traveling, you can find her creating recipes, gardening, or renovating her home. 

MICHIGAN
Annie Fairfax

Annie Fairfax is Michigan-based luxury travel, lifestyle, and photography compendium by adventurer, writer, Lonely Planet Pathfinder, and award-winning, Getty Images photographer. You can follow her adventures on the popular Michigan blog, Annie Fairfax -A Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Compendium

MICHIGAN
Liz Della Croce

Liz Della Croce is a healthy food blogger, with a twist of travel at The Lemon Bowl. She and her family reside in Michigan and enjoy traveling abroad, as well as exploring the United States. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and hopes you will follow her in her journey.

MICHIGAN
Mary Moore

Mary Moore resides in Michigan. She is a storyteller of life, travel, and cars. She is always looking for something to do, which means you will not be bored reading her popular Michigan blog, Raising Dick and Jane

MICHIGAN
Lindsey Ranzau

Lindsey Ranzau is a Minneapolis, Minnesota, based travel writer that loves finding hidden gems. You can find her exploring beautiful destinations miles from her home, or right in her back yard. Read more of her adventures on her blog, Look About Lindsey

MINNESOTA
Wanda Patsche

Wanda Patsche shares the stories of agriculture from a farmer's viewpoint. She enjoys sharing what she does on the farm and why they do things the way they do. She discusses agriculture issues, rural life, family, and travel on her popular Minnesota blog, Minnesota Farm Living.

MINNESOTA
Shanna Gebhard

Shanna is a single mom living in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Her daughter, Peyton travels alongside her. They will inspire you to travel through their popular Twin Cities blog, Peyton's Momma

MINNESOTA
Debbie Mc Loughlin

South African expat, Debbie Mc Loughlin, is a Minnesota resident sharing fun, family adventures with all of her readers. Her blog, Africa's Blog, win inspire you to lead a fun, healthy life.  

MINNESOTA
Chrysa Duran

Chrysa Duran believes that you should live a fabulous life on a frugal budget and she's sharing tips on Thrifty Jinxy. From travel to home improvement projects, this Minnesota based blogger has you covered. She also shares local Minnesota travel ideas on the popular Minnesota blog, Thrifty Minnesota.

MINNESOTA
Dusty & Kelly Jo Ratcliff

Kelly and Dusty are two foodies that love to travel for dining, drinking, and discovering. They are based in Minnesota and cover a lot of ground each year in neighboring states, Iowa and Wisconsin. Looking for a new recipe, they also cook at home and you may find it on their blog, Dining Duster. 

MINNESOTA
Jenn Singer

Jenn Singer of Day Tripper lives in Minnesota and she has not looked back once she started her blog, Day Tripper. Do you love to travel? Jenn says, "Are you the one that wants to see the world but never has the cash? I understand. I used to be one of you. But I decided to change all that. I found a way to get my travel fix on mini-trips through Minnesota."

MINNESOTA
Tom & Kristin Henning

Tom and Kristin Henning run the popular blog, Travel Past 50. It offers encouragement, entertainment, and information, with sharp writing, personal tales, and professional photography, for travelers over the age of 50.

MINNESOTA
Kristie Probst

Kristie is the owner of World is Wide, a travel site that helps families create and achieve their travel goals. World is Wide features her family's favorite destinations, travel planning tips, and gear recommendations. In addition, she offers World is Wide Keepsakes, an online store where she creates personalized travel keepsakes on their laser engraver. Kristie is a lifelong Minnesotan who lives near Minneapolis with her husband, two teens, and pets galore.

MINNESOTA
Nicki Brunner

Nicki Brunner is an avid adventurer and mother of three {insert exhausted head bob} who lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. As an advocate for kindness, a preacher of positivity, and a firm believer that family comes first, she wants you to feel confident that adventuring with kids shouldn't slow you down. Rather, it should bring you up. Join the adventure on her blog MinneMama Adventures.

MINNESOTA
Kathleen Gamble Pilugin

Kathleen is based in Minnesota and grew up traveling the world. She is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)- She spent a significant amount of time living outside her passport country while growing up. She has traveled to more than forty countries and would love to visit more. She writes on the blog, Expat Alien, and she is also a published author.

MINNESOTA
Janice Person

Janice Person is known as JP Loves Cotton. She is a public speaker, consultant, and now a podcaster at Grounded By The Farm. She enjoys helping connect people with things that matter to them, most importantly food.

MISSOURI
Kay Johnson

Kay Johnson and her husband Matt are YouTube enthusiasts. They love sharing their park travel adventures with their fans on Happy Trails Hiking. If you are looking for a new hiking trail, it won't take you long to find one when you meet these two travel enthusiasts.

MISSOURI
Jen Cowan

And Hattie Makes Three is a Lifestyle and Motherhood Blog focused on Family, Food, Fashion and St. Louis Fun. Created in 2015, Jen Cowan and Hattie started sharing their adventures and share the places they love, the things they make and brands they are raving fans for.

MISSOURI
Sage Scott

Sage Scott owns the blog, Everyday Wanderer. She resides in the Kansas City Metro area with a passion for travel and shares stories from a midlife traveler's perspective. 

Midwest Travel Network 2019 Award: Best Collaboration Featuring a Midwest Destination
MISSOURI
Thena Franssen

Thena and Matt Franssen of Hodge Podge Hippie love life by traveling around enjoying the beauty of the world. Living more with less is possible! They want you to explore everything out there and live each day to the fullest. It's not uncommon to see these two riding their tandem bike when they visit a destination.

MISSOURI
Steve & Ann Teget

Steve & Ann Teget are the faces behind the well-known blog, Postcard Jar. They split their time between their home in Crete, Nebraska, and Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where they own an airbnb, Postcard Place. They pride themselves on telling authentic stories about extraordinary travel. You can find them exploring towns across the midwest or on a cruise ship traveling the seas. 

2019: Bloggers of the year- Midwest Travel Network
NEBRASKA
Kim Reiner

Kim Reiner is the CEO of the popular Omaha blog, Oh My Omaha. She loves sharing adventures around her hometown. She believes that life is spent discovering the extraordinary at home and on the road. Enjoy a cup of coffee and start planning your next adventure.

NEBRASKA
Gretchen Garrison

Gretchen Garrison is passionate about her home state, Nebraska. She is the CEO of the popular Nebraska blog, Odyssey Through Nebraska. She is also the author of two Nebraska themed books, Detour Nebraska and A History Lover's Guide to Lincoln

NEBRASKA
Tim & Lisa Trudell

Tim and Lisa Trudell are passionate about traveling locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They share stories on The Walking Tourists and also write for several publications. You can find their books about Nebraska online and in stores throughout the Midwest. Lisa is also the co-owner of the Midwest Travel Network where she enjoys helping people make connections that matter.

Authors of 100 Things To Do In Nebraska Before You Die, 100 Things To Do In Omaha Before You Die & Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha
NEBRASKA
Alicia Underlee Nelson

Alicia Underlee Nelson is a thrift store junkie, voracious reader, and enthusiastic napper. She is a freelance writer and photographer who loves tracking down unique stories. Her popular North Dakota blog, Prairie Style File, shares many of these hidden gems that she has uncovered. Her stories can be found in USA Today, Delta Magazine, AAA Living, Midwest Living, and many more publications.

NORTH DAKOTA
Niki Gordon

Niki Gordon is a North Dakota girl exploring the world. She shares beautiful pictures of beautiful places, travel tips, advice, silly stories, and more to inspire you to venture beyond your hometown. She is the voice behind the popular North Dakota travel blog, Chasing Departures. 

NORTH DAKOTA
Carla Schauer

 Carla Schauer and her family love the water and open spaces. You can find them on Meander And Coast, while along the coasts or exploring the places in between.

OHIO
Brandy Gleason

Brand and her family love adventuring. Family time, creating memories are a high priority for them. They enjoy sharing their outdoor adventures with you, as the find unique places to stay and eat. Read more about them on the popular outdoor enthusiast's blog, Gleason Family Adventures.

OHIO
Katie Seeman
Katie Seeman resides in Columbus, Ohio. She considers herself to be a vacation fanatic. She's a sucker for a luxury hotel, an ocean view, and anything leopard print. Her goal is to help you live happy and travel more through her blog Zen Life and Travel.
 
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OHIO
Stephanie Taleghani

The Taleghani family shares adventures through their popular blog, Consistently Curious. Their goal is to motivate you to explore places that are off of the beaten path.

OHIO
Leah Yoder

Leah Yoder runs an Ohio-based travel & lifestyle blog, Yoder Toter Blog. She and her family will inspire you to travel together and to make the most out of every moment.

OHIO
Mandi Welbaum

Mandi Welbaum has been in the online space since 2008 and runs the popular Ohio based website, Moments With Mandi. She shares travel inspiration, new recipes, parenting, work from home tips, and more. 

OHIO
Julie Miller

Julie Miller is the writer and owner of What Should We Do Today? Columbus, a blog about family-friendly things to do in the great city of Columbus, Ohio! From restaurants to playgrounds, from waterfalls to museums, she’ll give you the scoop on the best and most fun ways to explore Columbus and beyond with your kids!

OHIO
Tonya Wilhelm

Tonya Wilhelm is the CEO of Raising Your Pets Naturally. This community embraces all of her loves: dog behavior, dog training, cat behavior, dog and cat nutrition, pet care, pet, and human health, and of course, lots of fun and useful information.

OHIO
Christy Maurer

Christy Maurer enjoys sharing her world with you through Christy's Cozy Corners. Her lifestyle blog will inspire you to travel and read a few books. She is passionate about all things Disney.

OHIO
Erin Thomas

Erin shares her love of travel on her blog Adventures for Family Living. She enjoys family travel with her husband and two kids. From Ohio to the South and West, Erin will inspire you to travel to a new place.

OHIO
Tonya Prater

Tonya Prater is passionate about travel. She learned early in life that it can be an adventure to seek out spots that are off-the-beaten-path. She enjoys patronizing local mom & pop restaurants, and shops. Look for inspiration on her travel blog, Travel Inspired Living.

OHIO
Heather Rader

Heather is the traveler and storyteller behind Ohio Girl Travels. She loves sharing weekend getaways, affordable luxury vacations, checking off bucket-list adventures, exploring breathtaking landscapes on an epic road trip or hitting the open road on a motorcycle.

OHIO
Jason Barnette

“For me road trips are not just a career or a passion, they are a way of life. I travel the country writing about road trips and the amazing destinations I find along the way.” - Jason Barnette, RoadTripsandCoffee.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Kim Croisant

Travel writer and road trip enthusiast of My Traveling Roads, Kim Croisant, is a proud native Texan passionate about seeing the world by car, plane, train, RV -- any way she can. Her travels include many road trips through Texas and beyond. Kim is raising her grandson and takes him and her Yorkie/Shih Tzu mix doggies on as many trips as possible. When she's feeling the love, she lets her darling 82-year-old mother come along as well. But her favorite way to travel is solo. When Kim's not writing, she is hiking through nature and camping in the woods in a cabin full of amenities.

TEXAS
Suzanne Stavert

Suzanne Stavert is a travel writer, brand ambassador, and culinary explorer who inspires empty nesters and anyone else to #findadventure wherever they go. You can read her stories on the popular website, Adventures of Empty Nesters

WASHINGTON
Dannelle Gay

Dannelle Gay is passionate about helping people to travel to amazing places on a small budget. You can learn how to save money on Operation40K and then learn where you need to go on the popular Wisconsin website, Traveling Cheesehead. 

WISCONSIN
Lori Helke

Lori Helke has always loved to travel and traveling to Paris was just the beginning. She loves discovering new places all across the country, but especially the Midwest. She shares stories on Lori Loves Paris and she is also an author. You can find her cute children's books here~ Beatrice will make you smile!

WISCONSIN
David and Lina Stock

David & Lina Stock run the multiple award-winning travel blog Divergent Travelers, one of the top travel blogs on the web. A trusted resource for worldwide adventure travel, they share the stories and experiences of the places they visit through compelling video projects, social media campaigns, and engaging blog content. They have also received numerous awards in photography and writing from both SATW and NATJA.

WISCONSIN
Maureen Fitzgerald

Maureen Fitzgerald is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin influencer, brand enthusiast, and strategist. She helps brands reach more potential customers through targeted consultations. You can follow her at Wisconsin Mommy for travel tips, as well as tips on living a healthier life. Maureen has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiwi Magazine, Mom Talk Radio, and many more places.

WISCONSIN
Sue Reddel & Dianna Laskaris

Sue Reddel and Diana Laskaris are the co-founders of Food Travelist. They are based in Wisconsin and enjoy discovering destinations that will interest culinary travelers. Join them on their culinary adventures for a fantastic foodie experience.

WISCONSIN

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