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.
The day my corporate job was eliminated, my husband and I celebrated. Sure, I was scared—after all, I was losing a good income. But my excitement for my newfound freedom overshadowed my fear. I could now more fully follow my dream of traveling—and writing about it. I had started a travel blog the year before […]
In my six years of blogging about travel, I’ve learned a few things. I did some things correctly from the get-go, like creating social media accounts and letting all of my friends and family know about my blog. I emailed tourism bureaus and asked to be added to their press lists. And I got busy […]
This summer, my husband and I took a two-week road-trip down the Mississippi River’s Great River Road. Along the way, we stayed on a floating bed-and-breakfast, in two penthouse suites, and at a casino resort. We waded through the headwaters of the Mississippi, explored caves, and sang with monks. We cheered on baseball teams, strolled […]
I hit a bullseye this past weekend, both figuratively and literally. When setting up the itinerary for my latest adventure, I had a “tough” decision to make—horseback riding or archery. Archery won, since it’s different than other activities I’ve written about in my travel blog. As I hadn’t shot a bow and arrow since high […]