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.

San Diego to Temecula

Road Trip to Temecula. Photo by Mike of MikesRoadTrip.com

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 MikesRoadTrip.com

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 MikesRoadTrip.com

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 MikesRoadTrip.com

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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Now in Traverse City, Michigan

Aerial road shot in Traverse City, MI by MikesRoadTrip.com

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 MikesRoadTrip.com

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 MikesroadTrip.com

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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