Category: Road Diary

The “road diary” portion of Mike’s Road Trip is a section for daily (ish) posts geared to those who follow Mike’s Road Trip closely—it’s a section for more informal posts that share where Mike is currently, or, where he will be heading next.

Best Instagram Photos for 2019 on MikesRoadTrip

Road Diary update on the MikesRoadTrip Instagram account, as well as social media emphasis in 2020. I used to be a huge fan of Instagram, but the MikesRoadTrip account saw dramatic decreases in engagement and therefore my enthusiasm for the platform has diminished. In addition to seeing less engagement, my...

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Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow Arizona

Stanin on a corner in Winslow Arizona

Today I was "Standin' on a Corner in Winslow Arizona," a famous line from the Eagle's song "Take it Easy" that put this ho-poke town on the proverbial map. I have to say, that like most people, I just gave Winslow a cursory look. My primary purpose was to get...

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San Diego to Temecula

Road Trip to Temecula. Photo by Mike of

After spending just over two weeks in San Diego, tomorrow I will be heading northeast to spend a few days in Temecula. While I've driven through Temecula a couple of times, I've never stayed or explored. I do know that the area is well known for its wineries and hot...

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Staying coastal in San Diego

Coastal sunset in San Deigo by Mike of

The lure of the coast is undeniable. For me, it brings back fond memories as a child playing on the beach and making sand castles with a moat using water from waves washing ashore. As an adult, sunsets, romantic strolls along the beach and surfing always generate lasting memories. I...

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My top 9 Instagram images of 2018

MikesRoadTrip top-9 on Instagram

2018 took me all over the world, but apparently 6 of my top 9 images on Instagram were domestic locations. Tell me which one is your favorite by leaving a comment below. If you're not following me on Instagram, please click here. Here are the locations of each image in...

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That’s a Wrap! Travel Recap of 2018

Travel recap 2018 a trip to Los Cabos

This is a travel recap of 2018 I thought would be fun to share. Whew, what a year of travel it was! Here was my road trip travel adventures by the numbers... Total miles traveled, around 142,000 (air and road). 96 days spent abroad (outside the U.S.). 52 different hotels....

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Spent Christmas with a bunch of animals!

Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix. Photo by: Mike of

Christmas this year was a tough one. Back in April I lost my step-father Rick to brain cancer. At 64, he was a pillar of health and rarely got sick. He had been complaining of severe headaches for a week, until his sister, a retired nurse, happened to come for...

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Hangin’ in Sedona

Slide Rock State Park photo from bridge by Mike of

Earlier this year I won the North American Travel Journalist (NATJA) award for best travel video. My prize was accommodations at a lovely boutique inn in Sedona called, El Portal. I rarely get to travel without working, so this has been a wonderful past few days. Because I travel so...

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Autumn road trip around Traverse City continues…

Mazda 6 Signature on Traverse City Road Trip by

I think yesterday I must have witnessed all 4 seasons in a single day here in Traverse City. "Welcome to Michigan" one follower on Twitter said. I woke up to snow flurries that morning, and by the evening, I saw an incredibly dramatic sunset reminiscent of summer. I had planned...

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Now in Traverse City, Michigan

Aerial road shot in Traverse City, MI by

For the past couple of days I've been road tripping around Traverse City, Michigan. This has been a trip that has been on the books for nearly a year and I'm so excited to finally be here. So far, Travere City has been everything I had hoped it would be....

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Drove through AZ mine country today

Ray Mine near Winkelman AZ by

Today I drove through southern Arizona down Hwy 177, a road of rolling hills I had never been down before. This stretch of highway from Superior to Aravaipa Canyon seems to be in the heart of Arizona mining country. I think I must have passed at least 4 different mines,...

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When travel goes terribly wrong: A saga about a missed flight and a lost bag

When travel goes terribly wrong: A saga about a missed flight and a lost bag

What happens when everything goes wrong while traveling? This is the story of a trip in which Murphy’s Law, which states that “everything that can go wrong, will!” reared its head. I had two back-to-back trips to Mexico planned. One to Quintana Roo where I flew into Cancun, which went...

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Central European road trip coming up

Carlsbad CZ aerial 2 photo by

I am heading to Europe for five weeks of road tripping around the Czech Republic, Southern Poland and a bit of Germany. This will be my third time to the Czech Republic, and after this visit, I will have road tripped to most areas of the country. While I will...

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In Denver for my first IPW experience

IPW Denver signage

I have had a fantastic time here in Denver attending the IPW (International Pow Wow) travel conference. Each year I attend several travel conferences in order to learn about emerging markets, new attraction offerings, professional development, etc. Making contacts with destination, hotels, tour and attraction representatives is very helpful in...

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