Connie Reed is an Illinois grandmother living the travel bloggers dream. Connie’s writing experience was limited to business reports for a medical records company before. But now she receives thousands of dollars’ worth of perks through her blog, Midwest Wanderer. With a focus on regional travel, she targets active empty-nesters looking for vacation and getaway ideas. She took 17 press trips in each of the last two years. And at 60, she says, life is a bigger adventure than ever before. More recently, her husband started working remotely to free them up for some much-anticipated longer road trips. She also plans to author e-books and guides to sell on her blog for extra income including one about President Lincoln’s Midwest home.