Meet the authors behind Midwest Road Trip Adventures.
Sara Broers is a travel enthusiast residing in North Central Iowa. She is passionate about the Midwest, specifically her home state of Iowa. She has lived in Iowa all of her life, and finds it interesting that she always meets people with an Iowa story when she travels. Sara is the CEO of Travel With Sara and the Co-Owner of the Midwest Travel Network. She is also an auctioneer, and she prides herself on connecting people to help them tell their stories.
Thena and Matthew are the brains behind the popular Midwest Travel Blog: hodgepodgehippie.com and are valuable members of the Midwest Travel Network. In addition to their love of all things travel, Thena and Matthew enjoy reading, camping, and tandem-biking together all over towns in the Midwest.
You may have witnessed them pedaling all over your town at one point in time or another! Above all, Thena and Matthew hope that travel gives you hope, happiness, and excitement and that this book helps you find and explore towns, events, and activities that are waiting right outside your door. Learn more about Thena and Matthew (and their fun family travels) at HodgePodgeHippie.com
Dannelle Gay is the brains behind the popular Midwest Travel Blog: TravelingCheesehead.com and a valuable member of the Midwest Travel Network who also contributes to Travel Awaits, 365 Traveler and GoRVing.com.
In addition to her love of all things travel, Dannelle also enjoys great food made from scratch, trying out new things, and spending time with her family and friends. You may have also come across their work in books such as 100 Things to Do in Wisconsin Before You or even 101 Ways to Save Money Painlessly. She have been featured on everything from Wisconsin Public Radio to Mom’s Everyday, or across mutual travels. Above all, Dannelle hopes that travel teaches you more about other people and places, and that this book helps you do just that.
Brandy Gleason is the creator of the popular Midwest Travel Blog gleasonfamilyadventure.com, author of 100 Things to Do in Ohio’s Amish Country Before You Die and a valuable member of the Midwest Travel Network. In addition to her love of all things travel, Brandy enjoys hiking, reading in her Eno hammock, and spending time with her family.
You may have also come across their work in: tourism travel guides, online articles on TravelAwaits.com, THOR Industries, and Heartland RVs blogs, or across mutual travels. Above all, Brandy hopes that travel gives you the opportunity to adventure, learn about yourself, and explore more and that this book helps you do just that.
Theresa L. Goodrich is an Emmy-winning author and the force behind thelocaltourist.com, a site dedicated to telling in-depth stories of magnificent, quirky, and unique places. A passionate member of the Midwest Travel Network, Theresa is slightly obsessed with writing, road trips, camping, and history. She’s turned these interests into multiple books, including the Two Lane Gems series, Living Landmarks of Chicago, the COMPLETE Road Trip Guide (for grown-ups), and the Alex Paige Mystery series. She’s driven, often literally, to inspire you to get off the interstates and explore the towns and communities that make this country, and especially the Midwest region, a constant and welcome surprise.
Learn more about Theresa at thelocaltourist.com and follow her on social media @thelocaltourist.
Amy Piper is a writer, photographer, and explorer with an affinity for luxury travel and foodie adventures. She is the founder and publisher of Follow the Piper. Piper has also authored the book “100 Things to Do in Lansing Before You Die.” She is a regular contributor to Travel Awaits. Her work has appeared in Collectible Automobile, Great Philippines Expedition, Savvy Retiree, Shop Local Lansing, Links and Libations, and Food, Wine, and Travel Magazine. She is a contributor to more than 30 publications. She’s spoken on travel writing success panels, and you can find her interviews on Great Escape Radio and Big Blend. Piper is also a board member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.)
Learn more about Amy Piper at followthepiper.com and follow her on social media at twitter.com/amythepiper, facebook.com/followthepiper, and Instagram.com/amythepipertravels
Dustin and Kelly Ratcliff are the writers and owners behind a Midwest Travel Blog, Dining Duster. Dustin and Kelly love to dine, drink and discover the Midwest and beyond. They love trying new, plant-based foods at local restaurants, visiting breweries and wineries, and also love taking in historical home tours, botanical gardens, and state parks.
Learn more at diningduster.com and follow Dustin and Kelly on social media @diningduster
Tim and Lisa Trudell are the brains behind the popular Midwest travel blog, thewalkingtourists.com. Lisa is co-founder and co-owner of the Midwest Travel Network. Tim is a freelance writer, with articles appearing in outlets such as travelawaits.com, flatwaterfreepress.org, Living Here Midwest magazine, Omaha Magazine, Nebraska Life magazine, and the Omaha World-Herald.
In addition to their love of all things travel, the Trudells enjoy football, movies, and spending time with family. You might have also come across their work in: 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die, Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha, and 100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die. They write a monthly column for KMTV News in Omaha. The Trudells have also been featured on Omaha news channels KMTV, WOWT, KETV, and Fox 42 News. Learn more about Tim and Lisa at thewalkingtourists.com.
Jamie Ward is the writer and owner behind the travel and lifestyle blog Cornfields & High Heels. Her love for travel takes her from the west coast to the east coast, north to the south, through tiny towns with cornfields, and bustling cities with skyscrapers. She is a member of the Midwest Travel Network and frequently writes about her Midwest adventures. Jamie resides in the central Indiana area with her husband and children, and enjoys road trips, finding waterfalls, and visiting new coffee shops. She specializes in writing about her home state of Indiana, affordable travel and tips, and destinations for families and couples.
Learn more about Jamie at fieldsandheels.com and on social media as @fieldsandheels
Alicia Underlee Nelson is the creator of prairiestylefile.com and the author of “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History.” She’s a member of the Midwest Travel Network and has contributed to Thomson Reuters, USA Today, Food Network, AAA Living, Midwest Living, Matador Network, craftbeer.com, Rent. and many other publications. When she’s not chasing a story, you’ll find her in the garden, on a yoga mat, napping with her cats or practicing a new language for an upcoming trip with her husband and son.
Roxie Yonkey has been writing about Kansas for thirty years, and has won numerous awards. Her book 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die was a best-seller, and she is writing her next book, Secret Kansas: The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. She is Chief Exploration Officer at RoxieontheRoad.com. Her social media handle is @RoxieontheRoad.
Always interested in a new adventure, she loves to travel and enjoys road-tripping most of all. Join us on a great Kansas road trip in this book. It will show you how to enjoy the Midwest’s many fun travel opportunities.
Roxie and her husband Eric have a Persian cat, Dalbie.