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.

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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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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Next stop, back to Ireland

Sheep pasture with road by

Toward the end of last year I spent five weeks in Ireland. My first week I road tripped the Wild Atlantic Way, which was one of the coolest road trips I had done last year. I then attended and spoke at a travel conference in Killarney. Then, I spent a...

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Northern Germany road trip continues to Hamburg

I left Lubeck the other day and am now in Hamburg staying at what has probably become one of the most iconic structures in the city, the Westin Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. The Elbphilharmonie is ensconced within the middle of the Westin, which makes it an interesting implementation of private and public...

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Berlin to Lubeck

Lubecker Krinchen hotel in Lubeck exterior by

My last few days in Berlin were wonderful, I had moved from the Vienna House Andel's in the Lichtenberg district, to the Orania Hotel in Kreuzberg, an area once known for it's Punk Rock scene. The Orania is a newly opened boutique 5-star hotel with an amazing vibe that is...

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Made it to Berlin for ITB

ITB Berlin sign

I have been in Berlin, Germany for a few days now and am having a great time attending ITB, one of the largest travel conferences in the world. When I say "large," it's actually massive in scale. I can't tell you how many times I've been disoriented trying to make...

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Heading to Germany soon…

Heidlburg castle in the mid-90s

My very first trip to Europe was in the mid-90s, and one of the countries I visited was Germany. Back then, Germany was not far removed from the fall of the Berlin Wall. I know a lot has changed since then and I'm really excited to see just how much....

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